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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Little Explorers - Post Storytime Nature Walk and Craft (Ages 1-5) (Class is Full)
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.

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.

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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