Growing Minds is a program series for kids and families that inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world within the beautiful setting of the Morris Arboretum. The classes offer children and their caregivers the opportunity to connect meaningfully with nature, through a wide variety of creative and educational programs. Take a look and sign up for these programs that are certain to be enriching, fun, and memorable!
Session I: Five Fridays - February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 • 10:30 - 11:15am
Session II: Five Fridays - April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 • 10:30 - 11:15am
Melanie Hsu, Music Educator
All Around This World is a unique, interactive music program that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying great global melodies, rhythms, and movement. In every class, kids and their parents/caregivers will sing, dance, and explore countries and cultures, “traveling” around the globe region by region during the course of the series. Class size is limited to the first 12 registrants.
Session I: Six Mondays - March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 • 10:30—11:30am
Session II: Six Mondays - May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8 • 10:30—11:30am
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 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!
Every Wednesday and Friday, starting April 8 • 10:00 - 11:00am
Jacqueline Walsh, Certified Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby Instructor
This popular fitness class returns to Morris Arboretum this spring, with expanded dates! Stroller Strides® is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies – it includes power walking, strength-training intervals, and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller, and the environment. Taught by a certified and specially trained instructor, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors 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 postpartum to participate in this series. Classes are shine-only – registrants will be notified in case of cancellations.
Session I (Ages 8-11): Four Thursdays - April 9, 16, 23, 30 • 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.
Four Saturdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28 • 1:00 — 2:45pm
Jennifer Liebert, 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!
Four Sundays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3 • 2:00 — 3:00pm
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.
Four Saturdays: April 25, May 2, 9, 16 • 10:30 — 11:30am
Steve Seyfried, Founder and Managing Director, Family Stages
Join us for a tree-rific four-week interactive theatre 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.
Three Sundays: May 17, June 28, and July 19 • 9:00 — 10:00am
Deirdre Vezirov Kilkenny, Certified yoga instructor, Springboard Studio
Join us for a yoga practice in the beautiful outdoors, as we explore poses with a nature theme. We will have fun with partner yoga, songs and even a yoga game or two, and will finish with sweet savasana. Strengthen your connection to your Inner Nature, as well as deepen your family bond, while enjoying special access to the Arboretum before visiting hours!
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.