Explore this quiet stretch of the Schuylkill River via kayak or rowboat. No registration or boating experience necessary. All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Boats, life jackets and basic instruction provided.
Volunteers will work with Bartram staff on seasonal tasks like weeding, planting, cleaning, pruning, and light maintenance. No special experience or skills required. Dress for working outdoors, and if you have them, bring work gloves and a water bottle.
A unique opportunity for plein air painting on the new Bartram's Mile Trail just before work begins on a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will span the Schuylkill River. Capture the scene, in acrylic, before the view of the beautiful rusty swing bridge is obscured by the new construction. Step by step instruction and materials will be provided. Each participant will take home their own painting of a beautiful Bartram's landscape.
Learn the craft of leatherworking. Get hands-on experience with traditional tools and techniques as you make your own leather keychain. You will learn about various leathers, how to construct, cut, rivet, dye, condition, and edge-slick using traditional tools and techniques. Tools and materials are provided.
In the 1600s, the Bartrams were poor sheep farmers in Darby, England. They were influenced by the preaching of George Fox, a leader of the 17th century awakening that became the Quaker movement. Fox would preach all through England and other European countries the values of Quaker theology. Over 1000 people would often gather to hear him speak. Such large gatherings were prohibited by English law, and attendees were often arrested. This presentation will explore the Bartrams' involvement in the movement and radical thought of the Quakers in its challenge not just of the Church of England but of the social hierarchies of their time.
Disconnect and reconnect. Public gardens provide a vital opportunity to recharge and heal as we fight to survive, thrive and create positive change in a crowded urban environment. Pat George of the Zen Center of Philadelphia will lead a sitting meditation session inside the Bartram House. Weather permitting, participants will move outdoors for walking meditation in the garden.
The Artists' Workshop series is rooted in the rich history of Bartram's Garden, the oldest botanical garden in America. Following in the tradition of pioneering American explorer and botanical illustrator William Bartram, teaching artists Heather Rinehart and Alina Josan approach fine art through their love of nature and history.