Field Studies at Awbury Arboretum
Field trips for schools, day cares, community centers, faith-based organizations, homeschoolers, and summer camp groups.
Mondays – Fridays
Morning Session: 10 – 11:30AM
Afternoon Session: 1 – 2:30PM
Cost: $5 per child
Group Size: 10 – 50 children
Ages: Preschool – 8th Grade
Children under 3 by special request only
● Tied to PA State Standards
● Hands-On and Inquiry-Based
● Fun, Active, and Educational
Lesson Offerings for Fall 2013:
Awbury is home to many ecosystems; pond, meadow, woods, and farm. Our educators will lead young naturalists on a trail walk through Awbury’s 55 acres, stopping in different areas to explore and share stories about the plants and creatures who call Awbury home. (For 3-7 year olds)
Express yourself! Your class will stroll among the trees or through the meadow and let nature be the inspiration. Whether it be in the form of a haiku or free verse, your students will listen to the works of well-known poets, and, like them, put into words how nature makes us feel.
Discover sculptor and land artist Andy Goldsworthy. After learning a bit about the artist and viewing pictures of his work, students will have the opportunity to collect nature items and create their own ephemeral pieces of sculpture on the Arboretum campus. Bring the camera to capture these fleeting works of art.
Join Awbury naturalists on this active exploration. Can you find a leaf gall? What about a maple seed samara?See if your team can find all of nature’s treasures on our scavenger hunt list!
*for children 8 and older.
Owls & hawks are beautiful, regal, wise birds of prey – creatures of myth and legend that live alongside us, seldom seen but always close even in the urban forest of Philadelphia. Discover these fascinating birds, where they nest, how they hunt, which species can be found in our own PA back yards. Young ornithologists can dissect an owl pellet and learn the barred owl’s song.
We’re going on a spider hunt! Sticky webs, 8 skittering legs, may eyes! But don’t be scared, our teachers will help students discover the fascinating world of arachnids and the important role they play in our world.
Trail marking and wild foraging. Don’t get lost in the woods! Awbury educators will teach young explorers how to leave a trail and read a trail. If you were to become temporarily lost, learn what plants will help you get by until help arrives. (For children 8 and older)
Who lives under your feet? Who eats the dirt and nourishes the soil? Who is long and slimy and has no eyes? Earthworms of course! Come search under logs and rocks and discover how earthworms and other critters help take care of the Earth.
Sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste – through fun games and activities, your students will practice observing the natural world from a multitude of new perspectives. Students will discover plants that smell like lemons and root beer, and identify other surprising scents, sounds, and sights in nature!
Improve your students’ emotional and social learning as they develop core skills that can enable them to calm themselves and focus attention. They will learn how the brain works and how to sharpen the senses. We will also practice helpful yoga poses to energize the body and have fun!
Special Partner Programs:
Farm to Plate
> With Weavers Way Community Programs
This lesson is an opportunity to come to the Mort Brooks Memorial Urban Farm on the grounds of Awbury Arboretum and harvest, wash, cook, and eat fresh vegetables! Vegetables are picked and prepared for you, as your group learns how fresh produce makes it from the farm to the store, or your plate. The group will have the opportunity to take a tour of the grounds, and taste many of the plants growing on the property, with discussions about seasonal, local, and organic food!
> With Green Sanctuary Earth Institute of PA
Awbury has beehives! In this lesson, your students will learn about bees and the art and science of beekeeping! Check out different types of bee hives, take a look inside of an active hive, and learn about the important role pollinators play in our food system.
To register, please call 267-325-6869
Veteran’s Day Mini-Camp
> With Zea May’s Kitchen
Your child will learn Native American crafts, games, and music, and participate in preparing a Native American feast!
When: November 11th – Veteran’s Day, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Cost: $45/child – Lunch and snacks included
Ages: 8 and up
To register, please call 215-849-2855 ext 21