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Get Outside! Hiking In and Around Philadelphia
Lori Litchman - Author and Hiking Enthusiast

Pennsylvania literally means Penn’s Woods, and the state offers us so much forest to explore both in and near Philadelphia! Join author and hiking enthusiast Lori Litchman who will talk about her new book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia, and share information about the best trails to try both inside the city limits and in and around the Delaware Valley. Want to get your kids outside more? Learn about fun places where kids can explore and start building a love and appreciation for nature. This one-hour talk will focus on best places to get outside and hike, whether you are a new or seasoned hiker. There will be plenty of time for a Q&A and Lori will have books available for sale.

Sunday, March 25
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 20.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.

Getting to Know Lydia Morris-the Women in her Life
Joyce Munro - Essayist and former Dean of the Graduate School at Chestnut Hill College

We know a thing or two about Lydia Thompson Morris, the daughter of a prominent Colonial family of Philadelphia and mistress of Compton. We know she loved history and travel and afternoon tea. Yet there is much we don’t know because she didn’t leave behind an intimate memoir or gossipy correspondence. However, we can learn a lot through the women she spent time with and the projects they undertook together. (Spoiler alert: Lydia’s pace of life did not slow after her brother John died). Join us for an in-depth exploration of Lydia, a modern Quaker woman, while enjoying her favorite pastime, afternoon tea. There will be music!

Thursday, April 5
4:30 p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

The Idea of Race: From Plants to People
The Idea of Race: From Plants to People
Paul Wolff Mitchell -Doctoral Student, Anthropology Department, University of Pennsylvania

Do trees have races? Do squirrels? Humans? Where does the concept of "race" come from? Like any idea, race has a history. As farmers, naturalists, and scientists developed a vocabulary and a way of thinking to explain differences in plant and animal varieties in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, these same concepts were increasingly applied to human variation. In recent decades, genomic science has shown definitively that there is no biological basis to race in the human species. onetheless, "race" has a social life far beyond its biological meaning. To understand the complexity of this idea, we need to understand its origins in the writings of naturalists, botanists, and zoologists of the last few hundred years. Paul Wolff Mitchell, doctoral student in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and research associate in physical anthropology at the Penn Museum, will explore thishistory, tracing the history of race through studies of plant and animal varieties undertaken at places
like Morris Arboretum, around Philadelphia, and across the globe.

Tuesday, April 10
6:30 p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Sake, Sushi, Sakura: Cherry Blossom Appreciation
Anthony Aiello - The Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture and Curator, Morris Arboretum

In this early evening walk with Arboretum Curator Tony Aiello, we will celebrate our flowering cherry (sakura) collection with the tradition of hanami (flower viewing). If you look forward to our cherry blossoms each spring, what better way to enjoy them han on a guided tour with the Arboretum’s curator? You will learn about the many flowering cherry varieties and what makes each of them unique. This walking class will conclude on the tree canopy, Out on a Limb, to sample several types of sake, cherry flavored liquors, and sushi to celebrate many great Japanese traditions all in one night.

Thursday, April 12
4:30 p.m. - 6:30p.m.
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

Springtime Sunset Stroll
Bob Gutowski - Director of Education and Visitor Experience, Morris Arboretum

Take time to enjoy a wind-down, day’s-end, garden stroll. During May’s long days, the plant world of Earth’s northern hemisphere is wide awake and beckons us to explore. Arboretum educator, gardener, naturalist, and historian Bob Gutowski will be your guide. Share Arboretum stories, explore garden nooks, and investigate interesting plants in the living collection. Observe the plants and creatures, relieve the day’s stress, and celebrate sunset’s sights, scents, and sensations in a serene setting. Meet at the Visitor Center. Wear your walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Wednesday, May 16
6:30 p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Behind the Scenes at the Garden Railway
Toni Hoffman - Member, South Eastern Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society
Bob Hoffman - President, South Eastern Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society

Join us for a sneak peek into the world of garden railways, one that combines a love of trains with a love of gardening. Drawing inspiration from the great railroads that shaped our nation, garden railways mimic life in America and incorporate beautiful garden landscapes into the world of model trains. The instructors will demonstrate the various sizes of model trains and types of engines available, and briefly discuss how to plan for and build a garden railway. After the indoor portion of the class, you will have the opportunity to visit the Arboretum’s garden railway set-up and see what’s new for 2018.

Sunday, May 20
1:00 p.m. - 2:30p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Behind the Scenes at the Wetlands
Behind the Scenes at the Wetlands
Jess Slade - The McCausland Natural Areas Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Join us for a walking tour around the Arboretum’s restored wetland. Learn about the unique plants that grow naturally in this setting, and the wildlife that rely on the food and habitat that these plants provide. Jess Slade will discuss how the wetland was created, management practices used in the area, and the environmental benefits that wetlands provide. She will also highlight some of the native plants in the area that can be used successfully in the home landscape. Please park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk and meet Jess there. Wear walking shoes that may get muddy and dress for the weather.

Saturday, June 2
10:00 p.m. - 11:30a.m.
Saturday, June 02, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Family Overnight at Bloomfield Farm

Enjoy an overnight getaway with family and friends at Morris Arboretum’s Bloomfield Farm. Arrive after dinner or with a picnic on Friday evening (no cooking please). Bring all that you need for camping: tent, sleeping bag and pad, flash light, folding chair, camp stories, etc. Pitch your tent by historic Springfield Mills, enjoy a communal camp fire, and toast marshmallows. There will be an evening nature walk led by Arboretum staff. Fireflies are expected in the meadows. Take a break from your routine without going far from home. On Saturday morning, breakfast will be provided. You may want to bring your binoculars. The price is per tent with a limit of four people per tent. Registration is limited to ten tents. Bloomfield Farm is located on East Northwestern Avenue directly opposite from the Morris Arboretum’s public garden entrance.

Friday, June 15 to Saturday, June 16
Arrive after dinner at 6:00p.m. Depart by 10:30a.m. Saturday
Friday, June 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.

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