Awbury Arboretum

Awbury combines nature, history, and community through preservation of its historic landscape. Campers will experience the roots of American liberty at the location of Philadelphia's only Revolutionary War Battle and the first written American protest against slavery, and see one of the remaining houses on the Underground Railroad. They can explore the multi-faceted landscape including the Meadow of native wildflowers, Wetlands habitat and Secret Garden. Awbury is home to mature River Birches, Paper Birches, Oaks, and Ashes, an 18th century native Sycamore, Hollies, Cherries, Black Gums, and Sugar Maples. Programs in poetry, art, nature, wildlife and more are available to groups.
 
Contact Info
Address: 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Philadelphia County. Tel: 215-849-2855 ext. 21. Email: npasquier@awbury.org. Website: www.awbury.org. Hrs: Sunrise-Sunset.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Free.
 

Botanical Gardens Fun Facts

Bamboo can grow over three feet in one day (you can literally watch it grow).

There are 600 species of carnivorous plants, which trap and digest insects, frogs, or small birds (if a vegetarian eats this plant, are they still a vegetarian?)

The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, can grow up to three feet in diameter (have campers figure out how big a bouquet would be).

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. A guided tour can help your campers discover interesting plant facts.