Events

Events

Plant, Learn, Harvest, Celebrate! Join us at an upcoming orchard event.

We invite you to join POP and our community partners in a wide range of events including planting and caring for orchards across the city; tree plantings; workshops and other educational programs about ecological orchard care and related topics; POPHarvest gleaning opportunities; and harvest festivals and other community events! Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome at planting and orchard care events. Please RSVP below in order to receive detailed event directions and updates and so that we know how many volunteers to expect. We also encourage you to join POP’s volunteer email list to receive announcements of new events and opportunities to get involved.


UPDATE 7/28/2021:

Based on updated guidelines for COVID-19 released by the CDC (released 7/27/21), Commonwealth of PA, and City of Philadelphia, POP is updating policies for public events and programs as of July 28, 2021. 

CDC guidelines allow fully vaccinated people to resume outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial regulations, including local business, public transportation, and workplace guidelines. People who have been fully vaccinated are no longer recommended to wear masks outdoors and while indoor mask use is no longer mandated, the spread of more transmissible viral variants is concerning: mask use can limit its further spread. People who are not fully vaccinated should wear masks except when eating and drinking, whether indoors or outdoors. From the Mayo Clinic, whose further guidance you can read here, “Masks should be snug over the nose, mouth and chin, with no gaps. You should feel warm air coming through the front of the mask when you breathe out. You shouldn’t feel air coming out under the edges of the mask.”

Most of POP’s programs and activities take place outdoors, where risk of transmission is low, and vaccination rates continue to increase, but we must all work together to keep members of our community safe. Guidelines state that unvaccinated adults and teens, as well as unvaccinated children older than age 2, should continue to wear a mask and physically distance (6 ft) from others. For any events that may take place indoors, POP will still require all participants (vaccinated or not) to wear a mask. As a reminder, please take precautions by continuing to thoroughly wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer made of at least 60% ethanol after undertaking activities outside of the house.

In July 2021, the CDC added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. This is due to increasing transmission of the Delta variant. Find a City of Philadelphia testing site online.

Everyone aged 12 and older is now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have not yet done so, find out how to get your shot via https://www.vaccines.gov/ — it’s free, safe, and effective. There is also support available for transportation to the vaccine appointment, and childcare during the appointment or recovery. And, the City has a lottery available for all vaccinated adults, with the chance to win up to $50,000!

New educational video content is now available via POP’s YouTube channel, so visit and subscribe today. We also invite you to visit POP’s Resource page and blog for ecological orchard care tips, plant info sheets, school lesson plans, and more. Please take care!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 3
9:30am - 12:00pm

Woodlands Orchard Work Day

Help out in maintaining the POP Learning Orchard and POP's edible plant nursery at The Woodlands!
Wednesday, August 4
3:30pm - 5:30pm

Cobbs Creek Orchard Work Day

Lend a hand in caring for the Food Forest at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center!
Thursday, August 5
5:30pm

First Thursday: Fire Cider

Join Nyambi Royster from Nyambi's Naturals for this highly interactive workshop. Fire Cider is a must have for the cold and flu season! Learn how to use food as medicine. Make this zesty oxymel with powerful ingredients right from your pantry and garden! Pre-registration required. This workshop will be limited to 20 people; if you sign up and are no longer able to attend, please let us know ASAP so we can make the space available to someone else!
Tuesday, August 10
9:30am - 12:00pm

Woodlands Orchard Work Day

Help out in maintaining the POP Learning Orchard and POP's edible plant nursery at The Woodlands!
Thursday, August 12
2:00pm - 4:30pm

Penn Park Orchard Work Day

Lend a hand in maintaining the food forest at Penn Park on University of Pennsylvania campus. 
Saturday, August 14
9:30am - 12:00pm

Bartram's Orchard Work Day

Help out with care and maintenance of the most diverse community orchard in the city!
Tuesday, August 17
9:30am - 12:00pm

Woodlands Orchard Work Day

Help out in maintaining the POP Learning Orchard and POP's edible plant nursery at The Woodlands!
Thursday, August 19
9:30am - 12:30pm

FNC Poplar Orchard Work Day

Lend a hand in maintaining the food forest at FNC Poplar.
Tuesday, August 24
9:30am - 12:00pm

Woodlands Orchard Work Day

Help out in maintaining the POP Learning Orchard and POP's edible plant nursery at The Woodlands!
Tuesday, August 31
9:30am - 12:00pm

Woodlands Orchard Work Day

Help out in maintaining the POP Learning Orchard and POP's edible plant nursery at The Woodlands!
Wednesday, September 1
3:30pm - 5:30pm

Cobbs Creek Orchard Work Day

Lend a hand in caring for the Food Forest at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center!
Thursday, September 2
5:30pm

First Thursday: Elderberry Syrup

Join POP and Alyssa Schimmel for this highly interactive Elderberry Syrup workshop at the POP Learning Orchard at The Woodlands.
Saturday, September 11
9:30am - 12:00pm

Bartram's Orchard Work Day

Help out with care and maintenance of the most diverse community orchard in the city!
Thursday, September 23
7:00pm - 8:00pm

2021 Orchard Celebration (online program)

Join POP for an online program celebrating another year of community orchards!
Saturday, September 25
11:00am - 2:00pm

Fall 2021 Open House Celebration

Join us for an open house at the POP Learning Orchard at The Woodlands with staff and board members.
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