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September 15, 2015 Susan Crane (215) 247-5777 x121

Growing Minds – Morris Arboretum’s Children’s Classes Continues with Fall Courses

Morris Arboretum’s Growing Minds program, classes specifically geared to younger visitors and their families, continues this fall with exciting new courses and seasonal favorites. Catch the fall before it leaves with a nature related course for your child – a vibrant start to the new season!

Each week in “Nature Sleuths,” children 5-7 years old will explore the great outdoors with a particular topic of focus. One week kids may use binoculars to find migrating birds and the next week children may follow the progress of the leaves’ changing fall colors. A take-home art project completes this class offered four Sundays, September 27, October 4, 11, & 18 from 2-3pm.

Sign-up your older child, ages 8-12 for the after school course, “Kids Click! Kids Photography Workshop.” In this six-week class, kids will focus on the basics of photography – lighting, color, texture, composition, and depth of field. They will also learn how photographers make a living and present their work on screen during the last session. Scheduled on six consecutive Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm beginning October 6.

“How Does Nature Inspire you? Kids’ Art Series” returns this fall with outdoor explorations designed to enthuse children, ages 6-9 years old, to draw, build and design. Each class will include exciting nature studies and fun art activities. This series is offered on four consecutive Sundays beginning October 25 from 11am-12:45pm.

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

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. The arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also the official arboretum of Pennsylvania. 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 (Apr-Oct). Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8:00pm. For more information, visit