February is the month of wine, chocolate, romance and fun at Penns Woods Winery. Look for new pairings of wine and chocolate, including the creations from Tradestone Confections, Taste Artisanal Market and Waffatopia. Reservations required.
Hike the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in search of picturesque scenery and feathered inhabitants as you learn tips and tricks for capturing the perfect shot. Point and shoot digital cameras and tripods will be available to borrow.
$15 for members; $20 for non-members.
Learn the identifying characteristics, classification and habitats of approximately 20 native conifers and broad-leaved evergreens. Gain a working knowledge of the best species to incorporate into your own ecologically diverse landscape. First of a two-session course. The second session meets on Feb. 24.
Bacteria are everywhere. While most are helpful, hype about a few disease-causing bacteria has fueled mass “germophobia,” leading us to overuse antibacterial disinfectants to the point that some are failing. Hear Temple University chemistry professor Bill Wuest discuss the future of microbiological and biochemical approaches to fighting bacteria.
There are some concepts that demand a good drink, so join the Schuylkill Center at Bourbon & Branch in Northern Liberties to quench your thirst and spark your curiosity. They’ll be talking about big ideas for the evening, with leading thinkers in science and humanities asking, “What inventions were worth their cost to the environment?”
Business and thought leader Gretchen McClain will speak on “The Doors Technology Can Open” as Villanova Engineering’s 2016 Ward Lecturer. McClain’s 25 years of global experience include serving as founding CEO of an S&P 500 global water technology company and as NASA’s chief director of the International Space Station.
Join Lower Merion Conservancy staff on a hike back in time discovering the mills, mansions and farms that once existed in this 103-acre township park. Moderately steep trails lead hikers downhill on an old ghost road to a creekside path beside towering stone ruins, where the staff will discuss how over 250 years of Main Line human and natural history can all be connected back to our community’s waterways. Registration required.
Bring your smallest found objects and props to design your own live, miniature moment. Plant materials, jars and direction provided. Just bring your imagination and any fun props you come across to create an unforgettable miniature garden under glass. Open to adults and children ages 5 and over with caregiver.
$36 to $39
Break out of gardening in rows and learn how to maximize your garden space for increased vegetable yields. Sally McCabe of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will teach you vertical, interplanting and succession planting techniques for continuous production.
Don Shump, president of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild and owner of the Philadelphia Bee Co., will be on hand to share his years of experience as an apiarist in Philadelphia. He will walk you through a beekeeper’s typical first year so you know what to expect, and he will tell you what local resources are available to help you succeed.
Discover the world of bird migration with naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul. Learn how scientists study migration and the many conservation issues facing declining populations of migratory birds. Explore simple, effective ways we can help sustain migrants, starting with planting gardens that support their seasonal travels.
Learn how to make your own fiber fungus creations in this hands-on workshop. The Foragers gallery artist Melissa Maddonni Haims will guide you through an exploration of crochet-in-the- round and hyperbolic crochet, resulting in your own mimicked yarn mushroom that you can take home.
Knowledgeable guides will lead visitors on tours throughout the garden, searching for witch hazel bushes. Discover more than 70 varieties of these colorful and fragrant harbingers of spring, ranging in color from yellow and orange to pink and red.
Free with admission
Gravity is an amazing force that affects us all the time; it keeps us on the ground, creates waves and even wind. Join the Riverbend Environmental Education Center for a family friendly evening of gravity-defying experiments and demonstrations including the exciting egg drop experiment. Teamwork will be key as you work together to create, problem solve and test your theories.
Delaware Center for Horticulture instructors Vikram Krishnamurthy and Martha Stephens host a workshop on the many ways to get involved in creating beautiful and sustainable public spaces.
“Do cultivars of native plants provide the same ecological services as do straight species?” And, “Are roadside restorations helpful or are they ecological traps?” Doug Tallamy has recently researched both questions and will share the results as well as other insights on the movement to restore the ecological integrity of human-dominated landscapes.
In this hands-on workshop, learn basic pruning principles including how to make proper cuts, the best times of year to prune different species, and how to select and maintain tools. Gain the ability to shape and form your plantings in a more naturalistic and appealing way.
South Jersey Organic Gardeners' Club will hold its annual Chinese Auction at its regular monthly meeting. Please bring new or gently used items to donate, especially if they are of a gardening nature. This is the club’s fundraising activity for the year.
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Meet Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s resident feathered friends and then make a tasty treat to take home for your own backyard birds. Program includes a story, an outdoor walk, and crafts appropriate for children ages 3 to 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register by Feb. 25.
Free for members; $7 for one child with adult and $3 for each additional child.
Winter got you down? Defrost those cold thoughts by planning for spring greening. Get your garden off to an early start with this cold frame workshop produced in collaboration with Penn State farmers and educators. Participants will leave with a completed cold frame.
Wissahickon Environmental Center will present a day of demonstrations and activities that celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of maple syrup season. Participants will help tap the trees, collect the sap, and see how it is cooked into syrup and candy. Taste pure maple syrup over pancakes. Pennsylvania syrup and candy will be for sale.
Learn the basic techniques for proper transplanting of your house plants. The Primex Garden Center will demonstrate the proper ways to move your plants from one container to another, including picking which pot size to use and what kinds of fertilizer will promote healthy growth.
Explore the world of maple sugar on the historic Mill Grove grounds. Tree tapping demonstrations, sample stations, live owl presentations, and kids’ games and crafts will take place throughout the day. Learn how birds such aslike the yellow-bellied sapsucker rely on Pennsylvania’s forests for food sources, including sap.
The hero of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain relies on a tattered copy of William Bartram’s Travels during his arduous trek through war-torn Appalachia. Dig into a fresh perspective on the adventure by exploring the real stories behind Travels. Bartram’s influential and idiosyncratic travel memoir was a bestseller in the 18th century, not only for its vivid descriptions of Cherokee County but also for its more colorful claims (fire-breathing alligators, anyone?). Refreshments provided.
Free for members; $15 for non-members.
Mother Divine leads a peaceful stroll across the rolling hills surrounding Woodmont, the home of Peace Palace Mission, the 1892 mansion of steel magnate Alan Wood, Jr. The building is a certified National Landmark and member of Lower Merion Conserv ancy’s Architectural Hall of Fame. Claimed as the highest spot in the county, this historic property provides participants with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and sample a variety of handmade, locally sourced chocolates served on handmade ceramic plates from The Clay Studio’s shop. Kym Sylvasy-Neale of the Chocolate Clinic will host the event. Learn about the craft of chocolate making while pairing each chocolate with craft beer samplings.
$30 for members; $35 for non-members.
The Homeowner Series will be presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County. In this first session, learn how to save money sensibly in your garden. The presentation will include a talk given by Becki Szkotak, program coordinator of the Master Gardeners program. Pre-registration suggested.
$10 per household
Stop by Falls Presbyterian Church to donate your new and gently used clothing and accessories. Volunteers will be on hand to assist. Ensure that items are clean, ready to wear, and on hangers or folded neatly in paper shopping bags. No plastic trash bags.
Bartram’s Garden will serve homeschooled students with this informative session on sound and answer questions such as: How can a small bird make such a big sound? How does lightning make thunder? How do ears work? Lessons are appropriate for children ages 5 to 13.
Free for members; $12 for non-members.
The Pennypack Farm & Education Center’s Sustainability Film Series presents “Just Eat It,” a film that dives into the issue of food waste from farm to retail to your fridge. Visit the Sustainability Expo in the lobby before the film. Stay for a panel discussion immediately after.
$10 per film; $24 for the three-film monthly series
The Horticultural Society of South Jersey’s February meeting will feature a presentation by Keara R. Giannotti, educator at Camp Creek Run Nature Preserve. She’ll discuss the various types of milkweed needed by monarch butterflies to survive, the nectar plants they prefer and a review of other pollinators and their plant needs.
Every second Tuesday of the month, stop by Athertyn at Haverford Reserve to donate your new and gently used clothing and accessories. All styles, including menswear, will be accepted. all year round. Ensure that items are clean, on hangers or folded neatly in paper shopping bags.
Join United By Blue for a class that teaches you how to make your own safe and eco-friendly cleaning products at home. Participants will learn about the dangers of conventional cleaning products. All who participate will create non-toxic cleaners to take home.
Dr. Mary Myers transformed her property by removing lawn, adding rain gardens and planting native plants to create beauty and increase biodiversity. Her garden was featured in The New York Times in 2014. Join her for a lecture on increasing the biodiversity of your home landscape.
$8 for members; $12 for non-members.
Mardi Gras comes early this year with a free Nawlins’ brunch at Reading Terminal Market prepared by two-time James Beard guest chef Bill Beck of Beck's Cajun Cafe. Attendees can also enter a King Cake decorating contest judged by Philly favorites Tony Luke, Jr., and Marilyn Russell to raise money for the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance.
Science enthusiasts of all ages can learn about the science of “stuff” at the sixth annual Philly Materials Science & Engineering Day. Activities include high-speed ice cream making with liquid nitrogen, robotics demonstrations and "walking on liquid" in a pool of oobleck.
Celebrate winter at the Wagner Free Institute with themed family activities and arts and crafts. Partner Tree House Books will give a special story presentation at 1 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. Activities are geared toward children ages 6 to 12 and their families, but their museum will be open to visitors of all ages during the afternoon.
Reuse newspaper and craft paper to blend your own paper pulp at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Then mold the pulp into fun Valentine’s Day-inspired shapes. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own colorful scraps to repurpose.
$6 for adults and $4 for children for members; $10 for adults and $8 for children for non-members.
Even the smallest patches of soil can produce vegetables, a beautiful floral display or both. Assess your site for potential, then learn how container gardening, vertical gardening and specific plants can be deployed in small spaces in the first session of a two-class workshop instructed by Kathy Salisbury at the Barnes Foundation.
$67 for members; $75 for non-members.
The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation is partnering with the Reading Terminal Market in a celebration to kick off the “Year of the Monkey.” Buildings will be adorned with festive decorations, food vendors will be present and there will be activities available for the whole family. There will also be demonstrations by Joseph Poon, Sang Kee, Tea Leaf and a performance of the Lion Dance by the Philadelphia Suns.
Visit Camphill Village Kimberton Hills for a dinner made from seasonal, local, organic and biodynamic foods, either grown or raised right in Kimberton Hills or in the neighborhood. Between courses, attendees will hear directly from the growers and producers to learn more about the foods served that evening.
Staff from AARK Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will visit with several of their animal ambassadors for an up-close and personal look into the fascinating lives of birds of prey. Find out where these creatures live, what they eat and how they raise their young. Learn how you can help protect our animal friends and their environment.
Members: $6 adult, $4 children; $10 adult, $8 children for non-members.
"Hucksters" highlights the bygone culture of Philadelphia's famed Dock Street produce market. In addition to historical images and ephemera, the exhibit features artwork by local artists who drew inspiration from the scene.
The monthly meeting of the South Jersey Organic Gardeners’ Club will host a guest speaker, Charlie White, who will present an introduction to permaculture concepts. Ideas will be discussed as to how you can incorporate permaculture into your life.