Eco Fair: An Artful Living Event: Handmade and Homegrown

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In partnership with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center presents the 11th annual Eco Fair, a free community day inspired by natural living.  This event showcases local artists and craftspeople, as well as environmentally minded organizations, family art activities, live music, and food.  Local garden clubs, including Rutgers Master Gardeners, will have a variety of plants and herbs for sale throughout the day.

Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River will present the Inaugural Walk of the Art and Nature Trail at WheatonArts and the keynote speaker, Dr. Joanna Burger.


Please let WheatonArts and Citizens United know if you can attend the following by signing up here.

Sign up if you plan on attending any of following WheatonArts Eco Fair Events:
– WheatonArts Nature Trail Ribbon Cutting and Walk
– Dr. Burger’s Book Signing and Presentation
– Second Nature Walk on WheatonArts Nature Trail

MG Plant SaleECO Fair Schedule:

1:30 p.m: Keynote Speaker book signing
2:00 p.m: Keynote Speaker presentation

Hands on Family Art Activities:
11:20 a.m: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Art & Nature Trail
11:30 a.m. & 3:15 p.m: Guided Walks of Nature Trail (must pre-register)
12 p.m. to 4 p.m: Packaged Goods Orchestra
10:30am – 1pm & 2pm – 4:30pm: Rain Barrel Workshops (Must pre-register)
Joanna Burger with Great Egret chick New Jersey
Joanne Burger "25 Nature Spectacles in New Jersey" ad

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joanne Burger
(Book signing 1:30 pm; Presentation 2 pm)

Dr. Burger is a distinguished professor of biology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and New Jersey’s most published Ecologist.  The presentation will include excerpts from Dr. Burger’s book, 25 Nature Spectacles in New Jersey.  A book signing with copies available for purchase will precede the presentation.

RSVP to Dr. Burger’s book signing and presentation here.

Eco Flower Image

Art + Nature Tour

Join us in celebration of our new nature trail. A special, family tour will take place at 11:20 a.m. A naturalist will guide families along the trail. An en plein air, hands-on art making activity will take place midway through the tour. Easels and a variety of drawing tools will be set up outside, and an artist will guide everyone through a nature sketching exercise.

Register for the nature walks here.

Kids Volunteering at Eco Fair
Rain barrel workshop with Rutgers Cooperative Extension will be held from 10:30 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 4:30 pm on May 6 during ECO Fair. This is a fee-based workshop and requires preregistration. Space is limited.
To pre-register, contact Sal Mangiafico at 856.451.2800 ext. 1 or

Family Art Activities

Beaded Butterflies
Create colorful, sparkling butterflies using a rainbow assortment of pony beads and pipe cleaners. These are the perfect decoration for your spring-time window.

Paper Beads
Live and accessorize “Green” by making recycled beads! Learn how to use strips of magazines and newspapers to create colorful beads. Finished beads can be used to make wearable jewelry, key chains, or beaded curtains.

Collage: Rainbow and Planet Earth
Collage is an art technique where the artwork is created by assembling a variety of materials to create a new whole. In this activity, you will create a colorful rainbow while learning the color spectrum or create a multi-toned planet earth! A variety of materials including magazines, newspaper, ribbon, and construction paper will be available.

Clay Sculpture
Play with clay and create your own mini-sculpture. Using natural air-dry earth clay, kids can create anything they can imagine. Small beads will be available to create a multi-media sculpture!


Rain Barrel Workshop
10:30 am – 1 pm & 2 pm to 4:30 pm (Registration Required)
Become a wiser water user and eco-friendly gardener by attending a rain barrel workshop, offered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County and the Cumberland County Improvement Authority. This hands-on workshop is designed to educate participants on the benefits of rainwater harvesting. Workshop participants will build a rain barrel to take home.