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Photo Caption: Morris Arboretum’s Growing Minds program series for kids and families continues this spring with fun classes to welcome the new season. Shown here are children in the popular after school course “Kids Click! Nature Photography Workshop” who used the lovely spring garden as their subject to learn tips and techniques to hone their photography skills. There are plenty more Growing Minds classes (for younger children too) listed on Morris Arboretum’s website. For more information about each class or to register online, visit online.morrisarboretum.org/GrowingMinds.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

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February 10, 2015 Susan Crane (215) 247-5777 x121

Growing Minds – Morris Arboretum’s Children’s Classes Continue with Spring Courses

Morris Arboretum’s Growing Minds program, classes specifically geared to younger visitors and their families, continues this spring with exciting new courses and seasonal favorites! With six more weeks of winter predicted, think spring and re-energize with a new course for your little one.

One of the new courses offered this season is “All Around This World Music Series” for children ages 2-4. This interactive music program introduces children and their families to melodies, rhythms and movement from around the globe. Cultural exploration through song and dance – what fun! This class is offered for two sessions on five consecutive Friday mornings from 10:30-11:15am. Session I begins February 27 and runs through March 27, and Session II is offered April 10 through May 8.

In another new class, “How Does Nature Inspire You? Kids Art Series”, children ages 6-9 years old will look to nature for creative inspiration. Each gathering begins with a short garden walk to observe and draw from nature, and then kids will go inside to print, build and design! This four-week series is offered on Saturdays from 1-2:45pm beginning March 7.

Register your older child, 8-11 years old and 12-15 years old, for the after school course, “Kids Click! Nature Photography Workshop.” With the lovely spring garden as their subject, kids will learn tips and techniques to hone their photography skills, concentrating on close-ups, textures, color, and landscape concepts. The 8-11 age group will meet for four consecutive Thursdays starting April 9 from 4-5:30pm. The 12-15 year old class begins Wednesday, April 8 and also runs for four consecutive weeks from 4-5:30pm.

Two popular weekend classes returning for the spring term include the, “Tree Time Theater” for 5-10 year olds and “Nature Sleuths” for 5-7 year olds. During the four-week Saturday course, “Tree Time Theater,” children will create an original play developing characters and story lines based on the flora and fauna of Morris Arboretum. The final session ends with a performance by the children for family and friends. This confidence building class starts Saturday April 25 from 10:30-11:30am.

Each week in “Nature Sleuths,” children will explore nature with a particular topic of focus. One week kids may examine spring wildflowers, and the next week children may learn about trees as the canopy closes and shades the forest floor. A take-home art project completes this class, which is offered four Sundays from 2-3pm beginning April 12.

There are plenty more Growing Minds classes (for younger children too) listed on Morris Arboretum’s website. All Growing Minds classes will meet rain or shine with indoor facilities available for inclement weather. For more information about each class or to register online, visit online.morrisarboretum.org/GrowingMinds.

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing. Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am-5pm. Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8:00pm. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

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Marie Mercaldo Ingegneri

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Marketing Coordinator

100 E. Northwestern Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19118

mmercald@upenn.edu

215-247-5777, ext. 181