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 - September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19 • 10:30 - 11:30am
Session II: Six Mondays - October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 8 • 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 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. This is our most popular children's series! Sign up for one or both sessions - each class is a new adventure!
Four Fridays: September 25, October 2, 9, 16 • 10:30 - 11:15am
Join us for a four-week session of special kid-friendly yoga, as we explore movement together through nature-focused stories and songs. Class begins with circle-rhymes and centering warm-ups, then we move to a story 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 will hold class outdoors!
Fridays: September 11, 25, October 23, 30, November 6, 20, December 11, 18 • 10:30 - 11:00am
Tegan Conner, Youth Services Librarian, Wissahickon Valley Public Library
Amy Ambler, Children’s Librarian, Free Library of Springfield Township
Join us for fun and engaging reading sessions with local librarians. Each session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the Arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors in nice weather, at the Outdoor Children's Classroom, next to the Widener Visitor Center. In the case of inclement weather, Storytime is held in the Upper Gallery at the Visitor Center.
Six Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10 • 4:00 - 5:30pm
Kim Soles, Photographer and Founder, Indigo Nature Arts
This six-week photography workshop offers kids the opportunity to get out in nature, be creative, and have fun while capturing the Morris Arboretum's changing landscape of fall! Kids will learn the basics of lighting, color, texture, composition, and depth of field. They will also gain knowledge of how photographers make a living, and will be inspired with assignments they can choose from. Our last session ends with a presentation of the child's work on screen. They will gain experience in presenting and the basics of a photographic critique. 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. IPhone cameras are acceptable in cases where a camera is not available.
Four Sundays: October 4, 11, 18, 25 • 2:00 - 3:00pm
Pam Newitt, Educator and Founder, Nature By The Yard
Autumn is a wonderful time for children to explore the great outdoors, developing their intellectual curiousity while having fun in nature! Join us to take 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 project related to our outdoor adventures.
Four Sundays: October 25, November 1, 8, 15 • 11:00am - 12:45pm
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 from nature and art, and then go inside to draw, 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!
Saturday, December 12 • 1:00 - 3:00pm
Josh Hunter, Morris Arboretum Chef, and Owner, Company's Coming Catering
Bring the kids by for some fun holiday baking and decorating with chef Josh Hunter from Company’s Coming Catering. In this hands-on class your young ones will make gingerbread people, sugar cookies, chocolate chip, and spritz cookies. With guided instruction, your little bakers will prepare, bake (adults will do this part), and decorate cookies to bring home proudly. Bring a container to take home your cookies.
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.