Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp

Registration now open!

Keep an eye out in January to find out about our next season of Summer Adventure Camp!

Attention parents! We are expanding our summer camp program! This summer, we are adding a new camp program designed for 4 and 5 year old adventures, called Little Lightning Bugs.

Our summer adventure camp program for older campers (ages 6 to 10), now called Bloomfield Buddies, will be held across the street at the Arboretum’s Bloomfield Farm Barn. This exciting new location offers direct access the Arboretum’s historic Springfield Mill, hiking trails, wetland habitats, honey bee colonies and oodles of wildlife.

Our Summer Adventure Camp is taught by experienced teachers, who develop curriculum with age appropriate STEM based lessons and projects that encourage inquisitive minds to experience and explore the world around them.

Early Bird Registration Begins on January 31st!

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

Dates and Details

Age Range: 4 to 10 years old
Duration: Each session runs Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Weekly Camp Sessions starting: June 26th - August 4th
Early Bird - Members: $238 (weekly) / Non-members: $255
After March 15th - Members: $280 (weekly) / Non-members: $300


Registration is now closed. Keep an eye for next year!

Please pay online by credit card only to guarantee your child’ placement.

Fax: 215.247.2192
Or Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Download the Parent Handbook

Little Lightning Bugs 2017 Themes:

Backyard Bug Adventure (SOLD OUT): Young explorers will use their observation skills to hunt for insects and arachnids that call the Arboretum home. Mini-entomologists will learn about insect life cycles and create fun “buggy crafts.” (Week of June 26th to June 30th)

Silly Science Fun (SOLD OUT): Curious little lightning bugs will transform into mad scientists during this fun hands-on week of scientific discovery. We will experiment with bubbles, make green slime, and create many messy science experiments. (Week of July 3rd to July 7th, no camp on the 4th)

Paint, Sculpt, Play (SOLD OUT): Campers will create nature-inspired paintings on canvases and watercolor paper, make animal sculptures out of clay, and take mini expeditions around the Arboretum’s lush gardens. (Week of July 10th to July 14th)

Animal “Tales”: Storytime and Art Explorations (SOLD OUT): Creative campers will listen to nature inspired stories and fables in different garden locations throughout the week. We will make our very own picture books inspired by the animal tales that we explore. (Week of July 17th to July 21st)

An Ology A Day (SOLD OUT): Our budding scientists will explore a different “ology” each day of camp. Campers will receive a crash course in science disciplines ranging from biology to archaeology. Fun craft projects and shoebox digs will be enjoyed by all! (Week of July 24th to 28th)

Camp Nature Play (SOLD OUT): Campers will skip, jump, and play as we explore the gardens through scavenger hunts and mini hiking expeditions. We will play lots of games— including nature bingo—and make fun craft creations. (Week of July 31st to August 4th)

Bloomfield Buddies 2017 Themes:

Campers will be divided into age groups:
Junior Naturalists: Ages 6 and 7
Senior Naturalists: Ages 8 to 10
Content will be adapted for age appropriateness. Note: Groups may be combined due to enrollment numbers

Scientific Time Travelers (SOLD OUT): Campers will experiment with microscopes, while exploring scientific inventions and achievements of the past, present and future. (Week of June 26th to June 30th)

Grossology Grandeur (SOLD OUT): Explore the science behind all of the things that make you say “Yuck”! We’ll conduct slimy experiments, dig for worms, and get down and dirty in nature! (Week of July 3rd to July 7th, no camp on the 4th)

Where the Wild Things Are (SOLD OUT): Get your hiking shoes on as we explore the Arboretum’s outback in search of Captain Fuzzy Bottom and friends—our groundhog Adventure Camp mascot. (Week of July 10th to July 14th)

Raiders of the Lost Arboretum: Archaeology at the Arboretum (SOLD OUT): Become an archaeologist on the grounds of the Arboretum’s Springfield Mills. Campers will learn about local geology, conduct shoebox digs, and discover 19th/20th century life at Springfield Mills. (Week of July 17th to July 21st)

Art & Nature Poetry Jam (SOLD OUT): The sounds and sights of nature at the Arboretum will be the muse and inspiration for our creative campers to write, paint and create. Campers will keep nature field journals, write and recite poems, and paint on canvases. (Week of July 24th to 28th)

Nature Ninja Warriors (SOLD OUT): This is a perfect week for energetic campers and Ninja Warrior fans! Campers will enjoy lots of summer fun and physical activity with hiking expeditions, games, scavenger hunts, dance parties and more. (Week of July 31st to August 4th)

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

Email: Tiffany Stahl at
Fax: 215.247.2192
Or Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118


Online registration is coming soon. Register by March 15th to receive our Early Bird discount of 15% off. Weeks are filled on a first come first serve basis.

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Brian Dooner

Brian will be returning for his fifth summer at Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp. He has 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. Brian currently teaches eighth grade science at Norristown Area School District. He 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 family. The thing about the Morris Arboretum that inspires him most is that the Arboretum becomes his summer classroom. Every day the Arboretum offers him, and his campers opportunities to learn and respect the many beautiful ecosystems.


Sarah Fabian

A five year counselor veteran of Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp is Sarah Fabian, a 7th and 8th grade teacher of Special Education in Reading and Math at Stewart Middle School in 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. 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.


Peter Leaming

Entering his second year at the Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp, is educator Peter Leaming who teaches 7th grade life science and biology at Klinger Middle School in the Centennial School District in Warrington PA. Peter is also an experienced camp instructor, having taught at Valley Forge National Park’s camp, as well as a few other local camps. He uses a variety of creative hands-on techniques to engage his students in inquiry-based science lessons and experiments. Peter enjoys the 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!


Lorrie Jones

Lorrie currently works at Wilmington Friends School as first grade teacher. After earning a bachelor's degree in Geography/Environmental Studies from Temple University, she began her teaching journey by working as a teacher/naturalist at a nature center in Philadelphia, and eventually went back to school to get her master’s in Elementary Education from Arcadia University. Lorrie has taught Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start, and worked as a reading resource teacher. When she is not teaching she loves to visit art museums, attend a variety of concerts, and hike in the woods.


Matt Fabian

Entering his third year as a counselor at the Morris Arboretum summer camp, Matt is an elementary health and physical education teacher in the Pottstown School District. He has experience coaching basketball at both high school and middle school levels. He has worked 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!


Don Conaway

Don Conaway will be joining the Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp for his 1st summer this year. He has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management, as well as a Master’s of Science Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Neumann University and Master of Science in the Science of Educational Instruction from Drexel University. Don currently teaches eighth grade science in the Norristown Area School District at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy. Don is an experienced educator with 13 years of experience teaching Science who enjoys sharing the wonders and fascinations of science with his students. In his spare time he enjoys cheering for local Philadelphia sports teams, vegetable gardening in the summer, taking his dogs for walks at Valley Green, and spending time with his family. The thing about the Morris Arboretum that inspires him most is that the Arboretum has endless possibilities and becomes a place to discover something new each day .


Alerts & Updates

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

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

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.