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: 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!
Four Mondays, July 13, 20, 27, and August 3
Is your toddler a budding naturalist? Join us this summer for a four week 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.
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.
Four Wednesdays: July 8, 15, 22, 29 • 6:30 - 7:45pm
Steve Seyfried, Founder and Managing Director, Family Stages
In this fun-filled theatre program, children will help history come alive at Morris Arboretum! On the very grounds he developed with his sister, Lydia, John Morris (played by a costumed theatre educator) will tell the fascinating stories of his and Lydia's adventurous travels where they gathered many of the exotic plants and trees that now grace the grounds. As John spins his tales, the children join in the story! With simple props and costumes the young performers become the trees, shrubs, flowers, streams, and animals, acting out the creation of the Morris Arboretum. The children meet John Morris at 6:30 p.m. Over the next hour the children learn their parts in a unique and interactive story. At 7:30 p.m. there is a performance for the families. The activities will take place at different locations. On some Thursdays, the Mini-Morris Players will perform at the Fernery, as that story 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 a 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.
Parking Lot Closed July 27 - 31, 2015. Garden Open.
Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved the week of July 27, 2015. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 ago as one of the first of its kind, the parking lot has filtered into the earth about 31,863,304 gallons of precipitation from the Wissahickon watershed. But the time has come for it to be renewed.
The entire parking lot will be closed the week of July 27, 2015. Auxiliary parking will be available at the bottom of the hill (near the kiosk) and shuttle service will be provided to the top of the hill. ADA access will be limited. No buses will be permitted beyond the kiosk.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping our parking lot sustainable and our visitors safe. Thanks for your patience.The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.
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.