Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp 2015

Thanks for a great summer, stay tuned for 2016 registration!

Camp is back with even more exciting adventures for thrill-seeking nature lover’s ages 6 to 10. We are looking forward to meeting new faces, while welcoming back our veteran campers as well! Your child will thank you!

Our camp is facilitated by an experienced staff of enthusiastic educators who teach in area school districts throughout the year. Our goals are to laugh a lot, learn a lot, and stay safe!

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 22, June 29 (3 day week), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, and August 3
Members: $265 (weekly) / Non-members: $285


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:
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

Download the Parent Handbook

A sample of this year's themes include:

Mini-beast Week: Explore, study, and discover insects, arachnids and other arthropods that thrive in the Arboretum and in your own backyard! (Week of June 22nd)

Adventures in Arboretumland: Play fun games, hike on shady trails, and solve a mystery on an exciting scavenger hunt quest in the woods. (Week of June 29th, 3 day week)

Scientific Minds in Motion: Discover your inner Einstein during a week of scientific discovery and experimentation guided by our expert science teachers! (Week of July 6)

Mythical Creature Week: Curious about Cryptozoology? Create a bigfoot sculpture, make a fairy garden, paint dragon art, and compose stories about your very own mythical creatures. (Week of July 13th)

Go with the Flow: Learn about aquatic animals, the properties of water through hands-on experiments and fun summer games, and cool off in Arboretum sprinklers. (Week of July 20th)

Eco-Trekkers Week: Build a green roof bird house, explore the nature trails, grow veggies from seed, create nature-inspired crafts, and learn how to be an Earth Protector! (Week of July 27th)

Art Extravaganza: Back by popular demand! Create self-portraits, botanical drawings, sculpture, and seed mosaics which will be celebrated in an end of the week art show. (Week of August 3rd)

Meet Our Counselors!

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Summer Camp Fun

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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.


Sarah Fabian

A four year counselor veteran of Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp is Sarah Fabian, 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.


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!


Lorrie Jones

Lorrie currently works at Wilmington Friends School as first grade teacher. After earning a bachelor's degree in Geography/Environmental Studies from Temple University, she began her teaching journey by working as a teacher/naturalist at a nature center in Philadelphia, and eventually went back to school to get her master’s in Elementary Education from Arcadia University. Lorrie has taught Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start, and worked as a reading resource teacher. When she is not teaching she loves to visit art museums, attend a variety of concerts, and hike in the woods.


Matt Fabian

Entering his second year as a consoler at the Morris Arboretum summer camp, Matt is an elementary health and physical education teacher in the Pottstown School District. He has experience coaching basketball at both high school and middle school levels. He has worked various basketball summer camps throughout his career. Matt earned his bachelor's degree of science from Ursinus College where he majored Exercise and Sports Science. At Ursinus, he played varsity men's basketball for all four years and was team captain his senior year. He earned his Master's Degree in Education at Cabrini College. In his spare time, Matt enjoys exercising, playing guitar, reading comic books, listening to music, and watching movies. His favorite part about being a consoler at Morris Arboretum is presenting campers the opportunity to have fun and learn away from the computer and television.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!


Weather Alerts

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

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.