Elementary Grades 1 – 5

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


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.


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.


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.


Land of the Lenape (Grades 2-5)

Land of the Lenape

Land of the Lenape ● Fall, Winter, Spring (Addresses standards: 4.2, 4.8, 8.2)

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 shelters, gardening, hunting, food preparation, tools and clothing.


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.


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.


Nature's Adaptations (Grades 2-5)

Nature’s Adaptations

Nature’s Adaptations ● Fall, Winter, Spring (Addresses standards: 3.3, 4.6, 4.7)

Learn how some animals have adapted to survive in the wild. Compare artifacts from different species and have fun comparing your abilities to those of our native animal friends.


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.


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

Trees: From Roots to Leaves

Trees: From Roots to Leaves ● Fall, Winter, Spring (Addresses standards: 3.1, 3.3, 4.2, 4.6)

Identify the anatomy of trees and their functions.  Explore the many ways we use trees and learn why they are so very important to us as humans and to our planet.


Watershed Investigations (Grades 2-5)

Watershed Investigations

Watershed Investigations ● Fall, Spring (Addresses standards: 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.6)

During this in-depth exploration of the water cycle, students will tour Tyler’s watershed, observe water’s roles in nature and meet some of the smallest animals who depend on clean water.


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.


Forest Ecology Intensive (Grades 4-5)

Woodland Ecology Intensive

Forest Ecology Intensive ● Fall, Spring (Addresses standards: 3.3, 4.6, 4.7)

Explore the forest as an ecosystem. What makes a healthy forest? Visit Tyler’s native forest to learn about the threats to its biodiversity.  Dig in to help us in our efforts to maintain it.


Woodland Watershed Intensive (Grades 4-5)

Woodland Watershed Intensive  

Woodland Watershed Intensive ● Fall, Spring (Addresses standards: 3.3, 4.1, 4.6, 4.7)

Investigate the differences between a pond and stream and the macroinvertebrates living in each. Practice scientific skills of observation, sample collection and interpreting data as we study the water in Tyler’s woods.


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