Seeing nature through a child’s eyes is one of the biggest joys of my life!
This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Morris Arboretum with my 3 favorite nature-loving kids: Libby (7), Penny (5), and Emmett (2) and their mom Mary.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The arboretum is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1887 by two siblings, John and Lydia Morris, and is one of the finest remaining examples of the late Victorian-era private arboreta. Spanning 92 acres, the arboretum includes a variety of gardens, plant collections, and unique outdoor sculptures, as well as a library, museum, and educational programs.
The Morris Arboretum is home to a diverse range of plants, including trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and more. The collection includes over 12,000 labeled plants, including many rare and endangered species. The arboretum also features a variety of gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden, a Perennial Garden, and a Herb Garden. In addition to its gardens, the Morris Arboretum is a center for research and education. The arboretum hosts a variety of events, classes, and programs throughout the year, designed to educate the public about plant science and horticulture.
One of the things I love about Morris Arboretum is that they have made it their mission to create kid-friendly interactive experiences to bring nature close to children. Experiences that involve all of the senses, and invite kids to dive right in for fun.
The arboretum is filled with all types of trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants. I was able to take a guided walking tour of the arboretum, which was both informative and enjoyable. The knowledgeable tour guide pointed out various plants and provided insight into the arboretum’s history. I also enjoyed exploring the grounds on my own, admiring the wide variety of plants and wildlife. The arboretum is a great place to visit and learn about nature.
From fun bike racks, to interpretive signs, to interactive displays, to plenty of room to run, quiet places to explore, things to smell, and so much to see, there is something here for all of your kids.
And you will love it too!!
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