Encourage your little one’s curiosity about the natural world through the Little Explorers program, designed for children ages 2 to 4. Each lesson includes activities, reading, snacks and walks through the garden (weather permitting). At least one adult chaperone is required for every two children.
Free for members; $12 for nonmembers
The festival returns with more music, comedy, storytelling and circus acts, along with African and African-American folklore told by Charlotte Blake Alston, a one-man performance of “The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly” and more.
Cost: Three performances and lunch for $25
This guided plant walk will focus on the use of woody, herbaceous perennial and annual vines. David Mattern will illustrate how vines can be incorporated onto unlikely structures, and how to use vines and climbers in your overall design. Explore identification, habit and creative uses of vines suitable to gardens in the mid-Atlantic.
Members $25; nonmembers $35
Before you venture through the colorful gardens at Morris Arboretum, visit the discovery table and create your own field journal to document your discoveries, observations and notes about the day.
Free with admission, $0–$17
Learn learn the differences between turtles, tortoises and terrapins and meet live animals at the Academy of Natural Science’s two auditorium shows. Plus: Ninja Turtle Face Painting, Turtle Thunderdome, Master Splinter’s Education Station, Turtle Power Story Time and more.
Free with admission
More than a dozen men’s and women’s teams will compete in separate races along the same 12.3 mile course, looping through the city and ending at the Manayunk Wall. Check out the website for the best locations to view the action.
Join Friends of High School Park for a day filled with live music, jury-selected artists, food, Sustainable Cheltenham exhibits, kids’ activities and more. This event helps support the restoration of this 11 acre park located in Cheltenham, half a block from the Elkins Park Train Station. Rain date: June 12.
The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association invites nature enthusiasts to see the ins and outs of local trails through the eyes of trail stewards. Led by Michael Kleiman, this hike downstream will explore the Green Ribbon Trail around Germantown Academy, the newest steppingstone creek crossing and the newly restored wetlands.
Join the Jewish Farm School and Repair the World for the third part of this four-session series. Interactive workshops guide participants through best practices about gardening, a celebration of the power of growing, cooking and eating fresh food together. This month's activities: Trellis building and growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
Cost: $25 deposit that will be returned as a gift card to Heritage Farmstand or Roughwood Seed Collection
Bring a lunch to the Institute of Contemporary Art mezzanine for a new educational series with curators about the process behind organizing exhibitions, as well as discussions about shows currently on view at ICA.
Visit Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s banding site and see bird banding in action. Learn about avian conservation and research techniques and find out what information can be collected by catching wild birds. Limited to 12 people. WVWA members only.
Join apiarist Dan Borkoski, of the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County, for an inside look at the busy, buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge.
Members $5; nonmembers $10
The historic Bartram house will be open after a year of restoration. Participants will get a look at the renovations, then put on their curator hats to design museum exhibits that might tell part of the Bartram story. This program serves home-schooled students, ages 5 through 13, and meets monthly with morning and afternoon sessions.
Free for members; $12 for nonmembers
In this hands-on class, students watch side-by-side demonstrations of making ricotta two ways, then creating a savory lasagna lunch with a sweet ricotta dessert using the cheese made in class. Participants will have time to ask questions over lunch and a tasting of Cherry Grove Farm treats.
The Philadelphia Folksong Society is celebrating Awbury Arboretum’s centennial year with live music, circus performances, a petting zoo, a pop-up disc golf course, kids’ crafts, face painting, food truck vendors, a craft and flea market, and more.
$10 in advance, $15 at the gate; free for children under 12 and residents in 19138 and 19144
This year’s theme is “Are you connected?” at the region’s largest LGBT festival, which annually attracts more than 25,000 revelers for food, drink, entertainment and solidarity.
WHEN: Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. and arrives at festival location around 1 p.m. COST: Festival admission $15 WHERE: Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing
Explore how these plants can strengthen the heart muscle, reduce blood pressure and tone the cardiovascular system. The workshop will also touch on how these plants can affect emotions of joy, grief and heartache.
Free for members; $15 for nonmembers
From the stately Yellowwood to North America’s oldest ginkgo tree (ginkgo biloba), Bartram’s Garden plays host to a diverse array of trees. In this workshop, explore the garden and learn to render key elements of many different species of tree, from bark to crown. Step-by-step instruction and materials will be provided.
Free for members; $18 for nonmembers
Experts present a variety of tools/procedures to assist public and private land managers in developing best management practices. Morning lectures on ArcGIS software, forest and stream restoration projects, and invasive species control programs are followed by afternoon tours of Mt. Cuba Center’s natural lands projects.
$90, (lunch included)
Learn to identify 60 beautiful and functional native trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials chosen by Mt. Cuba Center’s horticultural staff. Through lectures and outdoor labs, examine the key identifying characteristics of each plant, their preferred site conditions and environmental value. This is a six-session course on Thursdays.
Rachel Carson, in the final year of her life and struggling with cancer, recounts with both humor and anger the attacks by the chemical industry, the government and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people as she emerges as an advocate for the natural world.
Acrobatic and theatrical performances, an outdoor movie screening, food, beer, and music by West Philadelphia Orchestra and Chickabiddy help raise funds for The Resource Exchange to continue its mission to promote creative reuse, recycling and resource conservation.
Join Steve Saffier of Audubon Pennsylvania and learn what plants our native birds look to for food, shelter and nesting and how you can turn your traditional landscape into an eating garden for birds in a short period.
Bring your plants or a piece of a diseased plant to get identification and suggestions on treatment and other gardening tips. Bring a sample in an empty pill bottle of any insect from your garden that requires identification.
Celebrate the benefits of community gardening with the Neighborhood Gardens Trust. More than 40 community gardens across Philadelphia will welcome the public for tours, gardening advice, demonstrations and more. Walking, bike and bus tours available with pre-registration.
Treat Dad to an afternoon at New Jersey’s largest estate vineyard overlooking the Musconetcong Valley. Visitors will enjoy wine tasting, a cellar tour, live music and more. Bring a lawn chair, blanket or beach umbrella. No pets or EZ-Up shelters are allowed.
$10 for adults 21 and over; $5 for ages 13 to 20; free for children 12 and under
Celebrate everything wonderful about cherries by reading books about this delectable fruit. An educational component follows. Farm staff will show you how cherries grow and how they should be picked, and children will have a chance to gather and take home some of their own. Registration requested.
$7 per child
This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children ages 5 through 12. Each day will feature a different theme, focusing around activities such as bird watching, searching for salamanders or letterboxing. This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer.
Members $10; nonmembers $20
The third annual Hoedown is an evening of locally sourced, farm-fresh food, live music and outdoor games, set against the backdrop of the Weavers Way Farm on the grounds of Awbury Arboretum. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket.
$15 to $85; free for children 5 and under
Join local birding expert and environmental educator Kelley Nunn and look and listen for the birds of Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Participants will take short hikes through the preserve to spot birds using different habitats. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow some from staff. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent.
Free for members, $15 for nonmembers
Stop, look and listen as Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway opens for the summer season. Celebrating its 19th year, the Garden Railway 2016 theme is “Awaken the Senses” and will feature buildings that incorporate one or two of the five senses in the structure. Take part in a kids craft and enjoy free ice cream.
Free for members, $9 to $17 for nonmembers
Purchase your membership to have access to both Knowlton and Hidden Hollow locations at Linvilla Orchards’ Swim Club. Swimming and diving lessons available. Register online. linvilla.com
$300 primary membership, with $150 for additional members and discounts available
PEN/Hemingway Award winner Jennifer Haigh tells a story of fracking, family and the moral questions underpinning the national natural-gas debate. Adam Briggle drills into the pragmatic and ideological concerns that led the citizens of Denton, Texas, to ban fracking.
In this workshop, explore the many naturally occurring patterns in Bartram’s Garden, and experiment with ways to use them in art. Materials will be provided, and you will leave with a work of art you’ve created yourself.
Free for members; $18 for nonmembers
More than 200 local arts and food vendors will take to the cobblestone street of Trenton Avenue to help raise funds for neighborhood projects and revitalization. Don’t miss the Kinetic Sculpture Derby!
Pay as you go
Join us for a day of art and let your creativity bloom while you draw, paint or photograph Mt. Cuba Center’s natural and ever-changing gardens. Meet other participating artists and enjoy a day of art and inspiration. Registration required.
Free for participating artists
From slides to YouTube videos, images reveal previously unseen aspects of nature. Feast your eyes on examples from Wagner Free Institute’s historic lantern slide collection and the wider world of cinema. Oliver Gaycken, an expert on popular science history, will explain visual media’s role in teaching science.
Eric Hsu will lead a guided plant walk that features bulb planting, selection and design, as well as companion perennials to enhance your bulb display. Register to learn the varied uses of bulbs in the garden and the opportunity to use the gardens at Chanticleer Garden as inspiration.
Members $25; nonmembers $35
Visit the home of activist/entrepreneur Judy Wicks, who made the decision to stop buying natural gas and transition her home to 100 percent renewable electricity. Her solar array produces the majority of her electricity and the rest is purchased via the grid from a local solar supplier. Contractors will be present to answer your questions at the open house. The tour will show the solar array, electric heat pump, high-efficiency electric water heater and induction store top. Beer and pretzels will be served. Registration required.
Fitler Square (exact address will be emailed upon registration)
Smith Memorial Playground will host its ninth annual adults-only Party in the Playground, at Smith’s historic Playhouse in East Fairmount Park. This party is a fun way to raise the funds needed to keep admission free and for programs that help develop healthy children, strong families and safe communities.
This documentary film is about people taking charge of their communities and not allowing a dangerous industry to move in and harm their ways of life and finding new, healthy energy solutions.“Groundswell Rising” explores the moral and ethical issues of the fracking industry and focuses on the people in the “fractivist” movement.
Members are invited to a ZERO WASTE spring general membership meeting. Bring dishes, utensils and napkins, or rent them from the Weavers Way Environment Committee. There will be a free buffet, kids’ activities and a presentation by researcher Brittany Anuszkiewicz.
Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and is now stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Come and explore revolutionary technology, local history and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours available.
Come out for an evening of artistry and celebrate the many arts and education programs of the Perkins Center. The annual celebration, in its sixth year, features unique and handmade crafts along with regional beverages and food, including participation from two dozen regional craft breweries.
People interested in co-ops will gather at this daylong educational event to learn skills, discuss ideas and make connections across co-op sectors. CO-UP is being organized by the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance to grow the region’s cooperative economy. Simultaneous interpretation will be offered in Spanish.
$5 to $25 sliding scale
Community gardeners will receive 10 percent off of purchases made for their community garden May 14 and 15. Your garden must be preregistered to receive the discount at the time of purchase. Discount applies to nursery items only—produce and other food items are not included.
Greensgrow Farms at 2501 E. Cumberland St. and Greensgrow West at 4912 Baltimore Ave.
Learn about the ideal plants to draw beautiful birds and insects into your garden. Tom Potterfield, Master Gardener, class of 2010, will be the speaker. Presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County. Registration is suggested by phone at 856-216-7130, or email at email@example.com.
$10 per household
Learn more about the Schuylkill Center’s Nature Preschool, a progressive nature-based program for children ages 3 to 5. Visit the classrooms, meet teachers and learn about our curriculum. Children are welcome to come and participate in activities. schuylkillcenter.org