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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Seeds to Sprouts, Autumn Adventures! Session 1
Pam Newitt
Educator and Founder, Nature by the Yard

Is your 2-4 year old 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 1: Six Mondays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Members: $125 for each six-week session
Non-members: $155 for each six-week session
Members: $230 for both sessions (1 and 2)
Non-members: $290 for both sessions (1 and 2)
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/11/2017 and ending 10/16/2017 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 125.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 155.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 115.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum (Ages 1-5) 9/15/17
Tegan Conner-Cole
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.
Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission.
Advance registration is required for each session.
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Little Explorers - Post Storytime Nature Walk and Craft (Ages 1-5)
Terry Donahue
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.

Four Fridays after Free Storytime: September 15, 29, October 13, 27
11:15 a.m. - 12 noon
Classes scheduled every 2 weeks on Friday starting 9/15/2017 and ending 10/27/2017 at 11:15AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

Wetland Critters: Reptile, Amphibian and Insect Exploration (Ages 7-12)
Ent Natale
Biology and Environmental Educator

Come learn about local amphibians, reptiles, and insects in the beautiful Morris Arboretum wetlands.
Students will explore the wetlands, visiting the pond and stream on the lookout for critters who call this area home. Microscopes will be provided for students to borrow to observe specimens up close. Each student will be given identification charts, drawing paper to record their findings, and a collection jar. Students age six are welcome to join, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please have children dress for outdoor hiking on trails and wet areas. Parents can park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. The instructor will check in students and lead them to the wetlands.

Saturday, September 23
1 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Nature Sleuths (Ages 5-7)
Pam Newitt
Educator and Founder, Nature by the Yard

Autumn is the season of preparation and 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 discover the magic of leaves changing colors, another we may meet monarchs as they fuel up on fall wildflowers before departing; 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.

Four Sundays: September 24, October 1, 8, 15
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday starting 9/24/2017 and ending 10/15/2017 at 2:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 100.00 ea.

Kids Nature Yoga (ages 2-4)
Dawn Smelser
Certified Yoga Instructor, MotherHeart Yoga Sangha

Join us for a three-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, and 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. Learn more: www.motherheartstudio.com
Bring your yoga mat if you have one, or a towel. If the weather permits, we will hold class outdoors!

Three Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/26/2017 and ending 10/10/2017 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

Kids' Art Photography & Collage Workshop (Ages 8-12)
Kim Soles
Photographer and Founder, Indigo Nature Arts

Developing young photographers and artists will use their printed images and transform them into works of art in this four-week art photography and collage workshop. Children will photograph the beautiful gardens during the first two classes and then choose a few favorite images to print. Using imagination, paint, and other materials, they will turn their photography into a fine art piece. 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. This class is a great option for children who have previously participated in the Kid’s Click class, (yet not necessary) and would like to explore more options in the fine art field.

Four Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, 17
4 - 5:30 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/26/2017 and ending 10/17/2017 at 4:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 120.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 140.00 ea.

Art Explorations in Nature (Ages 3-5)
Rachel Applegate
Art Educator

Encourage your child to engage with the outdoors through discovery and creativity in this four-week art series. We will observe the natural world, find joy in the process, and create nature-inspired art. From painting to printing to constructing, children will experiment with a variety of natural materials to develop self expression and fine motor skills. Each session will include a brief exploration of the Arboretum, a story or an introduction to the weekly theme, and time for making their own art.

Parents are invited but do not have to stay.

Four Thursdays: September 28, October 5, 12, and 19
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 9/28/2017 and ending 10/19/2017 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 100.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum (Ages 1-5) - 9/29/17
Tegan Conner-Cole
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.

Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission.
Advance registration is required for each session.
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Introduction to Birding (Ages 7 and up)
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join us for a birding adventure around the Morris Arboretum as we explore different habitats looking for birds. Our three-class adventure will be at a new site each time (wetlands, Bloomfield Farm, and Out on A Limb) where we will see a variety of fall migrating birds and birds that make the Arboretum their home. A short presentation will take place at the end of each class with photos of Ruth’s birding adventures around the Arboretum. These classes are for kids who are or might be interested in birding and are a great way to share your love of birding with your children or grandchildren. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes as walking will be required and dress for the weather.
Binoculars and field guides will be available to borrow, but feel free to bring your own. First session will meet at the wetlands. Please park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk and meet Ruth there.

Three Sundays: October 1, November 5 , December 3
9 am - 11 am
Classes scheduled on the 1st Sunday of every month starting 10/1/2017 and ending 12/3/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 20.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum (Ages 1-5) 10/13/17
Tegan Conner-Cole
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.

Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission.
Advance registration is required for each session.
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Seeds to Sprouts, Autumn Adventures! Session 2
Pam Newitt
Educator and Founder, Nature by the Yard

Is your 2-4 year old 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 2: Six Mondays: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Members: $125 for each six-week session
Non-members: $155 for each six-week session
Members: $230 for both sessions (1 and 2)
Non-members: $290 for both sessions (1 and 2)
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 10/23/2017 and ending 11/27/2017 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 125.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 115.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 155.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum (Ages 1-5) 10/27/17
Tegan Conner-Cole
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.

Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission.
Advance registration is required for each session.
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Plant a Terrarium: Fall Break Workshop (Ages 7-10)
Marissa Sobel
Youth Education Assistant, Morris Arboretum

Learn how to create your own mini ecosystem in a goldfish globe in this fun, hands-on class. We will plant and decorate our own terrariums to take home using succulents, ferns, and moss. After planting, we will add in a special figure to the terrarium and learn how to take care of your living creation. All materials will be provided, including a variety of plastic figurines. Please feel free to bring in additional accessories from home.

Children must be accompanied by an adult (for no additional charge). Dress appropriately to work with soil.

Tuesday, November 7
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 1:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum (Ages 1-5) 11/10/17
Tegan Conner-Cole
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.

Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission.
Advance registration is required for each session.
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Kids Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop (Ages 6-12)
Cheryl Wilks
Floral Educator, Florist, and Owner of Flowers on Location

Kids love to express themselves with flowers. They will learn professional tricks as they create a beautiful centerpiece for the family holiday table or to give as a gift. This workshop is for children 6 to 12 years old - parents are encouraged drop children off for this class. Guaranteed success! Cheryl has been working with kids for more than 30 years, inspiring them to connect with their creative right brains.

Bring a medium height 15 x 15 box to transport their finished masterpiece home.

Sunday, November 19
10:30 a.m.- 12 noon
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 38.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum (Ages 1-5) 11/24/17
Tegan Conner-Cole
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.

Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission.
Advance registration is required for each session.
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Kids Holiday Centerpiece (Ages 6-12)
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 6 to 12 years old.
Bring a box to take home your creation.

Sunday, December 17
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 38.00 ea.

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