March 15, 2013
Special Events Day-Off Camp: Rocks & Minerals Hands-on exploration of fossils, crystals & geodes. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd.; Pre-registration required: 215-482-7300 x 110. $55; $45 members. Friday. 8 am-3 pm. Forest Forensics Workshop Decipher land use history through the careful examination of trees & landforms. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd.; Pre-registration required: 215-482-7300 x 110. $15; $10 members. Sat. 1-3 pm. Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household.
March 2, 2013 |
The name given this year's British-theme Philadelphia Flower Show is "Brilliant!," but the mood at the Camden Children's Garden display this week was anything but bright and sunny - more like cloudy with a chance of despair. As workers set up the fanciful, 320-square-foot exhibit, with a willow tunnel, shed, birdhouses, and dreamy vegetable garden and fruit trees, they couldn't help worrying about the future of the Children's Garden, which recently was ordered by the state to leave its waterfront site next to the Adventure Aquarium.
February 22, 2013
By Mike Weilbacher The Camden Children's Garden, the jewel on the waterfront tucked between the Adventure Aquarium and Wiggins Park, has been told by its landlord, the state of New Jersey, to remove its exhibits from three of its four acres by March 31. While not quite an eviction notice, the garden would be forced to destroy its signature attractions. Goodbye butterfly house, dinosaur garden, giant teacups, train ride, and more. But the garden's not going down without a fight, and founder Mike Devlin and friends are busy testifying, lining up their political ducks, organizing a Facebook page, and threatening lawsuits.
February 21, 2013 |
The first of what is likely to be a series of meetings to work out the future of the Camden Children's Garden was described as "productive" by the state senator who reopened negotiations over the garden's planned eviction. The meeting, which took place Tuesday at State Sen. Donald Norcross' Audubon office and lasted less than two hours, was the first time state Treasury officials and Children's Garden executive director Mike Devlin had met since December 2011. The state began trying to remove the Children's Garden from its waterfront location three years ago. Norcross called the meeting "productive" in a Facebook message and also said, "I hope this opens the door to an ongoing dialogue that will ensure the garden's work can continue in Camden City.
February 14, 2013 |
Holding signs reading "No Garden? No Fresh Food," "Where Will We Go?", and several that read, "Save the Camden Children's Garden," more than 100 people rallied Tuesday to muster support in the waterfront garden's fight against a March 31 eviction notice from the state. The protesters had planned to march from the garden to City Hall, but were spared that trip. Mayor Dana L. Redd and several City Council members went to the rally to add support. The garden, Redd and others said, must stay where it is. "We have our challenges," Redd said, listing education, public safety, and others.
February 11, 2013
Camden garden should stay It's troubling that the state wants the Camden Children's Garden to make way for an expansion of the Adventure Aquarium ("Plowing it under," Feb. 1). The garden contributes so much to city residents through employing people, educating children, fighting obesity, and working with stakeholders in the neighborhoods to establish community gardens. The list of success stories and accolades for this organization is endless. Meanwhile, the aquarium hires a limited number of Camden residents, and how many local families can even afford to step into the place?
February 9, 2013 |
While supporters of the Camden Children's Garden prepare this weekend for a march and speeches they will deliver at Tuesday's City Council meeting, State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden) will be working to set up a meeting between garden supporters and state officials. Norcross said he would like to keep the Children's Garden, "a grassroots organization," where it is, near the Adventure Aquarium on Camden's waterfront, but in a way that both entities can "be there and flourish. " The aquarium, however, has told the state it wants to take over the space occupied by the nonprofit Children's Garden to expand its operation.