May 12th, 2020

Arts Day: Love Your Park at Home May 12th Schedule

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Tuesday, May 12th is Arts Day during Love Your Park @ Home! Here are all of the fun and free things you can learn, share, and do to celebrate the arts in Philly parks. 

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LEARN: about Public Art in the Park

Register for free

Join the Association for Public Art (aPA) for a lunchtime virtual "walking" tour of a selection of outdoor sculptures found around the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. Rain or shine, aPA staff will share fascinating stories and answer questions about these hidden public art gems and park favorites.

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Nature has a special way of inspiring photography, paintings, poetry, and prose. Have you ever written a haiku? Get inspired by going for a walk in your local park or in your own backyard!

Here's how to write a traditional, 3-line haiku: 

1. First line: 5 syllables

2. Second line: 7 syllables

3. Third line: 5 syllables

Be sure to share your haiku on social media and tag #loveyourpark!

DO: Create art of your park

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Create a natural scene or special message on the sidewalk in front of your home or in your local park using sidewalk chalk or the bits and pieces of nature you can find, like twigs, rocks, and leaves! You can also draw or paint a picture of your local park!

BONUS: Color these free botanical coloring pages!

The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center opened in 1979 and is home to a lovely greenhouse filled with a variety of tropical plants.  Feel free to download these free botanical coloring pages, featuring select tropical plants that you will find in the greenhouse!

Upcoming Love Your Park @ Home events

Second Saturday in Fairmount Park

December 11th at 10:00am
Mt Pleasant, Fairmount Park

Help preserve the forests of Fairmount Park! Join Parks & Rec and Audubon for a restoration project to plant trees and remove invasive vines in the woods around Mt Pleasant Meadow.

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FDR Park Weeding Warriors

December 18th at 10:00am
FDR Park

Time to tackle invasive vines at FDR Park! Help liberate the park's native trees rom the invasive vines that are taking over.

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Second Saturday in Wissahickon Valley Park

January 8th at 10:00am
Hermit's Woods

Help preserve the forests of the Wissahickon! Join Parks & Rec for a restoration project to remove invasive vines and bamboo in the woods near Hermit's Cave.

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