Morris Arboretum

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Summer Adventure Camp Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp

Registration now open!

Online Registration Opens January 2020!

Awaken the mind, nurture the spirit, and energize the body of your child by registering online for Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp. Led by experienced teachers, our goal is to inspire new generations of citizen scientists by tapping in to their natural curiosity about the world around them.

Our program is facilitated by highly experienced teachers, who work in local school districts during the year (See their bios below).

Dates and Details

Little Lightning Bugs: Ages 4 to 6
Bloomfield Buddies: Ages 7 to 11
Duration: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Weekly Camp Sessions Starting: June 29th to August 7th
Early Bird - Members: $260 (weekly) / Non-members: $280
After March 3rd - Members: $295 (weekly) / Non-members: $315
*We do not offer before or aftercare at this time.


Save the Date: Online Registration Opens January 24th, 2020
Registration fills up quickly, so be sure to register early.

Please register and pay online by credit card to guarantee your child’s placement.

Email: Ilana Grubin at
Or Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Little Lightning Bugs 2020 Themes:

For Ages: 4 to 6

Backyard Bugs (June 29 – July 3) – From butterflies to beetles, young explorers will search for the arboretum’s smallest and most numerous inhabitants. Campers will hike, make crafts, and play games, all while learning about the incredible world of insects.

Sensing Nature (July 6-10) – We will use our senses (touch, smell, sight, and hearing) to explore everything that the arboretum has to offer. Our week will include sensory games, scavenger hunts, nature play, and nature inspired art.

Leaves and Limbs (July 13-17) – From tall trees to fallen stumps, many animals call trees their home. We’ll look at how trees grow from tiny seeds to forest giants, and do tree-inspired crafts and games.

Nature Jams (July 20-24) – Listen carefully to the sounds of nature: a babbling brook, wind rustling through the trees, bird calls. We’ll have fun listening to all the sounds around us, and also make our own music!

Hide and Seek (July 27-31) – What child doesn’t love a game of hide and seek? Learn about plant and animal adaptations that help them to hide including camouflage and mimicry, and search the arboretum for special discoveries.

Artists in the Garden (August 3-7) – Between morning walks and splashing in sprinklers, art and creativity will abound. Little lightning bugs will draw inspiration from nature and create works of art all week.

Bloomfield Buddies 2020 Themes:

For Ages: 7 to 11

Pollinator Power (June 29 – July 3) – Did you know that about 1/3 of what we eat and drink is delivered via pollinator? Campers will hop, skip, and jump their way through fields and flowers,while also learning about pollinator diversity and monarch migrations, and meet a bee keeper.

Eco-kids (July 6-10) – Campers will learn what it takes to care for our planet and to protect the plants and animals that live here. We’ll have fun exploring habitats and learning how our eco-friendly actions can make a difference.

Garden Science (July 13-17) – Did you know that one teaspoon of soil can hold one billion organisms? Dig, experiment, and explore, in this exciting week of STEM in the garden.

Bird Bonanza (July 20-24) – From hummingbirds to hawks, campers will become honorary ornithologists (bird scientists). We’ll flap our way around the arboretum while playing games and learning about our feathered friends.

Nature Ninjas (July 27-31) – Nature Ninjas are back again! Jump like a rabbit, slither like a snake, flutter like a butterfly… This week will be filled with games, races, and nature explorations.

Art at the Arboretum (August 3-7) – Art and nature go hand in hand. During this creative and colorful week, campers will draw inspiration from nature and create beautiful works of art.

*Most weekly camp itineraries include science experimentation, daily hikes, creek exploration, guest speaker chats, birding walks, craft activities, and sprinkler play.

Join us for another educational and fun-packed summer by registering today. Don’t miss out on our early-bird discount ending on March 3rd, 2020. We fill up fast!

Don’t forget to check in on January 30th!

Email: Ilana Grubin at
Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

*2020 Updated Registration/Cancellation Policy

Please note our new cancellation policy. Planning ahead can be challenging for everyone, but please be mindful when making your camp registrations. We try to accommodate requests to change scheduled weeks, however, since we fill up so quickly this is not a guarantee.

Cancellations on or before April 1st: $10 fee will be deducted from refund for each week cancelled

Cancellations April 2nd to June 5th: $50 fee will be deducted from refund for each week cancelled

After JUNE 6TH: NO REFUNDS will be issued


Register now. Register by March 3rd to receive our Early Bird discount of 15% off. Weeks are filled on a first come first serve basis.

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


Sara McClafferty

Sara is currently a third grade teacher at Uncommon Schools, Camden Prep where she teaches Math, Literacy, and Writing. During recess, Sara enjoys leading her students in impromptu soccer games or digging into the arts and crafts bin. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from American University. After working in education policy for two years, Sara pursued her M.A.T. in Elementary Education at Relay Graduate School of Education in Philadelphia. In her spare time, Sara enjoys trying new recipes, riding her bike along Kelly Drive, and reading outside. She believes that students learn best when they inspired by the world around them. Sara is excited to get to know her campers this summer and help foster their love of learning and nature as they explore the Morris Arboretum together.


Caroline Pape

Caroline will be entering her senior year at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ this fall, where she is majoring in Education and Psychology, and is also a member of the women’s lacrosse team. Caroline has worked with children for several years as a youth lacrosse coach and a licensed swimming instructor. A regular Arboretum visitor since she was born, Caroline’s favorite part of camp is being able to now share her love of nature and the Arboretum with our youngest campers.


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!


Anne Williams

Anne is a graduate of Penn State University where she studied Communications and Political Science. She lived in State College, Pa for 8 years working as a marketing and event coordinator for a local fitness store, teaching yoga, overseeing an online farmers market, and spending time as a nanny for a few families. She now finds herself in Philadelphia and is enjoying exploring its green spaces, including the Arboretum! This year, she worked for the Parks and Recreation Department in the Programs Division and became a Trail Ambassador for Friends of the Wissahickon. Anne is excited to join the Summer Camp experience and be a part of the joy and growth that takes place outdoors.