Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening
Jun
1
10:00 am10:00

Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Learn to garden in harmony with nature using ecologically sound practices with Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening, a two-session course. Get the scoop on sustainable gardening from seven of Mt. Cuba Center’s experts.

mtcubacenter.com

$125

Little Explorers: The Garden in Bloom
Jun
1
10:00 am10:00

Little Explorers: The Garden in Bloom

  • Bartram’s Garden

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.

bartramsgarden.org

Free for members; $12 for nonmembers

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
Jun
2
Jun 4

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

  • Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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.

annenbergcenter.org

Cost: Three performances and lunch for $25

Ornamental Vines in the Garden with David Mattern
Jun
2
5:30 pm17:30

Ornamental Vines in the Garden with David Mattern

  • Chanticleer Garden

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.

pennhort.net

Members $25; nonmembers $35

Art for the Cash Poor
Jun
3
Jun 5

Art for the Cash Poor

  • Crane Arts Building

Nothing is priced above $199 at this block party showcasing the work of more than 100 artists with ceramics, photography, paintings, live music and food truck fare.

inliquid.org 

June 4 and 5 is free; June 3 preview is $30 in advance; $40 at the door; $120 for a group of five

Totally Turtles Weekend
Jun
4
Jun 5

Totally Turtles Weekend

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences

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.

ansp.org

Free with admission

Appel Farm Music & Wine Festival
Jun
4
12:00 pm12:00

Appel Farm Music & Wine Festival

  • Appel Farm

The nonprofit arts programs centered around this farm have assembled a day full of live music, a crafts fair, and art and activities for all ages. Overnight stay is available at the farm’s modern housing facilities.

appelfarm.org

$8 to $65

The Roots Picnic
Jun
4
12:00 pm12:00

The Roots Picnic

  • Festival Pier

The legendary hip-hop group and “Tonight Show” band will back headliner Usher for its ninth year at Festival Pier in Penn’s Landing. Other acts include Swizz Beatz, DMX, Willow Smith, Future, Leon Bridges and more.

rootspicnic.com

$100 to $125

21st Annual Arts in the Park
Jun
5
10:00 am10:00

21st Annual Arts in the Park

  • High School Park

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. 

highschoolpark.org

$5

Trail Steward Hike
Jun
5
6:30 pm18:30

Trail Steward Hike

  • Germantown Academy

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.

wvwa.org

Free

Field-to-Feast
Jun
5
10:00 pm22:00

Field-to-Feast

  • Heritage Farm

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.

jewishfarmschool.org

Cost: $25 deposit that will be returned as a gift card to Heritage Farmstand or Roughwood Seed Collection

 

 

Read & Pick Strawberries
Jun
7
9:30 am09:30

Read & Pick Strawberries

  • Terhune Orchards

Parents and young children are invited to read books about strawberries, learn how they grow and when they should be picked, and then go out and gather some to take home. Registration requested.

terhuneorchards.com

$7 per child

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Jun
10
Jun 12

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

  • Perelman Theater

Screenings and discussions of groundbreaking works by Latin American and Latino filmmakers promote and celebrate a cross-cultural dialog and understanding.

phlaff.org

$0 to $30

A Bird in the Hand: Banding at the WVWA MAPS Station
Jun
11
8:30 am08:30

A Bird in the Hand: Banding at the WVWA MAPS Station

  • 
Crossways Preserve

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.

wvwa.org

Free

Open Hive Days
Jun
11
10:00 am10:00

Open Hive Days

  • New Leaf Eco Center

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.

tlcforscc.org

Members $5; nonmembers $10

Homeschooler Days: 
Telling the Bartram Story
Jun
11
10:00 am10:00

Homeschooler Days: 
Telling the Bartram Story

  • Bartram’s Garden

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.

bartramsgarden.org

Free for members; $12 for nonmembers

Ricotta Lunch Class
Jun
11
11:00 am11:00

Ricotta Lunch Class

  • Cherry Grove Farm

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.

shopcherrygrovefarm.com

$70

Summer Love Fest
Jun
11
1:00 pm13:00

Summer Love Fest

  • Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company hosts a five-hour, family friendly event of summertime activities, live music from local bands and outdoor lawn games. Prizes will be raffled and the Parkesburg Brewpub will feature a special limited menu.

victorybeer.com

Pay as you go 

Odunde Festival
Jun
12
10:00 am10:00

Odunde Festival

  • Graduate Hospital

The 41st celebration of African, Caribbean and South American culture will feature more than 100 food and craft vendors along a 12-block radius of Graduate Hospital.

odundefestival.org

Free

Heartwood Music Festival
Jun
12
11:00 am11:00

Heartwood Music Festival

  • Awbury Arboretum

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.

awbury.org

$10 in advance, $15 at the gate; free for children under 12 and residents in 19138 and 19144

Philly Pride Parade and Festival
Jun
12
11:30 am11:30

Philly Pride Parade and Festival

  • Penn's Landing

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.

phillygaypride.org

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

Workshop: Herbs for Heart Health
Jun
12
12:00 pm12:00

Workshop: Herbs for Heart Health

  • Bartram’s Garden

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.

bartramsgarden.org

Free for members; $15 for nonmembers

 

Creekside Bird Garden Tour
Jun
12
12:00 pm12:00

Creekside Bird Garden Tour

  • Pick up the tour guide at Creekside Co-op

This self-guided tour features experts at each of five Cheltenham sites. Learn how to attract birds to your yard and protect local creeks at the same time.

ttfwatershed.org

$15 suggested donation

Illustration Workshop: Bartram Trees
Jun
12
1:00 pm13:00

Illustration Workshop: Bartram Trees

  • Bartram’s Garden

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.

bartramsgarden.org

Free for members; $18 for nonmembers

Flower Show and Rain Garden Presentation
Jun
12
7:00 pm19:00

Flower Show and Rain Garden Presentation

  • 820 Mercer St. Cherry Hill, N.J.

Hosted by Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Mike Haberland, associate professor and environmental agent for Burlington and Camden counties, will present the program Rain Gardens for Homeowners.

HSSJ.org

Free

Natural Lands Management Workshop
Jun
15
9:00 am09:00

Natural Lands Management Workshop

  • Mt. Cuba Center

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.

mtcubacenter.org

$90, (lunch included)

Native Plants of Summer
Jun
16
10:00 am10:00

Native Plants of Summer

  • Mt. Cuba Center

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.

mtcubacenter.org

$185

Movie Night: ‘A Sense of Wonder’
Jun
16
6:30 pm18:30

Movie Night: ‘A Sense of Wonder’

  • Collingswood Library

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.

GMOFreeNJ.com

Free

Three Ring Circus Fundraiser for The Resource Exchange
Jun
17
6:00 pm18:00

Three Ring Circus Fundraiser for The Resource Exchange

  • The Resource Exchange

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.

theresourceexchange.org

$15 

Summer Solstice Celebration
Jun
17
6:00 pm18:00

Summer Solstice Celebration

  • Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Celebrate the longest day of the year and the kickoff to summer with live animal shows, field games, a campfire and crafts with Wayne Arts Center.

riverbendeec.org

$20/family, free to Riverbend members

The Bird Feeding Garden
Jun
17
7:00 pm19:00

The Bird Feeding Garden

  • Four Mills Barn

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.

wvwa.org

Free

Free Plant Clinic
Jun
18
9:00 am09:00

Free Plant Clinic

  • Camden County Environmental Center

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.

camden.njaes.rutgers.edu

Free

Community Gardens Day
Jun
18
10:00 am10:00

Community Gardens Day

  • Various locations

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.

ngtrust.org

Free

Juneteenth
Jun
18
10:00 am10:00

Juneteenth

  • Germantown Avenue

In commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth will kick off with a ceremony and parade on Germantown Avenue, with historic sites hosting entertainment, discussions, vendors and educational exhibits.

freedomsbackyard.com

Free

Father’s Day Celebration at Alba Vineyard
Jun
19
12:00 pm12:00

Father’s Day Celebration at Alba Vineyard

  • Alba Vineyard

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.

albavineyard.com

$10 for adults 21 and over; $5 for ages 13 to 20; free for children 12 and under

Read & Pick Cherries
Jun
21
9:30 am09:30

Read & Pick Cherries

  • Terhune Orchards

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.

terhuneorchards.com

$7 per child

Free Time Adventures
Jun
21
10:00 am10:00

Free Time Adventures

  • Bucktoe Creek Preserve

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.

tlcforscc.org

Members $10; nonmembers $20

Third Annual Hoedown
Jun
25
5:00 pm17:00

Third Annual Hoedown

  • Weavers Way Farm at Awbury Arboretum

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.

weaversway.coop/hoedown

$15 to $85; free for children 5 and under


Children’s I-Spy Birding
May
30
9:00 am09:00

Children’s I-Spy Birding

  • Bucktoe Creek Preserve

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.

tlcforscc.org

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers  

Morris Arboretum Garden Railway Grand Opening
May
28
1:00 pm13:00

Morris Arboretum Garden Railway Grand Opening

  • Morris Arboretum

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.

morrisarboretum.org

Free for members, $9 to $17 for nonmembers

Swim Clubs Open at Linvilla Orchards
May
28
12:00 pm12:00

Swim Clubs Open at Linvilla Orchards

  • Linvilla Orchards

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

Artist’s Workshop: Patterns in Nature
May
22
1:00 pm13:00

Artist’s Workshop: Patterns in Nature

  • Bartram’s Garden

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.

bartramsgarden.org

Free for members; $18 for nonmembers   

Spring Art-In UPDATE: Switched to May 20
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Spring Art-In UPDATE: Switched to May 20

  • Mt. Cuba Center

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.

mtcubacenter.org

Free for participating artists

Meet Author Jon McGoran
May
19
6:30 pm18:30

Meet Author Jon McGoran

  • Collingswood Public Library

Eco-thriller author Jon McGoran will read from and sign copies of his latest novel, “Dustup.” After his critically acclaimed “Drift” and “Deadout” books, McGoran combines action and suspense, tragedy and humor. Refreshments will be served.

gmofreenj.com

Free

How to See Science: A Media History
May
19
6:00 pm18:00

How to See Science: A Media History

  • Wagner Free Institute of Science

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.

wagnerfreeinstitute.org

Free

Using Bulbs in the Naturalistic Garden
May
19
5:30 pm17:30

Using Bulbs in the Naturalistic Garden

  • Chanticleer Garden

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.

pennhort.net/chanticleer

Members $25; nonmembers $35

All-Electric Open House at the Home of Judy Wicks
May
19
5:30 pm17:30

All-Electric Open House at the Home of Judy Wicks

  • Fitler Square

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.

judywicks.com

Free

Fitler Square (exact address will be emailed upon registration)

Party in the Playground 2016
May
18
6:00 pm18:00

Party in the Playground 2016

  • Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

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.

smithplayground.org

$75

‘Groundswell Rising’ Film Screening
May
16
5:30 pm17:30

‘Groundswell Rising’ Film Screening

  • Trinity Center for Urban Life

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.

judywicks.com

Free

ZERO-WASTE Weavers Way Membership Meeting
May
15
5:00 pm17:00

ZERO-WASTE Weavers Way Membership Meeting

  • Schuylkill Center

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.

weaversway.coop

Free

6th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center
May
14
7:00 pm19:00

6th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center

  • Perkins Center for the Arts

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.

perkinsarts.org

$50

Love on the Streets
May
14
12:00 pm12:00

Love on the Streets

  • Paine’s Park

Love on the Streets aims to reimagine skateboarding in the city through art and culture. Highlights include a skateboard competition, live music, live visual art, a flea market, food trucks, a beer garden and raffles.

franklinspaine.com

Free

Kitchen Science: The Science of Grilled Cheese
May
14
11:30 am11:30

Kitchen Science: The Science of Grilled Cheese

  • The Franklin Institute

What’s the difference between toast and bread? Is cheese a liquid or a solid? Come learn about the science that makes a perfect grilled cheese sandwich both crunchy and gooey.

fi.edu

Free with admission: children $15.95, adults $19.95

Saul Country Fair Day
May
14
10:00 am10:00

Saul Country Fair Day

  • Walter B. Saul High School

Saul High School’s annual Country Fair Day brings the city to the farm. Students will demonstrate their knowledge in a fun-filled day featuring a live band, kid-friendly activities, compost, meat and plant sales, a craft fair and more.

saulcountryfairday.weebly.com

Free

Garden Fair
May
14
10:00 am10:00

Garden Fair

  • Camden County Environmental Center

Visit nonprofit gardening groups at the Camden County Spring Garden Fair. Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Garden Task Force will be having a plant swap. Bring healthy, non-invasive plants.

sustainablecherryhill.org

Free

CO-UP: A Teach-in for Cooperators
May
14
9:00 am09:00

CO-UP: A Teach-in for Cooperators

  • Ritter Annex

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.

philadelphia.coop/co-up2016

$5 to $25 sliding scale

Community Garden Days
May
14
May 15

Community Garden Days

  • Greensgrow Farms

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.

greensgrow.org

Free

Pollinators and Your Garden
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Pollinators and Your Garden

  • Camden County Parks Environmental Center

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 njgarden@camdencounty.com.

camden.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden

$10 per household

Nature Preschool Open House
May
11
6:30 pm18:30

Nature Preschool Open House

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

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

Free