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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Free Storytime at the Arboretum - March 11, 2016
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 Upper Gallery at the Visitor Center.
Ages 1 - 5
Fridays: March 11
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/11/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Seeds to Sprouts, Spring Adventures!-Session I
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 (ages 2-4) 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 I- Six Mondays: March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 3/21/2016 and ending 4/25/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $120.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $110.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $140.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $120.00 ea.

Fairy and Gnome Gardening: Spring Break Workshop 1 (Class is Full)
Pilar Rivera
Education Intern, Morris Arboretum

Create your own fairy or gnome garden in this fun, hands-on class! Together, we will go step-by-step as each child (ages 6-9) creates his or her own unique terrarium garden complete with live plants, painted stones, whimsical toadstools, a bridge over a shimmering stream, and a magical resident fairy or gnome! All above listed materials are provided. Feel free to bring additional accessories from home. Please dress appropriately to work with soil, glitter, and washable paint.

Wednesday, March 23 1:00-2:30 p.m.

*There is a second session of this class occurring on Thursday March 24th at 10:00am. Look below to register!*
Single class scheduled on 3/23/2016 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

Fairy and Gnome Gardening: Spring Break Workshop 2
Pilar Rivera
Education Intern, Morris Arboretum

Because the first session is almost full we've added another session so everyone can join in the fun!

Create your own fairy or gnome garden in this fun, hands-on class! Together, we will go step-by-step as each child (ages 6-9) creates his or her own unique terrarium garden complete with live plants, painted stones, whimsical toadstools, a bridge over a shimmering stream, and a magical resident fairy or gnome!

All above listed materials are provided. Feel free to bring additional accessories from home. Please dress appropriately to work with soil, glitter, and washable paint.

*Please take notice of time and date for this second session*

Thursday, March 24
10:00am - 12:00 noon
Single class scheduled on 3/24/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum - April 1, 2016
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 Upper Gallery at the Visitor Center. Ages 1 - 5

Fridays: April 1 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/1/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

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, 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.

Four Sundays: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 2-3 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday starting 4/10/2016 and ending 5/1/2016 at 2:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum - April 15, 2016
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 Upper Gallery at the Visitor Center. Ages 1 - 5

Fridays: April 15 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/15/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

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 beautiful landscape of Morris Arboretum during springtime! A lifelong photographer, Kim Soles will share her experience with photographing the natural world, while encouraging the young photographer to find his or her own way. Children will learn tips and techniques to hone their photography skills, concentrating on close-ups, textures, color, and landscape concepts. During the last session, students will have the opportunity to critique and celebrate their classmates' work. 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.

Six Wednesdays: April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 4-5:30 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 4/20/2016 and ending 5/25/2016 at 4:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $120.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 No Charge

Seeds to Sprouts, Spring Adventures!-Session II
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 (ages 2-4) 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 II- Six Mondays: May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 6, 13 (skip Memorial Day) 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/2/2016 and ending 6/13/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $120.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $110.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $140.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $120.00 ea.

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!

Four Wednesdays: May 11, 18, 25 and June 1 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday and Wednesday starting 5/11/2016 and ending 5/23/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.

How Does Nature Inspire your Creativity?
Jennifer Leibert
K-3 Programs Specialist, Penn Museum

In this four-week kids Art Series (Ages 6-9), we will look to nature, grand and small, for creative inspiration. We will walk through the gardens of Morris Arboretum to observe and draw from nature and art, and then go inside to print, build, and design! We will use things found in nature and recyclable goods to create puppets that help us understand why recycling is so important to our community and environment. We will explore the Arboretum's artwork, and see how it inspires our own work. We will examine patterns in nature and make stamps, too! Each class will include exciting nature studies and fun art activities taught in a friendly and supportive environment. All supplies are provided. Come dressed for the weather and fun!

Four Saturdays, May 14, 21 (no class 28th for Memorial Day) June 4, 11 10-11:45 a.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/14/2016 and ending 6/11/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $110.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.

Art Explorations in Nature
Rachel Applegate
Art Educator

Let's create art inspired by nature! This four-week series will engage kids (ages 3 - 5) in discovery and creativity. We will observe our natural world, explore different art materials, and make connections. Each session will include a walk through the Arboretum, a story or an introduction to an artist's work, and time for making art. Get ready to draw, paint, print, build, and play!

Four Thursdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28 10:30-11:30 a.m
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 7/7/2016 and ending 7/28/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.

All about Plants
Keith Bowman
Moss Ecologist

If you like visiting the Arboretum, you already know that plants make the Arboretum the great place that it is. Big trees, flowers, ferns and mosses all contribute to this amazing place. During this series of classes your child (ages 8-12) will learn plant anatomy while examining the plants that we eat and the intricacies of flowers. We will collect and preserve some plants with techniques that Morris Arboretum botanists use every day as well as learn the microscopic world of mosses. (We might even see a water bear- Google it!) The activities will be fun and educational, and your kids will never see plants or the Arboretum in the same way again.

Four Fridays: July 8, 15, 22, 29 4-5:30 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 7/8/2016 and ending 7/29/2016 at 4:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.

Seeds to Sprouts, Spring Adventures!-Session III
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 (ages 2-4) 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!

Session III- Four Mondays: July 11, 18, 25, August 1 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 7/11/2016 and ending 8/1/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.

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