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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Kids Click! Nature Photography Workshop (Ages 8-12)
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 blossoming spring landscapes! 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 learn 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.

Six Tuesdays: April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
4:00 p.m . - 5:30 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 4/18/2017 and ending 5/23/2017 at 4:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 110.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 130.00 ea.

Seeds to Sprouts, Spring Adventures! Session II (Ages 2–4) (Class is Full)
Pam Newitt - Educator and Founder, Nature by the Yard

Is your toddler a budding naturalist? Join us this spring 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 all sessions -- each
class is a new adventure!

Session II - Six Mondays: April 24, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 (No class May 1st)
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 4/24/2017 and ending 6/5/2017 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, Apr 28, 2017
Free Storytime at the Arboretum (Ages 1-5)
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 Visitor Center. Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission. Advance registration is required for each session.

Fridays: April 28
10:30:a.m - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, April 28, 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

If you like coming to Free Storytime and enjoy being outside with you family afterwards this is a great way to explore the Arboretum with your little one(s). This class features a short walk after Free Storytime and a craft connected to the themes of the stories you and your family just enjoyed.

Four Fridays after Free Storytime - April 28, May 12, 26, June 9
11:15 a.m. -12 noon
Classes scheduled every 2 weeks on Friday starting 4/28/2017 and ending 6/9/2017 at 11:15AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

Storytime Nature Yoga- Session II (May 3-24) (Class is Full)
Storytime Nature Yoga (Ages 2-4)
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 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. Bring your yoga mat if you have one, or a towel. If the weather permits, we will hold class outdoors!

Session II- Four Wednesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24
10:30-11:15 a.m.

Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 5/3/2017 and ending 5/24/2017 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum, May 12, 2017
Free Storytime at the Arboretum (Ages 1-5)
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 Visitor Center. Storytime is free for members. For non-members, Storytime is free with Arboretum admission. Advance registration is required for each session.

Fridays: May 12
10:30:a.m - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Nature Sleuths- Session II- May 21- Jun 11, 2017
Nature Sleuths (Ages 5-7)
Pam Newitt - Educator and Founder, Nature by the Yard

Spring 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 get up close and personal with spring wildflowers, while another week we may learn about trees as the canopy closes and shades the forest floor; 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.

Session II- Four Sundays: May 21, 28, June 4, 11
2-3 p.m.


Classes scheduled every week on Sunday starting 5/21/2017 and ending 6/11/2017 at 2:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 100.00 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 fourweek art series. We will observe the natural world and draw, paint, print, build, and play. Each session will include a walk through the Arboretum, a story or an
introduction to an artist's work, and time for making art with your child.

Four Thursdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 7/6/2017 and ending 7/27/2017 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 100.00 ea.

Seeds to Sprouts, Spring Adventures!Session III (Ages 2-4)
Pam Newitt - Educator and Founder, Nature by the Yard

Is your toddler a budding naturalist? Join us this spring 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 all sessions -- each
class is a new adventure!

Session III- Four Mondays: July 10, 17, 24, 31
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 7/10/2017 and ending 7/31/2017 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 110.00 ea.

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