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Native Pollinators of Pennsylvania

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Native Pollinators of Pennsylvania Samantha Nestory Horticulturist, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden “Pollinators” is a term that has gained massive popularity over the past couple of decades as our knowledge and understanding of their importance has grown. Unfortunately, many people only associate this term with popular pollinators, such as European honeybees and butterflies—but there’s so much more to the world of pollinators! Join us as we learn about our native pollinators that don’t get the spotlight—mining bees, moths, beetles, birds, and more! Thursday, November 10 1:30–3:00 pm Morris Arboretum Members: $30 Non-members: $35

$35

Bike Tour of Bartram’s Mile with Urban Riding Basics

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Join us for a slow-paced ride highlighting Bartram’s Bike Trail.  The ride will make a few stops, including a short info session about how to properly wear a helmet, use basic hand signals, and an overview of the trail. You can bring your own bike and helmet or rent a bike and helmet for free at the class.   Various levels of experience are welcome on the tour and no one will be left behind, but participants should have some basic riding knowledge. For those with no biking experience who are seeking to learn how to ride, check out the

Bike Tour of Bartram’s Mile with Urban Riding Basics

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Join us for a slow-paced ride highlighting Bartram’s Bike Trail.  The ride will make a few stops, including a short info session about how to properly wear a helmet, use basic hand signals, and an overview of the trail. You can bring your own bike and helmet or rent a bike and helmet for free at the class.   Various levels of experience are welcome on the tour and no one will be left behind, but participants should have some basic riding knowledge. For those with no biking experience who are seeking to learn how to ride, check out the

Beginner Bike Maintenance: How to Fix a Flat

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Want to take your biking to the next level? In this 1-hour, hands-on class, you can get practice on how to fix a flat, patch, and make a repair. Registration in advance is required.   The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting FREE biking days at Bartram’s Garden through the end of November. Come ride the Bartram Mile trail!  

Clean waterways: How we can protect the Delaware Watershed

Triple Bottom Brewing 915 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA

How do our actions in the city and suburbs affect our waterways? We may think of the shore as a drive away, but our actions along the river connect us to the oceans around us. Stormwater runoff, wildlife and fish are a few things that connect us to the waterways around us. Learn about how local nonprofits, fishmongers and others are engaging the public, are restoring the health of local fisheries, and how we can protect our waterways. Speakers: Lance Butler, Philadelphia Water Jamē McCray, Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River Bryan Szeliga, Fishtown Seafood Program agenda: 5:30-6

$10

Goldenrod Herbal Studies: Immune System Herbs Materia Medica

Bartram’s Garden Conference Room 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA

  ​Do you… Want to expand and deepen your understand of some of the primary herbs to keep in your home apothecary? Want to study herbal medicine with others, in person?  Have a hard time finding reliable, well sourced info when trying to research herbal medicine online?  Want to know the best way to use each herb and what dosage to take Enjoy lecture-style learning? The Immune System Herbs Materia Medica workshop is part of the Goldenrod Herbal Studies series, taught by Clinical Herbalist Kelly McCarthy of Attic Apothecary. This workshop is divided into two days: December 3-4, 9am-3pm. It can

Ecological Gardening: The Basics

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Ecological Gardening: The Basics Bess Trout Content and Production Specialist, Tyler Arboretum Have you ever looked at your backyard garden and wondered if there was a way to manage everything more sustainably? Do you feel like you are working against nature instead of alongside it? Join us to learn more about the process of ecological gardening, a practice that gives gardeners the power to effect real environmental change—right from your own backyard. We’ll discuss how you can build soil health, conserve water, recycle nutrients and create an ecosystem that will support local wildlife. The environmental challenges we currently face may

$35

Blending with Intention Make & Take at RTR

Head over to Northern Liberties and snag the most thoughtful gift for your loved ones. The Random Tea Room is offering a Holiday Make & Take on Saturday December 10th and 17th from 1-4pm. Tickets and timing are limited so snag one in your preferred time slot now. This class is self guided with visual prompts and interactive elements. Similar to choose your own adventure, but with Tea! Becky, the creator of RTR, will be on hand to assist you in the steps of blending and answer questions as needed. Your experience will start by sampling a few Random Tea

$50

Philly Talks Trash- From Packaging to Pollution

Zoom, Online Only

It’s the annual season for gift giving and that time of year when the U.S. sees an almost 25% increase in waste. This is a bonanza for the packaging industry, a significant boost in demand for plastic products, and further rationale for the fossil fuel industry to continue fracking. Join us virtually on Thursday, December 15, 6:30 - 8:00pm, for our next Philly Talks Trash Program, “From Packaging to Pollution,” a discussion led by experts who will provide a detailed look at how the fossil fuel industry is responsible for the huge rise in plastic manufacturing. We’ll discuss how this

Free

Walking The Edge Exhibit

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA

Walking the Edge is a communal display on the experience of walking in nature. We are inviting the public to share their creative impressions, reflections and encounters on walking borders, limits and perimeters in nature as they are expressed through art. Curated by Jacques-Jean Tiziou of “Walk Around Philadelphia”, our fourth bi-annual community exhibition embraces walking as an artistic practice that reflects on our interconnectedness with nature.

Black Queer Writers Remembered: A Black Queer Community Reads Anita Cornwell and Adrian Stanford

Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

Come and experience Black queer Philadelphia’s literary history through voices of today’s Black queer community. In an evening of live readings and performance, members of Philadelphia’s Black queer community revive rare works by prolific Philadelphia writers Anita Cornwell and Adrian Stanford. Published in 1983, Anita Cornwell's Black Lesbian in White America was the first essay collection by a Black lesbian to be published in the U.S. Cornwell, who came out as a lesbian in the 1950s, has also been published and anthologized as a journalist, fiction writer, and poet. Poet and essayist Adrian Stanford compiled Black and Queer in 1977. It was the first collection of poetry edited by

Herbs & Crafts: Sow your Winter Garden with a DIY Mini Greenhouse

Show the pollinators some love this February during the first ever Herbs & Crafts workshop at The Random Tea Room. Our resident artist Anastasia Alexandrin will be demonstrating how she sows her winter garden using up-cycled materials. In addition to creating the stunning imagery that is gracing the walls of the tea room through September 2023, Anastasia is fluent in flower speak and seems to have them springing up all around her. Start saving your empty salad containers, at least 3” tall are best. There will be some available but those quantities are limited. If you have a collection of

$25

Now & Then Marketplace Make Love Market + Mixology Class

American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave, Philadeplhia, PA

Now + Then Marketplace and Two Robbers present Make Love Market, a shopping experience with 10 local artists and artisans curated with lovers in mind. Come grab a local seltzer at this new spot & shop local vendors from 4-9pm on Valentines Day! Looking for something fun, cute, and creative to do with your boo? Book a spot at Two Robber's *Special* Seltzer Mixology Class taking place in the space during the market! The workshop includes 2 cocktails, 2 seltzers, and a mixology lesson from 2R lead bartender Lexi!

Free – $45

Little Explorers: Mud Month!

Bartram’s Garden Courtyard, Coach House and Barn 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

Wiggling worms and mud puddles make for fun art and science explorations!   ABOUT LITTLE EXPLORERS: Every second Wednesday of the month, March through November, 10-11:30am. Join us for exploration, a garden walk, and stories! Please feel free to bring a snack. Designed for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-4. One adult chaperone is required for every two children. For more information, email Leslie Gale, lgale@bartramsgarden.org.  

SWWAG Workshop: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Coach House 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

This workshop is designed to help beginner to intermediate gardeners understand the basics of raised bed agriculture. You will learn about the history, benefits, and challenges of gardening with a raised bed. Finally, you will be guided through the process of planning, building, and sustaining a raised bed. Instructor: Hajjah Glover, Neighborhood and Home Garden Coordinator Click here to see more upcoming workshops in the free SWWAG (Southwest and West Agriculture Network) workshop series!      

Homeschooler Days: Signs & Portents!

Bartram’s Garden Courtyard, Coach House and Barn 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

How do we know an animal has visited?  We look for signs: tracks, marks, burrows, nests, and scat.  (Yes, scat!)   ABOUT HOMESCHOOLER DAYS: Every second Wednesday, March through June and September through November, 10am-noon. For homeschoolers ages 5 -11 and their adult. For more information, email lgale@bartramsgarden.org

ExtrABBAganza!

American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave, Philadeplhia, PA

The American Swedish Historical Museum is hosting the ExtrABBAganza dance party on the 11th of March! The dance party celebrates the iconic music of the Swedish band ABBA. DJ Robert Drake will spin the throwbacks as everyone lets out their inner Dancing Queen. Highlights of the evening will include a dancing and costume contest and live performances by the queens, Miss Troy, Scarlett Masters, Elieen O'Brennan, and Amerie Jameson! Tickets include Swedish-inspired bites and a cash bar. Tickets are $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members and include Swedish-inspired bites and a cash bar.

$30 – $35

Winter Tree Identification

And you thought all trees look alike in winter! Learn to see both the obvious as well as the more subtle characteristics that make winter identification interesting. The class will begin indoors with a lecture introducing essential identification techniques and a review of important winter characteristics such as bud morphology, habit, leaf and bundle scars, bark, and fruit. The group will then move outside for a stroll through the Arboretum to put your knowledge to work. Meet at the Morris Arboretum’s Visitor Center at 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Dress for the weather. With Dr. Tim Block, John

$35

Tools of the Trades Conference

Online/Virtual

Craft organization CraftNOW and makerspace NextFab have partnered again, welcoming new partner LaserPhilly, to present the second annual Tools of the Trades, a four-day hybrid conference focused on connecting artisans to business resources in Philadelphia and beyond. From March 22nd to 25th, tickets will unlock access to experts, resources, and peers working in the craft and business community. This conference is designed to deliver a variety of programming and materials - lectures, resource directories, and ample opportunities for audience participation - and strives to emphasize approachability, affordability, and a supportive environment where everyone can come together to share knowledge, resources,

$25 – $50

TuftCon’23

Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA

TuftCon’23 March 24th, 9:30 AM-8:30 PM March 25th, 9:30 AM-7 PM March 26th, 10 AM- 2:30 PM You're Invited to TuftCon 2023! Join us March 24-26 at the first-ever Tufting Convention! Tuft the World is thrilled to present three days of exciting programming in Philadelphia. Join us for demos, workshops, lectures, a tech booth, and more! Your 3-day pass gives you access to tufting fun, education, and networking at the Asian Arts Initiative on March 24 and 25. The third day will be located at Tuft the World's new Education Space in the Bok Building on March 26 and will

TuftCon’23

Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA

TuftCon’23 March 24th, 9:30 AM-8:30 PM March 25th, 9:30 AM-7 PM March 26th, 10 AM- 2:30 PM You're Invited to TuftCon 2023! Join us March 24-26 at the first-ever Tufting Convention! Tuft the World is thrilled to present three days of exciting programming in Philadelphia. Join us for demos, workshops, lectures, a tech booth, and more! Your 3-day pass gives you access to tufting fun, education, and networking at the Asian Arts Initiative on March 24 and 25. The third day will be located at Tuft the World's new Education Space in the Bok Building on March 26 and will

SWWAG Workshop: Soil with Supreme Compost

Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

A six-step process that demonstrates the beginning stages of how to make compost, revealing the present condition of the city’s depleted soil and turning recycled food waste into dark, rich soil that will grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. Come learn in this beginner-level workshop! Instructor: Nefertari Muhammad, GMO and Compost Education Specialist at Supreme Compost. Click here to see more upcoming workshops in the free SWWAG (Southwest and West Agriculture Network) workshop series!      

Creative Mending Make-In

InLiquid Gallery 1400 N American St, Gallery 108, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Are your favorite jeans sprouting holes in all the wrong places? Were you a recent victim of a swarm of moths with very good taste? Could your trusty sofa blanket use a little love from you for a change? Join InLiquid’s 40th Parallel North Preservation Brigade to try out techniques to repair, reuse and upcycle your worn-out textiles. When an item of clothing rips or gets stained, it’s tempting to scrap them and head to the store for a replacement. But by making the choice to instead invest in the clothes you already own— mending them and extending their life—

Free

TuftCon’23

BOK 1901 S Ninth St., Unit 601A, Philadelphia, PA

Tuft the World will be hosting the first-ever tufting convention in March March 24th, 9:30 AM-8:30 PM (Asian Arts Initiative) March 25th, 9:30 AM-7 PM (Asian Arts Initiative) March 26th, 10 AM- 2:30 PM (Bok Building rm. 501) You're Invited to TuftCon 2023! Join us March 24-26 at the first ever Tufting Convention! Tuft the World is thrilled to present three days of exciting programming in Philadelphia. Join us for demos, workshops, lectures, a tech booth, and more! Your 3-day pass gives you access to tufting fun, education, and networking at the Asian Arts Initiative on March 24 and 25.

SWWAG Workshop: Intro to Spring Planting

Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

Time to get planting! Come on down to Sankofa Community Farm and learn the basics of planting your spring garden. We will also cover springtime maintenance including best practices in natural agriculture and pest management. Instructor: Ty Holmberg, Sankofa Farm Co-Director. Click here to see more upcoming workshops in the free SWWAG (Southwest and West Agriculture Network) workshop series!      

Herbs and Nutrition for Seasonal Allergies

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

A class with Stefanie Haris, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Sage Integrative Health Center, presented by Morris Arboretum & Gardens of the University of Philadelphia. Have you or a family member been affected by allergies? You're not alone. Billions of dollars are spent each year on allergy shots, antihistamines and over-the-counter medicines to offer relief from symptoms. Dietary choices can have a tremendous impact on allergies by either reducing or exacerbating the body's allergic responses. This class will teach you how to tamp down your body's inflammatory response using food and herbal medicine. Dr. Stefanie Haris uses a holistic, whole-person approach

$30 – $35

Free Event: Black Girls with Green Thumbs Grow Your Own Garden!

The Farm at Awbury Arboretum 6336 Ardleigh Street, Philadelphia, PA

Grow Your Own veggies and plants Demonstration and Goat stroll (no land, no problem, grow things in pots and windowboxes!) Black Girls With Green Thumbs will lead tours of Awbury, pointing out plants with purpose with the Goats! In addition there will be lessons on planting and growing your own foods, with or without a backyard, plus learn how to use the foods you are planting.  There's plenty to learn at this FREE can't miss event! Rain Date April 2.

Queer Mycology

Zoom, Online Only

This virtual talk by mycologist Patty Kaishian approaches the field of mycology through a theoretical framework rooted in queer and feminist theories, as well as philosophy of science and traditional ecological knowledge. The goal of this work is to challenge, push, and explore central tenets of institutional science, and to socially and historically situate current research dilemmas in mycology. Dr. Patricia Kaishian’s research focuses on fungal taxonomy, diversity, evolution, symbiosis, and ecology, particularly of the less-studied fungal groups, such as the insect-associated Laboulbeniales. She is a co-founder of the International Congress of Armenian Mycologists, which seeks to jointly protect Armenian

$20

Gardening for Songbirds

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

A class by Tony Croasdale, Avid Birder; Supervisor, Wissahickon Environmental Center, Philadelphia Parks and Rec. Presented by the Morris Arboretum & Gardens. Birding is one of America’s favorite hobbies, and what could be better than watching birds actively foraging in your own backyard? This class will teach you how to turn your backyard into a desirable habitat for songbirds by discussing which plants to grow for food and shelter, how to arrange them effectively, and other gardening practices friendly to avians. It's truly amazing how even a few changes can greatly increase your landscape's attractiveness to both resident and migrating

$30 – $35

Wild Plants from Sovereign Lands (Norris Square Neighborhood Project)

Norris Square Neighborhood Project 2141 N Howard Street, Philadelphia, PA

LED BY LADY DANNI MORINICH Join the Bride on tours of six gardens in Philadelphia. These tours are led by master forager, Lady Danni Morinich, and study the natural life already living within urban development.  You will come away with more knowledge about the edible plants in your neighborhood and stories that connect the past, present and future of the land we have come to know as Philadelphia. April 15th Norris Square Neighborhood Project 2141 N Howard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Everyday Futures Fest Block Party

Da Vinci Art Alliance 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA

An afternoon of fun for all ages! The Everyday Futures Fest Block Party will take place on 7th and Catharine St in South Philly. Our whole block, Da Vinci Art Alliance, and Palumbo Park will feature temporary installations, music, dance, and storytelling performances, sustainable vendors, interactive workshops, and more! With more than 50 local cultural partners, community groups, and creators confirmed, there’s something for everyone at The Block Party!

Free

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Zoom, Online Only

An online class with Dr. Toby Musgrave, Garden Historian, Designer, Author. Presented by the Morris Arboretum & Gardens. The perception of beauty is subjective and what one person may think beautiful, another may not. This is as true for garden art as for any other art form and in this lecture, plants and gardens historian Toby Musgrave will present and explore a selection of garden styles from across the world and down the centuries that have drawn differing opinions as to their beauty … or not, and delve into the whys and wherefores of the differences in opinion. Dr. Musgrave

$20 – $25

Tree Planting: Selection, Tools, and Tricks of the Trade

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

A course with Tony Dufour, Registered Landscape Architect, Anthony Dufour Gardens. Presented by the Morris Arboretum & Gardens. In this intensive lecture we'll cover the advantages and disadvantages of planting nursery stock— harvested, balled-and-burlapped, bare root, grown in containers or root control bags. Participants will gain a solid understanding of handling and transporting trees, identifying the root collar and proper planting depth, and dealing with root defects such as girdling roots. We'll discuss the size of the planting hole, soil amendments (yes or no?), pruning (yes or no?), watering and tools and equipment of the trade. This course has been

$40 – $45

12 Objects, 12 Stories: The Private Estate Era

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

A class with Joyce H. Munro, Former Dean of Graduate Studies, Chestnut Hill College; Author of Untold Stories of Compton. Presented by the Morris Arboretum & Gardens. The storytellers for this class are twelve rarely seen objects made of ordinary materials like wood and stone and cloth. They vary in form and function; some have an obvious purpose, but others are head-scratchers. Taken together these artifacts have much to say about the life and times of John and Lydia Morris at their private estate before it was known as an arboretum. Even more, they tell of the Arboretum’s extraordinary heritage.

$30 – $35

Nia Dance at the Arboretum: An Embodied Movement Experience

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

A class with Lisa Zahren, Mindful Dance Instructor Using gentle, easy-to-follow guidance and open, free-flowing movements, we will experience the Morris Arboretum with all of our senses through embodiment practices, dance, and mindfulness. This experience invites you to dance and move in your body’s way. All bodies celebrated and welcomed. Each of the five sessions will meet at the Visitor Center and begin with a short, mindful walk to the location for that week and will be followed by guided movement and some stillness meditation to open all the senses and connect with that area of the Arboretum. Lisa has

$95 – $110

Shinrin Yoku: Forest Bathing for Your Health

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Anisa George, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Nationally Certified Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Shinrin Yoku, also known as Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy, is an ancient practice that is now supported by scientific research. Improved immune function, reduced cortisol levels, increased cognition and memory, and improved mood are just some of the clinical findings from this practice. Facilitated by a trained guide to help support your own relationship to the healing benefits of nature, this experience allows for mindful connection to the “more than human world.” Participants move at a slow pace and are invited to connect in a sensorial

$35 – $40

Native Bees at the Arboretum

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

A course taught by Ryan Drake, McCausland Natural Areas Manager, Morris Arboretum The Morris Arboretum hosts a great diversity of native bees and ways to support these important insects. This workshop will be a hybrid of classroom learning about pollination ecology, field ID, and training on photography-based citizen science so that you can contribute data on our native bees. Then we will take a walk through the Natural Areas to put our ID skills and citizen science to practice through a variety of habitats. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a camera along, cell phone or other.

$30 – $35

Introduction to Wildlife Photography

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Take your photography to the next level! In this class for beginners, you will learn the basics of digital wildlife photography and ways to apply manual setting adjustments in the field. We will explore important terminology and troubleshooting techniques so that you can capture images with your own artistic style. At the end of the class, you will be able to capture pictures of wildlife using manual settings. The skills learned in this class are general to digital photography and can be applied to DSLR or mirrorless cameras. This class meets at the Morris Arboretum Visitor Center for a period

$75 – $85

Introduction to Botanical Collecting

morris arboretum 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

A class taught by Emily Humphreys, Eli Kirk Price Plant Science Fellow at the Morris Arboretum. Around the world, there are roughly 350 million pressed plant specimens that contain ecological information spanning centuries. In addition to being beautiful and historically significant, these botanical collections are the foundation of much of the work botanists do every day. This class will give you the fundamental skills to be a part of that process. Over the course of two sessions, you’ll learn about the history and science of botanical collecting. Then, put those skills to use in collecting, pressing, and mounting your very

$50 – $55

Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environments

The first edition of the Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environments conference aims to discuss and elaborate on topics pertaining to climatic mitigation in urban and rural environments in nations and cities, specifically in a geographic context. These geographic contexts include Hydrology, Climatology, Digital Geography, and more. The conference will aggregate research that innovates and disseminates upon topics pertaining to climatic mitigation in urban and rural environments, weather forecasting, atmospheric pollution, governmental policies affecting climate change, geographic cultural shifts due to climate change, sustainable transit systems, and more.

$350