Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Field Trips

Field Trips & Youth Tours

Let nature be your classroom!

Please note: At least 3 weeks advance notice is needed for guided tours. To schedule a field trip or youth tour, please fill out our Group Tour Request Form and a member of our staff will contact you to arrange a date.

All Title 1 eligible school groups will be admitted free. A $50 deposit, paid by check or VISA or MasterCard, will hold your reservation, and will be refunded on the day of the visit. In the event of cancellation, a full refund is available when cancellation notification is received by 5pm the day prior to the visit. Space is limited, so schedule your field trip now.

Select a tour from the list below, or we would be happy to tailor tour programs to fulfill your specific curriculum or scouting needs.


Choose from the following field trip tours (click for more information):

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General Tour (All Ages)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Explore our 92-acre living museum
  • See the tree highlights
  • Learn about the Arboretum’s history
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences, 4.6 Ecosystems and Their Interactions

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

General Tour (All Ages)
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What Tree Am I (All Ages)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Morris Arboretum is home to some of the oldest, rarest and largest trees in Philadelphia
  • Take a closer look to discover the amazing diversity of the trees around us
  • Examine the unique characteristics of trees and discover which tree you are most like
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences, 4.6 Ecosystems and Their Interactions

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Big Tree Tour (All Ages)
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Scout Tour (All Ages)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Morris Arboretum provides the perfect resource to help complete many nature-themed Boy and Girl Scout badge requirements, including Forestry, Nature, Flowers, Trees, and more.
  • When scheduling your tour, please feel free to include your particular project needs. We’ll be happy to tailor our many tours and activities to help fulfill specific badge requirements, making your trip to Morris Arboretum both fun and productive.
  • Scout groups with tour reservations will receive the Morris Arboretum Fun Patch!

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Scout Tour

Scout Tour Patch

Scout Fun Patch

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Awaken the Senses – Customizable Tours for Students with Disabilities (All Ages)

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

Guided tours experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and textures in nature with trained guides.

You may select from three customizable tour options:

  1. Creativity & Discovery
  2. Adventure & Exploration
  3. Tranquil Connection with Nature

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Awaken the Senses

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Creativity & Discovery: My Nature Collection Box (All Ages)

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Personalize “My Nature Collection Box” with a wide assortment of craft supplies
  • Guided walk into the garden to collect a bounty of natural materials: fallen leaves, twigs, acorns, cones, etc.
  • Journey through the Rose Garden to the Summer Palace, to sort and discuss your findings with the group.

More information:
Walking distance: ¼ mile or less
Terrain: paved paths

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Creativity and Discovery

Creativity and Discovery

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Adventure & Exploration (All Ages)

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Experience the Rose Garden’s Rock Wall, bursting with textures and colorful displays of succulents and flowers.
  • Explore the Fernery, a one of a kind explosion of ferns, secret stone paths, wooden bridge and koi fish pond.
  • Conclude your adventure by climbing the specially designed nature trail and spot the birds and chipmunks.

More information:
Walking distance: ½ mile or less
Terrain: paved paths, large-stoned inclined hiking trail

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Adventure & Exploration

Adventure & Exploration

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Tranquil Connection with Nature (All Ages)

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Inspire a sense of wonder 50 feet in the air with a bird’s eye view of nature from Out on a Limb.
  • Ramble to an open grassy area to play the Five Senses Cube Toss game, reinforcing the connection with nature.
  • Seek out the rustic Log Cabin, listen to the sounds of the babbling brook, and wander through the pathways. Take a moment to meditate and enjoy tree yoga.

More information:
Walking distance: ½ mile or less
Terrain: paved paths, grass

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Tranquil Connection with Nature

Tranquil Connection with Nature

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4 Seasons Through the 5 Senses Tour (PreK through Kindergarten)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Take a sensory journey through the Arboretum
  • Learn the natural characteristics of each season
  • Collect plant material to bring back to the classroom
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

4 Seasons through the 5 Senses Tour
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Tree Adventure Tour I (K - 3rd Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Learn responsibility from a tree
  • Leaves are responsible for producing food
  • Bark is responsible for protecting the trunk
  • Roots are responsible for absorbing water and storing food
  • People are responsible for taking care of trees in their neighborhoods
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.3 Biological Sciences, 4.6 Ecosystems and Their Interactions, 4.8 Humans and the Environment

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

Tree Adventure Tour
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Tu B’Shevat Program (PreK - 4th Grade)

Duration: 75 minutes

Celebrate the Jewish New Year of Trees, Tu B'Shevat! This program takes place annually in January, please call for specific dates.

This program takes place both indoors and out and includes an interactive exhibit on trees, a take-home seedling planting project, and a short walk outside to discover how important trees are to people. This program is offered to pre-school and school age groups through grade 4, at 10:00am for weekday programs and at 10:00am and 11:30am for Sunday programs.

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Tu B'Shevat Program
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Arbor Week (K - 4th Grade)

Duration:

  • Celebrate Arbor Day during the last week of April
  • Transplant a native tree seedling to take home and watch it grow
  • Play Arboretum Jeopardy®
  • Find out why roots are so important to trees

Reservations are accepted after November 1.
For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Arbor Week
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Interdependence Tour (4th through 7th Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Identify ways in which trees, animals and humans depend upon each other
  • Learn about the Urban Forest habitat
  • Understand how and why roots grow
  • Learn about oxygen and other gifts we get from trees
  • Learn about photosynthesis
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 2.3 Measurements and Estimation; 4.6 Ecosystems and their Interactions; 4.8 Humans and the environment

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Interdependence Tour
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Wetlands Exploration Tour (K - 7th Grade)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Explore The Morris Arboretum Wetland on foot
  • Discover the function of wetlands and why they are so vital to nature
  • Observe and record the different plants and animals that thrive in a wetland
  • Explain the environmental and economic consequences that can arise with the loss of wetlands
  • Brainstorm ways we can help safeguard wetlands for the future
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 4.3 Environmental Health, 4.7 Threatened, Endangered and Extinct Species, 6.3 Scarcity and Choice

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Wetlands Exploration Tour
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Sustainable Practices Tour (5th through 8th Grade)

Duration: 75 minutes

  • Identify how people use natural resources in sustainable ways
  • Identify natural and human-made factors that affect water quality
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to analyze a freshwater stream
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 4.1 Ecology; 4.2 Watersheds and Wetlands; 4.5 Humans and the Environment.

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Sustainable Practices Tour
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Secrets of Seeds Tour (5th grade and up)

Duration: 75 minutes

  • Explore the inner workings of a flower and the precision needed to create seeds
  • Analyze the structure of a flower and the purpose of its parts
  • Predict the pollination method of a plant based on floral characteristics
  • Learn where to find seeds
  • Uncover how seeds are dispersed into nature
  • Meets PA Academic Standards: 3.1 Biological Sciences

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Post-Visit Activity

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Secrets of Seeds Tour
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Historic Mill Tour (5th grade and up)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Travel back in time by walking in the shoes of a Miller’s apprentice
  • Discover how cutting edge technology from the 1850s used simple machines to harness water power
  • Learn how nearby Flourtown got its name

Teacher’s Guide: Download the Pre and Post Visit Guide and Activities

For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact: Lisa Bailey 215.247.5777 ext.157 or email: baileyL@upenn.edu

Historic Mill Tour
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