Elementary Grades 1 – 5

Limited to 60 students.

Eco Friends (Grades 1-2)

Eco Friends ● Fall, Winter, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Explore how animals help the environment; birds recycle trash for nests and worms eat our leftovers so they do not go into the landfill.  In this class learn how humans and some pretty cool animals help the earth.  Addresses Standards: 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8 and 3.3

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Worms, Slugs and Bugs (Grades 1-2)

Worms, Slugs, and Bugs ● Fall, Winter, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Discover the many different types of insects and their relatives.  Learn that some critters have no legs and some have eight or more. Some eat other insects and others drink nectar.  Learn about the diverse world of arthropods, their characteristics, life cycles, and ecological jobs.  Addresses Standards: 4.3, 4.6, and 3.3

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Fall Eco-Explorations (Grades 1-4)

Fall Eco-Explorations ● 1 1/2 hours

Approaching winter temperatures challenge plants’ survival. Students discover the adaptive mechanisms plants have developed through shedding vulnerable leaves and through the production and dispersal of seeds. They learn how birds and monarch butterflies migrate to warmer climates while other animals store food for the cold months to come.

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Winter Eco-Explorations (Grades 1-4)

Winter Eco-Explorations

How have plants and animals adapted to survive long periods of cold temperatures? Students examine evergreen leaves and the buds protecting flowers and leaves on deciduous plants. Looking for tracks and signs of animal activity, they learn which animals are active in the winter and which are hibernating – and why.

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Spring Eco-Explorations (Grades 1-4)

Spring Eco-Explorations

Spring is an intense period of activity and growth in the natural world. Students discover the relationships between insects and plants as they investigate flowers and learn about the process of pollination and plant reproduction. Through nest-building activities and birdsong identification, students learn about the many birds that call Tyler home. The students also explore the pond to discover the stages of frog and toad metamorphosis.

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Land of the Lenape (Grades 2-5)

Land of the Lenape

Grades 2 – 5 ● Fall, Winter, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Experience the daily life of Lenape families who lived in our region 1,000 years ago. Learn how they used native plants and animals for wigwam shelters, gardening, hunting, food preparation, tools, and clothing.

Addresses standards: 4.2, 4.8, and 8.2

  • Students will learn about different jobs of men and women, how they participated in meal preparations, tools that they would have used, and how food was prepared.  They will also learn the role of children and how they helped the parents, either in gardening or hunting.
  • Students will visit the wigwam and learn about the daily life of a Lenape family.  They will be able to try on Lenape clothes and discover that nothing was wasted or thrown away.
  • Students will learn about the games that the Lenape children played.  These games were all educational and taught them skills they needed to survive the wilderness.
  • While visiting multiple habitats at Tyler, your students will search the arboretum for trees that the Lenape used for food, transportation or medicine.

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Maple Sugaring (Grades 2-5)

Maple Sugaring

Grades 2 – 5 ● January – Early March ● 1 ½ hours

During this hands-on program, learn about maple syrup production. Basic tree identification and physiology are explored while learning about the role of sap in the life of a tree.

Addresses Standards: 4.2, 4.6, 3.1, 3.3, and 3.5

  • Students will learn how to identify a tree in the winter by looking at the buds, bark and branching of trees.
  • Students will learn the parts of the tree and there functions by looking at a tree from roots to branches and from the inside out.
  • Students will learn how to make maple syrup by ‘tapping a tree’, they will learn about the evaporation process and participate in a real Tyler maple syrup tasting.

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Invertebrates: Worms, Slugs, and Bugs (Grades, 2-5)

Invertebrates: Worms, Slugs, and Bugs

Grades 2 – 5 ● Fall, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Search the Arboretum to discover the amazing diversity and adaptations in the insect world. Learn about life cycles and their role in the food web.

Addresses Standards: 4.3, 4.6, and 3.3

  • Students will learn about the characteristics of an insect and a spider.  While doing so they will learn about adaptations that allow them to survive in their habitats, from metamorphosis to survival during cold months.
  • They will look at similarities and differences of multiple insects, including praying mantis, cicada, and lady bugs.
  • Students will learn about the roles that insects play in the food web and why insects lay hundreds of eggs.
  • While visiting multiple habitats at Tyler, your students will search the arboretum for jobs that insects play in the environment, such as food producers, decomposers, pollinators, and food for other animals.

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Nature's Adaptations (Grades 2-5)

Nature’s Adaptations

Grades 2 – 5 ● Fall, Winter, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Compare the adaptive mechanisms of mammals, birds, insects, and plants that help assure their survival within distinct ecological niches.

Addresses Standards: 4.6, 4.7 and 3.3

  • Students will learn about two types of vertebrates, deer and birds.  They will learn about adaptations that these animals have so they are successful in their habitats.
  • Students will role play as an animal and learn about its adaptations for survival from the environment.
  • While visiting multiple habitats at Tyler, your students will search the arboretum for other ways plants and animals have adapted for the weather, predation, or seed dispersal.

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Seeds and Plants (Grades 2-5)

Seeds and Plants

Grades 2 – 5 ● Fall, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Learn about how plants have adapted to different environments and plant life cycles and reproductive strategies through flower dissection and exploration of Tyler’s diverse trees and plants.

Addresses Standards: 4.3, 3.1, and 3.3

  • Students will learn about parts of a plant and the function of a flower and its role in pollination and seed production.
  • By role playing, your students will learn what every plant needs to survive and what dangers can effect their growth.
  • Students will learn the different mechanisms for seed dispersal.
  • While visiting multiple habitats at Tyler, your students will search the arboretum for plants that have adapted to our environment.

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Trees: From Roots to Leaves (Grades 2-5)

Trees: From Roots to Leaves

Grades 2 – 5 ● Fall, Winter, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Learn about tree survival by learning the function and purpose of the parts of a tree, differences among species, and how they have adapted.

Addresses Standards: 4.2, 4.6, 3.1, and 3.3

  • Students will learn that trees have specific parts that perform specific functions for tree survival.  They will ‘look’ inside a tree and learn about how a tree grows.
  • Students will role play as trees and discover what they need to survive.
  • While visiting multiple habitats at Tyler, your students will search the arboretum for multiple types of trees from deciduous to evergreen and learn about some of the unique trees on the property.

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Watershed Investigations (Grades 2-5)

Watershed Investigations

Grades 2 – 5 ● Fall, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Learn about the water cycle and how water travels through our built environment. Engage in hands-on investigation to find what lives in our streams.

Addresses Standards: 4.1, 4.2, 4.6, and 3.5

  • Students will role-play as a water molecule.  This will help them conceptualize the water cycle as more than a predictable two-dimensional path.
  • Students will investigate the macro-invertebrates that live in the stream, by looking on and under leaves that staff has brought up from Rocky Run.
  • While visiting multiple habitats at Tyler, your students will search the arboretum for other ways that water can be found at the Arboretum.

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Eco-Common Sense (Grades 2-5)

Eco-Common Sense

Grades 2-5 ● Fall, Winter, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Earth day is Every Day at Tyler Arboretum.  Learn what animals and plants need to survive, how humans are affecting them and what you can do to help mother earth and her friends.  Pretend to be a deer, play with worms and learn about food chains/webs and more with this hands-on interactive class.  For an extra $35 take home a worm bin for your classroom!

Addresses standards: 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8 and 3.3

  • Students will understand that all plants and animals in an area (an ecosystem) depend on one another.
  • Students will learn about the factors that make up a healthy forest.   They will also learn about plants and animals that are making our forest unhealthy.
  • Students will learn about composting and other ways of lessening our load on landfills.
  • While visiting multiple habitats at Tyler, your students will learn what they can do to help Mother Nature, from pulling invasive plants to planting a flower.

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Soil Investigator (Grades 2-5)

Soil Investigator

Grades 2 – 5 ● Fall, Spring ● 1 ½ hours

Without soil, there would be no plant life on the surface of the land. Without plant life, we would not exist. We need it for food. We need it for oxygen. We need it for clothing and shelter. We need it for energy.  Your students will get their hands dirty while they discover the texture of soil, dig in a compost bin, investigate forest soil layers, turn logs to see decomposition at work among other fun activities.

Addresses standards: 3.3, 4.3, 4.4, 4.6

  • Students will understand that soil is made up of three kinds of textures – clay, silt, and sand.
  • Students will compare and contrast three different ways to compost: three bin composting, lasagna gardening and vermicomposting.
  • Students will investigate three layers of the forest floor, making observations and mapping a discrete area.
  • While visiting multiple habitats at Tyler, your students will search the arboretum for decomposition, erosion, plants growing in different soils and other soil factors.

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Woodland Ecology Intensive (Grades 4-5)

Woodland Ecology Intensive

Grades 4 and 5 ● Fall and Spring ● 2 hours

Students will investigate the connection between the forest and the animals and plants that call it home.  Students will identify and describe food, water and shelter as three essential components of habitats by exploring the effects of deer overpopulation.  Students will be also study invasive plants and why they are harmful to a healthy forest.  Also your students will get their hands dirty while helping Tyler’s North Woods by planting a native plant!

Optional pre- and post trip classroom programs available for an additional $3/child.

Addresses Standards: 4.6, 4.7 and 3.3

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Woodland Watershed Intensive (Grades 4-5)

Woodland Watershed Intensive  

Grades 4 and 5 ● Fall and Spring ● 2 hours

Students will travel through four stations to investigate the connection between the forest and water quality of streams.  Explore the difference between the pond and the stream and discover the smaller animals that depend on those systems.  Follow clues and complete tasks that will guide you to a hidden letterbox while

learning about the special features of these woods.  Use multiple senses and test your observational skills as you document a special site along the trail.

Optional pre- and post trip classroom programs available for an additional $3/child

Addresses Standards: 4.1, 4.6, 4.7 and 3.3

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