David Rogers’ Big Bugs
Jun
3
Aug 29

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

  • Tyler Arboretum

Long Island artist David Rogers presents 10 gigantic insect sculptures, made from natural materials, on parade through Tyler Arboretum. Visitors can see a 17-foot dragonfly, 25-foot-long ants and more, presented in an educational environment.

tylerarboretum.org

Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; open till 8 p.m. Tuesdays

$9 to $15; free for members

Backyard Adventures
Jun
9
Sep 10

Backyard Adventures

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through active outdoor play, attendees can learn about the fascinating science that’s literally in their own backyard.

ansp.org

$18.95 and up

2017 New Gravity Housing Conference
Aug
3
9:00 am09:00

2017 New Gravity Housing Conference

  • Temple University, Science Education and Research Center

The reality of climate change will fundamentally alter the way buildings are designed, built and operated in the coming decades. This two-day conference from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council will explore the tools, techniques and practices that the building community is using to address this challenge.

dvgbc.org

COST: $100

Stars & S’mores
Aug
11
8:00 pm20:00

Stars & S’mores

  • The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education hosts an exploration of the summer’s most spectacular meteor shower, the Perseids. Telescopes, star maps and laser pointers will be provided to find constellations, planets and stars. And, of course, what night would be complete without a campfire and s’mores?

schuylkillcenter.org

COST: $10

Bug Fest
Aug
12
Aug 13

Bug Fest

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Celebrate the 10th annual Bug Fest with hundreds of live insects, conversations with entomologists, bug tastings, and other activities.

ansp.org

COST: $16.95 and up

History Lab: Fiction and the Future
Aug
12
1:00 pm13:00

History Lab: Fiction and the Future

  • Chemical Heritage Foundation

Learn what imagined future worlds in science fiction can tell us about our present-day hopes and fears, and stretch your creative muscles with a few writing prompts. This afternoon of activities and conversation will enable you to see yourself, your community—and the future—a bit differently.

chemheritage.org

COST: Free


Summer Splash!
Jul
23
10:00 am10:00

Summer Splash!

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Enjoy a day of engaging and educational activities about how nature captures, stores and uses water. The first 100 families to visit will receive a free native plant to take home. 

mtcubacenter.org

COST: Adults $10; children $5; free for season-pass holders  

Free Compost Day
Jul
22
11:00 am11:00

Free Compost Day

  • 217 E. Butler Ave. Ambler, Pa.

Weavers Way Co-op will give away rich compost from its farm at Saul High School. Please bring your own bucket: Two bags or buckets per household. Coffee and doughnuts provided.

weaversway.coop

COST: Free

Access to Science: Opening the Doors to Autism
Jul
22
9:00 am09:00

Access to Science: Opening the Doors to Autism

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University before the museum opens to the general public.

ansp.org

COST: Pay what you wish

History Lab: Communities and the Future
Jul
15
1:00 pm13:00

History Lab: Communities and the Future

  • Chemical Heritage Foundation

Hear about a local town where residents are divided about their community’s future; then take a crack at predicting the future of a mystery neighborhood. This afternoon of lively activities and robust conversation will enable the audience to see themselves, their community and the future in a new light.

chemheritage.org

COST: Free

Good Libations Market
Jul
15
10:00 am10:00

Good Libations Market

  • Greensgrow Farms

Visitors can taste a variety of hard ciders at Greensgrow Farms the third Saturday of each month through October. The farmstand and CSA pickup is joined this month by Ploughman Farm Cider, Commonwealth Cider and Kurant Cider.

greensgrow.org

COST: Free

Philadelphia Podcast Festival
Jul
14
Jul 23

Philadelphia Podcast Festival

The fifth annual festival showcases Philadelphia podcasters recording live episodes, many of which are free to attend. This year’s event also welcomes six popular podcasts from outside the Philly area, for a total of 62 live podcast recordings at nine venues in 10 days.

phillypodfest.com

Please see website for tickets and venue information

Seed Circle Library Open
Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Seed Circle Library Open

  • Collingswood Public Library

Pick up some seeds for your garden. There will be knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions relating to gardening and care for your seeds.

gmofreenj.com

COST: Free

TLC Community Farm Dinner Fundraiser
Jul
13
6:00 pm18:00

TLC Community Farm Dinner Fundraiser

  • Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Village

Join Awbury Arboretum for a low-key, family style picnic prepared and served by the Teen Leadership Corps, and help provide Northwest Philadelphia youth the opportunity to learn about food, farming, community engagement and small business. Vegetables, herbs, eggs (and maybe chicken) will be freshly harvested from Awbury’s 1-acre farm.

awbury.org

COST: Sliding scale from $20 to $75   

Beginning Birding for Kids
Jul
12
6:30 pm18:30

Beginning Birding for Kids

  • 548 Flourtown Road Lafayette Hill, Pa.

The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association and the Whitemarsh Foundation at Dixon Meadows Preserve present a kid-focused beginning birding program. In a series of three sessions, kids will learn what makes a bird a bird and how to identify species through games and activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 6 to 12.

wvwa.org

COST: $0–$30

Food as Medicine
Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

Food as Medicine

  • Weavers Way Co-op

Find out how to give your body what it really needs and dig into the role diet plays in health. Gather nutrition tips, expand your culinary vocabulary, explore new approaches to cooking and get inspired to experiment. Free takeaways and tastings included.

weaversway.coop

COST: Free

Aromatherapy in the Garden
Jul
9
1:00 pm13:00

Aromatherapy in the Garden

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Immerse yourself in the scents of summer and discover how fragrant plants can enhance a person’s well-being. Instructor Susan Bara will teach participants how to craft a scented body oil dream pillow using native and non-native plants.  

mtcubacenter.org

COST: $25

World Refugee Day
Jul
8
11:00 am11:00

World Refugee Day

  • Courtyard of City Hall

Join the Nationalities Service Center and other refugee-serving agencies in welcoming refugees to the Philadelphia community. The event will feature performances, activities and food truck fare.

nscphila.org

COST: Free

Composition: A Crash Course in Outdoor Photography
Jul
8
10:00 am10:00

Composition: A Crash Course in Outdoor Photography

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

An intermediate photography course with Marian (Stasiorowski) Howard, focussing on key design and composition tips that will help create interest and structure in an image. Basic compositional elements will be covered, but please bring your own camera.

schuylkillcenter.org

COST: $45 to $60

Native Plants & Permaculture Design
Jul
8
10:00 am10:00

Native Plants & Permaculture Design

  • 170 Mountain Road Alpha, N.J.

Explore permaculture design and native plant restoration with botanist Jared Rosenbaum—of Wild Ridge Plants—and permaculture practitioner/designer Johann Rinkens—of Fields Without Fences. This event is hosted by Wild Ridge Plants, which specializes in edible and medicinal species, as well as ecological restoration plants.

wildridgeplants.com

COST: $50

Friday Nights: Buyepongo
Jul
7
5:00 pm17:00

Friday Nights: Buyepongo

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

Enjoy a riotous mashup of influences fusing hip-hop, punk, funk and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora.

philamuseum.org

COST: Free with admission

Rethink: Sustainable Solutions for the Earth and I Connection
Jul
5
6:00 pm18:00

Rethink: Sustainable Solutions for the Earth and I Connection

  • 312 E. Girard Ave. Philadelphia, Pa.

An evening of sustainability analysis with Devamrita Swami, Yale University graduate, author and monk of more than 45 years. This event delves into the sustainability issue through a variety of lenses—seeking, at its core, the essence of the movement and what it could mean for humanity at large.

mantraphilly.com

COST: $10

Field Jam at Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve
Jun
24
4:00 pm16:00

Field Jam at Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

  • Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

Black Horse Motel brings a lively blend of rock, country and Americana to Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve’s outdoor stage among the birds, butterflies and colorful wildflowers.Ticket holders will receive two free drinks from Victory Brewing Co. Please: no dogs, outside alcohol or outside food.

natlands.org

Members $30; nonmembers $40 

Fabric Workshop and Museum Sole Stamp and Stomp
Jun
24
2:00 pm14:00

Fabric Workshop and Museum Sole Stamp and Stomp

  • Fabric Workshop and Museum

Kids and grownups are invited to join collaborative art-making activities around the themes of shoes and movement. Led by museum educators, families will also have a chance to explore work of artist-in-residence Lenka Clayton. Families can make their own “sole stamps” using repurposed shoes to create art with their feet. Participants are encouraged to use the shoe stamps to evoke movement on paper by walking, stomping and even dancing. Recommended for ages 4 through 12. All materials will be provided.

fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

COST: Free