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. EcoFair2018_10656copy - cropped

Admission 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-shopping bag, courtesy of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority!

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. 

Child rolling red ink onto the rings of pre-cut log, the first step to create a Tree Ring Print.
Kids Volunteering at Eco Fair

FREE 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! 

Create Your Own Glass Fused Magnets!

In the Education Studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., create unique glass fused magnets at a discounted price! Available for ages 5 & up at a cost of $10 per person (normally $13). Hurry, spots are limited! Walk-ins are welcome if seats are available.

Register today at 856.825.6800 ext. 152.

Clear glass watering can. Inside of it, a glass flower with orange petals and a long green stem with two leaves.
Glass artist Joe Mattson instructing a young girl how to blow a large glass bubble with a blowpipe.
A young girl creating a magnet with glue and glass frit to be fused together later in the kiln.

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.

A monarch butterfly feeding off a red dipped Q-tip.

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!

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 60 to complete the hunt and receive an official WheatonArts Nature Trail Explorer button! Led by CU Maurice River Naturalists and Nature Enthusiasts. 

logo3CU Maurice River Booth 

The CU Maurice River Booth will provide materials and instruction on how to construct a native bee nursery that you can take home! This activity is free and will be running for most of the day, as long as materials last. Chat with the staff about bee nursery management, wildlife-friendly gardens, best plants to produce quality pollen, and about what they do!

Package Goods Orchestra promo shot of the 5 band members standing next to each other.

Listen to Live Music! 

South Jersey’s very own Package Goods Orchestra will be performing from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during ECO Fair.

Creative & Alternative Nutrient Sources for Gardens

12:30 p.m. in the Courtyard of the Museum of American Glass, join bio-artists Robert C. Beck & Sarah Max Beck in an introductory demonstration that samples their upcoming workshops. Based on their installation research of sustainable food production systems, explore with them alternate nutrient sources to conventional and commercially produced fertilizers. Topics will include composting, human urine, and vermiculture. This installation is available to view throughout the day. Please ask the Museum Staff for assistance.

Closeup of hands caring for a green plant. Promo photo for the "Creative & Alternative Nutrient Sources for Gardens" workshop with Robert C. Beck & Sarah Max Beck

“The Uranium Game” by Jo Yarrington

Visit the 1876 School House to see “The Uranium Game” by Jo Yarrington, part of the Emanation 2019 exhibition.

Inspired by the overlap between the Museum of American Glass’ collection of Vaseline glass and her previous work focusing on the toxic nature of uranium, Yarrington developed an imaginary game based on the Bohr model of the uranium atom. The 92 glass orbs representing both electrons and game pieces were made in the WheatonArts Glass Studio, with each containing an image from Yarrington’s extensive historical research. Yarrington says, “Viewers will have the opportunity to reflect on the game’s metaphoric resonance, its zero-sum, the absolutes of the win, and the play rules for world annihilation.


Air Plant Artistry
American Littoral Society
ArtGlass Inspiration


Beads on Cypress
Cohansey Area Watershed Assn.
Countryside Garden Club

Creating Health, LLC
CU Maurice River
Cumberland Air Solutions

Cumberland County Improvement Authority
Deppenwood Products
dōTERRA, Essential Oils

Dye of Your Dreams
Earth & Sky Nursery

Earth Products Essentials, llc

Encaustic by Anna
Experimental Farm Network
G & H Sales
Gaia Darling
Garden Road Greenhouse
Happy Goats Soap Co.

Heavenly Joy Soap, LLC
Jersey Jerry Broomsquire
Junior’s Favorite Dog Treats
Larry Morgan Woodturner
Lavender and Old Lace
Nature Photography
Pat Sutton
Phyllis Seidner Pottery
Pollination Station

RCE Water Resources Program

Rutger’s Extension Center

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County

Samantha Bartlett Pottery
Save Nosey Now, Inc.

Shirley Sews
South Shore Stitchers Quilt Guild

Southern NJ African Violet Club
Sticks N’ Things

Studio del Vetro
TapestryGal Designs
Tori’s Critters LLC
Tupper’s Perch
Uniques Handcrafted Jewelry

Watershed Ambassador
White Cloud Therapy

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