Morris Arboretum

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Summer Adventure Camp Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp

Registration now open!

Online Registration Opens January 2020!

Awaken the mind, nurture the spirit, and energize the body of your child by registering on-line for Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp. Led by experienced teachers, our goal is to inspire new generations of citizen scientists by tapping in to their natural curiosity about the world around them.

Our program is facilitated by highly experienced teachers, who work in local school districts during the year (See their bios below).

Dates and Details

Little Lightning Bugs: Ages 4 to 6
Bloomfield Buddies: Ages 7 to 11 (New Age Added)
Duration: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Weekly Camp Sessions Starting: June 24th to August 2nd
Early Bird - Members: $250 (weekly) / Non-members: $280
After March 8th - Members: $290 (weekly) / Non-members: $320
*We do not offer before or aftercare at this time.


Save the Date: Online Registration Opens January 25th, 2019
Registration fills up quickly, so be sure to register early.

Please pay online by credit card only to guarantee your child’ placement.

Fax: 215.247.2192
Or Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Little Lightning Bugs 2019 Themes:

For Ages: 4 to 6

Animal Tales & Summer Songs: Lightning Bugs will spread sunshine throughout the Arboretum’s glorious garden’s reading stories, singing songs, making crafts, and reciting poetry about nature. (Week of June 24th to June 28th)

Butterfly Buddies: Mini-lepidopterists flutter through the Arboretum’s nectar-rich gardens in search of monarchs, skippers, swallowtails and other native butterflies. (Week of July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, [Prorated at checkout])

Painting Pollinators: Creativity will flow as we paint, sculpt, and learn all about the important roles that precious pollinators have on our planet. (Week of July 8th to July 12th)

Splish Splash, Nature Bash: Campers will have a blast exploring water science, playing sink and float games, and keeping cool in the sprinklers throughout the Arboretum’s gardens. (Week of July 15th to July 19th)

Fossil Fanatics: Fun and fossils go hand-in-hand, especially when campers create their own play dough and fossil creations during the exciting week of scientific discovery and fun. (Week of July 22nd to 26th)

Mini Masterpiece Makers: Canvases, clay, and play are the themes for this art inspired week as campers create a variety of nature inspired art during this fun week of artistic expression. (Week of July 29th to August 2nd)

Bloomfield Buddies 2019 Themes:

For Ages: 7 to 11

Citizen Scientist Training Camp: Campers discover how small actions can make a big difference when it comes to protecting the planet & the precious creatures that depend upon its bountiful resources. (Week of June 24th to June 28th)

Crafty Creature Triple Feature: Curious campers will spend three days of condensed fun creating, crafting, and exploring the Arboretum. (Week of July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, [Prorated at checkout])

Destination Arboretum Exploration: Explore the Arboretum’s hidden paths, grottos, and trails during this exciting week of discovery and scavenger hunt adventure. (Week of July 8th to July 12th)

Nature Mythology & Forest Fairytales: Campers lend their ears to mythological tales about animals, plants, Earth, and sky, while creating masterpieces inspired by magical legends. (Week of July 15th to July 19th)

Blooming Brushstrokes: Campers search the Arboretum for artistic inspiration, symmetrical patterns & vibrant colors to create beautiful works of art. (Week of July 22nd to 26th)

Nature Ninja Eco Warriors: A third generation of nature ninja eco warriors will round out another season of summer camp fun with games, potato sack races, creek explorations, and crafty fun. (Week of July 29th to August 2nd)

*Most weekly camp itineraries include science experimentation, daily hikes, creek exploration, guest speaker chats, birding walks, craft activities, and sprinkler play.

Join us for another fun and educational a packed summer by registering today. Don’t miss out on our early-bird discount ending on March 8th, 2019. We fill up fast!

Don’t forget to check in on January 30th!

Email: Tiffany Stahl at
Fax: 215.247.2192
Mail: Morris Arboretum Attn: Education Summer Camp
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

*2019 Updated Registration/Cancellation Policy

Please note our new cancellation policy. Planning ahead can be challenging for everyone, but please be mindful when making your camp registrations. We try to accommodate requests to change scheduled weeks, however, since we fill up so quickly this is not a guarantee.

Cancellations on or before April 1st: $10 fee will be deducted from refund for each week cancelled

Cancellations April 2nd to June 6th: $50 fee will be deducted from refund for each week cancelled

After JUNE 7TH: NO REFUNDS will be issued


Online registration is coming soon. Register by March 15th to receive our Early Bird discount of 15% off. Weeks are filled on a first come first serve basis.

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Celia Cruz

Celia received her M.A. from The University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her Capstone project “Outdoor Play and Children’s Storied Constructions.” Celia currently teaches the first-second grade at The Miquon School, where much of the curricular studies use the wooded campus and creek as an outdoor classroom. Celia spent time at the Shelburne Farms Early Education for Sustainability program in Vermont for professional development in farm-to-classroom exploration, and she presented workshops on outdoor play at the Schuykill Center for Environmental Studies and at the Progressive Education Network. She spent many an adventuresome afternoon at the Arboretum in her childhood and celebrated her wedding here!


Fran Daulerio

Fran Daulerio is a teacher, writer, and backyard farmer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from West Chester University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University, and currently teaches high school English and Creative Writing in the Downingtown Area School District. During the warm months, Fran grows a vegetable, herb, and fruit garden completely from seed, and spends a lot of time walking through the Arboretum with his wife and daughter.


Brian Dooner

Brian is a science experiment wizard! Brian earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Neumann University in Environmental Studies and Education as well as a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Arcadia University. He is currently teaching eighth grade science at Norristown Area School District. Brian is an experienced educator who enjoys relaying his understanding and passion for science to his students. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, playing many different sports, and spending time with his adorable family. The thing about the Morris Arboretum that inspires him most is that the Arboretum becomes his summer classroom. The Arboretum offers him, and Adventure Campers, opportunities to learn and respect the many beautiful ecosystems. Brain’s favorite book to read to campers is The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.


Sarah Fabian

A veteran counselor of Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp, Sarah Fabian works in special education within the Norristown Area School District. Sarah has a Bachelor’s of Science from Penn State University in Special Education grades K to 12 and a Master’s of Science in Brain-Based Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, doing arts and crafts, spending time outdoors, being active and hanging out with family and friends. She is a talented artist! Sarah has always been a naturalist at heart. As a child, Sarah and her family enjoyed vacations to bucolic landscapes, where they spent time camping, breathing in fresh air and appreciating the natural world. Her days at the Arboretum take her back to those childhood memories. Sarah loves all that Morris Arboretum has to offer—nature, beauty, fun, and above all, a chance to learn and experience the great outdoors. Sarah and her husband Matt Fabian make a fantastic cam counselor duo—often working during the last two weeks of our camp offering.


Matt Fabian

Matt Fabian is the Arboretum’s ultimate Nature Ninja Warrior! Matt is an elementary health and physical education teacher in the Pottstown School District. He coaches basketball at both high school and middle school levels, and has worked for various basketball summer camps throughout his career. Matt earned his bachelor's degree of science from Ursinus College where he majored Exercise and Sports Science. At Ursinus, he played varsity men's basketball for all four years and was team captain his senior year. He earned his Master's Degree in Education at Cabrini College. In his spare time, Matt enjoys exercising, playing guitar, reading comic books, listening to music, and watching movies. His favorite part about being a counselor at Morris Arboretum is presenting campers the opportunity to have fun and learn away from the computer and television. Morris Arboretum for its variety of landscapes and land forms, and looks forward to having fun and getting his hands dirty with Morris Arboretum campers this summer!


Sara McClafferty

Sara is currently a third grade teacher at Uncommon Schools, Camden Prep where she teaches Math, Literacy, and Writing. During recess, Sara enjoys leading her students in impromptu soccer games or digging into the arts and crafts bin. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from American University. After working in education policy for two years, Sara pursued her M.A.T. in Elementary Education at Relay Graduate School of Education in Philadelphia. In her spare time, Sara enjoys trying new recipes, riding her bike along Kelly Drive, and reading outside. She believes that students learn best when they inspired by the world around them. Sara is excited to get to know her campers this summer and help foster their love of learning and nature as they explore the Morris Arboretum together.


Anthony Natale

Anthony Natale (Ent) has been teaching a variety of fun and interactive continuing education courses at the Morris Arboretum for the past few years that cater to young nature lovers. During the school year, Ent works as an Outreach Educator with BioEYES Philly. He enjoys teaching youth within the framework of informal science education with a focus on lab and inquiry based learning. Ent is a collector of rocks, tree parts, Transformers, and Funko Pops. He is an amateur photographer, avid outdoorsman (camping, hiking, backpacking), a naturalist and fire maker.


Quinn Pape

Quinn is entering her senior year at Loyola University Maryland, where she is studying Elementary and Special Education. Quinn has served as a student teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools and recently completed an internship in the Pediatric Division of Healthcare for the Homeless in Baltimore. She has been coming to the Morris Arboretum for more than 20 years! Her favorite part about summer camp is watching the campers play outside all day as they explore and discover the world around them.


Caroline Pape

Caroline will be entering her senior year at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ this fall, where she is majoring in Education and Psychology, and is also a member of the women’s lacrosse team. Caroline has worked with children for several years as a youth lacrosse coach and a licensed swimming instructor. A regular Arboretum visitor since she was born, Caroline’s favorite part of camp is being able to now share her love of nature and the Arboretum with our youngest campers.


Katie Ruiz

Katie has five years of elementary teaching experience. She currently teaches in Haddonfield Public Schools in South New Jersey. For half a decade, Katie also worked at the Morris School District Community Schools Summer Enrichment Program in North New Jersey. After relocating, she found the perfect home at the Arboretum. She has a love for crafting, animals, traveling, and always enjoys sitting down with a good children's book. The Morris Arboretum offers all of these opportunities and she can't wait to start her Summer Adventure with the campers!


Jason Smith

Jason has been working at the Morris Arboretum for five years and is looking forward to working with both the Little Lightning Bugs and the Bloomfield Buddies. His family has been visiting the arboretum since he was young, and besides having his bar mitzvah reception in the Compton Cafe, he has lost two baby teeth while on the arboretum’s premises. He is an ambitious student at Tufts University near Boston, pursuing a double major in history and French. At Tufts, Jason is an active member of Shir Appeal, the Jewish a cappella group on campus, as well as the drama department. His other passions at school include reading, going on long walks, and exploring the lovely city of Boston. Jason is ecstatic to return to his favorite place this summer and watch another group of campers learn to share his love of nature.


Anne Williams

Anne is a graduate of Penn State University where she studied Communications and Political Science. She lived in State College, Pa for 8 years working as a marketing and event coordinator for a local fitness store, teaching yoga, overseeing an online farmers market, and spending time as a nanny for a few families. She now finds herself in Philadelphia and is enjoying exploring its green spaces, including the Arboretum! This year, she worked for the Parks and Recreation Department in the Programs Division and became a Trail Ambassador for Friends of the Wissahickon. Anne is excited to join the Summer Camp experience and be a part of the joy and growth that takes place outdoors.