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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
Little Lightning Bugs is currently full for ALL weeks, however you are welcome to join the waitlist. Space is available in Bloomfield Buddies for most weeks.

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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Waitlist - 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!


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.


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.


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


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!


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.


Alerts & Updates

COVID-19 Response

In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.

The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:

Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact

Annual Membership
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact

Planned Events
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.

We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Center for Disease Control (CDC):
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website:

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.