Community Events

Community Events at Temple Ambler

Join 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.

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

October 2019

EarthFest Presents: The Science of Scary
Sunday, October 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Bright Hall
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Some things in nature are just plain scary…or at least pretty icky. But just because something seems scary, doesn’t mean that it is! Celebrate the fall season in a different way by learning about the science behind the things in nature that may scare you but serve an important role in their environment. All animals and insects, no matter how creepy or crawly, serve an essential purpose in their ecosystems and increase biodiversity! Connect with the world around you by learning about skunks, spiders, predatory birds, snakes, sharks, storms, toads and carnivorous plants to name a few! The event will also include fall snacks, crafts and more! The Science of Scary is being held in partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences, Barn Nature Center, Elmwood Park Zoo, Franklin Institute, Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, Pennsylvania Game Commission the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and Tyler's Landscape Architecture and Horticulture programs. Part of Temple Ambler’s EarthFest Presents series of events, the Science of Scary is a family-friendly event designed to help learners and citizen scientists of all ages gain a deeper understanding of the wonders of nature and the amazing things that may be found right in their own backyards. What will you discover? Information:  duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Josephine — The Empress Gardened
Wednesday, October 23, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members.

Lesley Parness will discuss how French Empress Josephine's fine taste informed 18th and 19th-century style, from couture fashion to interior design. Likewise, she was influenced by her Caribbean heritage, her narrow escape from the guillotine, and her legendary love for flowers. When divorced from her husband, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, this powerful style-maker and lifelong fashionista focused her energies on her estate, Malmaison. There, Josephine's passion for plants grew and bloomed. Her legendary love of roses stopped a war, cost a fortune, set explorers to sail, and started a floral industry that endures today. Lesley Parness is the retired Superintendent of Horticultural Education at New Jersey's Morris County Park Commission where she oversaw programming at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center. She is a member of the Herb Society of America, The Council on Horticultural and Botanical Literature, and Garden State Gardens, a consortium of New Jersey's public gardens of which she is a Founding Member. 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.

Director’s Fall Arboretum Walk
Wednesday, October 30, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle (Postponed from an earlier date)
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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 267-8400.

November 2019

EarthFest Presents: Reach for the Stars
Friday, November 1, 6:30 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 Presents: Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a special celebration of the season in our campus gardens! Fall foliage and autumn flowers abound in the Arboretum this time of year. Learn why and how leaves change colors and what plants you can plant in your yard to feed those late-season pollinators and migrating birds. Bring your walking shoes and your questions! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

WVWA: All About Owls
Friday, November 8, 7 to 9 p.m., Meet at the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association Visitor's Center
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Fall is one of the best times of the year to see and hear owls — and what could be a better way to take advantage of autumn’s beautiful, quiet nights than to go in search of those nocturnal wonders at the suburban home of the Temple Owls! Join Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) naturalists for an evening learning all about the habits and adaptations of our nocturnal neighbors, followed by an owl-prowl through the twilight woods of Temple Ambler! Free for WVWA Members, Ambler Arboretum Association members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate) and children under 12. $10 for non-members. Information: kathy.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Landscape Lighting Fundamentals
Wednesday, November 20, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members.

We have all set our clocks back and now it is dark when we get home. Enjoy your landscape a little longer in the day or use lighting to really make it stand out with landscape lighting. How landscape lighting can transform your garden after the sun goes down. What’s the difference between halogen and LED? Presenter Lori Metz will emphasize on the effects and patterns that can be created to make the most of your landscape plants and architecture after dark. Designed to engage all levels of interest and knowledge, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series invites regional experts to discuss topics that will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. 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.

December 2019

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Bark Walk
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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The Ambler Arboretum is going to the dogs! Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a special dog walking-friendly event in the Ambler Arboretum! The leaves have fallen from the trees and they may be hard to tell apart — until you look at the bark. Examine the intricate patterns and fascinating details of trees throughout the Ambler Arboretum on this Bark Walk. We will even bring materials to make bark rubbings and at the end of this adventure, you will have your own colorful guide to tree bark! Bring your walking shoes, your questions, your four-legged friends and learn about the new Ambler Arboretum Dog Walkers Club! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Ask the Ambler Experts — A Panel Discussion
Presenters: Anne Brennan, Joe Imszennik, Benjamin Snyder
Wednesday, December 11, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
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$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members.

The gardening season is over and it is time to start planning for the next one. Learn how to solve landscape problems you’ve encountered and how to repeat any successes you may have had in your indoor and outdoor gardens. Perhaps you want to try something new but are just not sure where to begin. Bring questions to ask, samples to examine and stories to share with our experts. You will leave well prepared for next year! Our expert panel includes: Anne Brennan, former Ambler Arboretum Gardens Manager — hardy plants and landscape management; Benjamin Snyder, Greenhouse Horticulturist for the Greenhouse Education and Research Complex of Temple University’s Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department — tropical plants, plant forcing, vegetable and fruit growing; Joe Imszennik,  Facilities Manager at Temple University Ambler — lawn care. Designed to engage all levels of interest and knowledge, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series invites regional experts to discuss topics that will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. 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.