Morris Arboretum

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Internship Program at Morris Arboretum

Internship Program at Morris Arboretum

Flora of Pennsylvania


The Flora of Pennsylvania Internship is a joint program with the Morris Arboretum and The Academy of Natural Sciences. The Flora of Pennsylvania Intern receives training and work experience in all aspects of managing collections in a major herbarium and an opportunity to contribute to a modern state flora through a research project on some aspect of the flora of Pennsylvania. The intern gains the hands-on experience to increase one's skills as a professional botanist. This position is supported by the Eli Kirk Price Endowment.

Natasha Phillips

Natasha Phillips
2014-15 The Eli Kirk Price Endowed Flora of PA Intern

Duties and Responsibilities


Work Environment

Time is divided between the Botany Departments at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The Morris Arboretum is located in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia. Facilities include botanical laboratories and greenhouses in an extensive outdoor living collection of trees and shrubs. The Academy of Natural Sciences, in Center City Philadelphia, houses the oldest natural history museum in the United States, including an herbarium of more than 1.5 million specimens of plants, fungi, and algae. The intern will work under the supervision of Drs. Lucinda McDade and James Macklin (Academy of Natural Sciences) and Drs. Timothy A. Block and Ann F. Rhoads (Morris Arboretum).

Past Project Topics

Click here to read the 2011-2012 Flora Intern Report.
Click here to read the 2010-2011 Flora Intern Report.

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The Arboretum is open as usual, 10:00am - 4:00pm. Please use extra caution on pathways, as some ice may persist.

Please note that winter weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

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