Growing Minds

Growing Minds Youth Programs

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!


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Storytime Nature Yoga
Deirdre Vezirov Kilkenny
Certified Yoga Instructor, Springboard Studio

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 warmups, 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!

Four Wednesdays: October 12, 19, 26, November 2
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 10/12/2016 and ending 11/2/2016 at 10:30AM
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.

Art Exploration in Nature (Sold Out)
Rachel Applegate
Art Educator
Let's create art inspired by nature! This four-week series will engage kids in discovery and
creativity. We will observe our natural world, explore different art materials, and make
connections. Each session will include a walk through the Arboretum, a story or an introduction
to an artist's work, and time for making art. Get ready to draw, paint, print, build, and play!

Four Thursdays: October 13, 20, 27, November 3 Members: $85
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 10/13/2016 and ending 11/3/2016 at 10:30AM
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.

Little Explorers
Terry Cinque
Educator and Morris Arboretum Volunteer Guide

Do you and your little one(s) like coming to the Arboretum for Storytime? Do you enjoy being outdoors? Join us after Storytime for a short guided walk to explore the Arboretum and participate in fun, nature-themed activities.

Fridays after Free Storytime: October 14, 28 & November 11, 18
11:15 a.m. - 12 noon
Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/14/2016 and ending 11/18/2016 at 11:15AM
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.

Seeds to Sprouts 2 - Autumn Adventures (Sold Out)
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.
Our most popular children’s series! Sign up for one or both sessions – each class is a new adventure!

Session II- Six Mondays: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 10/24/2016 and ending 11/28/2016 at 10:30AM
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $115.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $155.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum, October 28, 2016
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 designed for children ages 1 thru 5. 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.

Fridays: September 2
10:30 -- 11:15 a.m.
Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission. Advance registration is required for each session.
Single class scheduled on 10/28/2016 at 10:30AM
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Kids Holiday Centerpiece
Cheryl Wilks
Floral Educator, Florist, and Owner of Flowers on Location

Design a beautiful fresh flower and evergreen centerpiece to use on your family’s holiday table or to give as a gift. Working with fresh evergreens is fragrant and festive, and you will learn about fresh flower arranging as you produce your unique creation. To make it extra special you can add a candle, pine cones, ribbons, and flowers. Your finished arrangement will last for a minimum of two weeks. Success is guaranteed! This enjoyable educational workshop is for kids from six to twelve
years old. Bring a box to take home your creation.

Sunday, December 18
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 12/18/2016 at 11:00AM
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

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