ECO Fair: Artful Living, Handmade & Homegrown

ECO Fair: Artful living, handmade & homegrown. Produced in partnership with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority. Purple and fuchsia flowers behind the text.

Join us for ECO Fair on Saturday, May 4, 2019
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

In partnership with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, WheatonArts presents the 13th annual ECO Fair, a FREE Family Day event inspired by natural living! This event showcases the handmade works of New Jersey artists, as well as environmentally minded organizations, family art activities, live music, and more. Local gardening clubs, including Rutgers Master Gardeners, will have a variety of plants and herbs for sale throughout the day. Keynote speaker Pat Sutton, sponsored by CU Maurice River, will present “It’s a Jungle Out There: LIFE & DEATH in the Wildlife Garden” at 1:30 p.m. followed by a book signing. 

Eco Fair 2016 Plant SaleAdmission to all WheatonArts exhibits and artist studio demonstrations are free and open to the public for the day, part of WheatonArts “Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!

Give us your zip code at the gate and receive a FREE Eco-friendly shopping bag, courtesy of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority!


Interested in becoming an ECO Fair exhibitor?
Click Here for the 2019 ECO Fair Application.
Deadline to apply to exhibit at the 2019 ECO Fair is Monday, April 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Headshot of Pat Sutton, naturalist.

1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Pat Sutton

Doors Open at 1 p.m. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Presented by CU Maurice River, Keynote Speaker Pat Sutton will present “It’s a Jungle Out There: LIFE & DEATH in the Wildlife Garden” at 1:30 in the Event Center. Pat and Clay Sutton have witnessed some amazing natural history happenings in their 41-year old wildlife garden, some heart-warming and some heart-stopping. Be prepared for an eye-opening view into the natural world, occurrences that happen every day out in the wild but are rarely seen, unless you’ve created a wildlife garden so welcoming that wildlife feels quite at home! To learn more about Pat Sutton, Click Here.

Let us know you plan to attend! Click Here for Free Registration. 

Kids Volunteering at Eco Fair

Family Art Activities 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Tree Ring Prints
Capture the history of a tree using the technique of printmaking! In this workshop, learn how to use ink to draw out the growth rings of a tree to create beautiful prints. Participants will use pre-cut, sanded, and burned logs as printing plates. Everyone will have a chance to ink a log and pull a print!

Paper Beads
Live and accessorize “Green” by making recycled beads! Learn how to use strips of magazines and newspapers to create colorful beads perfect for wearable jewelry, key chains, beaded curtains, and more.

Leaf Prints on Fabric
Design your own unique textile swatch using fabric paint and leaves. We will guide you through the process of choosing the perfect leaf, applying fabric paint/ink to your leaf, and then transferring the leaf’s pattern to a swatch of fabric.

Make a Seed Bomb at the Ceramics Studio!

Visit the Ceramics Studio during the event to create a seed-filled clay pod. Our artists will show you how the flatten a clay disk, fill it with soil and native seed mix, and close it up to create a unique seed-starter. Take it home to plant or let it dry and smash it in your backyard! This “make-and-take” project is free during the event. Available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last.

Large-Scale Glass Blowing Demonstration!

Visit the Glass Studio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and watch as the WheatonArts Glassblowers create a LARGE-scale glass watering can!  Beginning at 11 a.m. and happening throughout the day, our glass artists will create different parts of the watering can. Be sure to come back for the 3:30 p.m. narrated demonstration to see how they all fit together to form the final piece! 

Blow a Glass Bubble!

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., experience what it feels like to blow glass! During this quick experience, a glass blower will bring you a small gather of glass on a blowpipe. They will then instruct you how to position your mouth on the pipe and how to force air down the pipe, thereby expanding the glass. You will blow until your bubble pops! A physical piece will NOT be kept at the end.

This experience is FREE, however, spots are limited so pre-registration is required.  Click here to register! 

Glass artist Joe Mattson instructing a young girl how to blow a large glass bubble with a blowpipe.

Rain Barrel Workshops 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Fee & Pre-Registration Required)

Become a wiser water user and an 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. To register, call 856.451.2800 ext. 1, or email

For a PDF of the Rain Barrel Workshop flyer, Click Here.

“Let’s Get Back to Basics!”

Meet the Cumberland County Recycling Team and learn basic rules to follow to ensure successful recycling. Find out what contamination and plastics are doing to our recycling stream, why it has become such a hot topic, and what you can do to help! Children of all ages are welcome to create their own recycled plastic bracelets. “Make-and-take” is free during the event. All materials provided, available while supplies last.

“Mighty Max the Benthic Macro!”

Come one, come all, and behold Mighty Max! At this station children, and parents alike will receive a hands-on demonstration of benthic macroinvertebrates within your local rivers and streams. Learn why these creatures are so vital to our ecosystem.  If the aquatic creatures aren’t your thing, we will also be testing your brain power. Can you guess how long it takes for a water bottle to biodegrade?  How about a fishing line? Presentations will start every hour beginning at 10 a.m. Presented by the NJ Watershed Ambassadors at the Watershed Booth across from the General Store.

Plastic Bag Depository

plastic-bags-1322638_640Bring your plastic shopping bags to recycle at the Cumberland County Improvement Authority booth at this year’s ECO Fair!  In exchange for a minimum of ten bags, the Cumberland County Improvement Authority will provide you with an ECO-friendly gift. While supplies last, one gift per customer.

The Amazing Butterfly Tent 

Presented by Rutger’s Master Gardeners, the Amazing Butterfly Tent will be open in the Brownstone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience these wonderful creatures up close and personal while learning about the life cycle of the butterfly and its importance to our ecosystem. Children will be able to feed the butterflies while getting an up-close experience they will never forget. Look for the butterfly on the map to find the tent!

logo3CU Maurice River Booth (TBA)

The CU Maurice River Booth will provide materials and instruction on a fun “make-and-take” project. Available throughout the day while materials last.

Scavenger Hunt with Naturalists

Walk the WheatonArts Nature Trail and join the Scavenger Hunt from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both the young and young-at-heart can participate at their leisure. Naturalists will be stationed along the trail to help with the hunt and to answer questions along the walk. Be among the first 50 to complete the hunt and receive an official WheatonArts Nature Trail Explorer button! Led by CU Maurice River Naturalists and Nature Enthusiasts. 


Please check this page for updates as the event gets closer. Thank you!