Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

Notice: The garden will open late April 10 at 1:00pm

Field Trips

Field Trips & Youth Tours

Let nature be your classroom!

Please note: At least 3 weeks advance notice is needed for guided tours. To schedule a field trip or youth tour, please contact Lisa Bailey at 215.247.5777 x 157 or baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu.

Select a tour from the list below, or we would be happy to tailor tour programs to fulfill your specific curriculum or scouting needs.

Choose from the following field trip tours (click for more information):

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General Tour (All Ages)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Explore our 92-acre living museum
  • See the tree highlights
  • Learn about the Arboretum’s history
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences, 4.6 Ecosystems and Their Interactions

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Big Tree Tour (All Ages)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Morris Arboretum is home to some of the oldest, rarest and largest trees in Philadelphia
  • Learn about trees that are native to Pennsylvania and beyond
  • Discover the ancient Dawn Redwoods—originally found in North America more than 150 million years ago
  • Learn about our state tree, the eastern hemlock
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences, 4.6 Ecosystems and Their Interactions

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Scout Tour (All Ages)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Morris Arboretum provides the perfect resource to help complete many nature-themed Boy and Girl Scout badge requirements, including Forestry, Nature, Flowers, Trees, and more.
  • When scheduling your tour, please feel free to include your particular project needs. We’ll be happy to tailor our many tours and activities to help fulfill specific badge requirements, making your trip to Morris Arboretum both fun and productive.
  • Scout groups with tour reservations will receive the Morris Arboretum Fun Patch!

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu



Scout Fun Patch

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Seasons and Cyles Tour (K - 2nd Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Take a sensory journey through the Arboretum
  • Learn the natural characteristics of each season
  • Predict changes that plants will undergo with each season
  • Collect plant material to bring home to your classroom
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Tree Adventure Tour I (K - 3rd Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Learn responsibility from a tree
  • Leaves are responsible for producing food
  • Bark is responsible for protecting the trunk
  • Roots are responsible for absorbing water and storing food
  • People are responsible for taking care of trees in their neighborhoods
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences, 4.6 Ecosystems and Their Interactions, 4.8 Humans and the Environment

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

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Food Factory Tour (2nd & 3rd Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Become the parts of a tree to see how they work
  • Study the parts of the amazing leaf
  • Move materials along the trunk’s transportation system
  • Learn why a tree can stand up in a hurricane
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 4.3 Environmental Health

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Trees Where We Live (3rd - 5th Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Southeastern Pennsylvania is an urban forest
  • Find out why we need to take care of trees
  • Discover how the trees keep us healthy and how we can help the health of the trees
  • Learn about the urban forest habitat
  • Learn about oxygen and other gifts we get from the trees
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 2.3 Measurement and Estimation, 3.2 Inquiry and Design, 4.8 Humans and the Environment

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Calculate and Cultivate Tour (4th - 6th Grade)

Duration: 120 minutes

  • Work in teams to measure garden plots and determine the area
  • Use math skills to graph plots and convert inches to feet
  • Choose the plants you want to grow
  • Compete with other teams and calculate your garden’s yield and profit
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 2.3 Measurement and Estimation, 2.6 Statistics and Data Analysis, 3.2 Inquiry and Design

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Tree Adventure Tour II (4th - 6th Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Identify ways in which humans depend on nature for survival
  • Understand how and why roots grow
  • Learn about photosynthesis
  • Learn how soil, water and sun help trees grow
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 2.3 Measurement and Estimation, 4.6 Ecosystems and Their Interactions, 4.8 Humans and the Environment

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Plant Reproduction: Seed Formation Tour (5th and 6th Grade)

Duration: 90 minutes

  • Explore the inner workings of a flower and the precision needed to create seeds
  • Analyze the structure of a flower and the purpose of its parts
  • Predict the pollination method of a plant based on floral characteristics
  • Name the benefits of pollination and fertilization
  • Describe the process of seed formation
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences, 4.2 Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Plant Reproduction: Seed Dispersal Tour (5th and 6th Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Seeds ensure the survival of a species
  • Learn where to find seeds
  • Uncover how seeds are dispersed into nature
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences, 4.2 Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

*Seed dispersal in the Arboretum is best displayed from late summer into the fall
Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Children's Mill Tour (5th - 8th Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Travel back in time by walking in the shoes of a Miller’s apprentice
  • Discover how cutting edge technology from the 1850s used simple machines to harness water power
  • Learn how nearby Flourtown got it’s name

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Wetlands Exploration Tour (4th - 7th Grade)

Duration: 90 minutes

  • Explore The Morris Arboretum Wetland on foot
  • Discover the function of wetlands and why they are so vital to nature
  • Observe and record the different plants and animals that thrive in a wetland
  • Explain the environmental and economic consequences that can arise with the loss of wetlands
  • Brainstorm ways we can help safeguard wetlands for the future
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 4.3 Environmental Health, 4.7 Threatened, Endangered and Extinct Species, 6.3 Scarcity and Choice

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Tu B’Shevat Program (PreK - 4th Grade)

Duration: 75 minutes

Celebrate the Jewish New Year of Trees, Tu B'Shevat! This program takes place annually in January, please call for specific dates.

This program takes place both indoors and out and includes an interactive exhibit on trees, a take-home seedling planting project, and a short walk outside to discover how important trees are to people. This program is offered to pre-school and school age groups through grade 4, at 10:00am for weekday programs and at 10:00am and 11:30am for Sunday programs.

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Arbor Week (k - 4th Grade)

Duration:

  • Celebrate Arbor Day during the last week of April
  • Transplant a native tree seedling to take home and watch it grow
  • Play Arboretum Jeopardy®
  • Find out why roots are so important to trees

Reservations are accepted after November 1.
For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyl@exchange.upenn.edu

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Upcoming Classes

Stroller Strides®
Six Wednesdays,
April 23–May 20
1:30-2:30pm
Register


Want a Work-Free Garden?
Wednesday, April 30
7:00-8:30pm
Register


The Botany of Fruit
Thursday, May 15
7:00-9:00pm
Register


Nature Sleuths (ages 5-7)
Four Sundays, May 18–June 8
10:30-11:30am
Register


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