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Summer Adventure Camp 2020 Cancelled

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our community. Because the health and wellbeing of our community is our highest priority at this time, the University of Pennsylvania and the Morris Arboretum have had to adjust programs and operations.

The University made a difficult decision to cancel Penn’s summer programs through August 31st, including summer camps. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding. All registrations for the Morris Arboretum Summer Adventure Camp will be refunded.

Refunds will begin on Monday, May 4th. If you have any questions, please address them to Ilana Grubin, igrubin@upenn.edu. We will respond as quickly as possible.


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Celia Cruz

Celia received her M.A. from The University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her Capstone project “Outdoor Play and Children’s Storied Constructions.” Celia currently teaches the first-second grade at The Miquon School, where much of the curricular studies use the wooded campus and creek as an outdoor classroom. Celia spent time at the Shelburne Farms Early Education for Sustainability program in Vermont for professional development in farm-to-classroom exploration, and she presented workshops on outdoor play at the Schuykill Center for Environmental Studies and at the Progressive Education Network. She spent many an adventuresome afternoon at the Arboretum in her childhood and celebrated her wedding here!

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Fran Daulerio

Fran Daulerio is a teacher, writer, and backyard farmer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from West Chester University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University, and currently teaches high school English and Creative Writing in the Downingtown Area School District. During the warm months, Fran grows a vegetable, herb, and fruit garden completely from seed, and spends a lot of time walking through the Arboretum with his wife and daughter.

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Brian Dooner

Brian is a science experiment wizard! Brian earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Neumann University in Environmental Studies and Education as well as a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Arcadia University. He is currently teaching eighth grade science at Norristown Area School District. Brian is an experienced educator who enjoys relaying his understanding and passion for science to his students. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, playing many different sports, and spending time with his adorable family. The thing about the Morris Arboretum that inspires him most is that the Arboretum becomes his summer classroom. The Arboretum offers him, and Adventure Campers, opportunities to learn and respect the many beautiful ecosystems. Brain’s favorite book to read to campers is The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.

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Sarah Fabian

A veteran counselor of Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp, Sarah Fabian works in special education within the Norristown Area School District. Sarah has a Bachelor’s of Science from Penn State University in Special Education grades K to 12 and a Master’s of Science in Brain-Based Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, doing arts and crafts, spending time outdoors, being active and hanging out with family and friends. She is a talented artist! Sarah has always been a naturalist at heart. As a child, Sarah and her family enjoyed vacations to bucolic landscapes, where they spent time camping, breathing in fresh air and appreciating the natural world. Her days at the Arboretum take her back to those childhood memories. Sarah loves all that Morris Arboretum has to offer—nature, beauty, fun, and above all, a chance to learn and experience the great outdoors. Sarah and her husband Matt Fabian make a fantastic cam counselor duo—often working during the last two weeks of our camp offering.

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Matt Fabian

Matt Fabian is the Arboretum’s ultimate Nature Ninja Warrior! Matt is an elementary health and physical education teacher in the Pottstown School District. He coaches basketball at both high school and middle school levels, and has worked for various basketball summer camps throughout his career. Matt earned his bachelor's degree of science from Ursinus College where he majored Exercise and Sports Science. At Ursinus, he played varsity men's basketball for all four years and was team captain his senior year. He earned his Master's Degree in Education at Cabrini College. In his spare time, Matt enjoys exercising, playing guitar, reading comic books, listening to music, and watching movies. His favorite part about being a counselor at Morris Arboretum is presenting campers the opportunity to have fun and learn away from the computer and television. Morris Arboretum for its variety of landscapes and land forms, and looks forward to having fun and getting his hands dirty with Morris Arboretum campers this summer!

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Jaclynn Leveille

My name is Jaclynn and I am excited for an adventure-filled summer at the Arboretum! I am a second-degree nursing student with a background working in early childhood education. I strive to provide a safe place for children to explore their natural curiosities and to play. Growing up I enjoyed helping my parents in the garden, playing by the river, and raising my herd of goats for 4-H. After moving to Philadelphia, I've traded goats for a variety of birds that frequent my feeder and exploring the trails and parks the city has to offer. I look forward to getting to know your little ones and sharing my love of nature with them.

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Nick Manning

Nick is a recent graduate from University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Education. He will be teaching biology in the school district of Philadelphia this upcoming school year. Born and raised in the Midwest, Nick has a strong passion for the outdoors and loves passing on his knowledge by working with youth, something he has been doing at summer camps in Wisconsin since 2012. An avid reader and always ready to learn new things, Nick loves engaging in conversations that lead to new discoveries for all involved, as well as exploring the outdoors to uncover its hidden mysteries.

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Dan Meyer

Dan graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science. Later, he earned a second degree from Wester Chester University in Elementary Education. Dan teaches 5th grade in the Wissahickon School District, where he has been known to dress up as various naturalists embarking on educational nature walks. In his spare time Dan loves hiking with his wife and three boys, competing in outdoor Spartan Races, completing the 1,000 hours outside challenge, and reading. He has nearly a decade of experience working at summer camp, and is thrilled to join the Morris Arboretum in the significant work of empowering students to appreciate and care for the rich bounty of the natural world. Through exploration and experimentation, Dan looks forward to learning, playing, and building new relationships this summer. "We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -Native American Proverb

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Katie Ruiz

Katie has five years of elementary teaching experience. She currently teaches in Haddonfield Public Schools in South New Jersey. For half a decade, Katie also worked at the Morris School District Community Schools Summer Enrichment Program in North New Jersey. After relocating, she found the perfect home at the Arboretum. She has a love for crafting, animals, traveling, and always enjoys sitting down with a good children's book. The Morris Arboretum offers all of these opportunities and she can't wait to start her Summer Adventure with the campers!

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Helena Volpe

Helena is an upcoming sophomore at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Although her major is undecided, she has a passion for environmental science and working with children. She is a member of the US Army Reserves and the ROTC program at Lehigh. Coming from the Philadelphia area, she is a regular visitor of the Arboretum. She has experience tutoring children, babysitting, and being a counselor at a running camp. In her free time she enjoys learning new languages, listening to music, and playing rugby. A lover of the outdoors, Helena can’t wait to have fun with the campers this summer and make the most of their experience.

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Alerts & Updates

Saturday, October 24th advance tickets are sold out! Get your tickets for Sunday, October 25th now!

Due to the weather and flooding, the Arboretum is closed today Tuesday, August 4th.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to be open! We have instituted new policies as required by the government of Pennsylvania in order to keep the public safe while visiting. Please review the policies below before your visit.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Café are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Library passes and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.
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Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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