Morris Arboretum

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Penn Students

Penn Students

Morris Arboretum is your place to escape, explore, and relax...

Just 13 miles from the Penn Campus, Morris Arboretum is accessible by car, bike, and public transportation. Admission is free with your PennCard.

Follow ESCAPE @Morris Arboretum for the latest updates and pictures from fellow Penn students!


Free Busses every Saturday in April

Saturdays April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Every Saturday in April Morris Arboretum will provide a free round-trip bus to the Arboretum to enjoy the warmer weather and spring blossoms. The bus will meet on campus at the bookstore (36th and Walnut) and plan to depart at 10:30 am. Busses will return to campus and leave the Arboretum at 3:00 pm. On April 13th and 20th we will be celebrating our Cherry Blossom Days with special tours and performances celebrating Cherry trees. Free buses are available to those with a valid PennCard.


Student Leaders

Morris Arboretum is the perfect place to bring your student groups. We are happy to assist student groups with organizing their own field trips to experience all the beauty and tranquility the Morris Arboretum has to offer. To learn more, please contact Bryan Thompson-Nowak at bryantho@upenn.edu.


Directions from Penn

Driving

Head east on Market St toward N 34th St. Turn left onto John F Kennedy Blvd. Take the Interstate 76 W ramp to Valley Forge. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-76 W/Valley/Forge and merge onto I-76 W. Take exit 340A toward Lincoln Dr/Kelly Dr/Germantown/Wissahickon Park. Merge onto City Ave. Slight left to merge onto Lincoln Dr. Turn left onto Emlen St. Continue onto Cresheim Valley Dr. Turn left onto Germantown Ave. Turn right onto E Northwestern Ave. Arboretum entrance will be on the right.

Biking

Head southeast on South Street. Turn left on to ramp to Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. Continue onto Schuylkill River Trail - Philadelphia to Valley Forge. Turn Left toward Schuylkill River Trail. Turn left onto Schuykill River Trail. At the Wissahickon Transportation Center turn right to continue onto Wissahickon Bike Trail. Turn left on Forbidden Drive. Follow this trail to Northwestern Avenue (about 7.5 miles) Turn right up Northwestern Avenue (you will see Northwestern Horse Stables on your right). Cross over Germantown Avenue and continue on Northwestern Avenue for another .5 miles. The entrance will be on your right. Bike racks are located next to the parking lot. Bikes are not permitted on any trails in the Arboretum. The entire ride is about 12 miles and will take approximately 50 minutes.

Public Transportation

Walk to 30th Street Station. Take Chestnut Hill West Line Train towards Chestnut Hill West (31 mins, 10 stops). Walk to Germantown Avenue & Bethlehem Pike (1 minute). Wait for "L" bus toward Plymouth Meeting or Plymouth Meeting Mall. Bus MUST say "Plymouth Meeting" or it won't pass close enough to the Arboretum. Ask to get off at the Germantown Avenue & Northwestern Avenue stop. Walk down Northwestern Avenue for .5 miles past Chestnut Hill College and the apartment complex until you come to the black wrought-iron gate of the Arboretum.



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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: coronavirus.upenn.edu. 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 education@morrisarboretum.org.

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 members@morrisarboretum.org.

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 info@morrisarboretum.org.

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.

Resources
Center for Disease Control (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu

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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