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.

Girl Scout Badge Days

Tyler Arboretum provides fun, outdoor, educational opportunities for Scouts all year long. On these special days, Scouts will participate in a wide range of nature activities designed to help them fulfill their badge requirements. If your troop cannot attend a badge day, contact the Youth Education Coordinator to arrange your own program at 610-566-9134 ext. 202.
Pre-registration required; $11 per Scout; free for adults

Tree Badge for Cadettes
Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Enjoy some tree fun and learn about maple syrup and other tree wonders. Girl Scouts will follow the process of maple syrup production from tapping the tree, to boiling the sap, to tasting the delicious final product. Through games, role playing, and crafts, they learn about area trees and how they benefit both people and wildlife.

Flower Fun Badge for Juniors
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Enjoy the morning at Tyler Arboretum. Make your own botanist notebook and search for early blooming garden flowers such as daffodils, along with wildflowers in the native woodland walk. Go on a sniffing hunt, make a flower craft, and discover the mystery that all flowers contain.

Flower Frenzy Badge for Brownies
Sunday, May 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Learn about native wildflowers and how they connect to birds and insects that use them for food and shelter. Make a newspaper flower pot and plant a seed, make a flower craft, set out on a scavenger hunt hike and take an up-close look at where worms live and find out how they benefit plants.

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Spring Break Camp

A day of nature exploration and fun is the perfect solution when your child has a day off and you have to work! These easy-going days are filled with discovery, games, crafts,
hikes and projects so engaging the kids won’t even know they’re learning. Camp hours are 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Extended care is available for $10 extra per day starting at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m. Camp is for children 6 – 9 years old.
Pre-registration required; $50 members, $55 non-members

Amphibians, Reptiles and Wetlands – Oh My!
Monday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Explore Tyler’s watershed and have fun doing it. Turn rocks in the stream searching for salamanders and crayfish, dip nets into our ponds for frogs and tadpoles and snack on a yummy wetland plant.

Stream Safari
Tuesday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Learn all about the life of water with games, songs and hands-on exploration. Campers will venture to aquatic habitats for some muddy, squishy fun and get wet along the way.

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Toddlers in Nature (Ages 18-36 months)

Toddlers in Nature programs are for toddlers ages 18–36 months 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. Fee is for the child only.
Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Wednesday March 12, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Winter’s end is near. Let’s celebrate with all that is natural…starting with mud! We will learn about the seasons, the sun and how our earth is preparing for spring.

If I Were a Tree
Wednesday, March 26, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Calling all mini treehuggers! Come explore the tree’s three B’s: bark, branches and buds. Find out why trees are so amazing and how we can care for them.

Feathers for Lunch
Wednesday, April 9, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Join our curious kitten friend as she observes the birds in her backyard. Listen for the jingle of bells as we search for birds.

In the Small, Small Pond
Wednesday, May 14, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 15, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Let’s celebrate our pond. What will we see? Hear? Touch? Smell? Taste? Bring your senses and let’s find out!

What’s it Like to be …a Bee?
Wednesday, May 28, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 29, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a bee? Come find out today as we spend our class as honey bees. We have a lot of work to do! Bzzzzz…

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Inchworms (Ages 18-36 months)

Inchworm programs are for toddlers ages 18–36 months with 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. Fee is for the child only.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Life in the Slow Lane
Monday, March 17, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Learn about fast bugs and slow bugs and meet nature’s slowest invertebrate, the slug. Make slug slime art and go looking for slug trails outside.

Water Walkers
Monday, March 31, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Come learn what sinks or floats and meet a bug that floats its whole life! Make your own floating bug and see some water walkers at our pond.

Shapes in the Silk
Monday, April 7, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The best thing about spiders is their beautiful webs! Make your own spider web, meet a spider or two and go find their webs outside!

Munching Marching Caterpillars
Monday, April 21, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Did you know that many caterpillars can only eat one kind of leaf? Come snack like a hungry caterpillar and meet some caterpillars that we will raise together!

Holy Moly, Roly Polies!
Monday, May 5, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
It is all about pillbugs! Act out the life of the shy little pillbug, find some pillbugs outside and adopt a pillbug pet to take home.

Stream Safari
Monday, May 19, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This lesson is all about splishing and splashing. Come prepared to get your hands and feet wet in Tyler’s Rocky Run stream, while searching for bugs!

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

Let’s Go Play is for 3-year-olds and their favorite adult. This program is based around the idea of “getting outside to play.” 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. Fee is for the child only.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Let’s Be Explorers
Tuesday, March 11, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Explore Tyler and go on a scavenger hunt! Together we will search the beautiful property for signs of spring.

Let’s Be Builders
Tuesday, March 25, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Create buildings and towns from things we find in nature! Bring your imagination and let’s see what we can build using sticks and leaves.

Let’s Be Inventors
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Construct a kite to fly outside! What does it take to make our kites take flight?

Let’s Be Artists
Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Find a special spot at Tyler to draw a picture of nature. Let’s see what inspires us to be creative.

Let’s Be Gardeners
Tuesday, May 6, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Plant some seeds! Join us as we hike around to discover what is sprouting. Afterwards, we will plant our own seeds!

Let’s Be Scientists
Tuesday, May 20, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Investigate the pond! What can we find when we look very carefully?

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Teeny Tiny Trackers (Age 3)

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

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Wake Up! It’s Spring
Monday, March 24, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The trees are about to leaf out, the frogs and turtles are waking up and the flowers are blooming! Celebrate the beginning of spring at Tyler.

April Showers
Monday, April 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Rain, rain come today… we are ready to learn and play! Rainy days are the perfect time to go on a rainbow hunt. Have fun learning about rainbows, spring rain and how plants use water to grow. We will have lots of fun rain or shine!

Hippity Hoppity
Monday, April 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Bunnies abound this time of year. Hop like a rabbit, eat like a rabbit and hear a rabbit story.

Things with Wings
Monday, May 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Birds are not the only things with wings. Explore Tyler and see how many things you can find with wings!

Painting with Flowers
Monday, May 26, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Yellow, purple, red and green paint Tyler with bright colors this time of year. Search for all the colors of the rainbow and paint your own picture with flower petals.

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Tyler Tales (Ages 3-5)

Tyler Tales is a nature-based story time program for ages 3-5 years and their favorite adult. Each class includes a story, activity or craft and outside time to explore. Fee is for the child only.
Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Vulture View
Friday, March 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Turkey vultures are part of nature’s clean-up crew. Come learn about one of nature’s unattractive, yet very important birds. Celebrate the majesty of these unappreciated scavengers.

And Then it’s Spring
Friday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Come take a wonderful nature hike as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. The earth awakens as the sun warms us. Explore how the earth thaws and heals.

The Bird House
Friday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us for this beautiful tale of loss, discovery and the healing power of the natural world. Let’s explore Tyler’s bird houses and learn how to make your house a bird house.

Why Frogs are Wet
Friday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Today is all about frogs! Why are they wet? How can they jump so far? What do they eat? How are they born? We are going to conduct a science experiment exploring frog eggs–do not miss this!

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Picnics in Nature (Ages 3-5--NEW!)

Everyone loves picnics – especially at Tyler Arboretum! This program is designed for ages 3-5 years and their adults. 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 a concern please make a note when registering. Fee is for the child only.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Lenape Picnic: The People of 12,000 Winters
Wednesday, March 19, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Our picnic will be held at our Lenape wigwam. We will hear a wonderful story about the Lenape Native Americans, try some Lenape food and then explore how the Lenape
hunted, farmed, gathered and ate.

Smell This! Picnic
Wednesday, April 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Our picnic will be held in the middle of the meadow maze. We will be exploring all things that smell…good, bad and in between. Nature makes the best smells. What smells do you like? Of course, we will eat some really amazing smelly things!

If I Were a Snake Picnic
Wednesday, May 21, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Our picnic will be held out at the basking stones on the meadow loop. We will learn about these mysterious animals and find where snakes may be at Tyler Arboretum. We will not eat snakes, but may eat things shaped like snakes.

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

Art in the Arb programs are for children ages 4 and 5 and their favorite adult. Enjoy nature through art while learning to use your imagination and basic art principles. Fee is for the child only.
Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Marshmallow Masterpieces
Monday, March 31, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Brr! It’s still cold outside! Warm up by reading a campfire story and learn all about lines and shapes while making stick-and-marshmallow sculptures.

Brown is the New Black!
Monday, April 7, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Where does the color brown come from? Practice mixing colors, learn about the color wheel and color opposites, go hunting for different colors of dirt outside and make a
muddy painting!

Nature ROCKS
Monday, April 21, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Can a stone be a face? Can you turn it into an owl? Come look for hidden shapes in nature; choose a rock or two and use paint (and your imagination) to bring your rock friend to life!

Petal Picassos
Monday, May 5, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Leave the paintbrush at home! Today we will learn to swish, dab, and blot using flowers as our brushes. Learn about the different flowers of spring while gathering them to make flower paintings.

Play with Clay
Monday, May 19, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Come prepared to splish, splash and squelch. Play and create at our stream as we gather creek clay and make dams, mud pies, castles and clay people! Water shoes and old clothes recommended for this program.

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Tiny Trackers (Ages 4-5)

Tiny Trackers programs are for children ages 4 and 5 and their favorite adult. Each program includes a lesson, an outdoor walk and a craft to take home. Fee is for the child only.
Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Spring Has Sprung
Thursday, March 13, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
What’s happening to the trees? What’s popping out of the ground? Let’s hunt for signs of spring!

Ready for Rabbits
Thursday, March 27, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Baby bunnies are a sure sign of spring! Where do rabbits live? What do rabbits eat? How do rabbits move? Let’s explore the world of rabbits and make our very own to take home.

Nifty Nests
Thursday, April 10, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
What are the birds up to in the springtime? Learn how they find each other and build nurseries for their babies. See if you can build a nest like the birds do!

Let’s Peek at the Pond
Thursday, April 24, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
The pond has been quiet all winter. Now it is springing back to life. Take a walk to our pond and we’ll see who we can find.

May Flowers
Thursday, May 8, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Did April showers bring us May flowers? We’ll go on a color walk and find them. We’ll even pick some to paint our very own bouquet.

Bugs Abound
Thursday, May 22, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Bugs are back and soon they will be everywhere! Not everyone likes bugs, but they all have important jobs on our planet. Let’s see how many different bugs we can find and learn what they do.

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Garden Sprouts (Ages 4-5)

The Garden Sprouts program is designed to introduce kids ages 4 and 5 to the world of plants and gardens. Programs include a story, a craft and an outdoor walk to complement hands-on fun with plants. Fee is for the child only.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

What Seeds Need
Tuesday, March 11, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Learn how seeds sprout, see (and taste!) some bean sprouts and plant your own seeds to take home and watch grow.

Tuesday, March 18, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
What happens when the ice and snow melts? It makes mud! Come read a muddy story, make a mud painting and plant some spring veggies in the mud.

Spring is Near
Tuesday, March 25, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Wake up, flowers! Come see who’s sprouting in the garden as the days get warmer when we go on a hunt for signs of spring.

Beyond BeLEAF
Tuesday, April 1, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Shout if you like green! Draw with spinach leaves, learn why leaves are green and snack on some yummy green vegetables.

Fruit or Root?
Tuesday, April 8, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Does this vegetable come from the top or the bottom of a plant? Learn parts of a plant through silly stories and songs, then go plant some veggies that grow over and under the ground.

Earthwormy Earth Day
Tuesday, April 22, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Learn why slimy worms are nature’s best recyclers and meet a few in person! Come sing some wormy songs and go digging for worms in the garden.

Flower Frenzy
Tuesday, April 29, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Learn about flower jobs while making flower paintings, going on a flower color hunt, snacking on flowers and planting a flower to take home.

Twisty Turny Vines
Tuesday, May 6, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Some of the tastiest vegetables come from a vine! Learn how vines grow, read the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story and help plant our own giant beanstalk.

Garden Safari
Tuesday, May 13, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Let’s learn about ladybugs, stinkbugs, caterpillars, aphids and other silly garden bugs! Come play some buggy games and then grab a magnifying glass and go hunting for bugs in the garden.

Sun Salsa
Tuesday, May 20, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Here comes summer! Learn about veggies that like the hot, hot sun and make your own sun veggie salsa.

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Little Stepper Hikes

Pack up your baby, toddler and/or preschooler and join us for some great exercise in the form of a nature adventure. Hiking is a wonderful way to spend time outdoors with young children. These excursions are specially designed for kids and their grown-ups to introduce them to the fun of hiking. This is an outdoor program; please dress for the weather (severe weather cancels). Bring water and light snacks. Fee is for the children only.

Pre-registration required; $7 members, $11 non-members

Fairy Flower Hike
Friday, March 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
As winter ends the fairies in the forest will show us all the magical tiny flowers that disappear quickly. Magic wands will be given to help you on your hike.

Sunshine Hike
Friday, March 21, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Spring is here! Time to celebrate the vernal equinox with a hike in the sunshine! (Unless it is cloudy or raining, but we will celebrate anyway!)

What’s in the Egg Hike
Friday, April 4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a most unusual egg hunt. As we hike, we will search for eggs and learn about animals that come from eggs.

Meadow Maze Hike
Friday, May 16, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
April showers bring May flowers—what will we see blooming in the meadow?

Worms: The Good, the Bad, the Slimy! Hike
Friday, May 30, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Grab a can and a shovel and let’s go find worms. Why are worms so slimy? You will find out today!

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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.

Project Budburst
Sunday, March 23, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Family Aquatic Bug Hunt
Sundays, April 13, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and May 11, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Family Birding
Saturday, April 19, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Natural Egg Dyeing
Saturday, April 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Family Twilight Hike
Saturday, May 24, 7:00 – 8:30 p.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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