Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp 2016

Registration now open!

Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp is a perfect experience for nature fanatics 6 to 10 years of age. Our days are filled with hiking expeditions, wildlife explorations, science experiments, outdoor games, and fun art projects with new friends. Our goal is to get kids away from their electronic devices by immersing them in nature!

Our program is facilitated by highly experienced teachers, who work in local school districts during the year (See their bios below).

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 20, June 27, Tuesday-July 5 (4 day week), July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1
Early Bird - Members: $238 (weekly) / Non-members: $255
After March 1st - Members: $280 (weekly) / Non-members: $300


To pay online by credit card:

1. Check back soon to pay by credit card via our secure portal.
2. Download and complete the Camper Information Form.
3. Within two weeks of your registration, please submit your completed Camper Information 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:

Habitat Heroes: Campers will observe many of the furry, feathered, and scaled animals that thrive in the Arboretum’s beautiful gardens, and learn how to protect them! (Week of June 20th to June 24th)

Mad Science Mayhem!: SOLD OUT Campers will discover their inner Curie, Newton, Carson and Darwin, as they dive into the exciting world of science. Fun experiments will leave your child hypothesizing for more! (Week of June 27th to July 1st)

Eco Expedition: Campers will hike up and down the Arboretum’s wooded trails on a mission for discovery and adventure all while having acres of fun! Crafts and games galore will be enjoyed by all! (Week of July 5th to July 8th, 4 day week)

Buzzing Bees and Sensational Trees: Learn all about the Arboretum’s apiary, discover fun facts about our precious pollinators, and discover some of the oldest and rarest trees at the Arboretum! (Week of July 11th to July 15th)

Flora, Fauna, and Fun: Campers will feed the Arboretum’s swan sisters—Flora and Fauna, discover fun facts about these magnificent birds, and explore the wildlife found in the Arboretum’s urban oasis. (Week of July 18th to July 22nd)

Art Week : Animal Safari Animal Safari Art is the first of two art focused camp sessions. Campers will paint, sculpt, and draw art creations using the Arboretum’s colorful habitats and wildlife as their muse. (Week of July 25th to 29th)

Art Week: Budding Artists in Bloom Campers will view botanical illustrations and floral inspired art during the age of impressionism. They will paint and sculpt their own masterpieces using acrylic and water color paints, and clay. (Week of August 1st to August 5th)


On-line registration is now open. Register by March 1st to receive our Early Bird discount of 15% off. Weeks are filled on a first come first serve basis.

Meet Our Counselors!

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Brian Dooner

Brian will be returning for his fifth 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 five 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

Entering his second year at the Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp, 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 third year as a counselor 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 counselor 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!


Don Conaway

Don Conaway will be joining the Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp for his 1st summer this year. He has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management, as well as a Master’s of Science Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Neumann University and Master of Science in the Science of Educational Instruction from Drexel University. Don currently teaches eighth grade science in the Norristown Area School District at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy. Don is an experienced educator with 13 years of experience teaching Science who enjoys sharing the wonders and fascinations of science with his students. In his spare time he enjoys cheering for local Philadelphia sports teams, vegetable gardening in the summer, taking his dogs for walks at Valley Green, and spending time with his family. The thing about the Morris Arboretum that inspires him most is that the Arboretum has endless possibilities and becomes a place to discover something new each day .


Alerts & Updates

The Holiday Garden Railway is not running today due to the rain.

The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.

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.