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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

Celebrating the Seasons of a Pennsylvania Garden

Explore the beauty of our seasonal landscape!Celebrating the Seasons of a Pennsylvania GardenThursday, December 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pmPresented by Donald Pell, Owner, Donald Pell GardensIn 2008, designer Donald Pell set out to establish a garden where he could explore, learn and teach. This led him to purchase a 14-acre historic farm in Chester County, PA, which he has been systematically converting to gardens ever since. These gardens began as highly competitive and stable warm season blocks that had gravitas late in the season and have evolved into more intermingled plant communities of cool and warm season layers that add

Candle Dipping

Pennypack Environmental Center 8600A Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA

Make your own candles to use during this darker season or give them away as a gift. Make your own candles to use during this darker season or give them away as a gift in the spirit of the season! This is an outdoor, almost all weather program. Please dress for the weather. $10.00 per family (up to 6 people). $2.00 each additional wick. Parking is available at the center with additional street parking. The center, bathrooms, and picnic areas are all accessible, however, the trails are rocky and uneven. Photos will be taken of participants during this program for

Natural Holiday Arrangement

Plants collected for their winter interest provide an abundant palette for creating uniquely beautiful holiday arrangements. Combine fragrant evergreens, pinecones, berries, decorative branches, and other natural delights into an elegant seasonal display for your home or to give as a gift. Bring hand pruners and a medium-to-large box to transport your finished arrangement home. This program takes place in-person (at Mt. Cuba Center) Friday, December 16, 2022 (Snow Date: Saturday, December 17) About the Instructor: Serah Pesce is the Education Specialist at Mt Cuba Center. She holds a BS in Landscape Contracting, Design/Build from Pennsylvania State University and is a

$79

Essential:How the Pandemic Transformed the Long Struggle for Worker Justice

Making Worlds Bookstore & Social Center 210 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The launch of Jamie K. McCallum's book, Essential. Essential reading for understanding the past, present, and future of the working class.Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, essential workers lashed out against low wages, long hours, and safety risks, attracting a level of support unseen in decades. This explosion of labor unrest seemed sudden to many. But Essential reveals that American workers had simmered in discontent long before their anger boiled over. Decades of austerity, sociologist Jamie K. McCallum shows, have left frontline workers vulnerable to employer abuse, lacking government protections, and increasingly furious. Through firsthand research conducted as the pandemic unfolded, McCallum

Photo Walk

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA

Join us to capture seasonal beauty at Jenkins!Photo WalkSaturday, December 17, 9:00 – 11:00 am(Inclement weather date: Sunday, December 18)Presented by Laura Ducceschi, Fine Art PhotographerJoin us to shoot the season! Award-winning photographer Laura Ducceschi will be your mentor and guide for these monthly small group sessions. Stroll the gardens and photograph what inspires you, while learning various compositional and technical options on the spot.Participants will need to bring a camera, a fully charged battery, and a camera card with space to shoot freely. Photographers with any kind of camera can benefit, but DSLRs are recommended.Members: $15/walk; Non-Members: $20/walkPhoto Walks

Winter Prep Volunteer Service

Meeting Location TBD As we close out the end of the year, we have a variety of important tasks to complete to prepare for the long, cold winter months! We’ll be raking leaves, cleaning out storm drains, and removing litter. Come out to help us take care of the Wissahickon! No experience is needed. We provide gloves, tools and instruction – you just need to show up! Volunteer service Days are excellent, easy ways to help us take care of Wissahickon Valley Park. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear and long pants, and bring a water bottle with you. Detailed

Christmas Bird Count

Pennypack Environmental Center 8600A Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA

Help us as we count the birds at our feeders for the Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada count birds in established locations December 14 to January 5. This year, we will count birds December 17 at our feeders for all skill levels to join and learn more about birds, counting birds, and the importance of Citizen Science. Count volunteers will be counting every bird they see

Saturday December Kids Club (In person)

The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center 6918 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Kids Club, ages 6-18, 11:30am-1:30pmOne day workshop! Make a holiday ornamentSession is from 11:30am-1:30pmWhen registering for kids club, please register only the child who will be attending. Parents may only accompany their child provided there is extra space but should not register themselves. Due to the size of the studio, parents should not plan on sitting with their child through this class.Please submit age of child. when filling the form out. Tacony LAB Class Enrollment and Attendance PolicyThe Tacony LAB’s classes are unique in Philadelphia: we do not charge tuition or any sort of fees for any of our classes. Our

Open House w/ Natural Crafts & Bird Feeders

Pennypack Environmental Center 8600A Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA

Visitors are invited to stop in to help count the birds at our feeders, and create edible treats to be hung around the center for wildlife.Visitors are invited to stop in to help count the birds at our feeders, and create edible treats to be hung around the center for wildlife. The Center will be open to explore. Registration encouraged, but not required. Walk-ins before 2:15 p.m. are welcome. Parking is available at the center with additional street parking. The center, bathrooms, and picnic areas are all accessible, however, the trails are rocky and uneven. Photos will be taken of

All Aboard! Philly’s Trains & Trolleys

Meet at the Academy of Music at Broad and Locust, at the Broad Street steps. Tour ends same location. 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, Philadelphia, PA

Jerry Silverman will lead us on a tour of the MFL, trolley lines, BSL, Patco, and subways...what is no longer is and what never was.We’ll hop on the Broad Street Line south to the NRG bi-level station, then north to the outdoor Fern Rock terminal and storage yards. The tour includes a quick ride on the subterranean trolley around City Hall, and the Broad-Ridge Express Spur to 8th and Market. Finally, we board PATCO across the Ben Franklin Bridge to Camden and back to Broad and Locust.Along the way we’ll check out old subway cars rusting away at Fern Rock

“GO BIRDS!” Guided Bird Walk at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd 5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Before watching the Birds on TV, see REAL birds around Northeast Philadelphia’s Glen Foerd Historic Estate. Free guided bird walk!Before watching the Birds on TV, see REAL birds around the Glen Foerd Estate in Northeast Philadelphia. Free expert-guided walk for all ages.**We will meet in front of the historic mansion. Folks can check for details on the DVOC website/calendar (dvoc.org).Sunday, Dec 18th*This walk is at Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave

Field Trips to Independence Seaport Museum

Ferko Playground 1101 E Cayuga St, Philadelphia, PA

TTF is excited to provide FREE field trips to the Independence Seaport Museum (ISM) on the following Sundays: October 16, November 6 and December 18. Register Here Get your hands (literally and figuratively) wet as you explore the importance of keeping our waterways clean, how we are all connected, and what you can do to be a river hero through fun, interactive exhibit components that will have you saying, “Wow!  The river really is alive!” Awarded the American Alliance for Museum’s Special Achievement Award for Interactivity in 2019, experience the River Alive! landmark exhibit on a trip to Independence Seaport Museum with TTF! TTF

Andorra Ecological Restoration Work Sessions

Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House) 300 West Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

This is a mix of training and work sessions so you can help us fight off invasive plants, and install and maintain native specimens.

Volunteer – Winter Gardening

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden 1829 East County Line Road, Villanova, PA

8:30 – 11:30 am
Bundle up for seasonal garden tending

Afternoon Activities/Home School Programs

Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House) 300 West Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

This is a series of nature themed mostly outdoor activities and lessons aimed at elementary school aged children. Topic changes weekly.

FABSCRAP PHL Volunteer Session: Tuesday, December 20, PM session

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

FABSCRAP needs your help to save designer textiles from landfills! It's easy to learn, fun to do, and a safe way to help out.FABSCRAP Philly needs your help to save designer textiles from landfill! Volunteers will sort through fabric samples and swatches, separating fabric from paper headers and folding large, usable fabric to be saved for reuse.FABSCRAP Philly is committed to keeping our volunteers, community, and team safe:Masks are required to enter the FABSCRAP warehouse.Volunteer stations are spaced at least 6 feet apartCleaning and sanitizing of volunteer stations and frequently touched surfaces will take place between all volunteer sessionsThe FABSCRAP

Coffee with the Birds

Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House) 300 West Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

We will brew a pot of hot or iced coffee to enjoy as well see what birds are around the grounds.

Bark, Berries, and Boughs Garden Tour

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden 1829 East County Line Road, Villanova, PA

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Beautiful bark, brilliant berries, and stunning seeds bring life to winter.

Winter Solstice Hike

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

The new winter season begins at 4:47 p.m. on December 21. But what exactly happens at that moment? On a lively walk through a winter forest, Mike Weilbacher explains the science of the season, like why “solstice” translates as “sun standing,” why mistletoe and holly are symbols of the December holidays, why light is central to these holidays, where all the insects go, and why birds migrate. He’ll weave in legends and stories of solstice celebrations from many cultures that tried to explain winter, and we’ll be together at that magical moment when the sun stands still on the solstice.

Free

Winter Animal Workshop 2022 Wednesday, 12/28/22 – 9am to 3pm – Ages 5 to 7

Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center 1531 Upper Stump Road, Chalfont, PA

Join us for one of our Winter Animal Workshop. Daily classes for different age groups during the week of 12/26/22 to 12/30/22We are pleased to announce our first everWinter Animal WorkshopIndividual sessions will be held daily over winter break from 12/26/22 to 12/30/22. Children can attend one class during the week and will spend the day learning about Pennsylvania native wildlife and how they deal with winter through related activities, games, crafts, and live animal encounters. Drop-off will be at 9am and pick-up at 3pm. Be sure to pack you child a snack, lunch, a refillable water bottle, and appropriate

Free Motion Quilting Sampler IN PERSON

The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center 6918 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

In this class, you will learn the basics of free motion quilting using a 24inchsquareIn this two hour class, you will learn the basics of free motion quilting using a 24x24 square.One SessionClass goes from 6:00pm-8:00pm December 28th 2022Tacony LAB Class Enrollment and Attendance PolicyThe Tacony LAB’s classes are unique in Philadelphia: we do not charge tuition or any sort of fees for any of our classes. Our classes are popular and often have wait-lists. If you enroll in a class, please commit to attending it! How to enroll in a Tacony LAB class:• You may enroll IN PERSON at the LAB

Winter Animal Workshop 2022 Thursday, 12/29/22 – 9am to 3pm – Ages 8 to 11

Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center 1531 Upper Stump Road, Chalfont, PA

Join us for one of our Winter Animal Workshop. Daily classes for different age groups during the week of 12/26/22 to 12/30/22We are pleased to announce our first everWinter Animal WorkshopIndividual sessions will be held daily over winter break from 12/26/22 to 12/30/22. Children can attend one class during the week and will spend the day learning about Pennsylvania native wildlife and how they deal with winter through related activities, games, crafts, and live animal encounters. Drop-off will be at 9am and pick-up at 3pm. Be sure to pack you child a snack, lunch, a refillable water bottle, and appropriate

Winter Animal Workshop 2022 Friday, 12/30/22 – 9am to 3pm – Ages 8 to 11

Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center 1531 Upper Stump Road, Chalfont, PA

Join us for one of our Winter Animal Workshop. Daily classes for different age groups during the week of 12/26/22 to 12/30/22We are pleased to announce our first everWinter Animal WorkshopIndividual sessions will be held daily over winter break from 12/26/22 to 12/30/22. Children can attend one class during the week and will spend the day learning about Pennsylvania native wildlife and how they deal with winter through related activities, games, crafts, and live animal encounters. Drop-off will be at 9am and pick-up at 3pm. Be sure to pack you child a snack, lunch, a refillable water bottle, and appropriate

Paul Hawken’s “Drawdown” – A presentation and discussion.

The Willows Park 490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova, PA

Paul Hawken edited the best-selling book Drawdown, which is a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming and the climate crisis.Paul Hawken edited the best-selling book Drawdown, which is a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming and the climate crisis. This plan, based on data from hundreds of climate scientists, biologists, economists, sociologists, and others, will surprise you! This lecture and discussion will cover highlights of his remarkable blueprint for environmental renewal, as well as how each of us living in Radnor and surrounding areas can apply this information to our own actions. Discussion and input will be welcomed, and there

Cobbs Creek Community Water Testing Program

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

We're inviting you to join our efforts to monitor the quality of water in the Cobbs Creek.

Winter Tree Identification Walk

Haverford College Arboretum 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA

Join Brice Dorwart for an informational walk on campus. ISA CEUs are available for certified arborists!Join Brice Dorwart and arborist professionals as they explore the winter landscape and learn how to identify deciduous tree species without their leaves. Brice is an ISA-certified arborist and utility specialist from Davey Resource Group who works with PECO's vegetation management department. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather, this event will take place rain or shine. We will try our best to keep the event to two hours, but if the time runs over and you need to leave at noon we

Pollinators and Native Plant Cultivars (Online)

Are native cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as straight native species? Native plants are generally recommended for supporting pollinators, but the growing demand for native plants, coupled with the horticulture industry’s desire for plants with unique characteristics, has led to the increased breeding and availability of native cultivars or “nativars.” Annie White was one of the first researchers in the country to evaluate native cultivars based on their ecological value instead of just their garden performance. Informed by both years of rigorous field research and real-world landscape design experience, Annie’s talk discusses both the benefits and challenges of

$25

Pollinators and Native Plant Cultivars (Online)

Are native cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as straight native species? Native plants are generally recommended for supporting pollinators, but the growing demand for native plants, coupled with the horticulture industry’s desire for plants with unique characteristics, has led to the increased breeding and availability of native cultivars or “nativars.” Annie White was one of the first researchers in the country to evaluate native cultivars based on their ecological value instead of just their garden performance. Informed by both years of rigorous field research and real-world landscape design experience, Annie’s talk discusses both the benefits and challenges of

$25

The Clay Studio presents Figuring Space

The Clay Studio 1425 N American Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Clay Studio presents Figuring Space, a new exhibition comprised of full-scale, figurative sculptures by 12 leading ceramic artists based in the United States. Each of the artists explores their individual cultural identity and what it means to be human through their figurative sculptures. The powerful figures will serve as a body of evidence to lay bare the issues that permeate American art and social culture. Figuring Space is co-curated by Jennifer Zwilling, Curator and Director of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio, and Dr. Kelli Morgan, Professor of the Practice and Director of Cultural Studies at Tufts University.

Free

All Aboard! Philly’s Trains & Trolleys

Meet at the Academy of Music at Broad and Locust, at the Broad Street steps. Tour ends same location. 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, Philadelphia, PA

Jerry Silverman will lead us on a tour of the Broad Street Line, Ridge Avenue Spur, and the PATCO line, to learn about the Philly subways. We'll travel the subway south to the stadiums, and north to Fern Rock where the subway actually exits the tunnel. From there we’ll take the Broad-Ridge Express Spur to 8th and Market, then board PATCO to Camden and back.Along the way, we’ll check out the eagles salvaged from the demolished NYC Penn Station, old subway cars rusting away at Fern Rock Station, an abandoned revenue train platform, ghost stations, and more. Plus, Jerry will

Anticolonial Eruptions

Making Worlds Bookstore & Social Center 210 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Owl Howl

Many people have heard an owl, but few have ever seen one. Mt. Cuba’s varied landscapes and topography provide the ideal habitats for four of Delaware’s native owl species — the barred, barn, great horned, and Eastern screech — and winter is the best time to spot them roosting in the trees. Owls are nocturnal, so join us as we search for them just after dusk. Following a brief introductory lecture, attendees will head out into the garden and listen to their unique calls. Dress for the weather. (Class size is limited.) This program takes place in-person (at Mt. Cuba

$19

Owl Howl

Many people have heard an owl, but few have ever seen one. Mt. Cuba’s varied landscapes and topography provide the ideal habitats for four of Delaware’s native owl species — the barred, barn, great horned, and Eastern screech — and winter is the best time to spot them roosting in the trees. Owls are nocturnal, so join us as we search for them just after dusk. Following a brief introductory lecture, attendees will head out into the garden and listen to their unique calls. Dress for the weather. (Class size is limited.) This program takes place in-person (at Mt. Cuba

$19

Bicycling and the Women’s Movement Lecture

Wissahickon Valley Public Library 650 West Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA

The Bicycling Craze was meaningful, especially for women.Bicycles had a major impact on society. The biggest was on the women's movement, it broke down several barriers by allowing women to leave the home and travel without a man. It allowed them to participate in education, social and political organizations. Susan B. Anthony noted;" The bicycle had done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world."

The Scientific Benefit of Trees for Livable and Sustainable Communities

Discover the benefits of trees and how investing in trees is an investment in a better worldThe Scientific Benefit of Trees for Livable and Sustainable CommunitiesThursday, January 19, 7 – 8:30 PMJessica B. Turner-Skoff, PhD, Science Communication Leader, The Morton ArboretumThe scientific literature is clear: in addition to supporting critical habitat and ecosystem processes, trees can improve people’s physical, mental, and social well-being. An effective strategy to enhance people’s lives is to plant and protect trees, especially in cities. This talk will take a deep dive into the research and demonstrate how trees can help support 15 of the United

The Scientific Benefit of Trees for Livable and Sustainable Communities

Discover the benefits of trees and how investing in trees is an investment in a better worldThe Scientific Benefit of Trees for Livable and Sustainable CommunitiesThursday, January 19, 7 – 8:30 PMJessica B. Turner-Skoff, PhD, Science Communication Leader, The Morton ArboretumThe scientific literature is clear: in addition to supporting critical habitat and ecosystem processes, trees can improve people’s physical, mental, and social well-being. An effective strategy to enhance people’s lives is to plant and protect trees, especially in cities. This talk will take a deep dive into the research and demonstrate how trees can help support 15 of the United

Ben Franklin Celebration, “The Future of Oceans,” honoring Sylvia Earle

American Philosophical Society: Benjamin Franklin Hall 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

This event was established to bring attention to Franklin’s ideas and accomplishments and highlight his relevance in the modern world.Join us at the American Philosophical Society on January 20, 2023 for the 2023 Ben Franklin Celebration, "The Future of Oceans," honoring Sylvia Earle.At 10 a.m., the morning will kick off with an introduction by Charlotte Hudson, Director of the Lenfest Ocean Program, Pew Charitable Trusts. Helen Rozwadowski, professor of History and founder of the Maritime Studies program at the University of Connecticut and Irina Marinov, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Long Term Guest Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Practicing Cooperation: Mutual Aid Beyond Capitalism

Making Worlds Bookstore & Social Center 210 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Providing a new conceptual framework for cooperation as a form of social practice Providing a new conceptual framework for cooperation as a form of social practice, Practicing Cooperation describes and critiques three U.S.-based cooperatives: a pair of co-op grocers in Philadelphia, each adjusting to recent growth and renewal; a federation of two hundred low-cost community acupuncture clinics throughout the United States, banded together as a cooperative of practitioners and patients; and a collectively managed Philadelphia experimental dance company, founded in the early 1990s and still going strong. Through these case studies, Andrew Zitcer illuminates the range of activities that make

Bird Walk

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA

Come birding with Bonnie!Bird Walk Monday, January 23, 9 – 10 AM Bonnie Witmer, Birder and Visitor Services Associate, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Come birding with Bonnie! Search for resident birds in winter and explore various habitats including woodland, pond edge, and stream-side paths. Discover the GISS method to identify our feathered friends by recognizing the general impression, size, and shape of birds. Participants will learn to use their eyes, ears, and binoculars to find birds and other wildlife. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes with good traction. Rain or shine. Free

Bird Walk

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA

Come birding with Bonnie!Bird Walk Monday, January 23, 9 – 10 AM Bonnie Witmer, Birder and Visitor Services Associate, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Come birding with Bonnie! Search for resident birds in winter and explore various habitats including woodland, pond edge, and stream-side paths. Discover the GISS method to identify our feathered friends by recognizing the general impression, size, and shape of birds. Participants will learn to use their eyes, ears, and binoculars to find birds and other wildlife. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes with good traction. Rain or shine. Free

Native Seed Propagation

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA

Explore a variety of seed starting techniques for native plantsNative Seed Propagation Saturday, January 28, 10 AM – 12 PM Helen Standen, Nursery and Greenhouse Manager, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens It may be cold outside, but it’s time to sow and grow! Explore a variety of seed starting techniques for native plants, including winter sowing, leaching, soaking, scarification, and stratification. Participants will create their own milk jug greenhouse and sow seeds to take home utilizing the techniques covered. Members: $25 | Non-Members: $35

Native Seed Propagation

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA

Explore a variety of seed starting techniques for native plantsNative Seed Propagation Saturday, January 28, 10 AM – 12 PM Helen Standen, Nursery and Greenhouse Manager, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens It may be cold outside, but it’s time to sow and grow! Explore a variety of seed starting techniques for native plants, including winter sowing, leaching, soaking, scarification, and stratification. Participants will create their own milk jug greenhouse and sow seeds to take home utilizing the techniques covered. Members: $25 | Non-Members: $35