Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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

Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp 2014

Don’t let the chill in the air deter you from planning ahead to a summer of fun at Morris Arboretum!

We are offering six weeks of summer exploration with a variety of themes to satisfy inquisitive minds 6 to 10 years of age. All camp activities are guided by a staff of experienced and licensed educators from 9:00 to 3:30pm daily.


Dates and Details

Age Range: 6 to 10 years old
Duration: Each session runs Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 3:30pm
Weekly Camp Sessions starting: June 23, July 7 (FULL), July 14 (FULL), July 21, July 28, and August 4 (FULL)
Members: $265 (weekly) / Non-members: $285


Registration

To pay online by credit card:

1. Click here to pay by credit card via our secure portal.
2. Download and complete the Camper Information Form.
3. Submit your completed form to:
Email: tifstahl@upenn.edu
Fax: 215.247.2192
Or Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118


To pay by check:

1. Download and complete the Camper Information Form.
2. Submit your completed form and payment to:
Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118


Weekly Camp Themes

Week of June 23rd: Birding Buddies
Enjoy a fun week of avian adventures as campers use binoculars on bird watching expeditions, examine bird anatomy, explore the wetland habitats, search for nests, create field journals, and feed the Arboretum’s swans.

Week of July 7th: Green Gardeners (SESSION FULL)
Visit the Arboretum Greenhouse, spend time with a horticulturalist, make a terrarium or fairy garden, dig for worms, grow veggies from seeds, sample apple varieties, taste herbs, and create no-bake culinary creations.

Week of July 14th: Sensational Summer Science (SESSION FULL)
Campers will conduct pond water investigations, make a kite, explore force and motion at the mill, create volcanoes, study geology in the Arboretum, examine sound with tin can telephones (learn about how sound travels), make bubble soap.

Week of July 21st: History Crusaders
Campers go back in time and learn about the history of the Arboretum’s springhouse, mercury loggia, fountains and log cabin. They will grind corn in the mill, make butter by hand, create sundials, and explore life during the Morris’ time.

Week of July 28th: Habitats Hunters
Wildlife enthusiasts will find and explore a variety of animal habitats found throughout the arboretum’s wetlands and woodlands. Campers will locate bird nests, turtle ponds, and groundhog holes, while searching for deer, frogs and other creatures. They will also create dioramas and investigate the Arboretum’s bee hives

Week of August 4th: Arboretum Artists (SESSION FULL)
Using nature as an inspiration, aspiring Artists will design works of art using a variety of mediums from paints and clay to create sculptures, canvas paintings, water color nature art, and scientific illustration. Camper’s creative creations will be displayed in an art show for parents to view at the end of week.


Meet Our Counselors!

Brian Dooner

Brian Dooner

Read Brian's Bio

Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes

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Peter Leaming

Peter Leaming

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Brian Dooner

Brian will be returning for his 4th summer at Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp. He has earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Neumann University in Environmental Studies and Education as well as a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Arcadia University. Brian currently teaches eighth grade science at Norristown Area School District. He is an experienced educator who enjoys relaying his understanding and passion for science to his students. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, playing many different sports, and spending time with his family. The thing about the Morris Arboretum that inspires him most is that the Arboretum becomes his summer classroom. Every day the Arboretum offers him, and his campers opportunities to learn and respect the many beautiful ecosystems.

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Sarah Holmes

A four year counselor veteran of Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp is Sarah Holmes, a 7th and 8th grade teacher of Special Education in Reading and Math at Stewart Middle School in Norristown Area School District. Sarah has a Bachelor’s of Science from Penn State University in Special Education grades K to 12 and a Master’s of Science in Brain-Based Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, doing arts and crafts, spending time outdoors, being active and hanging out with family and friends. Sarah has always been a naturalist at heart. As a child, Sarah and her family enjoyed vacations to bucolic landscapes, where they spent time camping, breathing in fresh air and appreciating the natural world. Her days at the Arboretum take her back to those childhood memories. Sarah loves all that Morris Arboretum has to offer—nature, beauty, fun, and above all, a chance to learn and experience the great outdoors.

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Peter Leaming

New to the Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp this summer, is educator Peter Leaming who teaches 7th grade life science and biology at Klinger Middle School in the Centennial School District in Warrington PA. Peter is also an experienced camp instructor, having taught at Valley Forge National Park’s camp, as well as a few other local camps. He uses a variety of creative hands-on techniques to engage his students in inquiry-based science lessons and experiments. Peter enjoys the Morris Arboretum for its variety of landscapes and land forms, and looks forward to having fun and getting his hands dirty with Morris Arboretum campers this summer!

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