Exhibitors and Activities

EarthFest Main Stage

In addition to our more than 75 exhibitors, there is plenty to see and do at the EarthFest Main Stage! Main Stage programs begin promptly at 9:45 a.m., so plan accordingly!

EarthFest 2019 Main Stage Schedule

9:45 a.m.  Welcome

Vicki Lewis McGarvey, Vice Provost, University College

Jim Duffy and Susan Spinella Sacks, EarthFest Co-Coordinators

Melissa Magee, Action News Meteorologist, 6-ABC, Main Stage Host

10:00 a.m.  Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium

10:35 a.m.  The Franklin Institute

11:10 a.m.   Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

11:35 a.m.  Barn Nature Center

12:15 p.m.  Elmwood Park Zoo

12:50 p.m.  Academy of Natural Sciences

Sponsors for 2019 are:

The Allerton Foundation, Air Quality Partnership - Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Ellis A. Gimbel Trust, PECO Energy, Mari W. Radford and Eric C. Lindhult, Temple University Ambler and the Township of Upper Dublin.

Media Partner - 2019:

6-ABC

Host/Emcee - 2019:

Melissa Magee, Action News Meteorologist, 6-ABC


Exhibitors at EarthFest

View an Earthfest 2019 Event Map

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Slimy? Scary? Sneaky? Separate fact from fiction in the Academy's investigation of fascinating animals that are often misunderstood. The Academy of Natural Sciences was founded in Philadelphia in 1812 “for the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences, and the advancement of useful learning.” Today, the Academy is the nation’s oldest natural history museum.

American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter
The American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter's exhibit will provide an interactive planning exercise for students that will teach them about land use and transportation planning and its relationship to the environment and sustainability. The American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for professional planners and planning officials, as well as other organizations and individuals interested in planning. Approximately 1,300 members strong, PPA works to promote planning at all levels of the Commonwealth through workshops, meetings, an annual conference, legislative monitoring, and public awareness efforts. PPA members participate with various groups with shared values and goals.

American Red Cross
The America Red Cross will provide information about how to survive environmental disasters. Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

Appalachian Mountain Club - Delaware Valley Chapter
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The organization believes these resources have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, they encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world. At their exhibit, they plan to highlight the Del Val chapter's conservation efforts with a display and also provide child-friendly activities related to "Leave No Trace" ideals. This will include a hands-on activity and possible story "times." The club also plans to exhibit a backpack and tent and talk about what you need to hike safely with a minimum impact on the environment.

Barn Nature Center
The Barn Nature Center will share important information about animal conservation and bring along a few animals to share with visitors. The Barn Nature Center offers programs for Bucks County and the surrounding communities. The Nature Center offers a setting where children can learn about, pet, play with and interact with a wide variety of animals, including reptiles, birds, amphibians, mammals, fish and bugs!

Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association
The Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association will provide information about the harmful effects of nighttime light pollution on the environment and ways it can be mitigated. If it is a sunny day, the organization will also provide some safe solar scopes to view sunspots and solar prominences on the face and limb of the Sun. The Sun is the engine of life on Earth. Our understanding of the Sun and "spaceweather" events can help us take proper precautions during Coronal Mass Ejections directed towards Earth.

Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
The Center for Aquatic Sciences' mission is education and youth development through promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats. In performing this mission, the Center strives to be a responsible member of the community, assisting in its economic and social redevelopment by providing opportunities for education, enrichment and employment. At EarthFest, the Center invites visitors to become a hands-on "beach detective, investigating different animal artifacts that can be found on the beach!

Clean Air Council
The Clean Air Council plans to quiz attendees with our transportation trivia wheel while challenging guests to design the safest intersection using our interactive streetscape, all in the effort to encourage sustainable transportation. Clean Air Council also offers information on safe home cleaning and critical legislative action on public health. The Clean Air Council protects our right to breath clean air, offering information about sustainable commuting, energy efficiency and paths to contacting your representatives about pollution concerns. The Clean Air Council is a member-supported, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air. The Council works through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to ensure enforcement of environmental laws.

Delaware River Basin Commission
The DRBC will bring an Enviroscape watershed model to show attendees how litter and other pollution affects waterways. A breakthrough in water resources management occurred in 1961 when President Kennedy and the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York for the first time signed concurrent compact legislation into law creating a regional body with the force of law to oversee a unified approach to managing a river system without regard to political boundaries. The members of this regional body - the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) - include the four basin state governors and the Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who serves as the federal representative. Commission programs include water quality protection, water supply allocation, regulatory review (permitting), water conservation initiatives, watershed planning, drought management, flood loss reduction, and recreation.

Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers
As amateur astronomers, the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers see every night (when we can see) the effects of climate change (more cloudy nights; more moisture in the air on clear nights); light pollution (fewer objects visible without moving further and further from municipal areas); and reduction in government STEM funding (fewer NASA missions; fewer students; less research). The organization strives to engage everyone from the youngest would-be astronomer up to the oldest with star parties; meetings with presentations by astronomers; and routinely handling outreach requests from everyone from the Franklin Institute to the Girl Scouts.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission - Air Quality Partners
The Air Quality Partnership, a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), has the distinction of having participated in all 16 EarthFest celebrations at Temple University Ambler as an exhibitor and sponsor. Serving the Greater Philadelphia, Camden, Trenton, Chester area for more than 40 years, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is an interstate, intercounty and intercity agency that provides continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated planning to shape a vision for the future growth of the Delaware Valley region.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Fort Washington State Park 
DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ enjoyment. Their exhibit will include pictures, maps and information about PA state parks. Rangers from Fort Washington State Park will also be on hand to talk to answer questions and encourage awareness of (and interest in) the Pennsylvania State Park system, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in general.  We hope that our presence at this event encourages people to visit and value state parks. A local falconer, Tom Stanton, will also be on hand to answer questions about raptors and about the sport of falconry.

Elmwood Park Zoo
The Elmwood Park Zoo will teach positive environmental stewardship and provide information to visitors through an EarthFest Main Stage experience and their exhibit booth. The Elmwood Park Zoo was founded in 1924. In 1985, the Norristown Zoological Society became an official non-profit organization and assumed control of Elmwood Park Zoo from the Borough of Norristown. Today, Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes over 130,000 visitors annually for an educational adventure in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment.

Evergreen Lane Farm
Evergreen Lane Farm will be showcasing their Aquaponic Growing System and demonstrating how to grow aquaponically. Aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish in a contained environment) and hydroponics (growing in a soil-less, recirculating water system). A variety of crops, from specialty salad greens to tomatoes, can be grown. In an aquaponic system, crops are noted to grow two to three times faster than in traditional soil environments.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
At EarthFest, FEMA will have activities for students young and old focused on identifying flood risk and making better decisions on how to reduce it. FEMA's exhibit will allow participants to play the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)’s FloodManager game and try their hand at managing a community’s flood risk. FloodManager is a scenario-based simulation game, like SimCity or Oregon Trail, developed to teach fundamental floodplain management principles to groups of local development decision-makers, resulting in a deeper understanding of the impacts of their decisions on the economic vitality of their community and fostering increased resilience against flooding disasters. For younger visitors, FEMA will have a tabletop model of a floodplain where participants can create their own development and see what the effects are when the river floods. Changing the location of structures, encroachment in the floodway and filling the flood fringe will all have very different results in how and where flooding occurs.

The Franklin Institute
At EarthFest 2019, the Franklin Institute will present the Electricity Tabletop Exploration. Let their Traveling Scientist be your guide through electrifying experiments! This interactive display includes favorites such as the Van de Graaff generator, plasma ball, jumping rings and energy bike. An EarthFest Main Stage exhibitor, the Franklin Institute provides numerous fun, interactive ways to help kids develop a passion for science.

Friends of Heinz Refuge
The Friends of Heinz Refuge will present a recycling game in which people must place items in the recycling bin or in the trash for a prize. This will inform people of what items they can/can not recycle. They will also provide a compost demonstration that shows compost after different increments of time. They will show people how they can start their own compost pile and provide them with informational pamphlets on how to do so. Both recycling and composting are two important activities that can make a world of difference. By informing the public on how to do these activities properly, we can reduce our carbon footprint and foster eco-conscious youth.  

Green Mountain Energy
Event sponsor Green Mountain Energy is America's oldest and largest renewable energy electric generation supplier. Through choosing their organization to provide renewable electricity, Americans have avoided over 54,067,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide! Green Mountain will inform individuals about how much impact their houses have on the environment, and explain how using renewable energy can make a positive impact.

Inspire
Inspire provides homeowners with access to clean power that is good for your home and the environment. Inspire, based in Philadelphia, connects Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Ohio to 100-percent wind power.

Kimberton's Altair EcoVillage
Altair's EcoVillage concept is everything Environmental, 100% renewable energy, EV fleet transportation, Educational Meetingplace for all topics Green. Composting, Stormwater Management, LEEDs, Permaculture, Small-acre (2+) Woodlot Rejuvenation, Native Perennial Gardening, Rain Gardening,  Energy Management, Shared Sustainable Community Living, Affordability in Housing, Trails. Member of  GreenTeam & TimeBank Phoenixville, Transition Team, EAC East Pikeland Township,  local CSA farming member, PennEnvironment, Co-Housing-USA and more. The EcoVillage offers monthly discussions on a wide range of environmental topics, with a multi-year history of regular, past discussions - and a bright future for more in the coming months/years. 

Montgomery County Conservation District
The Montgomery County Conservation District will educate visitors about water and soil conservation. The mission of the Montgomery County Conservation District is to protect and improve the quality of life of the residents of Montgomery County and surrounding communities by providing, in cooperation with others, timely and efficient service, education, and technical guidance, for the wise use of our soil, water, and related resources.

Montgomery County Office of Public Health
The Montgomery County Health Department will present information on the Department's water quality management programs and water pollution prevention. This interactive display will educate visitors about water pollution, water contaminants, and water conservation practices, including environmental health information related to on-lot well water and sewage disposal systems.

PECO
PECO puts its energy into helping their customers save money. PECO Smart Ideas – a full suite of energy saving programs is designed to help keep more of your hard-earned dollars where they belong … in your wallet. The PECO Smart Ideas team will be on hand with a lighting demonstration and information on energy efficient home appliance and equipment rebates and tips for reducing your home's overall energy consumption. EarthFest 2018 sponsor PECO is doing more than just providing energy, they're working to make a difference in our communities. PECO understands that being a business leader involves more than being a reliable provider of energy services. It also means being an important part of the communities it serves and working to sustain our environment.

PennEnvironment
PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. The organization believes there’s something special about Pennsylvania — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s a beloved river or stream like the Susquehanna or the Wissahickon, our rolling family farmland, or one of our 120 state parks, Pennsylvania’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways. Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, short-sighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action.

Penn State Extension – Montgomery County Master Gardeners
Do you have questions about the Spotted Lanternfly, wonder why your hydrangea changed colors, or want to know what killed your favorite tomato plant last year? The Master Gardeners are here to help! From pollinators to pepper plants, not only can they help answer all your horticultural inquiries, but they also will have information on the latest news in gardening and plant science.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be on hand with examples of "good" and "bad" bugs. Specialists from the Clean Water and Environmental Cleanups programs will be on hand to talk about protecting the environmental, working for PA DEP and showing examples of from their work. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency largely responsible for administering Pennsylvania's environmental laws and regulations. Its responsibilities include: reducing air pollution; making sure our drinking water is safe; protecting water quality in our rivers and streams; making sure waste is handled properly; supporting community renewal and revitalization; promoting advanced energy technology; and helping citizens prevent pollution and comply with the Commonwealth's environmental regulations. DEP is committed to general environmental education and encouraging effective public involvement in setting environmental policy.

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
The PA Fish & Boat Commission will provide resources to help educate participants about the aquatic resources available to them in the Commonwealth. The mission of the PA Fish & Boat Commission is to protect, conserve & enhance the Commowealth's aquatic resources and to provide fishing & boating opportunities.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Junior Flower Show is heading on the road! Learn about how you can bring the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Junior Flower Show program to your school. Also learn about the Plant One Million project, led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the TreeVitalize program of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, and the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
Come see and learn about some of the most amazing animals on Earth! Animals? Yes, insects are animals too. They and their fellow arthropods all play a very important role in balancing our planet. The Insectarium is the country's largest exhibited all arthropod museum. The collections are from all over the world! The Insectarium's extensive live collection demonstrates natural habitats of many unusual insects, trantuals, scorpions and crustaceans.

Plant Ambler
Plant Ambler will provide information about community beautification programs in addition to holding a "mini-essay" contact about flowers and volunteering. Plant Ambler is a community beautification effort staffed entirely by volunteers and supported by donations. Volunteers have been providing displays such as spring pansies, fall mums and winter greens throughout the borough since 1973. The staff experts are always willing to share knowledge about gardening with the “green” newcomers.

ProRanger Philadelphia - National Park Service
The northeast regional office of the U.S. National Park Service will provide information about its "ProRanger" program, a partnership between the National Park Service and the Temple University Criminal Justice Training Program, which is located at the Ambler Campus. The NPS will also provide information about youth employment opportunities, volunteer opportunities at area parks, and displays about protecting natural resources. Learn how you can become involved in the conservation of fragile resources in your national parks. NPS will also share information about national park system units around the country and their water resources.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center
Riverbend's aquaponics booth is an interactive station that will feature an "ecological mystery"  that engages students to use the power of investigation to crack the mystery of Riverbend Island and why some of its major species have recently disappeared. Students will practice skills in investigation, arguing from evidence and exploring aquaponics. Riverbend is also providing a Nature Science Hike! In this hike through the Ambler Arboretum, students use science skills in observation, questioning and investigation to discover some of nature's most unique mysteries.  Guided by Riverbend Educators, students will hike the arboretum to explore plants, insects and the interconnections in ecosystems. 

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Sea Shepherd's mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. The organization will have onshore volunteers on hand to answer questions and provide outreach educational materials.

Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Center Education staff will be doing a hands-on activity with macroinvertebrates, microscopes, viewing lenses, and bug identification to help students understand that: These critters live in freshwater streams; they are used as living indicators of stream health; and how kids can look at a stream to read the story of its health, and what they can look for when exploring on their own. Since 1967, Stroud Water Research Center has focused on one thing — fresh water. We seek to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is busier than ever planning and carrying out the essential task of beach replenishment all along the coast. Beach replenishment, however, is not as simple just adding sand back to the storm ravaged beaches. Engineers design a template to afford the maximum amount of protection for coastal property. Biologists study the ocean floor to discover where best — and where best not — to extract sand for the replenishment. Using special cameras, mounted on sleds that are towed along the bottom, the biologists look for suitable ‘borrow’ areas, spots that will provide sand of the right texture to match what’s on the beach.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mid-Atlantic Region
If you happen to notice not just one but several U.S. EPA exhibitors at EarthFest 2019, you’re not imagining things. Four divisions of the U.S. EPA office for the Mid-Atlantic Region have joined together to present a variety of important information and experiences. EPA divisions from the Mid-Atlantic Region that will be participating in EarthFest year include Water, Laboratory Services & Applied Science, Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment and Superfund and Emergency Management, who is presenting special tours of a more than 35-foot-long EPA Emergency Mobile Command Vehicle!

Upper Dublin Township
Event sponsor Upper Dublin Township will provide educational information on the sustainable yard waste program, the proper disposal of hazardous and electronic materials and the township's stormwater management program. Upper Dublin will also display the township's large "tub grinder" truck, which is used for land-clearing and wood recycling operations.

Wyncote Audubon Society
The Wyncote Audubon Society will share information about Important Bird Areas, or IBAs, sites that provide essential habitat for one or more species of bird. IBAs include sites for breeding, wintering, and/or migrating birds. IBAs may include public or private lands, or both, and they may be protected or unprotected. The Wyncote Audubon Chapter’s efforts integrate bird monitoring; engagement of individuals, families and communities in Bird Friendly Communities outreach; education of young people in their Audubon Adventures Clubs with IBA visits, and teaching others about the importance of birds through field trips to the IBA. The Wyncote Audubon Society is one of the oldest nature oriented clubs in North America. Founded in 1914 as the Wyncote Bird Club, the organization became a chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1970.

Temple University Exhibitors at EarthFest

Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
The Ambler Arboretum will lead garden tours exploring why “All Bugs Aren’t Bad,” which specifically relates to seventh grade curriculum standards in the state. Should this program prove popular we hope to expand it at EarthFest 2019 for additional grades and a variety of topics! Please note: Pre-registration is required for the tours. The Ambler Arboretum of Temple University is an historic public garden within a respected institution of higher education. Its mission is to serve as a living laboratory that promotes love and knowledge of horticulture, understanding of the relationship between people and the environment, and awareness of both the need for and means to achieve greater environmental responsibility.

Aramark at Temple University
Get ready for the Plate Game and learning about making healthy eating choices! From a small vending service to a global corporation, Aramark's commitment to service excellence continues to exceed customer needs.

Center for Inclusive Competitiveness/PA MESA
Students in career technical high schools are partnering with Temple University Engineering students to develop an aquaponics system for middle schoolers. This initiative will address the food deserts in North Philadelphia.

College of Science and Technology
Educators from Temple's STEM Education Network in the College of Science and Technology will model a volcano with household items and demonstrate how lava takes the path of least resistance through the rock. They will also have a model of lava lamp to talk about magma and how we understand that it moves through convection cycles. With these ideas in mind, visitors can make lava lamps of their own using water, vegetable oil, and Alka-seltzer tablets. The activity relates to Earth Science as students will learn about volcanoes, magma, and lava, among other science concepts that relate to these topics.

Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture, part of the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design in the Tyler School of Art, focuses on design in the contexts of culture, technology and stewardship of the built and natural environment with undergraduate degrees in Architecture, Architectural Preservation, and Facilities Management and a professional Master of Architecture degree. Its programs stress critical inquiry and innovation as part of the creative process, teaching students how to intervene in the physical world through carefully considered acts of making. The Department engages the city, exploring and addressing the ethical and social dimensions of architecture and the built environment.

Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Educators in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science in the College of Science and Technology will lead visitors on a treasure hunt using a magnetic locator, a simple, but important geophysical tool. It makes an audible sound when it passes over buried iron. Bury a few targets and you have an instant treasure hunt! Educators will also present a nanoscience and nanotechnology-themed display. This will share information about transformations of manufactured nanomaterials in environmental systems and their effects on the resulting nanomaterials behavior. 

Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
The focus of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture's Design-Build Studios is to provide students with the opportunity to build and implement elements of their own design. Students prepare the necessary construction documentation and then actually construct their designs. Working with construction materials enables students to learn the opportunities and limitations of these materials. This "hands-on" approach is vital to understanding the relationship between design and implementation processes.

Department of Planning and Community Development
The Department of Planning and Community Development will showcase selected student projects and provide information about the program and courses focusing on sustainability and environmental issues in addition to offering interactive games for students.

Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Association
The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Student Association will present an interactive "Match the Pollinator" game. This involves images of different kinds of flowers and different bees, birds and butterflies that pollinate specific plants. 

Pi Alpha Xi
Pi Alpha Xi is a national honor society for students of Floriculture, Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture.

Students for Environmental Action
Students for Environmental Action will present interactive activities and games dealing with education about sustainability and what individuals can do to help the environment.

Temple Planning Student Organization
Planning and Community Development students engage visitors in a sustainability driven, charrette-style site development planning process.

Temple University Ambler Aquaponics
Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a self-sustaining, symbiotic environment. Students and staff have created a fully developed aquaponics garden, which has taken root in the underutilized lower level of West Hall. While traditional commercial aquaponics gardens focus on harvesting both plants and fish, the Ambler aquaponics lab is focused entirely on research, exploring different types of aquaponics set-ups and finding the best balance between fish, plants and nutrients. The lab is fully accredited by the AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care).

Temple University Athletics
Temple Athletics promotes a healthy lifestyle for children by encouraging participation in sports and other outdoor activities through the Owlsports summer camps. At EarthFest say hello to Hooter!

Temple University Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE)
CORE will promote healthy eating through local produce. Their exhibit will highlight the sugar content in packaged foods. Children will be asked to rank foods based on how much sugar they think each food contains. By buying foods produced locally, you are supporting sustainable producers and promoting farming practices that do not endanger public health. These foods are naturally low in sugar and help reduce diabetes and obesity in children.

Temple University Computer Recycling Center
Temple will provide information on its Computer Recycling Program, which involves recycling computer parts to promote a healthier environment.

Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory
The Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory will incorporate a variety of activities using recyclable materials. These activities will engage children's language, memory, musical, geographical, and spatial skills. In one activity, they will create musical patterns using recyclable materials (plastic bottles, metal cans, cardboard boxes). Children will be asked to repeat the patterns they hear. Each pattern will get progressively longer. The goal is to complete as long a sequence as the child can. Another activity will allow children to use their spatial measurement skills to learn about the depths of the ocean, the various animals living in it, and the impact that trash has on marine life. The Temple University Infant Lab, located at the Ambler Campus, invites parents and their children to help shape the future by participating in research at the frontiers of science. The Lab is directed by nationally recognized child development authorities and professors Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Nora Newcombe. Faculty and staff provide fun-filled activities for infants and toddlers who become part of cutting-edge discoveries. Parents learn more about children's first words and the ability to create mental maps. In the lab, infants and toddlers teach scientists new ways to optimize education and advance learning.

Temple University Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability will talk about our various programs and projects that promote sustainability on campus including our recycling programs, bike initiatives, the Rad Dish, sustainable design features on campus, and the Tiny House; provide information about how student and faculty can be more sustainable both on and off campus; and discuss the progress on our Climate Action Plan. As an urban institution that is deeply engaged in the community, Temple University's commitment to sustainability can have a profound impact on the health and quality of life of a large and diverse population within Temple and its surrounding community. The University is positioned to be an important educational resource for teaching sustainability, with its three pillars of environment, economics and social justice. It is committed to demonstrating the value of those principles through its own example and through the activities it sponsors in the community. Temple aims to serve as a model for similar urban institutions and to burnish its national reputation for excellence and commitment to principled policy and action.

Temple University Criminal Justice Training Programs
Criminal Justice Training Programs, a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, is an interdisciplinary unit that has conducted training for a variety of criminal justice agencies and occupations since 1968. Each year, more than 3,000 criminal justice professionals attend programs offered by CJTP, including police officers, deputy sheriffs, state constables, legislative security officers, school security officers, and magisterial district court staff. Other activities include criminal justice continuing education programs for agencies allied to the criminal justice system, including public safety, citizen, and community groups. CJTP also is responsible for the development of training curricula for various occupations including distance-learning. CJTP has been involved in the development of “ProRanger Philadelphia,” an academic and technical skills training and paid internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University.

Temple University Summer Programs
Temple’s Summer Education Camps provide a wonderful opportunity for youths to learn about a specific area of interest including environment and sustainability, experience a college campus and have lots of fun at the same time.  Temple Summer Programs will be offering youth summer camps at Ambler Campus, Main Campus and the Center City Campus.

Exhibiting Schools

Commonwealth Charter Academy
Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) is a top accredited K-12 public cyber charter school that provides personalized, tuition-free education to all Pennsylvania students. AgWorks at CCA is a hands-on student-led facility that enables students of all ages to learn about aquaponics, hydroponics, aeroponics and a variety of future career options. 

Downingtown Community Education Foundation - Mobile Innovation Lab
The Downingtown Community Education Foundation’s (DCEF) Mobile Innovation Lab Project transformed a handicapped-accessible school bus into a state-of-the-art STEM mobile classroom that travels to each of Downingtown Area School District's ten elementary schools and beyond, ensuring equitable access to work with the advanced technologies and participate in unique educational experiences.

East Norriton Middle School
East Norriton Middle School students will build an environmentally friendly city showcasing multiple ways that residents can take action to keep our environment healthy and clean.

Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy and Stewart Middle School
Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy and Stewart Middle School will be exhibiting their city of the future that factors in our changing environment and upcoming sustainability needs.

Fairwold Interact Club
The Fairwold Interact Club performs various community service projects, such as planting trees in the Wissahickon Valley Watershed, promoting recycling drives, and assisting area schools in their environmental efforts. At EarthFest, the Interact Club will lead young visitors in planting seeds in recycled plastic containers. Fairwold Interact Club members help visitors to assemble mini terrariums and plant seeds in them to take home. The mini terrariums, known as "Plastic Planet Savers," are made from precut plastic water bottles.

Germantown Academy
What is recyclable and what isn’t?  Take Germantown Academy's challenge and learn more about recycling and keeping our Earth clean!

Lewis C. Cassidy Elementary School
Participants will reuse recycled school supplies (paper clips, erasers paper etc.) along with other materials (pipe cleaners, beads etc.) to make jewelry (bracelets). Lewis C. Cassidy students will emphasize the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling and how it promotes a healthier environment.

Methacton High School/Methacton Electric Car Club
Members of Methacton High School's Methacton Electric Car Club will have their electric car - The Lorax - on hand in addition to a second mobile education vehicle, talk about how they work, and how they are charged by renewable energy. The Methacton Electric Car Club, based in Montgomery County, was developed as a way of fostering technological understanding in a friendly environment.

North Montco Technical Career Center
The North Montco Technical Career Center Horticulture class that is currently using aquaponics to grow green leafy vegetables, herbs and lettuces for the culinary program. All of their products are sourced from organic materials and are biodegradable, which is then composted in their keyhole garden and vermiculture bin.

Philadelphia Academy Charter High School
Ecology students from Philadelphia Academy Charter High School will discuss and present the school's new BioTech lab that incorporates a 300 square foot bio wall and 3,300+ gallon pond systems. One of the tanks has 20 Tilapia in it. They will have iPads that help to show what their program is working on and an example of the classroom aquaponic systems they have built in the class for their middle school.

The U School
The U School is a competency-based school designed to change the outcomes of Philadelphia youth in college and career outcomes by challenging young people to create high quality projects while also giving ownership over their learning. At the U School, students will share information about composting. 

Upper Dublin High School 
Student groups from Upper Dublin High School will present a variety of projects at EarthFest 2019 related to the event theme of sustainability and environmental stewardship. Exhibits for 2019 include:

  • Desalting the Sea

  • Veggie Heroes

  • Be the Solution, Not the Pollution

  • Save the Sea Turtles

  • Beyond Recycling

  • What's your Water Footprint?

  • Dirty Water

William Tennent High School Environmental Club
The William Tennent High School Environment Club will share information about raising trout and test water to ensure a healthy environment for the fish.