Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Summer Adventure Camp

Registration now open!

Online Registration Opens February 7th, 2018!

Attention parents! We are expanding our summer camp program! This summer, we are adding a new camp program designed for 4 and 5 year old adventures, called Little Lightning Bugs.

Our summer adventure camp program for older campers (ages 6 to 10), now called Bloomfield Buddies, will be held across the street at the Arboretum’s Bloomfield Farm Barn. This exciting new location offers direct access the Arboretum’s historic Springfield Mill, hiking trails, wetland habitats, honey bee colonies and oodles of wildlife.

Our Summer Adventure Camp is taught by experienced teachers, who develop curriculum with age appropriate STEM based lessons and projects that encourage inquisitive minds to experience and explore the world around them.

Early Bird Registration Begins on January 31st!

Our program is facilitated by highly experienced teachers, who work in local school districts during the year (See their bios below).


Dates and Details

Age Range: 4 to 10 years old
Duration: Each session runs Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Weekly Camp Sessions starting: June 25th - August 3rd
Early Bird - Members: $250 (weekly) / Non-members: $270
After March 1st - Members: $290 (weekly) / Non-members: $310


Registration

Save the Date: Online Registration Opens February 7th, 2018
Registration fills up quickly, so be sure to register early.

Please pay online by credit card only to guarantee your child’ placement.

Email: tifstahl@upenn.edu
Fax: 215.247.2192
Or Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118


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Little Lightning Bugs 2018 Themes:

For Ages: 4 & 5

Crafty Tree Tots: Campers will kick-off camp by creating critter sculptures, exploring critter habitats, all while searching for critters that call the Arboretum home. (Week of June 25th to June 29th)

Critter Camp: Using natural materials that our campers gather on nature explorations, our crafty campers will create magnificent works of art using glue, clay, stickers, collages and paint. (Week of July 2nd to July 6th, no camp on the 4th)

Super STEAM Science: Experiment, create, build, invent, and explore! Campers will do all of these things during this spectacular week of STEAM based scientific exploration. (STEAM=science, technology, engineering, arts, & math) (Week of July 9th to July 13th)

Reptiles, Raptors, & Rainbows: Campers will explore everything under the sun from Earth and sky in search of scaly, feathery and colorful creations of nature. (Week of July 16th to July 20th)

Anthropod Adventures: What do insects, spiders and crabs have in common? They are all arthropods! Campers will learn about this fascinating phylum of creatures for five fun filled days. (Week of July 23rd to 27th)

Art, Clay, Nature Play: Creative juices will be over-flowing as little hands engage in artful antics, crafty creations, and spectacular sculptures during this fun week of discovery. (Week of July 30th to August 3rd)


Bloomfield Buddies 2018 Themes:

For Ages: 6 to 10

Chemistry, Spells, and Potions: Put your lab coats on Junior Chemists! Start your summer off with fizzy fun, slimy solutions, candy chemical reactions at Bloomfield’s Barney T. Barn. (Week of June 25th to June 29th)

Full STEAM Ahead!: In between morning hiking explorations, campers will solve, stack, build, brainstorm, and mix, during this steamy week of summer fun by engaging in science, technology, engineering, art, and math based activities. (Week of July 2nd to July 6th, no camp on the 4th)

Bloomfield Bug Fest: We will grab a bug net and go--exploring everything arthropod throughout the glorious gardens of the Arboretum. We will search for true bugs, beetles, butterflies, honey bees, singing cicadas and amazing mantises! Bugs jars will be provided! (Week of July 9th to July 13th)

Eagle Eye Raptor Rangers: Eagles, hawks, egrets and kingfishers, oh my! What will our avian enthusiasts spy as they take flight in search of the Arboretum’s magnificent feathered friends? Binoculars are welcomed and encouraged! (Week of July 16th to July 20th)

Painting, Poet-Tree Plant Party: Creativity is key as campers design, paint, and sculpt their way through five days of artistic bliss. Be sure to make room for the botanical masterpieces that will adorn your home after this week of artistic inspiration. (Week of July 23rd to 27th)

Nature Ninja Water Warriors: Back by popular demand, we will wrap up our 2018 summer season with a Water edition of a Nature Ninja fun. This high spirited week is perfect for campers who enjoy hiking adventures, scavenger hunts, sprinkler games, and crazy camp karaoke. Be there or be square! (Week of July 30th to August 3rd)


Join us for another fun and educational a packed summer by registering today. Don’t miss out on our early-bird discount ending on March 1st. We fill up fast!

Don’t forget to check in on January 30th!

Questions?
Email: Tiffany Stahl at tifstahl@upenn.edu
Fax: 215.247.2192
Or Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

READY, SET, REGISTER!

Online registration is coming soon. Register by March 15th to receive our Early Bird discount of 15% off. Weeks are filled on a first come first serve basis.


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Brian Dooner

Brian will be returning for his fifth summer at Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp. He has earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Neumann University in Environmental Studies and Education as well as a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Arcadia University. Brian currently teaches eighth grade science at Norristown Area School District. He is an experienced educator who enjoys relaying his understanding and passion for science to his students. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, playing many different sports, and spending time with his family. The thing about the Morris Arboretum that inspires him most is that the Arboretum becomes his summer classroom. Every day the Arboretum offers him, and his campers opportunities to learn and respect the many beautiful ecosystems.

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Sarah Fabian

A five year counselor veteran of Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp is Sarah Fabian, a 7th and 8th grade teacher of Special Education in Reading and Math at Stewart Middle School in Norristown Area School District. Sarah has a Bachelor’s of Science from Penn State University in Special Education grades K to 12 and a Master’s of Science in Brain-Based Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, doing arts and crafts, spending time outdoors, being active and hanging out with family and friends. Sarah has always been a naturalist at heart. As a child, Sarah and her family enjoyed vacations to bucolic landscapes, where they spent time camping, breathing in fresh air and appreciating the natural world. Her days at the Arboretum take her back to those childhood memories. Sarah loves all that Morris Arboretum has to offer—nature, beauty, fun, and above all, a chance to learn and experience the great outdoors.

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Peter Leaming

Entering his second year at the Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp, is educator Peter Leaming who teaches 7th grade life science and biology at Klinger Middle School in the Centennial School District in Warrington PA. Peter is also an experienced camp instructor, having taught at Valley Forge National Park’s camp, as well as a few other local camps. He uses a variety of creative hands-on techniques to engage his students in inquiry-based science lessons and experiments. Peter enjoys the Morris Arboretum for its variety of landscapes and land forms, and looks forward to having fun and getting his hands dirty with Morris Arboretum campers this summer!

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Lorrie Jones

Lorrie currently works at Wilmington Friends School as first grade teacher. After earning a bachelor's degree in Geography/Environmental Studies from Temple University, she began her teaching journey by working as a teacher/naturalist at a nature center in Philadelphia, and eventually went back to school to get her master’s in Elementary Education from Arcadia University. Lorrie has taught Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start, and worked as a reading resource teacher. When she is not teaching she loves to visit art museums, attend a variety of concerts, and hike in the woods.

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Matt Fabian

Entering his third year as a counselor at the Morris Arboretum summer camp, Matt is an elementary health and physical education teacher in the Pottstown School District. He has experience coaching basketball at both high school and middle school levels. He has worked various basketball summer camps throughout his career. Matt earned his bachelor's degree of science from Ursinus College where he majored Exercise and Sports Science. At Ursinus, he played varsity men's basketball for all four years and was team captain his senior year. He earned his Master's Degree in Education at Cabrini College. In his spare time, Matt enjoys exercising, playing guitar, reading comic books, listening to music, and watching movies. His favorite part about being a counselor at Morris Arboretum is presenting campers the opportunity to have fun and learn away from the computer and television.Morris Arboretum for its variety of landscapes and land forms, and looks forward to having fun and getting his hands dirty with Morris Arboretum campers this summer!

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Don Conaway

Don Conaway will be joining the Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp for his 1st summer this year. He has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management, as well as a Master’s of Science Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Neumann University and Master of Science in the Science of Educational Instruction from Drexel University. Don currently teaches eighth grade science in the Norristown Area School District at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy. Don is an experienced educator with 13 years of experience teaching Science who enjoys sharing the wonders and fascinations of science with his students. In his spare time he enjoys cheering for local Philadelphia sports teams, vegetable gardening in the summer, taking his dogs for walks at Valley Green, and spending time with his family. The thing about the Morris Arboretum that inspires him most is that the Arboretum has endless possibilities and becomes a place to discover something new each day .

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Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum is closed today, February 7th, due to inclement weather.

Out on a Limb will be closed February 5th to February 9th for maintenance.

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.

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