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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Nature Sleuths- Session I- Feb 5 - 26, 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 1- Four Sundays: February 5, 12, 19, 26
2-3 p.m.


Classes scheduled every week on Sunday starting 2/5/2017 and ending 2/26/2017 at 2:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 100.00 ea.

Seeds to Sprouts, Spring Adventures! - Session I (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 I - Six Mondays: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 3/13/2017 and ending 4/17/2017 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, Mar 17, 2017 (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: March 17
10:30:a.m - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Storytime Nature Yoga- Session I (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 1- Four Wednesdays: March 15, 22, 29, April 5
10:30-11:15 a.m.

Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 3/15/2017 and ending 4/5/2017 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

Science Discovery for Homeschoolers (Ages 6-10)
Ent Natale -
Biology and Environmental Educator (BioEYES, UPenn, Schuylkill Center, Morris Arboretum)

This class provides inquiry and exploratory-based science lessons designed for homeschooled children. Monthly lessons designed to fit with current PA Educational and Next Generation Science Standards will include an experiment and theme, explored in the context of the Arboretum. Lessons incorporate science, exercise, microscopes, marshmallows, nature exploration, and more. Each child should bring one three ring binder, a spiral bound three-hole notebook, and a pencil. Dress for the outdoors and walking on paved and unpaved paths. Older and younger children are welcome, but must be registered to participate. Themes will include: science and the human body, life cycles of plants and animals, wetland environment and ecosystem adventure, and milling over molecules in physical and earth science.

Once a month on Four Thursdays: March 23, April 20, May 25, June 22
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 3/23/2017 and ending 6/22/2017 at 2:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 100.00 ea.

Exploring the Hidden Life of a Toad (Ages 6 and up)
Doug Wechsler - Children's Book Author, Photographer, and Naturalist

March is toad month! As you enter the Arboretum, you can hear toad trills broadcasting from the wetland. Join Doug Wechsler, award-winning children's book author and nature photographer as he reads from his new book, The Hidden Life of a Toad. Doug will reveal the magic of metamorphosis through his marvelous photos. And of course, he will answer that age-old question, what's the difference between a frog and a toad! He will teach you how to trill like a toad. And you'll discover how people of all ages are working to save toads in Philadelphia. After the presentation Doug will sign copies of his book. Doug Wechsler has written and photographed 23 nature-themed books for children. The fee is for kids only.

Saturday, March 25
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 18.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 20.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum, Mar 31, 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: March 31
10:30:a.m - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Birds of Prey: Spring Break Live Raptor Demonstration
Great Valley Nature Center

In this demonstration you will have a chance to see birds of prey including hawks, falcons, and owls and learn about them from an expert naturalist. Birds of prey are birds that hunt and feed on animals and insects. We will discuss their unique adaptations including keen vision that allows them to detect prey during flight, powerful talons for catching prey, strong feet for holding food, and curved beaks for eating. Join us and discover what makes these birds so special. Fee is for children only.
Children must be accompanied by an adult (for no additional charge).


Wednesday, April 12
1:00 p.m - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 18.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 20.00 ea.

LEGO® Mini Garden Spring Break Workshop
Alex Correia-Sareyka - The McLean Contributionship Endowed Education Intern, Morris Arboretum

Does your child love constructing miniature worlds with LEGO® bricks? Join us for a fun, hands-on workshop as we channel that creative energy to create miniature gardens that will feature their LEGO® creations! We will fill planters with soil and live plants, as well as our own LEGO® structures created during the class. Take home your creation and enjoy watching your plants grow! All materials will be provided, including a variety of LEGO® bricks and figurines. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress appropriately to work with soil.

Thursday, April 13
1:00 - 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.

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)
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.

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)
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.

Kid’s Mother’s Day Permanent Botanical Wreath Workshop (Ages 7-12)
Cheryl Wilks - Floral Educator, Florist, and Owner of Flowers on Location

Moms love flower arrangements, especially ones made by their child. Each participant will design their own beautiful silk flower wreath to give to mom or grandmom to enjoy for years to come. Participants should bring 3-5 photos of themselves or their Family that can be cut up. We’ll be including these into the keepsake wreath. We’ll also be artfully wrapping the wreath to give for Mother’s Day.

Saturday, May 6
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 12:30 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 38.00 ea.

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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