Trail gates locking: our trail gates will be locked at 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, and at 5:30 pm on weekends.
If you are visiting the Arboretum outside the fence, please be back inside the fence before closing time. Thank you.

Join our BIG BUGS BONANZA during August.
Exciting last weeks of David Rogers’ Big Bugs provide loads of
BUGGY FUN for kids and families. Through August 29.

BIG BUGS and BUTTERFLIES Closing Celebration
Sunday, August 27, 10am – 2pm

Don’t miss August 27 to celebrate bugs and butterflies of all kinds. See Monarch butterfly tagging and visit our Butterfly House. Hold your favorite creepy crawly at the AMAZING ARTHROPODS Touch Table from the Academy of Natural Sciences. Learn about bees with our friends from Church Lane Apiary, Kintnersville, PA.

Crafts, games, food and more. What could be more fun! FREE with regular admission, no pre-registration required; rain or shine. Sponsored by PECO.



David Rogers’ Big Bugs
Last day – August 29

They’re BIG, they’re BUGGY, and they’re HERE at Tyler Arboretum for the summer!

Be awed and inspired by artist David Rogers’ Big Bugs, 10 gigantic insect sculptures on parade through the Arboretum. Made from natural materials, they remind us in a big way of the vital role insects play in the environment. So bring your friends and family, and explore the Arboretum as you track down these oversized inhabitants of the natural world.

Dotted along the 1.5 miles of the Arboretum’s Scenic Loop, David Rogers’ Big Bugs will amaze and delight visitors of all ages as it highlights the outsized role played by these tiny inhabitants of the natural world.

Featuring enormous garden sculptures made entirely from natural materials by the Long Island artist David Rogers, Big Bugs introduces visitors to 17-ft. long dragonfly, 4-ft. wide spider in a 15-ft. web, and invites you to picnics with 25 feet long ants!


David Rogers’ Big Bugs features ten, larger-than-life, anatomically accurate bug sculptures, accompanied by Education Stations designed to teach and inspire, and all installed among the flower-rich meadows and horticultural collections along Tyler’s paved, 1.5-mile Scenic Loop:

David Rogers’ Big Bugs features:

• 3 giant ants (25 ft. long) BIGGER THAN AN SUV!
• Daddy long legs (17 ft. high) TALLER THAN A SEMI TRACTOR!
• Praying mantis (18 ft. long) LONGER THAN AN F-150 PICK-UP!
• Spider and web (12 ft. wide) WIDER THAN MOST DRIVEWAYS!
• Dragonfly (17 ft. wide) WIDER THAN A MINIVAN!
• Assassin bug (7 ft. long)  LONGER THAN A LOVE SEAT!
• Damsel fly (10 ft. long) WIDER THAN A KING-SIZED BED!
• Grasshopper (11 ft. long).  LONGER THAN A POOL TABLE!

Join us for Big Bug late night Tuesdays.
On Tuesdays from June 20 – August 29, Tyler will be open until 8 pm. Bring the family and a picnic and enjoy a late summer stroll as you explore Big Bugs. For full details of events and activities during Big Bugs, check out our summer Programs Guide!


First time visiting us? Map your trip here. Find directions to Tyler here.

Ant Sponsor $10,000 – $35,000
Vince and Bonnie Anderson, Anonymous
Bug Sponsor $7,500 – $9,999
Rafferty Subaru
Program Sponsor $3,500 – $7,499
PECO: an Exelon Company, Anonymous

Guided Tours
Learn about the unique adaptations that have made insects so successful. Guided tours take place every Friday and Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm as listed below.

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, Big Bugs
Fridays and Saturdays, June 3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24 and 30; July 1,
7/8, and 14/15, 11 am and 1 pm

Discover which insect species are the garden engineers and learn which species roamed the Earth 400 million years ago. Did you know that in the world of bugs, attracting a mate depends on being heard? And that spitting is a form of protection!

Plants, Pollinators, Predator and Prey
Fridays and Saturdays, July 21/22, 28/29; August 4/5, 11/12, 18/19
and 25/26, 11 am and 1 pm

Relationships occur in nature whether as predator and prey, survival partners, or seed dispersers. On this tour you will identify the signs of co-evolution. Which plant needs only the wind to help its seeds miles away? Which plant attracts ants to carry its seeds? And much more.

To learn more about all our events, activities, and programs for Big Bugs, check our calendar listing.

Big Bug opening times
Weekdays: 9 am – 5 pm • Weekends: 9 am -6 pm
OPEN LATE every Tuesday, June 20 – August 29: 9 am – 8 pm

Trail gates locking: Starting Monday, May 29 and throughout the time Big Bugs is on display, our trail gates will be locked at 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, and at 5:30 pm on weekends.
If you are visiting the Arboretum outside the fence, please be back inside the fence before closing time. Thank you.


Artist’s bio

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