Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Growing Minds

Growing Minds Youth Programs

New and exciting Fall programming!


Fall 2014 Programs

Seeds to Sprouts, Autumn Adventures! (Ages 2 - 4)

Session I: Six Mondays: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13 • 10:30 - 11:30am
Session II: Six Mondays: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24 • 10:30 - 11:30am

Pam Newitt, Educator and Founder, Nature By The Yard

Is your toddler a budding naturalist? Join us this fall 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 explorations through the Arboretum and a craft to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the outdoors and for the weather. Class size is limited to 15 registrants. This is our most popular children's series! Sign up for one or both sessions - each class is a new adventure!

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Session II: Register Now


Stroller StridesĀ®

Six Wednesdays, September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10:00 - 11:00am
Jacqueline Walsh, Certified Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby Instructor

This popular fitness class returns to Morris Arboretum this spring! Stroller StridesĀ® 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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Storytime Nature Yoga (Ages 2 - 4) (Cancelled)

4 Tuesdays, September 16, 30, October 7, 21 • 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!


Kids Click! Portrait and Still Life Nature Photography (Ages 8 - 12)

4 Thursdays,October 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 Morris Arboretum landscape during fall! This series will have a special focus on still life and portrait photography in nature. First, children will learn the basics of portrait photography, working with different lighting situations, and learning to capture their subject surrounded by the beauty of nature. A family member or friend will be invited to be photographed by the budding photographer. In addition, the instructor will also photograph the student for a wonderful portrait keepsake. In the still life photography portion of the workshop, children will compose a still life in nature from gathered materials, as well as fruit and cut flowers. 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.

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Nature Sleuths (Ages 5 - 7)

4 Sundays, September 28, October 5, 12, 19 • 3:00 - 4:00pm
Pam Newitt, Educator and Founder, Nature By The Yard

Autumn 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 use binoculars to find migrating birds, while another week we may follow the colorful progress of the leaves' changing fall colors; 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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Sunday, November 16,
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