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October 28, 2011

Morris Arboretum Now Offers “Wacky Walks,” An All-Ages Version Of The Popular Wellness Walks, A Great Way To Experience The Fall Foliage

A playful version of the Arboretum’s Wellness Walks, Wacky Walks are designed to entice people of all ages to engage in physical activity and have fun doing it. (Photo by Zac Brooks courtesy Morris Arboretum)

Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens” campaign and based on its already popular Wellness Walks, Penn’s Morris Arboretum introduces Wacky Walks.

Joining the effort to raise a healthier generation of kids, Morris Arboretum designed these outdoor walks (which begin November 5) for visitors of all ages as a way of interacting with nature while getting some exercise. So far the staff at the arboretum have planned “Animal Imitation Walk,” “Waggle Dance Day,” “Silly Walk Day,” and “Morris May I” events.

Each walk will take about 45 minutes to complete and will be led by a guide trained in garden knowledge.

After the walk, feel free to explore the rest of the gardens, including the permanent exhibit “Out on Limb: A Tree Adventure,” a 450-foot long walkway 50 feet above ground that gives visitors a taste of what it is like to soar among the treetops. While you’re up there, you can visit the giant Bird’s Nest or play in the Squirrel Scramble’s rope-netting.

Fall is the perfect time to experience Morris Arboretum.

Wacky Walks at Morris Arboretum
Where: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
When: 10:30 a.m., the first Saturday of every month from November through March
Cost: Free with admission
More info: www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum

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