Partners in Education is a dynamic collaboration between the Morris Arboretum and schools in the Philadelphia region. Begun in 2008, this program is designed to promote, in K-12 grade students, a greater appreciation and understanding of the environment through on-going visits to the Arboretum. Teachers and students are encouraged to think of the Arboretum as an outdoor extension of their classrooms – enriching the curriculum and enhancing students’ environmental consciousness.
The Outdoor Career Symposium is an enriching event for high school students to network with professionals, and learn about environmental/outdoor career possibilities. The day begins inside with a round table discussion where industry professionals share their experience, how they became interested in their field, their educational background, etc. Students are encouraged to ask questions and share their own career aspirations. Next, the students will rotate to four different hands-on workshops where they can explore various outdoor career opportunities and practice interviewing skills.
If you are a school group or industry professional who would like to participate in this year’s Outdoor Career Symposium, please contact Pilar Rivera at 215-247-5777 ext.159, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norwood-Fontbonne Academy students enjoy the Arboretum several times a year for both guided and self-guided tours and programs. Students pictured are participating in the annual Arbor Week program at the Arboretum, and take home their very own tree seedling to tend.
W. B. Saul High School
Students from the W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences enhance their classroom curriculum with tours of the Arboretum throughout the school year. Students explore careers in Horticulture, Botany, and Public Garden Management. In this photo, students discuss the properties of conifers with their guide. Photo: Claire Sundquist
Mercy Vocational High School
Mercy Vocational High School brings their tenth grade Biology Classes to the Arboretum every year. Pictured here in the Rose Garden, students examine plant characteristics. In the Fall, eleventh grade students complete independent journaling activities through the gardens.
Wissahickon Charter Elementary School
WCS, is an Environmentally focused Charter School in Philadelphia. Students from multiple grades visit the Arboretum in every season. Wissahickon Charter students have explored the natural areas of the Arboretum with experienced guides, and discover the consequences of loss of wetland habitat.
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Morris Arboretum’s USDA Forest Service liaison, Sarah Low, leads bi-monthly walks with PSD sixth and seventh grade students to observe how the Arboretum’s wetland changes throughout the year. During these visits, students study the bark of various trees in winter, observe migratory birds in the spring, and explore a vibrant natural area that is alive with plants and wildlife all year long.
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Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.
Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.