Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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

Growing Minds

Growing Minds Youth Programs

New and exciting Spring programming!


How Does Nature Inspire Your Creativity? Art Series - Ages 6-9

4 Sundays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 1:00 - 2:45pm
Jennifer Leibert, Museum Educator

In this four-week series, we will look to nature, grand and small, for creative inspiration. We will walk through the gardens of Morris Arboretum to observe and draw from nature and art and then go inside to print, build, and design! We will use things found in nature and recyclable goods to create puppets that help us understand why recycling is so important to our community and environment. We will explore the Arboretum's artwork, and see how it inspires our own work. We will examine patterns in nature and make stamps, too!

Each class will include exciting nature studies and fun art activities taught in a friendly and supportive environment. All supplies are provided. Come dressed for the weather and fun!

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Seeds to Sprouts, Spring Adventures - Ages 2-4 (2 Sessions)

Session I: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 10:30-11:15am (FULL)
Session II: May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 10:30-11:15am (FULL)

Pam Newitt, Educator and Founder, Nature By The Yard

Is your toddler a budding naturalist? Join us this spring for a series of outdoor adventures designed to introduce children and their caregivers to the wonders of the natural world! Each session will include guided exploration through the Arboretum and a craft to take home. Children must be walking and accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the outdoors and for the weather. Class size is limited to the first 15 registrants. Our most popular children's series! Sign up for one or both sessions - each class is a new adventure!

To be added to the waitlist, please call 215.247.5777 x125.


Nature Photography Workshop - Ages 8-12 (2 Sessions)

Session I: 4 Thursdays, April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 4:00-5:30pm
Session II: 4 Thursdays, May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 4:00-5:30pm

Kim Soles, Photographer and Founder, Indigo Nature Arts

This four-week photography workshop offers kids the opportunity to get out in nature, be creative, and have fun while capturing the beautiful landscape of Morris Arboretum during springtime! A lifelong photographer, Kim Soles will share her experience with photographing the natural world, while encouraging the young photographers to find his or her own way. Children will learn tips and techniques to hone their photography skills, concentrating on close-ups, textures, color, and landscape concepts. During the last session, students will have the opportunity to critique and celebrate their classmates' work. Children must have their own camera, know how to use it and make sure that it has been charged before arriving to class. Film cameras are welcome.

Sign up for one or both sessions - each session will offer new opportunities for students to experience and photograph different seasons in the garden!

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Stroller Strides®

6 Wednesdays, April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:30-2:30pm
Jacqueline Walsh, Certified Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby Instructor

This popular fitness class returns to Morris Arboretum this spring! Stroller Strides® is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies - it includes power walking, strength-training intervals, and a unique blend of Pilates, barre, yoga, and stroller-based exercises designed to help moms build strength and muscle tone and improve posture. Taught by a certified and specially trained instructor (and fellow mom), it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Jacqueline will weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. You must be at least six weeks post-partum to participate in this series.

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Tree Time Theater - Ages 5-10

4 Saturdays, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 10:30-11:30am
Steve Seyfried, Founder and Managing Director, Family Stages

Join us for a tree-rific four-week interactive theater program this spring! Over the four weeks, children will create an original play developing characters and story lines based on the flora and fauna of the Morris Arboretum. The final session ends with a performance by the children for family and friends. This acting series builds children's confidence and creativity in a warm and welcoming environment under the tree canopy of our unique outdoor children's classroom.

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Storytime Nature Yoga - Ages 2-4 (FULL)

Five alternate Tuesdays, May 13 & 27, June 10 & 24, July 15, 10:30-11:15am
Deirdre Vezirov Kilkenny, Certified yoga instructor, Springboard Studio

Join us for a 5 week session of special tot yoga, as we explore yoga together through nature-focused stories and songs. Class begins with circle-rhymes and centering warm-ups, then we move to a book with some songs sprinkled in, and finish with sweet relaxation! Come prepared to stretch and learn some fun poses with your little one. Bring your yoga mat if you have one, or a towel. If the weather permits, we can hold class outdoors!

Pre-registration is now closed. Spots may be available the day of, on a first-come first-served basis.


Nature Sleuths - Ages 5-7

Four Sundays, May 18, 25, June 1, 8 10:30-11:30am
Pam Newitt, Educator and Founder, Nature By The Yard

Spring is a wonderful time for children to explore the great outdoors, and develop their intellectual curiosity while having fun in nature! Join us for a close look at trees, birds, and other wildlife that call the Morris Arboretum home. Each session will focus on a particular topic of the natural world, delving into how it fits into the Arboretum's web of life. One week we may get up close and personal with spring wildflowers, while another week we may learn about trees as the canopy closes and shades the forest floor; all within the safe confines of the Arboretum's trails. Then back inside, we will create a take-home art project related to our outdoor adventure.

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Birds in the Spring: Drawing and Painting Class - Ages 6-12 (CLASS FULL)

Sunday, May 18, 1-2:45pm
Allison Zito, Artist and Teacher

In this one-time class, children will discover the rich birdlife at Morris Arboretum and use their findings to inspire creative art work! Our investigations will include a walk through the Arboretum to view birds in their habitats, both natural and fantastic. We will discuss strategies that will support our bird populations. The students will draw on-location and return to the classroom to paint from their investigations with acrylic paint on canvas board. Come dressed for the weather and to paint. All supplies will be provided.

To be added to the waitlist, please call 215.247.5777 x125.


Mini-Morris Players - Ages 5-10

Four Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, 6:30-7:45pm
Steve Seyfried, Founder and Managing Director, Family Stages

In this fun-filled theater program, children create short outdoor plays incorporating their garden surroundings into the story. With simple props and costumes the young performers become the trees, shrubs, flowers, streams, and animals, celebrating the natural beauty and history of the Morris Arboretum.

In the first hour of this interactive program, children will learn their parts in a unique and engaging story. At 7:30 p.m., the program will culminate with the children performing the play for their families. The program will take place at different locations each week. On one Thursday, the Mini-Morris Players may perform at the Fernery, as the story of this unique building is told. On other evenings they will be at the Rose Garden, the Swan Pond or other scenic spots.

This improvisational program builds children's confidence and creativity, and is marvelous way to enjoy a summer evening on the enchanting grounds of the Arboretum!

While the children are engaged in the program, parents and grandparents are invited to relax and take a stroll through the gardens.

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Upcoming Classes

Identification of our Spring Flora
4 Tuesdays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6
10:00am - 1:00pm
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Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs
Monday, April 28
9:00am – 4:00pm
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Tai Chi in the Garden
Four Wednesdays, May 14, 21, 28, June 4
10:00 - 11:00am
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