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, 10:00 – 11:00 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; $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • December 10 – O Christmas Tree - What makes a Christmas tree special? Find out why evergreens are so unchanging and take a hike to see
    different kinds of evergreens up-close.
  • January 7 – In the Snow - How can you be a good neighbor to our backyard critters during the winter? Discover who might come to enjoy  treats we leave outside. Let’s see if we can entice some of Tyler’s feathered friends!
  • January 21 – Winter Lullaby - Where do animals go when the weather turns cold? Many different types of creatures seek shelter or hibernate to survive the winter. We’ll take a walk to look for signs of the season and guess whether the groundhog will come out of hibernation early or sleep through six more weeks of winter.
  • February 4 – No Two Alike - Snowflakes are a great example of how everything in nature, including us, is unique. We’ll explore and observe the subtle differences in snowflakes, leaves, nests, bird feathers and other natural objects.
  • February 18 – Tracks in the Snow - Signs of wildlife can sometimes be easier to see in winter. Become a nature detective and try to figure out different footprints. Then head outside to look for other signs of animal activity around Tyler.

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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; $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • December 22 – Leaves or No Leaves - Some trees lose their leaves and some keep them on! Discover beautiful trees and plants in their winter glory.
  • January 12 – Oh, Deer! - Deer can survive our cold winters. Learn about this amazing animal by investigating artifacts of the deer, such as fur, bones and skulls.
  • January 26 – Tracks and Traces - Despite the cold, there are still plenty of activities outdoors. We might not see the animals, but we are sure to spot some signs that they are still around.
  • February 9 – Snow and Ice - Even if it isn’t snowing outdoors, we will see snowflakes! Learn all the secrets of snow and ice and how they are different.
  • February 23 – Maple Sugar Time! - Sugar maple trees have been giving us sweet treats for hundreds of years. Come and see how maple  syrup is made and enjoy a sweet treat.

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Tyler Tales (Ages 3-6)

Tyler Tales
Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tyler Tales is a nature-based story time program for ages 3-6 and their favorite adult. Each class provides a story, activity or craft and outside time to explore.

Pre-registration required; $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • December 17 – Christmas Tree Farm - How does a tiny evergreen seedling grow into a beautiful Christmas tree? We’ll read Christmas Tree Farm and find out how one family works all year, planting, pruning, measuring and tagging trees to get ready for Christmas. Then let’s take a hike to see different kinds of evergreens up-close.
  • January 14 – Wild Birds - Many birds do not fly south for the winter, but stay right here, just like we do. We’ll learn about some of them in
    the book Wild Birds, before heading out to see if we can spot any around Tyler.
  • January 28 – Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit –  Where do animals go when the weather turns cold? The book Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit explains how many different types of creatures seek shelter or hibernate to survive the winter. We’ll take a walk to look for signs of the season.
  • February 11 – Winter is for Snow! - What is snow and what makes it so wonderful? Whether we have some on the ground or not, we’ll  celebrate the white stuff with the book Winter is for Snow!
  • February 25 – In the Snow- Winter is a great time to look for signs of wildlife. We’ll play a guessing game with the book In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? Then head outside to look for signs of animal activity.

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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; $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • December 16 – Awesome Evergreens - What makes evergreens special? Cones and needles! Come learn about different conifer leaves, make a tasty evergreen tea and learn to paint with pine needles.
  • January 13 – Garden Hot Chocolate - Did you know that chocolate comes from a tree? Come celebrate chocolate and other snacks that come from plants. We will read a delicious story, explore the winter garden and make a chocolate treat to take home! Grab your taste buds, this class is sure to fill your tummy!
  • February 17 – Kitchen Gardening - Don’t throw that pit away! We will learn about growing house plants from carrot tops, avocado pits, orange and apple seeds and even potato eyes. We will also make a plant buddy to take home.

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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; $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

  • December 18 – Deck the Halls - A lot of people might use boughs of holly. Instead, we’re going to be nice to nature and decorate with reusable and recyclable items. From trash to treasure!
  • January 8 – Winter Wonderland - Winter may be quiet and seem like not much is happening outside. We’re going to explore the outdoors for the hidden wonders of wintertime.
  • February 12 – For the Love of Birds - We’ll make special valentines for our bird friends and learn what makes them so special.

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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.

Family Night Hike
Saturday, January 10, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Maple Sugaring Exploration
Saturday, January 31, 10:00 – 11:00 am or Sunday, February 1, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Winter Nature Hike
Monday, February 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am

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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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