The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.  These funds will support a new educational enrichment initiative that the Morris Arboretum is launching in conjunction with the ACLAMO Family Center of Norristown called Explorar! ACLAMO Summer Bridge Program.

The Morris Arboretum ( and the ACLAMO Family Center of Norristown ( have been exploring ways in which these two organizations might work together to strengthen Montgomery County’s at-risk children’s educational outcomes.  The Explorar! ACLAMO Summer Bridge Program is designed to address this critically-important issue.


Explorar! ACLAMO Summer Bridge Program is a 6-week summer pilot project that will provide in-depth outdoor learning opportunities at the Morris Arboretum for approximately 90 English language learner (ELL) children who will be entering 1st-9th grades in in the fall of 2016, and who are currently enrolled in the ACLAMO Family Center of Norristown.  The program will utilize a STEAM-based educational approach, using lessons that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math to motivate this select group of young learners.

The Morris Arboretum’s education philosophy is that “children learn best when they can get their hands dirty!”  The Explorar! ACLAMO Summer Bridge Program will offer children a wide range of experiential opportunities that follow this philosophy – from studying trees and planting seeds, to exploring the historic Grist Mill and building simple machines, to collecting water samples in the Wetlands, to writing poetry and creating sculptures inspired by the environment.  Participants will explore, enjoy, and learn from nature on a deeper level.

Following the check presentation, Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum, said, “We are tremendously grateful for the Wells Fargo Foundation’s recognition of the importance of this project in enhancing the lives of our region’s most vulnerable population – our children.  The commitment and support of Wells Fargo and its team members to the greater Philadelphia community serve as an inspiration to all of us.”

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The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution.  It promotes an understanding of the relationship between people, plants, and place through programs that integrate science, art, and the humanities.  The Arboretum conducts four major activities: education, research, outreach, and horticultural display.  As the official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Morris Arboretum provides research and outreach services to state agencies, community institutions, and to citizens of Pennsylvania and beyond.

ACLAMO is a community service agency that provides educational programs, social services, and health access to Latino and other low income residents by empowering them to succeed and become productive members of society.  ACLAMO is the only full-service agency and a safe haven for Spanish speakers in Montgomery County.  Its leadership has invested years developing ways to facilitate access to health and educational services for English language learners from early childhood to adulthood.  ACLAMO builds a stronger community one child and one family at a time.

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