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.

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

January 2019

Tu B’Shevat: The Jewish New Year of Trees
Monday, January 21
Family Tree Walk and Story Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Winter Tree Appreciation Walk: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
Register Online

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 play games to learn all of the ways trees provide for us and learn how to identify trees. We will learn about trees we have on campus that are found in Jewish traditions. Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.   

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service
Monday, January 21, 1:45 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall

Take some time out to show others that you care. Ambler Campus Student Life invites all students, faculty, staff and alumni to take part in a special community service project during the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. More information coming soon! Information: 267-468-8423 or megan.cranney@temple.edu.

Lecture and Author Meet & Greet: Victoria Johnson, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Wednesday, January 30, 6 to 8 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
$15 for Ambler Arboretum Associate and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Members/$25 Non-Members. Arboretum Associate members should contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

This illustrated lecture by author and historian Victoria Johnson features her new book, American Eden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating.” When Dr. David Hosack tilled the nation’s first public botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than 200 years ago, he didn’t just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ranging support for the sciences. Today, his former garden is the site of Rockefeller Center. Join Victoria Johnson as she eloquently chronicles Hosack’s tireless career to reveal the breadth of his impact. The result is a lush portrait of the man who gave voice to a new, deeply American understanding of the powers and perils of nature. American Eden has been named a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in nonfiction. American Eden will be available for purchase on site. This lecture is made possible thanks to a gracious gift given by Marie Louise and Eugene Jackson. Registration for the event is through the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. For questions and registration, contact PHS. Designed for all levels of interest, 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 follow at 8 p.m. Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

February 2019

Arboretum Director’s Winter Walk — Bark, Pods, Buds and Branches
Wednesday, February 13, 12:45 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@templ.edu or 267-468-8400. 

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series — Build Your Own Terrarium — Make and Take
Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium

Florist Monika Schleifer, owner of Buttonwood Blooms in Berks County, will walk you through the process of creating and caring for your own terrarium. Materials and supplies will be provided to you. Designed for all levels of interest, 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 follow at 8 p.m. Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

March 2019

Temple University Ambler at the Philadelphia Flower Show
Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 10, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets

Join the Temple University Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture as they present their take on the2019 Philadelphia Flower Show theme “Flower Power.” The title for Temple’s 2019 exhibit is Hip Haven: Hangin’ Loose at a Home Refuge! 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.

Marvelous Maples and Winter Hike
Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center

Learn how to identify sugar maple trees and determine if they are old enough to tap for syrup. Watch how to tap sugar maples and learn how climate change is affecting the trees and the maple syrup industry. Participants will additionally explore other native trees that are used to make various types of syrup and participate in a syrup tasting. While celebrating out marvelous maples, visitors will also discover how to tell one tree from another when their leaves are off and why that skill is important. Participants will also learn about those plants that keep their leaves on all winter, and how they have adapted to deal with the cold, winds and snow. Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.

Women in Horticulture Annual Lecture: — Dr. Chantal White — Botanical Archeology
Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium

Every plant has a story to tell, even more so when that story may be thousands of years old. Plants have been an essential part of human life from the very beginning, from food and medicine to dyes and cosmetics. From the temple gardens of Mesopotamia to the household gardens at Pompeii, archaeologists have uncovered exciting evidence for ancient gardens and the plant species they once contained. The meticulous collection of often very fragile specimens and subsequent study of ancient botanical remains have provided a wealth of information and expanded our understanding of how civilizations lived in the past. During Women’s History Month, join the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and Dr. Chantel White for a fascinating deep dive into botanical archeology! Dr. White, archaeobotanist at the Penn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, will discuss how plant remains are preserved in garden contexts. She will share her work in the 1,500-year-old gardens of Istanbul, Turkey, as well as her recent archaeobotanical work in the nineteenth-century gardens of American poet Emily Dickinson located in Amherst, MA. Discount codes are available for Arboretum members and Temple University students. Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu

April 2019

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series — SLF and You: What You Need to Know about Spotted Lanternfly for the 2019 Season
Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium

Penn State Extension Educator Erin Kinley will discuss everything from identification and lifecycle of the spotted lanternfly to the latest research and quarantine regulations for this dreaded invader. The presentation will include plenty of time for questions to help audience members get the answers they need to combat SLF in their own landscapes. Erin Kinley joined Penn State Extension in February 2019 as coordinator for the Master Gardener and Master Watershed Steward programs in Montgomery County. Originally from Nebraska, she has her B.S. in Horticulture-Plant Science and an M.S. in Public Horticulture. She loves working with her volunteers to promote sustainable landscapes and research-based stewardship practices in the Montgomery County community. Designed for all levels of interest, 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 follow at 8 p.m. Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

EarthFest 2019
Friday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ambler Campus Fields

Thousands of visitors will mark Earth Day and Arbor Day at Temple University Ambler celebrating the importance of protecting the environment and preserving their future. More than 85 exhibitors, including the Center for Aquatic Science at Adventure Aquarium, Franklin Institute, FEMA, Academy of Natural Sciences, Elmwood Park Zoo and the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion will take part in EarthFest 2019. School students of all ages are invited to attend. The Ambler Arboretum of Temple University will also provide a variety of educational tours through the campus gardens! School registration onlineExhibitor registration online. Information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

May 2019

May Day: Study, Refresh, Celebrate!
Wednesday, May 1, 12:30 to 3 p.m., Learning Center Lobby

Studying on campus and need a little time to unwind and reconnect with nature? Temple University Ambler is going back to its roots for a May Day Celebration in the Learning Center highlighting history, horticulture, innovation and the return of warm weather and beautiful blooms. Enjoy refreshments throughout the day, leaf through the Ambler Campus Library’s “pop-up” May Day library; learn about cutting edge farming techniques from the Aquaponics Lab, discover some of Temple Ambler’s unique history and find out about all of the special events coming up on campus in the summer and fall! Join in on a special seed tasting and take part in yoga in the gardens! Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury will also lead visitors on her Spring Director’s Walk through the gardens. Experience a little bit of everything that the campus has to offer at May Day at Temple Ambler! Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.

Ambler Campus Drive-in Movie
Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., Ambler Campus Large Parking Lot

Take a drive into the past and get ready for a big movie on the big screen during a beautiful spring evening outside! Join the Ambler Campus Office of Student Life and the Office of the Executive Director as they host a special drive-in movie in the large parking lot at Temple Ambler! Load up the car for a night of family fun and nostalgia! More information coming soon! Information: 267-468-8423 or megan.cranney@temple.edu.

Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, May 4, 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. Students 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.

EarthFest Presents: Ambler Arboretum BioBlitz 2019
Friday, May 17, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., Temple University Ambler, Temple University Ambler

What will you discover? At Temple Ambler, there is more than students and faculty on campus! Visit campus at any time during 15 hours of discovery in the Ambler Arboretum’s woodlands and meadows and help us find out what is living in your own backyard! Join experts in helping to increase the biodiversity on campus. Participants will learn how to identify plants, animals, fungi and more while noting what they find. These finds are added to an ever-accumulating account of the diversity in the Ambler Arboretum. Participants learn why diversity is important and can take their new-found skills home to their backyard or local park and start identifying what is there as well. BioBlitz will include a variety of tours highlighting mammals, reptiles, insects, plants, fireflies, moths, fungi, birds and more! Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series — An Introduction to Organic Landcare
Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium

Designed for all levels of interest, 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 follow at 8 p.m. Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

June 2019

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series — Insects in the Garden — Talk and Walk with Pam Ruch
Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium

This is not about “good” and “bad” bugs. It’s about taking a close look at your garden and all of the fascinating creatures living in it. Predator and prey insects will usually find a balance, if you let them. Plant a variety of flowers and vegetables and get to know your insects, and you’ll rarely need to spray. Temple University Ambler alumnus Pam Ruch is a horticulturist and writer based in Emmaus, PA. She manages the grounds at Morven Museum & Garden, in Princeton, NJ, and grows food and flowers for the Glasbern Inn, in Fogelsville, PA. In addition, she writes for several online and print organizations, including the Home Garden Seed Association. A presenter in the 2012 Art of Journaling series at the Nurturing Nature Center in Easton, PA, Pam offers journaling workshops throughout the region. She holds a BS in Horticulture from Temple University, and an MS in Environmental Science from Green Mountain College. Designed for all levels of interest, 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 follow at 8 p.m. Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

July 2019

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series — Wild Edibles! — Talk and Walk
Wednesday, July 24, 6 to 8 p.m. p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall and Ambler
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Many people don’t realize that they are surrounded by edible plants! Join Debbie Naha-Koretzky, the Wild Edibles Lady, for a fun program to open your eyes to the world of wild edibles. We’ll begin with an indoor presentation, followed by a plant identification walk, and end with a wild tea tasting. Attendees may also take home a recipe or two. Naha-Koretzky will discuss plant identification, safety, look-alike plants, sustainable harvesting and more. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Rutgers Master Gardener and a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. Her advanced training in nutrition provides a unique approach to appreciating wild edibles. To learn more about The Wild Edibles Lady, visit www.wildediblesnjpa.com. Designed for all levels of interest, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series invites regional experts to discuss topics that will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400. 

EarthFest Presents: The Great American Campout 2019
2 p.m. July 13 to 10 a.m. July 14, Temple University Ambler

Break out your gear and join Temple University Ambler for the Great American Campout, the National Wildlife Federation’s celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. Spend an evening under the stars on campus and reconnect with the world around you!  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 s’mores by the campfire. We look forward to helping people connect with nature and exposing them to the wonder of Temple University Ambler and The Ambler Arboretum. The Great American Campout will include: a Tent site, 15’ x 15’ (bring your own tent); BBQ Picnic Dinner (hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chips and water), outdoor Pool swimming; a variety of guided walks, lightning bug evening walk; campfire, s’mores and more! Information: 267-468-8018 or duffyj@temple.edu.