In 2003, Temple University Ambler administrators conceived of an idea to celebrate Earth Day on a grand scale - EarthFest.
That first EarthFest welcomed about 1,500 visitors and 50 exhibitors. In 2013, EarthFest has grown exponentially - and last year welcomed more than 10,000 visitors and 90 exhibitors!
Hosted by the Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities, EarthFest 2013 will be held on Friday, April 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Temple University Ambler Campus, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler.
In 2013, EarthFest exhibitors and the Junior Flower Show will all be located on the campus side of Meetinghouse Road. See the event map for details (coming soon)!
The mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods, and practices to protect and preserve our environment. Organizations, businesses, colleges, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, and individuals demonstrate sustainable concepts and technologies, and provide interactive educational displays, activities, and much more!
EarthFest is one of the most successful and highly anticipated events of the year at Temple University Ambler. It is central to our core values of student-centered learning, respect for the environment, and community engagement. Thousands of students from all over the region come together and spend time learning about the world in which we live and the interconnected systems on which the lives of people and animals depend. There is perhaps no other environmental event in the region that accomplishes this much in a single day.
Temple University at EarthFest
Temple departments, from the Center for Sustainable Communities and the School of Environmental Design to Temple's Office of Sustainability and the University Recycling Department are well represented at EarthFest. Temple University Ambler student organizations, from the Student Government Association to the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Association also provide interactive games that, while fun, teach important lessons to young visitors about recycling, protecting the environment, and preserving plants and animal habitats. "EarthFest is a program that opens up a field of possible careers that students typically are not exposed to," said Dr. Mary Myers, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture in the School of Environmental Design. "It's one thing to read a brochure, but it's another to actually visit the campus, see, and experience what we are doing and talk with students who are currently in the programs."
Partnering in EarthFest - Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
For the ninth year in a row, Temple University Ambler's key partner in presenting EarthFest is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). PHS's Junior Flower Show - which includes educational exhibits, service learning projects and competitive classes as part of the Junior Flower Show - is an integral part of the event each year.
The 2013 Junior Flower Show theme, "Chew on This!" will encourage students to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.
In addition to the horticultural and artistic entries that students can exhibit, several classroom projects are also included.