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Internship Program at Morris Arboretum

Internship Program at Morris Arboretum

Core Curriculum

Academic Course Work

As an integral part of the internship program, each intern takes both semesters of the university course "Issues in Arboretum Management, (I and II)." This course is taught by Arboretum staff and is offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Interns receive graduate-level credit per semester for successfully completing the class.

Issues in Arboretum Management (I and II) is designed as an introduction to all aspects of public gardens. Course topics include the role of gardens as public institutions, basic horticultural, botanical and ecological concepts and practices underpinning public garden management, the management and curation of living plant collections, as well as education, public programs, sustainability, historic preservation, and storm water management, as related to public gardens. This interdisciplinary course looks at public gardens as a whole, integrating both theoretical and hands-on, practical coursework, and often utilizing the Morris Arboretum as a case study. Course work includes short written assignments, practical work, and a final exam at the end of each semester.


Independent Study Project

Each intern completes an independent study project that is geared towards advancing his or his career development and the Arboretum's mission. Each project consists of an oral presentation and a written report. Towards the conclusion of the internship program, all independent study projects are presented to the Arboretum staff. The intern projects contribute to the LARP 755 and 756 course grades for each intern.

Other Requirements

Interns also participate in extracurricular sessions designed to enhance their internship experience and education, introduce them to the Arboretum and its staff, and offer opportunities for networking and career development. In past years, these sessions have included visits to neighboring public gardens, natural areas and institutions such as Longwood, Chanticleer Gardens, Tyler Arboretum, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. These sessions are typically scheduled for one day a week outside of the academic year, but may include an overnight trip.

Read the complete 2013-2014 Intern Reports
Read the complete 2012-2013 Intern Reports
Read the complete 2011-2012 Intern Reports
Read the complete 2010-2011 Intern Reports


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Alerts & Updates


Due to the weather and flooding, the Arboretum is closed today Friday, July 19th.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to announce that is reopening to the public on Thursday, June 18th. Members may reserve tickets starting Monday, June 15th with non-member tickets available Wednesday, June 17th. Please know that we are working to keep you as safe as we possibly can.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • One-way circulation on paths to facilitate social distancing.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Cafe are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Garden Railway, Out on a Limb, the Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Guest passes, Library passes, and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.

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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