Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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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.


New! Great Trees Teacher Self-Guided Tour (SGT)

This tour is designed to offer suggestions and structure to your visit. You can go in any order, and please modify and add activities to fit the needs and interests of your class. If your students get excited about a plant, a piece of sculpture, or wildlife outside of the tour – go for it! The Morris Arboretum is a wonderful place with much to see and learn!

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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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4 Seasons Through the 5 Senses Tour (PreK through 1st Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Take a sensory journey through the Arboretum
  • Learn the natural characteristics of each season
  • Collect plant material to bring back to the classroom
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences

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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Interdependence Tour (4th through 7th Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Identify ways in which trees, animals and humans depend upon each other
  • Learn about the Urban Forest habitat
  • Understand how and why roots grow
  • Learn about oxygen and other gifts we get from trees
  • Learn about photosynthesis
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 2.3 Measurements and Estimation; 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

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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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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

Seeds to Sprouts, Autumn Adventures! - Session II (Ages 2-4)
6 Mondays, October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24
10:30 - 11:30am
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The Biology and Uses of Wood
Wednesday, October 22
7:00 - 9:00pm
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Restoration Ecology
Friday, November 14
9:00am - 2:00pm
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