Summer Camp: Fostering a Love of Nature

Tyler Arboretum’s summer camps connect kids with nature as campers explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun, interactive learning through nature and stewardship projects, games, naturalist-led learning sessions, crafts and hikes.

2015 Summer Camp Descriptions

Tiny Trackers : ages 4-5 (Half Day)

Tiny Trackers : ages 4-5 (Half Day)

June 22August 14
9:00 am – 11:30 am MondayFriday

Total of 8 Weeks Available. Sign up for however many weeks you want!
Pricing: $120 members; $150 non-members
Except June 29 – July 2: $90 members;   $120 non-members

Multiple Week Discount: Register for a minimum of 4 weeks and receive $10 off each additional week.

Camp Themes

June 22 – 26 
I Spy Nature

Nature is full of mystery just waiting to be explored. Discover what is hidden in the woods and tiptoe through the gardens to search for animal clues and unusual plants. Adventurous kids will love searching for tracks, scat, feathers and other animal signs.

June 29 – July 2 
Summer-Palooza

Come make summertime memories with us! Play in a stream, roll down hills, participate in boat races and fly a kite. Enjoy the best parts of summer through creative play and exciting discoveries. Nature is our teacher; let’s see where it leads us. No camp July 3.

July 6 – 10
To the Pond and Bey0nd!

Ponds and streams are great habitats for many of our favorite critters and are filled with cool plants. Become an aquatic aficionado as you dip nets in the pond, catch frogs, count sunbathing turtles and turn rocks in the stream looking for salamanders and crayfish.

July 13 – 17 
Bug-O-Mania

Get up-close and personal with bugs that pollinate our gardens, swim in the stream, live up in the trees and down in the soil. Explore the buzzworthy roles insects play in our lives through an insect safari adventure and buggy Olympic games. Discover the many beautiful and fascinating insects that
call Tyler home.

July 20 – 24
The Dirt on Soil 

What happens when a tree falls in the woods? It decomposes and turns into soil! Create mud pies, make seed bombs and squish your toes in mud. Wear your play clothes for this week of digging, sifting, pouring and creating with soil.

July 27 – 30
Nature’s Superheroes

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s Superman! Perfect for kids who marvel at the fastest, the strongest and the best of everything. Explore the science behind superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman – how do spiders spin webs and bats fly? Create your own nature-based superhero, play games, look at real animal “superpowers” and have a BAM! WOW! SHA–ZAM! week.

August 3 – 7 
Arboretum Adventures 

Trees are terrific! You probably ate something tasty from a tree today for breakfast or lunch. Trees give us the air we breathe, chocolate for snacks and shade to rest in. Discover the many wonders of trees while you make woodsy crafts, eat tree snacks and have a tree-mendous time exploring
Tyler’s tree houses.

August 10 – 14 
Fizz, Bang, POP!

BOOM! If you love to create potions and watch things ooze, fizz and explode, then you’ve come to the right place. Explore chemistry that appears to be caused by magic to the untrained eye. From acid & base reactions, to color changes and states of matter transformations, kids will have a blast during this hands-on camp.

Young Explorers ages 5 - 11 (Full Day)

Young Explorers ages 5 – 11 (Full Day)

June 22  August 14
9:00 am – 3:00 pm MondayFriday

Total of 8 Weeks Available. Sign up for however many weeks you want!
Pricing: $200 members; $230 non-members
Except June 29 – July 2: $160 members; $190 non-members
Before and After Care available at extra cost.

Multiple Week Discount: Register for a minimum of 4 weeks and receive $10 off each additional week.

Camp Themes 

June 22 – 26 
I Spy Nature

Nature is full of mystery just waiting to be explored. Discover what is hidden in the woods and tiptoe through the gardens to search for animal clues and unusual plants. Adventurous kids will love searching for tracks, scat, feathers and other animal signs.

June 29 – July 2 
Summer-Palooza

Come make summertime memories with us! Play in a stream, roll down hills, participate in boat races and fly a kite. Enjoy the best parts of summer through creative play and exciting discoveries. Nature is our teacher; let’s see where it leads us. No camp July 3.

July 6 – 10
To the Pond and Beyond!

Ponds and streams are great habitats for many of our favorite critters and are filled with cool plants. Become an aquatic aficionado as you dip nets in the pond, catch frogs, count sunbathing turtles and turn rocks in the stream looking for salamanders and crayfish.

July 13 – 17 
Bug-O-Mania

Get up-close and personal with bugs that pollinate our gardens, swim in the stream, live up in the trees and down in the soil. Explore the buzzworthy roles insects play in our lives through an insect safari adventure and buggy Olympic games. Discover the many beautiful and fascinating insects that
call Tyler home.

July 20 – 24
The Dirt on Soil 

What happens when a tree falls in the woods? It decomposes and turns into soil! Create mud pies, make seed bombs and squish your toes in mud. Wear your play clothes for this week of digging, sifting, pouring and creating with soil.

July 27 – 30
Nature’s Superheroes

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s Superman! Perfect for kids who marvel at the fastest, the strongest and the best of everything. Explore the science behind superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman – how do spiders spin webs and bats fly? Create your own nature-based superhero, play games, look at real animal “superpowers” and have a BAM! WOW! SHA–ZAM! week.

August 3 – 7 
Arboretum Adventures 

Trees are terrific! You probably ate something tasty from a tree today for breakfast or lunch. Trees give us the air we breathe, chocolate for snacks and shade to rest in. Discover the many wonders of trees while you make woodsy crafts, eat tree snacks and have a tree-mendous time exploring
Tyler’s tree houses.

August 10 – 14 
Fizz, Bang, POP!

BOOM! If you love to create potions and watch things ooze, fizz and explode, then you’ve come to the right place. Explore chemistry that appears to be caused by magic to the untrained eye. From acid & base reactions, to color changes and states of matter transformations, kids will have a blast during this hands-on camp.

Young Naturalists: ages 11 – 13 (Full Day with Sleepover and Field Trip)

Young Naturalists: ages 11 – 13 (Full Day with Sleepover and Field Trip)

July 13 – August 14
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday–Friday

Sign up for however many weeks you want!
Young Naturalist: $270 member; $300 non-member
Before and After Care available at extra cost.

Multiple Week Discount: Register for a minimum of 4 weeks and receive $10 off each additional week.

These camps are designed for older campers who are ready for a more in-depth experience, focusing on extended activities, team building and off-site adventure. Every Wednesday, campers embark on a field trip to a local destination. On Thursdays, campers will stay for a sleepover, camping out in tents and enjoying special activities such as stargazing, roasting marshmallows around a camp fire and exploring the Arboretum after dark.
Dinner and breakfast will be provided and Tyler’s historic Barn will serve as an inclement weather back-up.

Camp Themes 

July 13 – 17
Kid vs. Wild 

Who can survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems. Learn to build a shelter, tie knots, use a compass and make a fire. At Camp Conrad Weiser, try your hand at archery and learn how to prepare for an extended outdoor adventure.

July 20 – 24
Deer, Frogs, and Skunks–Oh My!

Do you think you can run faster than a deer or disappear like a frog? Discover why a wolf ’s nose is wet and why a rabbit has big ears. Explore animal adaptations, strengths and weaknesses and survival in the wild. Go horseback riding and visit a horse retirement home to learn about equine
adaptations and limitations.

July 27 – 30
Watershed Investigation

Learn where your water comes from during this hands-on week all about H2O. Participate in aquatic experiments, create your own watershed and learn the importance of water conservation. Go tubing down the lower Brandywine River and discover which animals call the river home while exploring its watershed.

August 3 – 7 
Animal Avengers

Campers to the rescue! Learn the importance of conservation by participating in projects at Tyler. Work in the Chestnut Nursery, plant trees in the
North Woods and control invasive species along the stream. Search for bluebirds with one of Tyler’s bluebird box monitors to discover why protecting habitats is so important. See conservation in action at the Philadelphia Zoo and learn what they are doing for animals and their habitats.

August 10 – 14
Art in the Arb

Come discover the many faces of Mother Nature and let your creative juices flow! Capture nature’s beauty through traditional art media like painting and drawing. Find unique materials to craft with while using the Arboretum as inspiration. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and explore how nature inspired great artists.

Camp Details

  • Extended childcare is available for Young Explorers and Naturalists campers for an additional fee.
    • Early drop-off is offered from 8 to 9 a.m.
    • After care from 3 to 5 p.m.
    • Campers must be pre-registered for this service.
    • Fee: $12 per day, or $60 per week.
    • Payment is due on the first day of the camp session.
  • Multiple Week Discount: Register for a minimum of 4 weeks and receive $10 off each additional week.

Additional information will be sent upon receipt of registration.

Dress for the outdoors as portions of each program are held outside in fields and forests, along streams and at the pond.

Junior Counselor volunteer opportunities are available (minimum age: 14). For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 610-566-9134, x205.

2014 Counselors

Meet the 2014 Summer Camp Counselors! Your kids are in great hands with these experienced counselors who will be teaching and mentoring your young ones during the summer.

2014-Camp-Counselors-WEB

(L-R) Chelsea, Gabriel, Amy, Josh, Rachel, Zayd

 

Martha Moore, Camp Director

Ms. Moore serves at Youth Education Coordinator overseeing all public, school, birthdays, and scout youth programs. Ms. Moore has 15 years professional experience in non-formal environmental education. She received her B.S in Environmental Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Tyler Arboretum in December 2007, she worked for The Howard County Conservancy as the Director of Education, did a year of service through AmeriCorp and worked at three other nature centers as an educator. Martha is responsible for enhancing and expanding the youth programs at Tyler Arboretum. This is Martha’s twelfth year as a Camp Director.

Registration

Click here for the Registration Form

Please call for availability before sending in registration. Thank you!

Registrations are accepted in the order in which they are received. Registration is limited to Tyler Household level members and above from January 5 – February 13. Registration opens to the public after February 13. Registration by email, mail or fax should be directed to Joanne Landau.

Complete the Summer Camp Registration Form and return it with payment to:
Joanne Landau, Registrar
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063-4424
You can also email it to jlandau@TylerArboretum.org or fax it to 610-891-1490, Attn: Joanne Landau.

Please use a separate form for each child.

Multiple Week Discount: Register for a minimum of 4 weeks and receive $10 off each additional week.

Member Sibling Rate: Tyler Arboretum members (Household level or above) receive a $10 discount per session for each additional household family member who registers for camp.

Payment in full, or a $50 deposit per session, must accompany the registration form. If a deposit is submitted, the remainder of the fee is due by June 1. Places will not be held without payment. A full refund will be issued for cancellations made before May 1, less a $10 administration fee. A full refund, less a $50 administration fee, will be issued for cancellations made in writing at least 10 days prior to the start of the program.
No refunds will be issued for withdrawal or absence with less than 10 days notice.

Forms


Questions about registration? Call 610-566-9134 ext 215
Questions about camps? Call 610-566-9134 ext 202
Questions about volunteering? Call 610-566-9134 ext 205

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