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We are currently working out the details of the 2021 Event season. Please check back at a later time for ECO Fair updates.
In partnership with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, WheatonArts presents the 14th 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.
Give us your zip code at the gate and receive a FREE Eco-shopping bag, courtesy of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority!
Below is 2019’s event info for reference. We will update the page as new event information becomes available. Please check back at a later time. Thank you!
1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Pat Sutton (2019)
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.
FREE Family Art Activities, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ready, Set, Start Your Seeds!
Learn how to plant, grow, and harvest your own vegetables. Choose from a variety of vegetable seeds and then plant them in handmade, biodegradable seed starter pods. Seed-care and vegetable growing advice will be available for first-time gardeners or for those who are getting back into gardening.
The Story of a Seed
Create a combination storybook-and-journal to record the growth of the seed you planted in the activity “Ready, Set, Start Your Seeds!” Learn to create an accordion-folding book that will show the growth stages of a seed. Blank pages will be left so you can document the growth of your seeds.
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! (2019)
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.
Create Your Own Glass Fused Suncatcher!
In the Education Studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., use an assortment of accessory glass, such as frit, stringers, and pre-cut glass bits, to create a glistening fused glass suncatcher to hang in your window! Choose from either a round, square, or rectangle clear glass base. Our artists will tack fuse your suncatcher in our kiln at 1350 degrees, adhering your unique design to the base. Afterward, we will add a bail to the back for hanging. Your suncatcher will be ready for pickup in 7 – 10 days. Available for ages 5 & up at $20 per person. Walk-ins are welcome as seats become available.
Rain Barrel Workshops (2019)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For a PDF of the Rain Barrel Workshop flyer, Click Here.
It’s Not Drastic to Cut the Plastic!
Visit the Cumberland County Improvement Authority Booth for “It’s Not Drastic to Cut the Plastic!” Learn basic rules for successful recycling and tools to decrease plastic in your daily life. Children of all ages are welcome to create their own FREE recycled T-shirt reusable bag, while supplies last.
Meet Your Local Watershed Ambassador!
The AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program promotes watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement while raising awareness of how human activities can affect water quality. Meet your local Watershed Ambassador and learn how benthic macroinvertebrates indicate water quality, and how you can continue to keep your local streams healthy! Presentations occur every hour; walk-ups welcome!
Presented by the NJ Watershed Ambassadors at the Watershed Booth across from the General Store.
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 (2019)
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.
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!
Beads on Cypress
Cohansey Area Watershed Assn.
Countryside Garden Club
Dye of Your Dreams
Earth & Sky Nursery
Encaustic by Anna
Experimental Farm Network
G & H Sales
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
Phyllis Seidner Pottery
Rutger’s Extension Center
Samantha Bartlett Pottery
Save Nosey Now, Inc.
South Shore Stitchers Quilt Guild
Southern NJ African Violet Club
Sticks N’ Things
White Cloud Therapy