Temple University is focused on ensuring the health and safety of our community members, and campus and Arboretum visitors. The university is taking several measures to keep everyone safe amid the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
On March 12, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that all Montgomery County schools, including universities, would be closed for two weeks. In accordance, Temple University Ambler closed on Thursday, March 12.
Regretfully, Temple University Ambler and Temple Ambler EarthFest Presents must take the necessary measure of postponing or rescheduling, where possible, all events and programs for the time being
Explore Citizen Science
How do you celebrate sustainability and the environment while reaching out to students, teachers and residents in a way that will excite them about citizen science and “going green?”
In 2003, Temple Ambler presented the answer to that question on a grand scale, developing an outdoor, educational celebration of Earth Day — EarthFest!
About EarthFest Presents
As EarthFest turns 17 in 2020, it will be adapting — just like nature — to best serve our students, teachers and families.
Our mission is to provide meaningful, impactful educational experiences for all ages throughout the year. Instead of one day and one event, we invite you to celebrate the Earth at several smaller, student and family-centered events!
EarthFest Presents events are designed to provide more personalized opportunities to interact with our exhibitors and students to get hands-on with citizen science. Join us to stargaze in April, celebrate Earth Day in May, campout on campus in July and explore all life in our woods in October!
EarthFest Presents 2020
The need to share ideas about sustainability and protecting and preserving the environment is critical, now more than ever. Temple Ambler EarthFest will host a variety of events, in cooperation with the Ambler Arboretum and other partners, designed to get people thinking about and connected to the world around us. Learn more about each event and register using the links below. Suggested ages are listed. Most EarthFest Presents events are free.
Reach for the Stars
Rescheduled to Fall 2020
Look up and learn about the stars and the importance of dark skies with the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers and the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association. A second Reach for the Stars event will be held in October 2020. Learn more about Reach for the Stars.
Celebrating Earth Day
(K-5/Middle and High School students may participate as exhibitors)
The welfare of our visiting students, teachers, chaperones and exhibitors is our top priority. With the size of EarthFest Presents: Celebrating Earth Day, it is an event that, unfortunately, cannot be rescheduled. We are already planning Celebrating Earth Day 2021 and look forward to you being a part of it.
The mission of Temple Ambler’s annual Earth Day event is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods and practices to protect and preserve our environment. Learn more about Celebrating Earth Day.
Great American Campout
Postponed to July 2021
The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. Visitors spend the night tent camping, going on nature walks, and enjoying stargazing. This event is held in cooperation with the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. Learn more about the Great American Campout. The Great American Campout is an event that, unfortunately, cannot be rescheduled. We are planning to share a variety of virtual campout experiences in July 2020 and are already planning the Great American Campout 2021 and look forward to you being a part of it. Keep an eye out for more information!
Fall BioBlitz 2020
Friday, September 18, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At BioBlitz, scientists, students and faculty work together to get an overall count of plants, animals, fungi and other living creatures. What will you discover? Learn more about BioBlitz 2020.
Green Careers Fair
Friday, September 18, 12 to 2 p.m.
(High School and College Students)
Students will meet with and learn from representatives from a variety of green industry fields including conservation, horticulture, landscape architecture, planning, urban farming, and more. Learn more about the Green Careers Fair.
Sustainability Action Day
Friday, October 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the Ambler Arboretum and get hands-on with a special service project designed to help preserve biodiversity on campus. This program is being held in partnership with the Ambler Arboretum fo Temple University. Learn more about Sustainability Action Day.
Science of Scary
Sunday, October 18, 2 to 4 p.m.
Gain a deeper understanding of the wonders of nature and the amazing things that may be found right in your own backyard. Connect with the world around you by learning about animals and insects such as skunks, spiders, predatory birds, snakes, sharks, scorpions and carnivorous plants! Learn more about the Science of Scary.
Support EarthFest Presents
Each year EarthFest Presents programming continues to grow and reach more and more children, educators, businesses, organizations and communities in the region. EarthFest programs are central to our core values of student-centered learning, respect for the environment, and community engagement. Learn more about supporting EarthFes Presents.
Questions about bringing a school to EarthFest? Not sure where your exhibit space is? If you have questions, be sure to contact us! Learn more about contacting us.
EarthFest Presents is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jeffrey Featherstone, whose vision, guidance and leadership helped create an outdoor, educational experience for the next generation of leaders.
EarthFest Presents programs are sponsored and hosted by:
EarthFest Presents events are made possible with generous support from contributing sponsors. Learn how to become a contributing sponsor!
Additional essential support has been provided by:
Temple University Police; the Temple University Recycling Office; and Upper Dublin Police