Celebrating the Earth

Temple University Ambler EarthFest LogoEarthFest Presents:
Celebrating the Earth

Online, March 22 to May 14

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!

Learn from Temple University and Ambler Arboretum experts while also exploring dozens of event partners and content contributors who are on the front lines of protecting and preserving our planet.

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 programming, activities, and much more!

Celebrating the Earth and all of our EarthFest Presents events are central to the core values of Temple Ambler: student-centered learning, respect for the environment and community engagement. Since 2003, students from all over the region have spent time learning about the world in which we live and the interconnected systems on which the lives of people and animals depend.

Celebrating Earth Day 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.

Celebrating in 2021

In 2020, EarthFest Presents went almost entirely virtual, providing repositories of information and activities for classrooms and families that will last long after the dates of their respective events. With the invaluable support of our event partners, we were able to successfully host the Great American Campout in July and the Science of Scary in October.

In 2021, EarthFest Presents will continue to provide virtual experiences comparable to the Science and Scary and the Great American Campout. We will celebrate three important dates under the overall theme “Celebrating the Earth.”

World Water Day - Monday, March 22

World Water Day is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource. How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment? By recording - and celebrating - all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone. Throughout these programs, we will invite classrooms and families to learn about careers focused on environmental research, the green industry, sustainability, education, advocacy and STEM — careers that are working diligently to create a better tomorrow around the globe!

Earth Day  - Thursday, April 22

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet. Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes. Temple University Ambler held its first outdoor, educational program celebrating Earth Day on Apri 22, 2003 and has been hosting programing designed to help students, teachers and families become essential stewards of the Earth as they practice citizen science in the classroom and at home!

Arbor Day - Friday, April 30

Arbor Day is a time to encourage people to plant and protect trees. Many communities traditionally take the opportunity to organize tree-planting and litter-collecting events on or around the holiday. The first modern Arbor Day dates all the way back to 1805. The first Arbor Day in the United Stated was help in 1872 when an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Trees provide the very necessities of life itself. They clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities, and feed the human soul. But these life necessities are threatened around the globe. Learn about the Arbor Day Foundation's "Time for Trees" initiative, a plan to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities around the globe by 2022. 

Become a Celebrating the Earth Event Partner or Content Contributor

As a virtual event, Celebrating the Earth has the opportunity to connect with people all over the country and the world. While we focus on careers that are meeting a positive difference in the world every day, we would like to highlight the essential work of organizations, institutions and individuals. We are seeking partners to provide educational resources for the region and well beyond.

We’d also like to invite schools to participate as they have in the past as essential exhibitors at EarthFest Presents programs. Rather than a physical exhibit this year, however, it would be via video or another means to present the material virtually.

We invite you to come on this journey with us as an event partner and/or content contributor. To learn how, please contact Jim Duffy at duffyj@temple.edu or 267-629-9045.

If you ware interesting in becoming part of Celebrating the Earth, we hope that you would be willing to take a few moments to fill out the following participation survey. This will help us in continuing to plan our 2021 programming and outreach.