Scout Programs

Tyler Arboretum provides fun, outdoor, educational opportunities for scouts and other youth groups all year long. Participants learn about natural living systems through use of the Arboretum’s diverse meadows, woodlands, streams, and pond. Scouts take part in a wide range of activities designed to help them advance through scouting levels.  All programs are hands-on, active, outside, and led by a trained nature educator.

Programs and dates are listed below, Register your troop or your individual scout online, by clicking on the program title.

*If a program is full, email rsilvey@tylerarboretum.org to be placed on a wait list.

Girl Scouts

Night Hike with Campfire
Experience nature in a new way-in the dark! During your night hike, an educator will guide you around Tyler Arboretum to explore the outdoors using your senses. You will find exciting discoveries that can only be revealed in darkness and bond with your fellow scouts as you embark on this nighttime adventure!  The hike will end around a roaring campfire where you can enjoy s’mores and reflect on your experience.  (Daisies – Ambassadors)
*We provide one s’more for every participant.We do not have alternatives available for dietary restrictions, but feel free to bring your own.
**Touches on requirements for: Brownies Outdoor Adventurer and Cadettes Night Owl badges

Price: $18 per child. $10 Per Adult

 

Summer Solstice Hike and Campfire
Celebrate the longest day of the year while taking a breathtaking hike around Tyler Arboretum as the sun begins to set.  This hike will allow Scouts of all ages to use their senses to explore trees, flowers, insects and other creatures that come out at dusk.  Following the hike, we will enjoy a roaring campfire with s’mores!

Open to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or troop leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.
*We provide one s’more for every participant. We do not have alternatives available for dietary restrictions, but feel free to bring your own.
**Touches on requirements for: Brownies Outdoor Adventurer and Cadettes Night Owl badges

Price: $18 per child. $10 Per Adult

 

Daisy Flower Garden
Discover all of the wonderful flowers in bloom at Tyler Arboretum, from azaleas to zinnias!  We will take a hands-on exploration walk to spot flower sizes, shapes, colors, textures, scents, and locations.  We will even visit Tyler’s Edible Garden to see how flowers turn into fruits and vegetables.  To tie it all together, participants will dissect a flower to discover the parts inside and how they contribute to the plant life cycle!

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

Brownie Hiker Badge
Enjoy an educator-led hike around Tyler Arboretum’s beautiful property while learning how to read a map and understand trail signs.  Along the way, we will discuss what to pack on a hike, what to wear, and how to leave nature as you found it.  While hiking we will keep our eyes open for signs of animal life and interesting plants! (Open to Brownies).
*Complete Steps 1, 2, 3, and 5. Bring a snack to complete Step 4!

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

Brownie Bugs Badge
Enjoy and educator-led hike around Tyler Arboretum to look at bugs in our gardens, meadows, and trees. Along the way, we will try to spot signs of bugs and their homes! We will see what the bugs are doing and how they help our ecosystem. Open to Brownies.

*Complete steps 3, 4, and 5

 

Brownie Letterboxer Badge
With the help of a Tyler educator, you will create your own letterboxer stamp and passport before embarking on a letterboxer hunt around Tyler Arboretum.  Along the way you will learn letterboxer lingo that will help you understand and master this fun outdoor hobby! (Open to Brownies).
*Complete Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

Juniors Animal Habitats Badge
Find out what animals live at Tyler Arboretum by exploring different habitats including forests, meadows, streams, and ponds.  Use binoculars and magnifying glasses to discover signs of animals and maybe even the animals themselves!  Learn what features help these animals live in their specific habitats and observe these habitats up close to understand their role in the ecosystem.

*Complete Steps 1, 2, 3, and 5

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

Juniors Flower Badge
Use your senses to discover the wonderful world of flowers!  See what is in bloom and how the flowers we have here vary in size, shape, color, texture, scent, and location.  We will have fun learning the life cycle of flowers and discovering how they turn into a fruit.  Finally, craft a collage from flowers that you can keep as a memory of your time at Tyler Arboretum!
*Complete Steps 1, 2, 3, 4

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

Aquatic Explorations
Visit Tyler Arboretum’s thriving frog pond and flowing stream to see who uses these waterways as their home.  We will have the chance to splash in the water as we turn over rocks and logs to learn more about the ecosystem.  Come prepared wearing swimsuits, towels, and water shoes!

Open to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or troop leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

Insect Safari
See what’s buzzing at Tyler Arboretum!  We will search the meadow for insects, big and small, to discover what flies, hops, and crawls amongst the grasses and flowers.  Then we’ll cool off in the shade of the forest as we dig in the leaf litter to find what creatures wiggle and scuttle in the soil.  This hands-on adventure will help learners of all ages become more comfortable with these cool critters, which are often misunderstood.

Open to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or troop leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

What to Wear:

All programs are hands on and take place outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes appropriate for hiking, as there may be muddy or rocky areas. Please do not wear flip flops, sandals or high heels.

For night hike: Avoid shoes/clothing that lights up or glows in the dark. Flashlights are recommended, but not required.

Questions or To Schedule:

  • To sign up for a program click on the date you would like and register online.
  • Questions, contact Rebecca Silvey, School and Community Programs Coordinator at RSilvey@tylerarboretum.org or 610-566-9134, ext. 306.

 

Cub/Boy Scouts

Night Hike with Campfire

Experience nature in a new way – in the dark!  During your night hike, an educator will guide you around Tyler Arboretum to explore the outdoors using your senses.  You will find exciting discoveries that can only be revealed in darkness and bond with your fellow scouts as you embark on this nighttime adventure!  The hike will end around a roaring campfire where you can enjoy s’mores and reflect on your experience.  (Open to all Boy Scout & Cub Scout levels)

*We provide one s’more for every participant and do not have alternatives for dietary restrictions.

*Touches on requirements for: Tigers- Sky is the Limit, Wolf- Howling at the Moon, and Webelos- Adventures in Science

$18 per child, $10 per adult

 

Summer Solstice Hike and Campfire
Celebrate the longest day of the year while taking a breathtaking hike around Tyler Arboretum as the sun begins to set.  This hike will allow Scouts of all ages to use their senses to explore trees, flowers, insects and other creatures that come out at dusk.  Following the hike, we will enjoy a roaring campfire with s’mores!

Open to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or troop leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.
*We provide one s’more for every participant. We do not have alternatives available for dietary restrictions, but feel free to bring your own.
**Touches on requirements for: Tigers- Sky is the Limit, Wolf- Howling at the Moon, and Webelos- Adventures in Science

Price: $18 per child. $10 Per Adult

Bear Cub Scouts Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

We will start our adventure with a 1 mile hike and talk about signs of animal life along the way using binoculars and magnifying glasses to look up close and far away.  Following the hike we will stop at Tyler’s new Edible Garden to look at plants closely and learn about our composting system.  This unique experience of hiking in the woods and visiting a real vegetable garden will help you become a nature expert! (Open to Bear Cub Scouts)

*Complete Requirements 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6

$11 per child,  Adults- $10

 

Cub Scouts Tigers in the Wild

Enjoy an educator-led hike around Tyler Arboretum’s beautiful trails while learning how to properly prepare for a hiking adventure.  Along the way, we will discuss what to pack on a hike, what to wear, and how to leave nature as you found it.  While hiking we will keep our eyes open for signs of animal life and interesting trees!

*Complete Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7

$11 per child,  Adults- $10

 

Aquatic Explorations
Visit Tyler Arboretum’s thriving frog pond and flowing stream to see who uses these waterways as their home.  We will have the chance to splash in the water as we turn over rocks and logs to learn more about the ecosystem.  Come prepared wearing swimsuits, towels, and water shoes!

Open to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or troop leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

Insect Safari
See what’s buzzing at Tyler Arboretum!  We will search the meadow for insects, big and small, to discover what flies, hops, and crawls amongst the grasses and flowers.  Then we’ll cool off in the shade of the forest as we dig in the leaf litter to find what creatures wiggle and scuttle in the soil.  This hands-on adventure will help learners of all ages become more comfortable with these cool critters, which are often misunderstood.

Open to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or troop leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

What to Wear:

All programs are hands on and take place outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes appropriate for hiking, as there may be muddy or rocky areas. Please do not wear flip flops, sandals or high heels.

For night hike: Avoid shoes/clothing that lights up or glows in the dark. Flashlights are recommended, but not required.

Questions or To Schedule:

  • To sign up for a program click on the date you would like and register online.
  • Questions, contact Rebecca Silvey, School and Community Programs Coordinator at RSilvey@tylerarboretum.org or 610-566-9134, ext. 306.

Summer Programs

Your troop may not be meeting over the summer, but you can come to Tyler with any adult and meet other Scouts in the Area. Sign up for one of our fun summer Scouts programs!

 

Summer Solstice Hike and Campfire
Celebrate the longest day of the year while taking a breathtaking hike around Tyler Arboretum as the sun begins to set.  This hike will allow Scouts of all ages to use their senses to explore trees, flowers, insects and other creatures that come out at dusk.  Following the hike, we will enjoy a roaring campfire with s’mores!

Open to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.
*We provide one s’more for every participant. We do not have alternatives available for dietary restrictions, but feel free to bring your own.
**Touches on requirements for: Brownies Outdoor Adventurer and Cadettes Night Owl badges, Tigers- Sky is the Limit, Wolf- Howling at the Moon, and Webelos- Adventures in Science

Price: $18 per child. $10 Per Adult

 

Aquatic Explorations
Visit Tyler Arboretum’s thriving frog pond and flowing stream to see who uses these waterways as their home.  We will have the chance to splash in the water as we turn over rocks and logs to learn more about the ecosystem.  Come prepared wearing swimsuits, towels, and water shoes!

Open to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

 

Insect Safari
See what’s buzzing at Tyler Arboretum!  We will search the meadow for insects, big and small, to discover what flies, hops, and crawls amongst the grasses and flowers.  Then we’ll cool off in the shade of the forest as we dig in the leaf litter to find what creatures wiggle and scuttle in the soil.  This hands-on adventure will help learners of all ages become more comfortable with these cool critters, which are often misunderstood.

Open to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages. Register with your favorite adult (any guardian or leader).  Preregistration of all participants is required.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

What to Wear:

All programs are hands on and take place outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes appropriate for hiking, as there may be muddy or rocky areas. Please do not wear flip flops, sandals or high heels.

For night hike: Avoid shoes/clothing that lights up or glows in the dark. Flashlights are recommended, but not required.

Questions or To Schedule:

  • To sign up for a program click on the date you would like and register online.
  • Questions, contact Rebecca Silvey, School and Community Programs Coordinator at RSilvey@tylerarboretum.org or 610-566-9134, ext. 306.

Gold Award/Eagle Scout

If you are interested in working with Tyler Arboretum to complete your Gold Award or Eagle Scout project, please contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt, Community Outreach Manager at 610-566-9134 x305 or JLo@tylerarboretum.org. We always prefer to speak with the Scout directly!

Projects we are Seeking:

  • Summer Camp Office Revamp
  • Team Challenge Course Construction
  • Summer Camp Amphitheater Construction
  • Geocaching Course Development
  • Navigation Course Development

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