Children and Family Programs

At Tyler, we believe in the importance of fostering meaningful connections to the natural world in fun and interactive ways. Here kids children can learn about gardening, wildlife, flowers and trees, veggies and lots more. These are specially developed, age-appropriate programs that are taught by educators who know how to engage young minds. We also offer lots of classes for the whole family creating opportunities for shared discovery and lots of great memories.

Toddlers in Nature (Ages 18-36 months)

Toddlers in Nature

Wednesdays, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. & 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Toddlers in Nature programs are for toddlers and their favorite adult. All activities are developmentally appropriate. Toddlers are all about exploring their sense of wonder and each class will include a story, theme exploration and time in nature.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • June 18 – If You Were My Baby – All babies are adorable in nature. Join us to explore and celebrate all types of babies.
  • July 23 – From Head to Toe –  Join us to learn about our bodies and how they move in nature. Be ready for an active day of exploring!
  • August 20 – Little Composters – You are never too young to learn about composting. From banana peels to slimy worms, join us for this sensory adventure.
  • September 17 – Are You a Spider? - Don’t be afraid…join us to learn about this incredible creepy crawler. If you are a spider, find out what makes you so amazing!
  • October 1 – Baby Bat’s Lullaby - Let’s learn about this mysterious and marvelous flying mammal. Spend a day (and a night) with baby bat.
  • October 15 – Seeds, Sprouts, Pumpkin Pie - It is pumpkin season! Come learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin plant. Use all your senses to explore this super squash.
  • October 29 – Leaf Jumpers - How many shapes and colors can you see in autumn leaves? Jump in and find out! Be ready to jump, dance and throw leaves as we celebrate the best of fall.
  • November 12  – Little Owl’s Night - The sun sets, the moon rises, Little Owl and his friends wake up. Join us to learn about animals that love the night. Who, whooo loves the night?

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Inchworms (Ages 18-36 months)


Inchworms

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Inchworm programs are for toddlers and their favorite adult. Toddlers love bugs and this program will get them learning all about our
creepy crawlies. Each class will include a story, activity or craft and outside time to explore.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • August 27 – The Praying Mantis – Praying mantises sit silently in the garden with their front feet together as if in prayer, and then all of a sudden—snap—they gobble up a nearby bug. We’ll look at this very interesting insect and we’ll hunt for one of their egg clusters (it looks like a toasted marshmallow!).

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Teeny Tiny Trackers (Age 3)

Teeny Tiny Trackers

Mondays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Teeny Tiny Trackers programs are designed for 3-year-olds and their favorite adult. Each class includes a story, activity or craft and outside time to explore.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • August 11 – Foxes and Rabbits and Skunks – Oh, My! – Tyler is home to many animals. Let’s take a walk to discover how each one is different and what it’s like to live in their homes.
  • September 8 – Butterflies and Moths - Let’s visit the Butterfly House and the fields to learn all about these beautiful insects and where they go in winter.
  • September 15 – Bye, Bye Birdie - Many of our summer bird friends are leaving us now. Find out why and where they are headed. We’ll have binoculars to search the Arboretum and find some of them.
  • October 13 – Falling for Leaves - We’ll go on a leaf-collecting spree and paint designs of some of our favorites.
  • October 27 – Spooky Critters - It’s nearly time for Halloween! We’ll search the Arboretum for creepy things and make a trick-or-treat craft.
  • November 3 – Listen! Listen! - In this class, we will use our ears to hear all the sounds of nature and play a “noisy” game.
  • November 17 – Owls and Turkeys - Where do these birds live, how are they are different and why it is so hard to find them? Learn all about these feathered friends and make a fun craft.

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Let's Go Play (Age 3--NEW!)

Let’s Go Play!

Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Let’s Go Play programs are designed for 3-year-olds and their favorite adult. Using Tyler as a natural playground, we will explore different ways to play in the outdoor world. Each class will include a story, an outdoor activity and some traditional children’s games. In addition, we will talk about ways that our outdoor play can be continued at home.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • July 29 – Let’s Be Detectives – Go out in search of butterflies. We will end with a visit to Tyler’s Butterfly House.
  • August 19 – Let’s Be Adventurers – Explore the Stopford Meadow Maze. Join us as we investigate and search for interesting discoveries.
  • September 23 – Let’s Be Athletes - Play some exciting outdoor games! We will use things we find in nature as part of our play.
  • October 7 – Let’s Be Birdwatchers - See what the birds are doing to get ready for winter! We will also create our own birdfeeders to take home.
  • October 21 – Let’s Be Explorers - Go on a scavenger hunt! What signs of fall can we see at Tyler Arboretum?
  • November 4 – Let’s Be Hikers - Come and enjoy discovering Tyler’s trails. Together we will take a hike and see what we can find.
  • November 18 – Let’s Be Historians - Take a step back in time and learn about the Lenape Indians. Discover how they lived and what games they played for fun.​

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Picnics in Nature (Ages 3-5)

Picnics in Nature

Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   

Everyone loves picnics – especially at Tyler Arboretum! This program is designed for ages 3-5 years and their favorite adult. We will be hosting picnics in different locations with a theme and special guests. Of course, there will be food, fun and learning about our natural world. Picnic locations may change depending on weather. Tasting foods is optional, but a fun sensory experience; if allergies are concerns, please make a note when registering.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • September 18 – Autumn Is Here - Autumn is a celebration with amazing smells and tasty treats. Join us at Ms. Molly’s favorite tree house for some favorite fall foods and a story about the signs that say autumn is here!
  • October 2 – Pumpkin Circle - It is almost pumpkin picking time. Let’s have a picnic near our Vegetable Garden and see what our fall harvest will bring at Tyler.
  • October 30 – There is a Fly in My Soup! - Join us at the Crooked Goblin Shack (weather permitting) with all the ghouls and goblins. Fear not! While we taste some delicious treats, we will learn about the fly in my soup.

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Art in the Arb (Ages 4-5--NEW!)

Art in the Arb

Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Art in the Arb programs are designed for preschoolers and their favorite adult. Enjoy nature through art while learning to use your imagination and basic art principles.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • August 27 – Animals as Architects – Many beautiful gardens are accented by sculpture. Your budding artist will learn to make a simple bowl and magically transform it into a bird. Then we’ll stroll around in search of homes constructed by animals and insects.

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Garden Sprouts (Ages 4-5)

Garden Sprouts

Tuesdays, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

The Garden Sprouts programs are designed to introduce preschoolers and their favorite adult to the world of plants and gardens. Programs include a story, a craft and an outdoor walk to complement hands-on fun with plants.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • August 19 – Hide and Seek – Come out, come out, wherever you are! Did you know that some vegetables grow on top of the ground and some grow underground? Join in the search for plants that live underground as we dig for carrots, potatoes and beets. They can grow, but they cannot hide.
  • September 9 – Pick Your Snack - Eat like a bunny in our Children’s Garden and have a snack on us. Make your own salsa and watercolor veggie prints to take home.
  • September 23 – Corn Crazy - Come and have a “popping” good time learning all about corn! We will take a close-up look at the many types of corn available, make a “corny” project and share a corn snack.
  • October 7 – Veggie Creatures - Discover the many shapes and colors of vegetables and use them to create some fun and creepy creatures. Enjoy a fall veggie snack.
  • October 21 – Pumpkin Party - Learn about big and little pumpkins, play a seed guessing game, decorate a Jack-o-Lantern and eat a pumpkin seed snack.
  • November 11 – Apple Celebration - Fall is the best time for apples and guess what? They come from trees! Do an apple taste test, make apple prints and no-cook apple sauce.

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Tiny Trackers (Ages 4-5)

Tiny Trackers

Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Tiny Trackers programs are designed for preschoolers and their favorite adult. Each program includes a lesson, an outdoor walk and a craft to take home.
Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • July 17 – Water Bugs – Did you know some bugs live under water for part of their lives? We’ll hike out to our stream, climb in and see what we can find! Water shoes and swimsuits are encouraged!
  • August 21 – Butterflies, Beetles and Bees – It’s summer and insects are everywhere. We’ll talk about why we need them, even if we don’t always like them. We’ll explore the different places insects live, visit our Butterfly House and see how many different kinds we can find.
  • September 11 – Mighty Monarchs - These graceful butterflies are actually really tough. They do something none of the other butterflies do!
  • September 25 – Hop, Skip and a Jump - How do animals get around? All kinds of ways! Come hop like a rabbit, skip like a fox and jump like a deer.
  • October 9 – Lots of Leaves - Fall is full of beautiful shapes and colors. How many different kinds can you find?
  • October 23 – Nocturnal Neighbors - Who is having fun while you are sleeping? Let’s meet some creatures of the night.
  • November 6 – Native Nature - Hundreds of years ago, the Lenape lived on this land. Everything they needed came from nature. Could you live that way?
  • November 20 – Treasures from Trash - Watch old bottle caps turn into ornaments and learn how to keep our Earth healthy.

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Family Programs


Grab the kids for a fun trip to Tyler! Interactive programs let you learn, create or explore nature and plants together. To ensure quality programs, age limits are for active participants; younger siblings are welcome to attend. Fee is for each participating child and each adult; kids 3 and under are free.

Firefly Watch
Saturday, July 19, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Fun Outdoor Food
Sunday, August 10, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Indian Rock Exploration
Sunday, August 17, 11:00 am – 1:30 p.m.

Bug Safari
Sunday, September 21, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Fall Migration Bird Walk
Saturday, October 4, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Spook-tacular Adventure
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

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Registration Information

Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated.

Payment may be made via check or charge; VISA , MasterCard or Discover are welcome.

Ways to register:

  • Call Joanne Landau, Registrar at 610-566-9134 ext. 215 (Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 9 am – 12 pm)
  • Print and mail/fax or email the registration form
  • In person at Tyler’s Visitor Center

Full payment must accompany each registration. Places cannot be held without full payment.
Classes are filled on a first come-first serve basis. Please call for availability prior to registration.

Refund Policy:

  • A $3 administrative fee will be charged for each program cancellation that you initiate
  • A full refund, less the administrative fee, will be given with a minimum notice of two weeks
  • A 50% refund will be given with a minimum notice of one week
  • NO REFUNDS will be given with less than one week’s notice

A full refund will be given if the Arboretum must cancel or reschedule a program due to inadequate enrollment, instructor illness, or inclement weather. We will make every reasonable attempt to notify you if a program is canceled.

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