Join Yalies for Community Engagement to Beautify and Preserve Mt Moriah Historic Cemetery & Arboretum, Pennsylvania’s largest cemetery. Mt Moriah Cemetery & Arboretum embodies history and ecology. Its history dates from 1855 and it fills a special niche among cemeteries. For more info, see:
1) Reclaiming Philly’s Mount Moriah Cemetery from ruin means sustaining its arboretum, as well”; and,
2) Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery: Homepage - Philadelphia.

Your YDOS participation and/or donation will improve Mt Moriah’s beauty, preserve its history, increase its biodiversity, and enhance the communities that surround it. 

9-9:30: Volunteers at Kingsessing Gate will direct you to parking inside Mt Moriah. At Check-in, complete required forms, meet other volunteers, etc.
9:30-10: Welcome & History of Mt Moriah, Orientation & Overview of YDOS Activities.
10am-1pm: Work in groups planting plugs of native perennials to establish micro-meadows in designated plots. 


  • All are welcome. Children are welcome, but must be supervised. No age limits.
  • Participants should only engage in activities consistent with their experience, age, and other capacities.
  • Dress for the weather and terrain in sensible gardening clothes with closed toe shoes. Let’s be visible. Wear your Yale colors and gear–hats, t-shirts, etc.
  • Mt Moriah has a supply of spades and other tools that will be available for weeding and planting. Bring your own gloves and any favorite gardening tools.
  • Rain Date -  If this service date must be postponed or canceled for any reason, we will notify Participants ASAP via the contact info submitted with your registration.

Who's Coming?

Contact: Kay Tucker Franklin '73

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