Events and Programs

Field Studies

Awbury’s long-standing interactive Field Studies Program provides students an immersive environmental experience.  Over the years, thousands of kids/youth (preschool through high school) have participated in these experiential learning opportunities, allowing them to engage with the historic, environmentally rich and beautiful landscape of Awbury Arboretum.  Core areas, like the Farm, ponds, meadows, woods, Francis Cope House, animal habitat and the AdventureWoods natural playground, make up Awbury’s grounds, creating a one-of-a-kind outdoor urban learning environment for school students.

Exciting news!…

Awbury Arboretum’s long-standing, interactive Field Studies program is resuming in-person (and virtually) February 2022, now in partnership with Let’s Go Outdoors (LGO).

Over the past 10 years, LGO has facilitated fun outdoor experiences in collaboration with and on-site at Awbury, making this a natural organizational connection. LGO is ecstatic for this enhanced relationship and looks forward to welcoming past and future Field Studies participants to Awbury again!

Schools, groups, and families are encouraged to experience the historic and natural beauty of the Arboretum through Field Studies—immersive environmental experiences. Let’s Go Outdoors will facilitate one-of-a-kind outdoor learning sessions/tours that are fun and highlight Awbury’s core areas, including the Farm, ponds, meadows, woods, Francis Cope House, animal habitat and the AdventureWoods natural playground.

Lean more or register for Awbury Field Studies Program by clicking here. Should you have any questions, you can email us at

    Programs are suitable for all grades and offered free to School District of Philadelphia students.

    (Does not include transportation, which must be handled by school/organization)

    Non-district schools: $120 (up to 30 students) or $200 (up to 50 students).

    Available Field Studies Programs:

    We offer various field study programs that support science, arts, and a number of education areas.  Each allows a mixed experience of walking/traveling through varied ecosystems (highlighting trees, birds and plants), includes a hands-on component, and lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours.

    • History, Nature, and Play: This is a great introductory field study for any grade level.  It incorporates three core areas of the Arboretum – Cope House, habitat discovery with nature investigation, and AdventureWoods playscape. 
    • Wildlife, Water, and Wilderness: This is a combination of watershed learning and pond exploration.  In addition, students will gain an understanding of the animals, plants/trees and nature that connect to these Awbury waterways.  Perfect as a support to science curriculum, food web, and/or water cycle or watershed learning. 
    • Awbury Landscapes – Travel from Farm-to-House: This is a thought-provoking, scenic, artistic-type journey that starts with basic map reading, tours Awbury’s mixed-use urban farm, travels along the rolling, open grounds that illustrate the English Landscape style, and finishes at the family-built Cope House. Perfect for groups seeking a relaxed (free-flowing) program, ties to built vs. natural environment, or interested in architecture, design, and its relationship with nature. 
    • Go A-P-E: Agriculture, Partnerships, and Environment: Student will appreciate the role agriculture plays in the world and learn about the innerworkings of a co-op farm that operates in an urban area. Touch point topics will include food (in)justice, sustainability, and gardening.  Awbury’s on-site partners will be highlighted as resources for the community and environmental education topics (pollinators, invasive species, wetlands) will be intertwined. 
    • On-the-Go with Awbury – Virtual/Traveling Connection to the Arboretum: No worries if you can’t visit in-person, as we can travel to your site or connect remotely.  We’ll provide an interactive lesson that builds on many of the above lessons in a condensed format for class timeframes.  Perfect as a pre-visit lesson before the on-site field trip OR a stand-alone introduction to Awbury.