Tagged Environment and Nature

Nature in My Backyard

Horticulture with Bartram’s Garden  

Nature in My Backyard

Read with a Ranger from the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge  Photo by Lamar Gore/USFWS 

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

Throughout the school year Bartram's Garden staff will offer FREE nature programs at the library for children ages 8-13. Space is limited; first come, first served!  

David Wallace-Wells | The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Please note: This event has been rescheduled from March 24, 2020. In conversation with Dr. Rachel Valletta, Environmental Scientist at The Franklin Institute and director of all climate change education and outreach programming. A…

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

Get up close and personal with nature in these educational workshops led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For children ages 8 – 13.

Earth Day Documentary | Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice is an award winning documentary.  Environmental photographer James Balog embarked on an arctic pilgrimage to gather real-time evidence of global warming in Iceland, for National Geographic.  Traveling with a…

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

Throughout the school year Bartram's Garden staff will offer FREE nature programs at the library for children ages 8-13. Space is limited; first come, first served!  

Nature in My Backyard

Read with a Ranger from the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge  Photo by Lamar Gore/USFWS 

The Inspiring History of Trails in Greater Philadelphia

Trails have been an important part of Greater Philadelphia since ancient times. This illustrated talk explores their fascinating origins, growth and change up to modern times. Our speaker is architect Bob Thomas, involved in trail…

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

Get up close and personal with nature in these educational workshops led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For children ages 8 – 13.

LEAP into Earth Month

Start Earth Month by exploring renewable energy models and learn how we can help save the planet by living green. This program is designed for school-age children, but all ages are welcome.

Voyages in Print: Show and Tell in the Print and Picture Collection

Explore original prints and poetry featured in Voyages by Road and Sea in the Free Library’s Print and Picture Collection. For free registration, email alames@ rosenbach.org or call 215-7321600 ext. 129.  (Email registration…

Rain Check Workshop

Come to this workshop to learn how you can get a free rain barrel from Philadelphia Water! Reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain gardens, depaving, and permeable pavers will also be offered. PWD’s Rain Check program gives…

Nature in My Backyard

Horticulture with Bartram’s Garden  

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

Throughout the school year Bartram's Garden staff will offer FREE nature programs at the library for children ages 8-13. Space is limited; first come, first served!  

Neil Shubin | Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA

Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin was a member of the field team that made the 2004 landmark discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, a 375-million-year-old fossil dubbed the "missing link" between fish and land animals. The…

Nature in My Backyard

Read with a Ranger from the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge  Photo by Lamar Gore/USFWS 

How to Save Energy In Your Home

PECO's Community Outreach team will be on hand to show you how you can save money and energy by taking advantage of solutions and tools for your home. PECO encourages its customers (us!) to use energy more efficiently, which can…

Friends Speaker Series | The environmental impact of fracking and plastic bags

Listen to evidence of the ways Marcellus shale gas is changing the economics of plastic production and increasing the risks of plastic pollution and climate change.   Kelly O'Day recently retired from a career as an…

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

Get up close and personal with nature in these educational workshops led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For children ages 8 – 13.

EcoFutures EcoAlternatives

Science Fiction and Fantasy with Environmental Themes

Wild Weather

From global warming and carbon footprints to new weather forecasting technologies and more frequent natural disasters like volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, tornadoes, typhoons, hurricanes, and more.

Green Living

Green living allows you to become an everyday environmentalist. Go green with these helpful resources including alternative energy, organic cooking, and eco-friendly solutions for your home and garden!

InfoTrac Student Edition *

High school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political…

GREENR - Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources *

GREENR, Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. GREENR provides news, background information, video, commentaries,…

Jenny Offill | Weather

Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation , “an effortless-seeming downhill ride that picks up astonishing narrative speed as it goes” ( New York Review of Books ), tells the story of a once heady marriage at its breaking point. It was named…

Elaine Sciolino | The Seine: The River That Made Paris

A former Paris bureau chief and contributing writer for the New York Times , Elaine Sciolino is acclaimed for her “deliciously detailed and smart” ( Vogue ) chronicles of French culture and history. Her books include the bestsellers The…

Sean Brock | South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations

In conversation with author events editor and producer Jason Freeman Praised as “an absolutely transformative figure” by the late Anthony Bourdain, Sean Brock is the founding chef of the Husk restaurant group, which has four locations…

Jonathan Safran Foer | We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Renowned for placing “his reader’s hand on the heart of human experience” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Jonathan Safran Foer is the bestselling author of the frenetically irreverent, emotionally urgent novels  Everything Is Illuminated ,…

Jacob Shell | Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

In conversation with Nikil Saval, an editor of n+1 and author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace A professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, Jacob Shell is the author of Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons,…

Susan Hockfield | The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

The first woman and the first life scientist to head the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield now serves as the esteemed institution’s President Emerita. A pioneering neuroscientist whose work included the…

Bill McKibben | Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“The world’s best green journalist” ( Time ), Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book The End of Nature . His many other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy ,…

Barry Lopez | Horizon

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men , Crow and…

Adam Rutherford | Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature A New Evolutionary History

“A heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Adam Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived delves into the…

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha | What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis—the signature environmental disaster of our time—and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Internationally recognized for her 2015 study…

Eliza Griswold | Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

In the  New York Times  bestselling book  The Tenth Parallel , immersive journalist Eliza Griswold spent seven years traversing the geographic and ideological fronts in Africa and Asia where Christianity and Islam collide. In I Am the…

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. | American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family

In conversation with Tracey Matisak A scion of America’s most fabled political dynasty, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub…

Mark C. Serreze | Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North

A fellow of the American Meteorological Society and director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, geographer Mark C. Serreze is one of the world’s foremost experts on the planet’s cryosphere—Earth’s snow and ice cover—and its…

Richard Powers | The Overstory with William T. Vollmann | No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers explores a remarkable range of subject matters in his novels. Among them are The…

Anna Badkhen | Fisherman’s Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

With an artist’s eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer  Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs” ( Christian Science…

Bill McKibben | Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

Watch the video here . Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book  The End of Nature . His myriad other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy, Eaarth , and Oil and…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Watch the video here . Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned…

David Grinspoon | Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future

Dr. David Grinspoon is the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress. With research focusing on climate evolution and the conditions for life elsewhere in the cosmos, he has consulted on interplanetary space…

Jane Alexander | Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth

In conversation with Laura Kovacs Acting legend Jane Alexander has appeared in some of the finest films of the last 50 years, including All the President’s Men , The Great White Hope , Kramer vs Kramer , and The Cider House Rules . Her…

Jennifer Haigh | Heat and Light with Adam Briggle | A Field Philosopher's Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas

Jennifer Haigh received the 2003 PEN/Hemingway Award for outstanding debut fiction for her novel Mrs. Kimble . Her other books include the novels The Conditio n, Faith , and the New York Times bestseller Baker Towers , as well as News…

Honeybees

The third Saturday in August is National Honeybee Day, a day to celebrate this small but vital insect. Philadelphians should be especially proud; the modern beehive, known as the Langstroth hive, was invented in the City of Brotherly…