ACT LOCALLY: GRID's Round-up of local events and newsy bits

NECC Dir. Josphat Macharia (far right) w/ guests at the Centre's 3 1/2 year celebration (image via

April 18-29, 9am-4pm

Sign your kids up for the Academy of Natural Science’s Academy Explorers Camp from April 18 to April 29. The camp is located in Center City and runs from 9am to 4pm with optional before (8-9am) and after (4-5:30pm) care. Each day features a live presentation by one of the Academy’s teacher-naturalists, exploration of Academy exhibits, “camper-only” games, and craft time. Make your reservations today by calling 215-299-1060, you can reserve one day or multiples days.For more information, click HERE.

April 19, 7pm

Sustainability in East Africa at Pennypack Farm: Josphat Macharia founder and director of the Ndabibi Environmental Conservation Centre (NECC), an NGO (non-governmental organization) in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya, will discuss his experiences in agroforestry, water harvesting, and bio-gas production in Africa. NECC uses educational programs to teach communities sustainable agriculture and conservation practices, so that families may reduce poverty and become self-sufficient. Please join for an inspiring night on sustainable practices. This event is FREE and will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church 620 Welsh Road,  Horsham. RSVP to Margot at

April 19, 7pm

Modified: A Look at the Future of Food: This event is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Join Dr.Dominic Sisti of the Penn Center for Bioethics and Dr.Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Advisor to the US State Department, for an interactive and enlightening discussion about agriculture, technology, and the future of the food. In 40 years, one in every four people will starve unless food production more than doubles. Come learn what the future of food holds. This event will be held at La Salle University, 1900 W. Olney Avenue. For more information, click HERE.

April 19, 6:30pm

Philadelphia Science Festival presents, “Here on Earth: A Conversation with Tim Flannery.” Author and environmental activist Tim Flannery will illustrate the history of life on our planet, and how species have had devastating effects on many of the earth’s ecosystems. Discover your true association with the planet on which our biological, economic, and cultural futures depend. A book signing will follow the talk. This event will take place at the Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Registration required, click HERE

April 21, 5-6pm

Grace Wicks of Graceful Gardens Window Box Class: Interested in learning how to plant an edible window box? Then join Grace Wicks of Graceful Gardens as she shares the tips and tricks of small space food production. You will learn about the best crops for your location, which crops to plant together, and how to harvest. The class costs $10 and includes a coupon good for $10 off your window box purchase. Contact City Planter at to register. For more information, click HERE.