Community Events

Community Events at Temple Ambler

Cover of the Winter/Spring 2020 Ambler Campus Community Events BrochureJoin us each month for a series of fun and educational programs designed to explore the world around you! Please note: While most events are free, some require a fee. Dates and times are subject to change.

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For more information about our community events, check back often or contact 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

January 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service
Monday, January 20, 1:45 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall

Stuff a buddy for a child in need! Join the Ambler Student Life Board to stuff as many plush animals that we can in two hours to then donate to the Teddy Bear Brigade, an organization that sends stuffed animals to children who have experienced trauma and are in need of comfort. Pizza will be served. All students/faculty/staff are invited to participate! Sign up by contacting megan.cranney@temple.edu.

February 2020

Arboretum Director’s Winter Walk — February Flower Foray
Wednesday, February 5, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle
Register Online

Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a walk through a portion of the arboretum each season! Whether you join the walk to learn about plants, learn more about the campus or just to get those extra steps in, come along for a gentle ramble through the gardens of the Ambler Arboretum. Each season we will explore a different area. Learn what would be good in your garden and what is great for wildlife. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400. 

Tu B’Shevat: The Jewish New Year of Trees
Monday, February 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Tu B’Shevat is a celebration of the “New Year of Trees” in the Jewish Culture. This day has developed into an ecological holiday and as a reminder of the connection to the earth and the role of humans as caretakers of the environment. During this event, we will take part in story time featuring books about trees and the annual Jewish Celebration of Trees. The program will also include snack time and crafts. This event is being held in partnership with JKidPhilly. Information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.  

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: The Care and Feeding of Carnivores
Wednesday, February 19, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
Register Online
Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

A number of the weird plants featured in Chris Thorogood’s book Weird Plants are carnivorous. You can grow some of them in your own backyard. From pitcher plants to sundews and butterworts, wetlands scientist Jeff Lapp will walk us through what you need to know to grow your own carnivorous plants in your home garden. Part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read. Join us for walks, talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follows at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Temple University Ambler at the Philadelphia Flower Show: "Course of Action: A Radical Tack for Suburban Tracts"
Saturday, February 29 to Sunday, March 8, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show is right around the corner! The title for Temple's 2020 exhibit is "Course of Action: A Radical Tack for Suburban Tracts." Landscape Architecture and Horticulture students and faculty will portray an ungardened suburban landscape that attracts wildlife, embraces chance, cultivates resilience through diversity, and appreciates restraint and the viability of repurposed building materials. Reset your tack! Start the evolution at home! Each year, Temple Landscape Architecture and Horticulture students seek to strike a perfect balance between the natural landscape, architecture, landscape design, horticulture, art and sustainability on one of the largest stages for their craft. Students and faculty spend months creating vivid displays that while dazzling to the eye also provide a practical level of application for sustainable concepts from green roofs, wetland gardens and land reclamation to porous paving, utilizing greywater and gardens as places of healing. Their exhibits have taken visitors from the coasts of Ireland to the Big Easy in New Orleans, from the volcanic mountains of Hawaii to the Renaissance gardens of Italy. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

March 2020

EarthFest Presents: Read Across America — The Lorax
Monday, March 2, 10 to 11 a.m. Ambler Campus Greenhouse
Join us online via Zoom

He is the Lorax! He speaks for the trees! Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the beloved Dr. Seuss story just in time for Read Across America, which celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Temple Ambler EarthFest in partnership with the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University will host this special reading of The Lorax in the Ambler Campus Greenhouse among our answer to the amazing author’s Truffula trees (no Thneeds will be made during this event!). We invite classrooms and families to take part in this special event online via Zoom. Instructions on how to access the reading online will be sent to all registrants. Suggested classroom age - K-5. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Tapping the Sap: More Than Maples
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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Join the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University for an exploration of trees you can tap for sap to turn into delicious syrup! Learn how and when to tap trees, how to identify the trees you would like to tap and how to cook down the sap for syrup. Information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

Ambler Arboretum at the Charles Library: Unsung Women of Horticulture
Monday, March 16, 1 p.m., Special Collections Research Center, Charles Library, Main Campus
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A celebration of women and horticulture, this program includes a campus walk and plant tour of Main Campus lead by Kathleen Salisbury, director of Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, followed by a talk and a viewing of highlights from our special collections  Programs offered by Temple University Libraries are accessible to people with disabilities. Contact Richie Holland, Director of Library Administration, at richieh@temple.edu or 215-204-3455 for more information, to request an accommodation, or with questions/concerns.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: 3rd Annual Celebration of Women in Horticulture
Tuesday, March 24, 6 to 8 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$10 for members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Women in Horticulture and the Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$15 for non-members

Join Author Jennifer Jewell for a lecture and book signing as she presents “The Earth is in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants.” This annual event recognizes women in the field of horticulture who epitomize the founding principles of the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women (PSHW). The women recognized and presenting each year embody the “educated and earnest-minded women” with “trained hands and trained minds” that were the product of PSHW. The presenters represent women who continue to do work in the field while advancing the profession and the science of horticulture. This program is being presented in partnership with Women in Horticulture of the Delaware Valley. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

April 2020

EarthFest Presents: Reach for the Stars
Friday, April 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Ambler Campus Large Parking Lot
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Join us under dark skies to celebrate the stars and the planets! We will look for various objects in the sky and learn how to tell one from the other. We will also highlight the importance of dark skies to animals and the environment and learn how you can help keep the skies dark. Can't tell the difference between local neighbors Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from distant stars in the night sky? That’s all right! Temple Ambler is hosting this special stargazing event in cooperation with the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers and the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association. All skill levels are welcome! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Weird Plants of the Ambler Greenhouse
A Walking Tour with Greenhouse Horticulturist Ben Snyder
Wednesday, April 15, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

See some of the weird plants featured in Chris Thorogood’s book, Weird Plants, in person in the Greenhouse of the Temple University Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department. Learn how they grow and if you can grow them at home. Additionally, meet some of the relatives of the weird plants and learn about their interesting characteristics. Part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read. Join us for walks, talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follows at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Books Under the Beech
Wednesdays, April 22, May 13, June 10 and July 22 and August 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

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Bring the little ones or the grandkids over to the Ambler Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a book reading followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. On April 22, in Honor of Earth Day, we will read The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins and then take a tree tour and make some leaf rubbings. This program will be held rain or shine. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Arbor Day and Global Days of Service Project: Measuring Big Trees and Planting Little Ones
Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
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Did you know that the Ambler Arboretum has five Champion Trees? This means that these trees are some of the biggest of their kind in the state. We believe we have more. On April 24, help the Arboretum measure some big trees to see if we can place more on the Champion Trees list. Then help us plant some new trees that may grow to be future champions! A training session will be followed by measuring trees to submit for consideration as champion trees. This program is designed for students, faculty, staff and the general public. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

EarthFest Presents: Celebrating Earth Day
Friday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bright Hall Circle and Learning Center Lawn, Rain or Shine
Schools Register Here
Exhibitors Apply Here

Earth Day isn’t just a day, it’s an idea. Everyone at every age has the power to effect change. You can leave the world a better place than you found it! Explore the Ambler Campus and the Ambler Arboretum while learning from dozens of exhibitors who are on the front lines of protecting and preserving our planet. In order to provide the most enriching educational experience for our visitors, attendance at EarthFest Presents: Celebrating Earth Day will be capped at about 1,500 students ranging from K-5. Middle and high school students are invited to become part of the event as exhibitors! Celebrating Earth Day will be held at the Temple University Ambler Campus on Meetinghouse Road. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll move everything indoors! The mission of Celebrating the Earth is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods and practices to protect and preserve our environment. Organizations, businesses, students of all ages and individuals demonstrate sustainable concepts and technologies, and provide interactive educational displays, activities, and much more! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

May Day at the Ambler Arboretum
Friday, May 1, 6 p.m., Louise Bush-Brown Formal Perennial Gardens, Rain or Shine
Register Online (Coming Soon!)
Free for Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$25 for non-members

Celebrate the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women’s Connection to Japan by joining us for live performance by KyoDaiko the Philadelphia Community Taiko Drumming Assemble! Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum — "shime" — to drums as large as a car, the "o-daiko." During the 1900s, Taiko drumming became a musical art form that involved a music ensemble and tightly choreographed movements. KyoDaiko’s members are volunteers who perform for love of the art and the energy that the great drums bring them. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ambler Campus Greenhouse

Hosted by the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and Pi Alpha Xi, the Spring Plant Sale — an Ambler Campus tradition dating back to the early 1900s — will feature woody plants and perennials, annuals, veggies, hanging baskets and more. Student craftspeople from the Tyler School of Art will also be on hand to share their wares. Tours of the Ambler Arboretum will additionally be available. Cash, checks or credit cards accepted. Proceeds from the Spring Plant Sale will support the Ambler Arboretum, the Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society and student internships. Information: eisenman@temple.edu.

Arboretum Director’s Spring Walk — What Did April Showers Bring?
Wednesday, May 6, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle

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Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a walk through a portion of the arboretum each season! Whether you join the walk to learn about plants, learn more about the campus or just to get those extra steps in, come along for a gentle ramble through the gardens of the Ambler Arboretum. Each season we will explore a different area. Learn what would be good in your garden and what is great for wildlife. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. Information:  kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400. 

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Books Under the Beech
Wednesdays, May 13, June 10, July 22 and August 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

Register Online
Bring the little ones or the grandkids over to the Ambler Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a book reading followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. On May 13, we will read The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. We will then head over to explore the fruits and vegetables in the Research Garden. This program, part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read, will be held rain or shine. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Tree Health Care Talk and Walk
Wednesday, May 20, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

Take a walk through the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University with Christopher Uhland of Harmony Hill Nursery. Learn to assess tree health and how to fix common landscape tree problems. Bring your walking shoes and your tree questions! Join us for walks, talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follows at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Books Under the Beech
Wednesdays, June 10, July 22 and August 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

Register Online
Bring the little ones or the grandkids over to the Ambler Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a book reading followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. On June 10, we will read The Tin Forest by Helen Ward. We will then walk around the gardens listening and looking for birds and seedlings they may have planted. This program will be held rain or shine. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Geology Talk and Walk
Wednesday, June 17, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

Temple University Geology professor Natalie Flynn will walk us through the history of the region in stone. Visitors will then take a walk around the Ambler Arboretum gardens to look at the different stone types and learn more about their stories. Join us for walks, talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follows at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Arboretum Director’s Summer Walk — Fragrance, Odors and Scents, Oh My!
Wednesday, July 8, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle

Register Online
Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a walk through a portion of the arboretum each season! Whether you join the walk to learn about plants, learn more about the campus or just to get those extra steps in, come along for a gentle ramble through the gardens of the Ambler Arboretum. Each season we will explore a different area. During this walk, visitors will put there noses to work, exploring fragrance, odors and scents in the Arboretum gardens. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. Information:  kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400. 

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Practicing in the Garden — An All-Level Yoga Experience
Wednesday, July 15, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

For many of us, the garden is a place for relaxation and therapy and a place of education, recreation and inspiration. Join us in the Ambler Arboretum for an all-levels outdoor yoga experience highlighting poses you can do in your own garden as another way of creating a productive and enjoyable space. Laura Shannon found yoga over six years ago due to a recommendation that it could help with backaches. She quickly grew to love the practice and realized the mental and emotional benefits of yoga in addition to the physical improvements. Her inspirational light-hearted teaching style will leave you feeling energized and renewed! This program is part of Temple University Ambler’s ongoing Nature RX initiatives.

EarthFest Presents: Great American Campout
Saturday, July 18, 2 p.m. to Sunday, July 19, 10 a.m., Ambler Campus Learning Center Lawn
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The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. The benefits from outdoor play for mind, body and spirit are well-documented and help to create a lasting connection to nature and wildlife that help promote happiness and good health. Temple University Ambler is excited to host a campout for new and experienced campers. Spend the night tent camping, go on nature walks, and enjoy stargazing. We look forward to helping people connect with nature and exposing them to the wonder of Temple University Ambler and the Ambler Arboretum. This event is held in cooperation with the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Books Under the Beech
Wednesdays, July 22 and August 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

Register Online
Bring the little ones or the grandkids over to the Ambler Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a book reading followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. On July 22, we will read the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We will then tour the gardens looking for caterpillars and the leaves they have eaten! This program will be held rain or shine. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Books Under the Beech
Wednesday, August 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

Register Online
Bring the little ones or the grandkids over to the Ambler Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a book reading followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. On August 19, we will read The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. We will then play a game of “Habitat Simon Says” and explore the gardens looking for the parts of a habitat. This program will be held rain or shine. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Nature Journaling
Wednesday, August 19, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and Ambler Arboretum members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members

During this special Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series program, visitors will head out into the campus gardens with pen and paper and learn how to record what we observe! Join us for walks, talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follows at 8 p.m. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.