Registration is now open, register for up to FOUR weeks!
For the first time ever, Morris Arboretum is offering (4) four weeks of summer camp fun. Sign up for one, two, or all four weekly sessions and make some new BFF’s, Bug Friend’s Forever!
With the arrival of David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit this spring, activities surrounding the gargantuan bugs will keep campers hopping - grasshopping, that is! Additional camp highlights include: yoga on Out on a Limb, hikes through the Arboretum’s wetlands, cooking activities, critter collecting, journaling, arts and crafts, and treasure hunts through the creek by the log cabin.
Age Range: 6 years to 8 years
Camp Session Dates: June 24-28 (SOLD OUT), July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26
Camp is in session Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Members: $265 (weekly) / Non-members: $285
Sign up with a friend and both campers will receive a 10% discount on camp tuition for each camp session. Campers must submit registrations forms together (payments can be made individually).
Families will receive a 10% discount on camp tuition for each subsequent sibling registered for the same camp session.
If paying by Credit Card Only: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax 215.247-2192
Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Week 1 (June 24-28): Wildwonders (SOLD OUT)
Throughout the week, campers will explore the natural wonders found throughout the Arboretum. Go on a bug safari, listen for birds in the woods and uncover animal hideaways! Use your senses and imagination to detect where these creatures live and how they survive.
Week 2 (July 8-12): Groovy Gardening
Do pizza or bubblegum come from a plant? Spend the week exploring where our food comes from. We will visit Bloomfield Farm, learn about seasonal summer vegetables, visit Springfield Mills, make a terrarium, and prepare a picnic. Yum!
Week 3 (July 15-19): Arboretum Art
From Monet to Thoreau, nature has inspired many writers, poets, and artists throughout the centuries. After daily hikes throughout the Arboretum, campers will paint, draw, write, or create a sculpture about something that inspires them about the Arboretum.
Week 4 (July 22-26): Wet and Wild
Bring towels and rain boots and get ready for a wet and messy fun digging in the dirt, exploring the Arboretum’s streams, and a creature hunt in the Arboretum’s wetlands. Conduct water experiments, and learn about why we cannot live in a world without water.
Along with each week’s focus, campers will partake in hikes, storytelling, scavenger hunts, crafts, and yoga!
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.
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.
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!