Summer Camp: Fostering a Love of Nature

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they 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.

Even though the camp of your choice may be marked as sold out, there are sometimes spaces that pop up because someone has had to pull out at the last minute. To be placed on a waiting list for ANY camp that may have space in it at a later date, PLEASE contact Joanne Landau by phone 610-566-9134, ext. 215, or via e-mail jlandau@TylerArboretum.org

These camps really are the best way to get your children out into the open air where they can learn while having fun.

Summer Camp Staff 

Each year, the success of our Summer Camps relies on the efforts and expertise of our own, full- and part-time staff, and on the invaluable assistance of a small though dedicated team of temporary (paid) camp counselors, and a small team of unpaid volunteers.

2016 Camp Descriptions

Tiny Trackers : ages 4-5 (half day)

Tiny Trackers: ages 4 – 5 (half-day)

June 27 – August 19
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday – Friday

NEW! Lunch Bunch add-on available from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Total of 8 weeks available. Sign up for however many weeks you want!
Pricing: $145 members; $175 non-members
Reduced for July 58: $115 members; $145 non-members

Limited Time Offer for Members

Receive a discount of $5 per camper per camp week when you pay in full. This offer is only available for Household members and above between January 14February 17. This discount is not valid on deposits, extended care, or Lunch Bunch.

Camp Themes

Don’t Bug Out          June 27 – July 1          Sold out.    

Kids love insects and so do we! Investigate the insect diversity living at the Arboretum by flipping over rocks, digging in soil, sweeping nets in the meadow, and dipping nets into the ponds. We will build our own insects and learn about the ways insects are beneficial to our lives.

Lenape Life          July 5 – 8          Sold out.

Experience the daily life of Lenape children who lived in our region 1,000 years ago. Learn what the girls and boys wore, what they ate, and how they passed their time. We’ll play Lenape games and explore our wigwam along with making crafts and tasting Lenape food. No camp on July 4.

Read & Roam          July 11 – 15          Sold out.      

Step into the pages of a storybook! Join us on a journey to connect the pages of storybooks with real wildlife. This adventure brings together some favorite childhood books with walks on the trails. Along the way, we will draw pictures, maintain journals, and create art from our outdoor experiences.

H2O Discoveries          July 18 – 22          Sold out.    

Spend a week with us discovering why water is essential for plants, animals, and our own survival. Enjoy the fun of scooping into our ponds to find tadpoles, water tigers, and baby dragonflies (nymphs). We will experiment with water, as well as have time to get wet and wild!

Messy Art Adventures          July 25 – 29          One spot left
Register online here         

Let your imagination soar with fun art projects inspired by Mother Nature. Use your hands, feet, and more to create one-of-a-kind messy masterpieces. Hike around to find unique materials to craft with while using the Arboretum as inspiration.

Forest Frenzy          August 1 – 5          Sold out.         

Prowl the forests together as we roll over logs, sift the soil, and tiptoe through trees and shrubs in search of creatures big and small. Get to know the quiet giants of the forest through investigation, the senses, art, and games. Come explore and have a “tree-mendous” week!

Skulls, Skins, and Scat          August 8 – 12          Sold out.  

Discover how wildlife leaves its mark on Tyler by searching the trails and streams for tracks and scat from deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and many more. Get an up-close look at skulls and skins of animals that live in PA. We’ll even try making our own ‘scat’ and animal footprints.

Fizz, Bang, POP!          August 15 – 19          Sold out.         

Back by popular demand – BOOM! Join us to create potions and watch things ooze, fizz, and explode. Explore chemistry that appears to be caused by magic to the untrained eye. We’ll have a blast doing hands-on experiments featuring acid and base reactions, color change, and states of matter transformations.

Young Explorers ages 5 - 11 (full day)

Young Explorers ages 5 – 11 (full-day)

June 27 – August 19
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday

Total of 8 weeks available. Sign up for however many weeks you want!
Pricing: $225 members; $255 non-members

Reduced for July 5 – 8: $180 members; $210 non-members

Before and After Care available at extra cost.

Camp Themes

Don’t Bug Out          June 27 – July 1          Sold out. 

Kids love insects and so do we! Investigate the insect diversity living at the Arboretum by flipping over rocks, digging in soil, sweeping nets in the meadow, and dipping nets into the ponds. We will build our own insects and learn about the ways insects are beneficial to our lives.

Lenape Life          July 5 – 8          Sold out.         

Experience the daily life of Lenape children who lived in our region 1,000 years ago. Learn what the girls and boys wore, what they ate, and how they passed their time. We’ll play Lenape games and explore our wigwam along with making crafts and tasting Lenape food. No camp on July 4.

Read & Roam          July 11 – 15          Sold out.       

Step into the pages of a storybook! Join us on a journey to connect the pages of storybooks with real wildlife. This adventure brings together some favorite childhood books with walks on the trails. Along the way, we will draw pictures, maintain journals, and create art from our outdoor experiences.

H2O Discoveries          July 18 – 22          Sold out.

Spend a week with us discovering why water is essential for plants, animals, and our own survival. Enjoy the fun of scooping into our ponds to find tadpoles, water tigers, and baby dragonflies (nymphs). We will experiment with water, as well as have time to get wet and wild!

Messy Art Adventures          July 25 – 29          Sold out.

Let your imagination soar with fun art projects inspired by Mother Nature. Use your hands, feet, and more to create one-of-a-kind messy masterpieces. Hike around to find unique materials to craft with while using the Arboretum as inspiration.

Forest Frenzy          August 1 – 5         Sold out.         

Prowl the forests together as we roll over logs, sift the soil, and tiptoe through trees and shrubs in search of creatures big and small. Get to know the quiet giants of the forest through investigation, the senses, art, and games. Come explore and have a “tree-mendous” week!

Skulls, Skins, and Scat          August 8 – 12          Sold out.

Discover how wildlife leaves its mark on Tyler by searching the trails and streams for tracks and scat from deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and many more. Get an up-close look at skulls and skins of animals that live in PA. We’ll even try making our own ‘scat’ and animal footprints.

Fizz, Bang, POP!          August 15 – 19          Sold out.          

Back by popular demand – BOOM! Join us to create potions and watch things ooze, fizz, and explode. Explore chemistry that appears to be caused by magic to the untrained eye. We’ll have a blast doing hands-on experiments featuring acid and base reactions, color change, and states of matter transformations.

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 11 – August 19

9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday

Total of 6 weeks available. Sign up for however many weeks you want!

Pricing: $325 members; $355 non-members

Before and After Care available at extra cost.

Limited Time Offer for Members

Receive a discount of $5 per camper per camp week when you pay in full. This offer is only available for Household members and above between January 14February 17. This discount is not valid on deposits, extended care, or Lunch Bunch.

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 adventures. Every Wednesday, campers embark on a field trip to a regional destination. On Thursdays, campers will stay at Tyler for a sleepover, camping out in tents and enjoying special activities such as roasting marshmallows and night hikes. Dinner and breakfast will be provided and Tyler’s historic Barn will serve as an inclement weather back-up.

Camp Themes

Saving Spaces          July 11 – 15          Sold out.          

Discover what birds, bats, and buildings have in common as we learn about conservation efforts throughout the region. Travel by ferry to visit Pea Patch Island on the Delaware River, and learn why this island is a beacon for traveling shore birds and bats alike.

Rocks Rock!          July 18 – 22          Sold out.           

Pennsylvania is a really rocky state and Tyler Arboretum is no exception. Become a rock hound as we move across landscapes, from Indian Rock to Pink Hill, learning about Tyler’s special geology. Reach new heights with the help of the Philadelphia Rock Gym!

Water Wonders          July 25 – 29          Sold out.         

Water, water everywhere, especially at Tyler. We’ll experiment with it, drink it, play in it, dirty it, and try to clean it, all to figure out what makes water so important. Canoe down the Schuylkill River and canal to find as much life as possible in our waterways.

Animal Menagerie          August 1 – 5          Sold out.         

Studying animals requires ingenuity, perseverance and patience. Hone your observation and tracking skills in search of some of our more elusive animal friends. See amazing wildlife close-up at the Elmwood Park Zoo – enjoy a program and maybe a tree climb!

Art in the Arb          August 8 – 12          Sold out.         

Form meets function as we look at nature inspired folk art. Taking inspiration from nature and ingenious crafters, we’ll create functional yet decorative designs using clay, metal, wood and paper. Visit the Wharton Esherick Museum to admire a whimsical woodcrafts collection.

Ecosystem Explorations          August 15 – 19          Sold out.         

Tyler Arboretum has ponds, streams, meadows, forests and even a savannah! Explore each of these habitats and discover what makes them so unique. Travel to the Dupont Environmental Education Center to canoe the freshwater tidal marshes of the Christina River.

Eco-Adventures: ages 13 - 15 (full-day)

Eco-Adventures: ages 13 – 15 (NEW! Full-day with off-site sleepover)

July 5 – 8

9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday

Pricing: $325 members; $355 non-members

Before and After Care available at extra cost.

Limited Time Offer for Members

Receive a discount of $5 per camper per camp week when you pay in full! This offer is only available for Household members and above between January 14 – February 17. Discount not valid on deposits, extended care or Lunch Bunch.

Camp Theme

Glacial Geology and Wandering Feet          July 5 – 8          Sold out.         

Can you hack it in the woods? Learn the survival skills necessary for camping and exploring the wilds of Pennsylvania. This includes fire safety, food preparation, orienteering, and packing appropriately, all while learning to work in a group and plan a trip. On Thursday, we’ll travel to Hickory Run State Park to hike the boulder field, explore the park and stay overnight, putting our camping skills to the test!

Camp Details

  • NEW! Lunch Bunch is available to Tiny Trackers campers for an additional fee.
    • Extended care from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Includes time for lunch, recess and extra nature enrichment from our counselors
    • Campers must be pre-registered for this service
    • Fee: $40 per week
    • Payment is due on the first day of the camp session

    Extended childcare is available for Young Explorers/Naturalists and Eco-Adventures campers for an additional fee.

    • Early drop-off is offered from 8 – 9 a.m.
    • After-care from 3 – 5 p.m.
    • Campers must be pre-registered for this service
    • Fee: $25 per day or $125 per week
    • Payment is due on the first day of the camp session

    Limited Time Offer for Members

    Receive a discount of $5 per camper per camp week when you pay in full. This offer is only available for Household members and above between January 14February 17. This discount is not valid on deposits, extended care, or Lunch Bunch.

    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 Julia Lo Ehrhardt, Volunteer Coordinator at 610-566-9134, ext. 205 or jlo@tylerarboretum.org

Registration

Click here for the Registration Form (as a fillable PDF)* or Registration Form (as a MS Word Doc). Please note, the signature area on the PDF is set up as a regular text field: your typed name is sufficient as a signature. If you feel the need to sign the form, please print out the form, sign it in black or blue ink, scan the form, save the form as a new PDF, and attached the new file to your response if sending your application via e-mail.

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Please call 610-566-9134, ext. 215 for availability before registering. 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 14 – February 17. Registration opens to the public on February 18. 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 your completed PDF or Word registration form to us (please save the document and be sure to attach it to your e-mail). Please e-mail completed forms to: JLandau@TylerArboretum.org

If you prefer, please fax your completed form to 610-891-1490, Attn: Joanne Landau.

Please use a separate form for each child. Spaces will not be held without payment.

Limited Time Offer for Members

Receive a discount of $5 per camper per camp week when you pay in full! This offer is only available for Household members and above between January 14 – February 17. Discount not valid on deposits, extended care or Lunch Bunch.

Payment in full, or a 50% deposit per camper per camp week, must accompany the registration form. If a deposit is submitted, the balance is due by June 1.

Requests for cancellation need to be made in writing and fees will be applied to each camper per camp week registered. A cancellation fee of $10 will be applied to each cancellation made by April 15. A cancellation fee of $50 will be applied to each cancellation made at least 15 business days prior to the start of the camp week.

No refunds will be issued for withdrawal or absence with less than 15 business days notice.

Forms

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2016 Summer Camp Brochure

Please note, the signature area on the PDFs is set up as a regular text field: your typed name is sufficient as a signature. If you feel the need to sign either form, please print out the forms, sign them in black or blue ink, scan the forms, save the forms as a new PDFs, and attached the new files to your response if sending your application via e-mail.

2016 Summer Camp Registration Form (PDF)*

2016 Summer Camp Registration Form (Word Doc)

2016 Parent Guide

2016 Camper Information Form (PDF)*

2016 Camper Information Form (Word Doc) 

 Camp Counselors 

Summer Camp Staff

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camp offers a great opportunity each year to provide local young people with a memorable experience.

Our standards are high and the job is demanding; but the experience is exhilarating and rewarding. You’ll have fun, you’ll earn a competitive pay, you’ll gain valuable experience, and you’ll make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Our needs for summer camp staff for 2016 are now complete and we are no longer accepting application.
If you would like to be considered for next year’s camp, be sure to revisit this page in the first few weeks of 2017.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be able to commit to eight (8) weeks of summer camp and one (1) week of pre-camp training
  • You must be available 8:30 a.m. -4 p.m., Monday – Friday from June 20 through until August 19, 2016
  • You must also be available for one additional time slot, which includes before care (starting at 7:30 a.m.), after care (staying until 5:15 p.m.), or overnights (Thursday nights). Opportunities for additional hours may also be available.
  • Once offered a position, you must complete the required background checks (see below).

If this sounds like you, please provide the following:

  • A completed 2017 Camp Application form (which you’ll find posted on this page in early January, 2017)
  • Submit your work history and a résumé.
  • the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can vouch for you.

Please do not contact us until details are published in the early part of 2017.

Thank you for your interest in Tyler Arboretum’s summer camp program.

Liz Hornbach

Youth Education Manager/Summer Camp Director
lhornbach@tylerarboretum.org
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063

Interview

Once all your paperwork has been received, it will be reviewed. If you meet the requirements, and space is available, you will be contacted for an interview.

Background checks

As per Pennsylvania law, in order to work with children, all individuals are required to obtain clearances, which include the following:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check

Clearances current within the last three years will be accepted. Once you have been accepted as camp staff, the Youth Program Manager/Summer Camp Director will contact you to complete this process.

For more information on http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/clearances/index.htm

Medical form

Once you have been accepted as a Summer Camp staff member you will need to complete the Camp Staff Medical Form. This form alerts camp staff of any pertinent medical information, and what to do in case you need emergency medical treatment while you are at the Arboretum.

Pre-Camp training

Prior to camp a 5-day training will take place to orientate you to the camp program, to your duties as a summer camp counselor, and to the other staff and volunteers you’ll be working with this summer. This training is mandatory and will be held June 20 -24, 2016, 8:30-4:00.

If you have any questions regarding at summer camp, please contact:

Liz Hornbach
Youth Program Manager/Summer Camp Director
Lhornbach@tylerarboretum.org
610-566-9134, ext. 202

 Camp Volunteers 

Volunteers make it possible to provide high quality programming.

To apply to be a volunteer for the 2016 Summer Camp season please read the following guidelines and complete the required paperwork, which is required for all Camp volunteers, even if you have volunteered previously with Summer Camp here at Tyler.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 14 and 21, on June 1, 2017
  • Must be able to commit to at least two weeks of summer camp
    • Weeks do not need to be consecutive
    • In order to provide a cohesive and consistent experience for our campers, you must be able to attend camp each day of a given week, if you are unable to attend for the entire week, please select a different week.
    • Volunteers must be available 8:30am-4:00pm. Additional volunteer opportunities are available during after care (staying until 5:15pm)
  • Must be able to attend a one-day camp orientation and training (dates to be confirmed)
  • If over the age of 18, once accepted as a volunteer you must complete the required background checks (see below).

Paperwork

  • Complete the 2017 Camp Volunteer form when it becomes available in early 2017.
  • Submit your paperwork to:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt
Volunteer Coordinator
jlo@tylerarboretum.org
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063

Applications must be received no later than May 2, 2016. Applications received earlier will be reviewed earlier.

Interview

Once all your paperwork has been received, it will be reviewed. If you meet the requirements, and there are still spaces for volunteers, you will be contacted for an interview. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in 2017.

For volunteer candidates age 18 or older

As per Pennsylvania law, in order to work or volunteer with children, individuals age 18 or older are required to obtain clearances, which include the following:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check
    • Only necessary if you have lived outside of PA during the last 10 years.
    • Volunteers who are not required to obtain the FBI Clearance because they are applying for an unpaid position and have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years must swear or affirm in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under §6344.

Fees for volunteers for the first two clearances have been waived by the state of Pennsylvania. If you need to submit the FBI clearance, there is a cost and Tyler Arboretum will compensate you, with the proper documentation. Clearances current within the last three years will be accepted. Once you have been accepted as a camp volunteer, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you with more details on how to complete this process.

For more information on http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/clearances/index.htm

Pre-Camp training and orientation

Prior to camp a one-day training will take place to orient you to the camp program, to your duties as a Summer Camp volunteer and to the staff and other volunteers you will be working with this summer. This training is mandatory. Please indicate which date(s) you are available on the application. Volunteers only need to attend one date, but indicate all dates which you are available to attend. Options are June 14 or June 18, 2016.

Schedule

Volunteers must be available 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday – Friday, for at least two weeks during Summer Camp. Additional volunteer opportunities are available during after care (staying until 5:30 p.m.).

If you have any questions regarding Volunteering with Summer Camp, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt
Volunteer Coordinator
jlo@tylerarboretum.org
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063

Summer Camp Volunteer Job Description

Position summary: Summer Camp Volunteers are paired with a camper group and assist the counselors with the daily operations of camp. Volunteers interact with the staff and with the campers to enhance the camp experience by assisting with camper supervision and safety and leading various parts of the campers’ day. Most importantly volunteers are role models for campers and are leaders in inspiring fun!

Responsibilities:

  • Follow all policies and procedures for maintaining supervision of campers at all times while under the supervision of the counselor
  • Assist with leading daily activities, including games, crafts, hikes, and lunch
  • Participates actively in all activities, engaging campers, and creating a quality experience
  • Reports to work on time, dressed appropriately, and ready for camp
  • Works to maintain a safe and clean environment
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Will shadow and learn skills to help be an effective leader

Qualifications:

  • Must be between the ages of 14 and 21
  • Must be able to commit to at least two solid weeks of summer camp (do not need to be consecutive weeks)
  • Must be able to attend a one-day camp orientation and training in June.
  • Willing and able to participate in all camp activities with campers;
  • Able to lift and carry up to 35 lbs, work in extreme outdoor weather conditions (sun, heat, rain) and in various environmental conditions (fields, trails, etc.).
  • A team player with good communication skills, willing to learn.
  • A desire to have fun!

Schedule: Volunteers must be available 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, for at least two weeks during Summer Camp. Additional volunteer opportunities are available during after care (staying until 5:30 p.m.).

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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