Morris Arboretum of the University of PennsylvaniaWhat's Happening in December?
Holiday Garden Railway
Through December 31, 2020

The annual Holiday Garden Railway brings a mini winter wonderland to a historic arboretum, with a quarter-mile of track where G-scale model trains chug along through loops, tunnels and over bridges, zipping past perfect little replicas of beloved Philadelphia landmarks. Advance tickets for daytime visitation include the Holiday Garden Railway display.

For those who would like to see the Holiday Garden Railway by night, you can reserve a separate ticket for Holiday Garden Railway Nights, which returns this year for TEN evenings on Saturday and Sunday nights, beginning on Thanksgiving weekend through December 27, from 4:30 – 7:30pm. Lighted trees and colored cone lights pave the way to the twinkling outdoor railway site.

Advance tickets are required for a daytime visit and the special Holiday Garden Railway Nights. For more information and to purchase tickets visit our website.

Wellness Walks Winter Wellness Walks Join us for a guided brisk walk in a beautiful, safe environment. Enjoy the health benefits of being active and outside in nature. Wear comfortable shoes, a mask, and dress for the weather. Meet at 1pm at the Visitor Center on Saturdays, now through March. Register now.
Annual Fund
Make a Gift to the Annual Fund

This year, please consider making a contribution to the Annual Fund. Your gift to the Annual Fund has an immediate impact so the Morris Arboretum can continue our mission of connecting plants, people, and place. Donate here.

Membership Winter Give the Gift of Morris Arboretum Memberships provide a full year of benefits and enjoyment for your gift recipient. Click here to give the gift of membership. Wish to purchase the gift over the phone? Please call 215-247-5777 x 205 Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. In order to ensure your gift is received by December 24, gift memberships must be ordered no later than December 14. Last-minute gift? You can purchase online and download a beautiful gift certificate for your recipient!

Check out Virtual Classes offered this month

Trees and the Law
Trees and the Law
Wednesday, December 2 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn about the legal aspects of tree care in the urban and suburban environment including trespass and liability concerns as well the arborist’s and homeowner’s duty to take care of trees. We will explore some of the differences between common law, state, and municipal law and how these laws affect our understanding of boundary trees, easements, rights-of-way, and the trees planted in these areas. With Gilbert High, Jr., a senior partner in the regional firm of High, Swartz LLP. Register now.

Trees and the Law
Natural Design for the Mid-Atlantic States: An Intensive Virtual Course
Thursday and Friday, December 3 & 4 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (both days)

Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge to achieve them. This intensive, live, virtual course (three hours on Day 1, three hours on Day 2) provides real-world guidance for designing and documenting all phases of native landscape development, including native plants and ecological processes specific to the mid-Atlantic US. Attendees will receive a 100+ page, password-protected digital manual that documents all aspects of the program. With Larry Weaner, FAPLD, Principal, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA) and Founder of New Directions in the American Landscape and Ian Caton, Founding Principal, Wood Thrush Native Nursery.
Register now.

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