ECO Fair: Artful Living, Handmade & Homegrown

eco fair banner with purple watercolor flowers

In partnership with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, WheatonArts presents the 12th 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 gardening clubs, including Rutgers Master Gardeners, will have a variety of plants and herbs for sale throughout the day.


Please note that this webpage will be updated when the schedule for ECO Fair 2018 has been finalized. Thank you. 

MG Plant SaleECO Fair Schedule (2017):

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

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joanne Burger (2017)
(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.

Eco Flower Image

Art + Nature Tour (2017)

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.

Kids Volunteering at Eco Fair

2018 Family Art Activities 

Window Greenhouse
Set up a simple greenhouse and watch the complexities of new life unfold over the coming days! This is an easy, mess-less method to introduce plant life (botany), biology, and the environmental sciences to kids—not to mention a nice addition to your garden.

Painting With Natural Brushes
Explore the different textures and patterns that come from each unique, natural brush.

Make Your Own Painted Twig Mobile
Using colorful beads, yarn, and painted twigs, make your own whimsical mobile.

Nature Impressions Using Air Dry Clay
A wonderful, tactile experience of nature meeting clay: create these impressions to use as pendants, buttons, magnets or just something neat to keep! See all the different patterns that you can make with nature.

Leaf Printing on Fabric
Design your own unique textile swatch using fabric paint and leaves.

Rain Barrel Workshop (2017)

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.