Support Plant One Million through Science & Stories

Heads up, parents! The next few weeks offer several opportunities to celebrate Earth Day and discover Plant One Million with your family.

First off, make like a tree and “leaf” for the library! Children and their families are encouraged to join a “tree-mendous” program featuring story, song, and more at branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Be sure to bring your library card so you can borrow books, CDs, and DVDs afterward!

The dates, times, and locations are:

Saturday, April 14 at 11 am
David Cohen Ogontz Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
6017 Ogontz Avenue (Church Lane & Ogontz Ave.), Philadelphia, PA 19141

Saturday April 14 at 1 pm
Wynnefield Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
5325 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19131

Saturday, April 21 at 11 am
Falls of Schuylkill Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
3501 Midvale Avenue (Warden Dr. & Midvale Ave.), Philadelphia, PA 19129

Saturday April 21 at 2:30 pm
Northeast Regional Library
2228 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149

In addition to the library, another great place to learn about nature is the Philadelphia Science Festival. The Festival runs for a week, but the carnival on Saturday, April 21 from 11 am to 4 pm will feature more than 80 exhibitors, including Plant One Million. The carnival includes experiments, activities, and live entertainment along Logan Square in Center City Philadelphia. Check it out!

Fun Times at Science Festival

PHS had great fun participating in the Philadelphia Science Festival, which concludes tomorrow, April 28. Cold, rainy weather on April 15 didn’t stop Philadelphia’s science- and nature-lovers from attending the kick-off carnival and planting a plug with PHS (as seen in the photos below).

PHS’s involvement with the Festival continued over the next two weeks: Lori Hayes, a popular presenter in the PHS Gardening Series, taught school-age children about starting seeds. A few days later PHS led an Earth Day nature walk at the John Heinz National Wildlife Reserve. Then, on Monday, PHS presented live narrations of “The Perfect Flower” at The Academy of Natural Sciences.

The Science Festival was a fantastic way of bringing together citywide cultural institutions, museums, and community centers to inspire a love of science in today’s youth. There are several activities planned for today and tomorrow, so visit to learn more.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

PHS Teams Up with Philadelphia Science Festival

A new and exciting citywide event is coming to town April 15 through 28 that will celebrate Philadelphia’s history as a center for science and technology. The Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration, with more than 105 institutions, museums, and cultural and community centers planning an extensive line-up of programs and exhibitions designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the Festival kicks off with a public outdoor carnival and continues for two weeks with dozens more events – most of them free!

As a Festival contributor, PHS is participating in the following:

Neighborhood Outreach, Gardening with Kids—Seed Starting
Thursday, April 21. 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Ramonita de Rodriguez Library, 600 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Discover the wonders of gardening with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society! Environmental educator, Lori Hayes, will provide hands on demonstrations for all involved.

Earth Day Nature Walk, Tree ID
Friday, April 22. 11:00am – 3:00pm
John Heinz National Wildlife Reserve 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA

Have you ever wanted to know more about the wildlife that lives in your backyard? This program will present hands-on activities about the birds, mammals, amphibians, and insects that call Philadelphia home. You’ll also learn things you can do to protect the important habitat for these wild creatures!


The Perfect Flower: A Physical Meditation on Beauty and Solitude Narration: “The Perfect Flower”
Monday, April 25. 11:00am & 7:00pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
Reservation Required

Science and art collide with a dazzling display of sinuous movement, raw feats of strength and elegant, acrobatic suspensions around beautiful steel motion sculptures. Capacitor’s boundary-breaking contemporary dance piece, The Perfect Flower, brings botanical sciences to life during its Philadelphia debut at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Everyone is welcome so join us for an action-packed two weeks of science, technology and fun at the Philadelphia Science Festival! For a calender of events or for more general information about the Philadelphia Science Festival, visit