In 2003, Temple University Ambler administrators conceived of an idea to celebrate Earth Day on a grand scale - EarthFest.
That first EarthFest welcomed about 1,500 visitors and 50 exhibitors. In 2013, EarthFest has grown exponentially!
Hosted by the Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities, EarthFest 2013 will be held on Friday, April 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Temple University Ambler Campus, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler.
In 2013, EarthFest exhibitors and the Junior Flower Show will all be located on the campus side of Meetinghouse Road. See the event map for details!
The mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods, and practices to protect and preserve our environment. Organizations, businesses, colleges, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, and individuals demonstrate sustainable concepts and technologies, and provide interactive educational displays, activities, and much more!
EarthFest is one of the most successful and highly anticipated events of the year at Temple University Ambler. It is central to our core values of student-centered learning, respect for the environment, and community engagement. Thousands of students from all over the region come together and spend time learning about the world in which we live and the interconnected systems on which the lives of people and animals depend. There is perhaps no other environmental event in the region that accomplishes this much in a single day.
For the ninth year in a row, Temple University Ambler's key partner in presenting EarthFest is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). PHS's Junior Flower Show - which includes educational exhibits, service learning projects and competitive classes as part of the Junior Flower Show - is an integral part of the event each year.
The 2013 Junior Flower Show theme, "Chew on This!" will encourage students to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.
In addition to the horticultural and artistic entries that students can exhibit, several classroom projects are also included.
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DOWNLOAD A JUNIOR FLOWER SHOW WORKBOOK.
Temple University departments, from the Center for Sustainable Communities and the School of Environmental Design to the University Recycling Department and Office of Sustainability will be well represented at EarthFest.
Temple University exhibitors such as Temple Athletics and the Temple University Center for Obesity Research and Education will also promote healthy lifestyles for young people.
Temple University Ambler student organizations, including the Student Government Association, Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Association, and Temple Planning Student Organization provide interactive games that, while fun, also teach important lessons about recycling, protecting the environment, and preserving plants and animal habitats to young visitors.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY'S EXHIBITORS AT EARTHFEST.
More than 85 exhibitors, ranging from non-profit watershed groups to for-profit businesses and high school, middle school, and elementary school student organizations, present their ideas, projects, and initiatives in ways that intrigue and attract young people.
Exhibitors for 2013 will include the Philadelphia Zoo, The Franklin Institute, Elmwood Park Zoo, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Insectarium, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wondergy, and many more.
One of the primary goals of the Center for Sustainable Communities is developing partnerships within the surrounding communities. We believe EarthFest is a perfect opportunity for area businesses, organizations, municipal groups, and schools to get involved and work toward developing sustainable communities for today and tomorrow.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL OF OUR EARTHFEST EXHIBITORS.
LEARN HOW TO BECOME AN EXHIBITOR.
EARTHFEST 2013 EVENT MAP
Schools from throughout the area not only visit EarthFest, they also have the opportunity to share their own exhibits, exploring concepts as diverse as watershed clean-up and tree planting to the study of global warming and recycling.
Area schools have become an even greater part of the event with each year.
During EarthFest 2013, an area school, student organization, or educator is presented with the “EarthFest Commitment to Sustainability Award.” The award is presented during our EarthFest Main Stage events.
The 2013 recipient is the Methacton Electric Car Club!
Learn more about the Commitment to Sustainability Award.
If you would like to nominate a school, student organization, or educator for the 2014 Commitment to Sustainability Award, please contact Jim Duffy at
215-267-468-8108 or email@example.com.
“There are so many students doing incredible things at a grassroots level that, each year, we want to take the opportunity to recognize their achievements. Students such as these are the stewards of the future. Our primary goal with EarthFest is education. While we are able to bring a diverse group of students, educators, and exhibitors together each year to celebrate a common cause, students at schools throughout the region are teaching their peers — and in many cases their parents — how they can ensure sustainable communities for today and tomorrow.” - Susan Spinella Sacks, EarthFest Coordinator
Have questions about EarthFest or the Junior Flower Show? We're here to help!
For questions about EarthFest, please contact:
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002
For questions about the Junior Flower Show, please contact:
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103