Family Volunteer Opportunities

At Tyler, we invite families to volunteer together. We know that youth with the encouragement of a family member during nature explorations, will grow up to be outdoor enthusiasts and conservators. Our age limit is 12 years old to volunteer at Tyler Arboretum. All youth 12 to 15 must volunteer with a parent or responsible adult. Please review the following carefully prior to filling out Volunteer Family Application form. Contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt at if you have questions.

REMEMBER to sign-up for our monthly volunteer electronic newsletter to stay current on news and upcoming event sign-ups.

Join the team that provides engaging interpretation of Tyler Arboretum by answering questions and providing suggestions for their visit. Training begins in April. To find out more about the Ambassador Program, come to one of the meet and greet: March 10 or March 17, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Missed the meet and greet and the training dates, but still interested? Contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt

When: Fridays, Saturdays from May to end of October, morning and afternoon shifts.

Blue Bird Box Monitor – Full
Started in 1970 to address the decline of blue birds, the Blue Bird Box monitor program is a wonderful outlet for individual and families to learn about conservation and to practice conservation. Volunteers are needed to monitor boxes on Tyler property from April through August on a weekly basis. You need not be a birder just a lover of outdoors and a commitment to nature. Must be able to hike 2 miles without difficulties. We are currently not actively recruiting but the right person may be added.

When: seasonal; mutually agreed time.

Are you creative and love to express yourself through paint, glue, and glitter? If your craft room cannot contain your energy, come join our crafting volunteers and help put the magical touches to many of our displays. Most of the work is indoors. Work at your own pace. We are currently not actively recruiting but the right person may be added.

When: April to October; Tuesday mornings.

Exhibition Maintenance
From Tree Houses to Fairy Houses and much more, we need your help to maintain them. Help by re-stocking materials, dusting, wiping and general tidying up. Schedule is flexible. We provide all materials. This is perfect for our volunteers that are available on the weekends or who would like to work as a family.

When: seasonal; mutually agreeable time.

Natural Areas Restoration
According to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, garlic mustard, mile-a-minute, burning bush and Canada thistle are some of the worst invasives in Pennsylvania. Without vigilant removal and care of natural areas, we stand to lose natural habitats and therefore diversity. Join our crew to help remove invasive plants from our meadows and woodlands so that our wildflowers and native plants can survive. You will learn how to remove invasives and identify native plants. Regular access to email is required. Attend one of our meet and greets held on March 17 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Email Julia Lo Ehrhardt – to let us know you are coming.

When: TBD

Special Events
Do you love community events? Do you find talking to people energizing? Then this is for you. Volunteers are needed to assist with all phases of our special events: event set-up/take down, staffing information stations, leading activities, assisting visitors, assembling gift bags and much more. This is usually a half-day commitment and Tyler provides on-the-job training. Special event volunteer opportunities are posted in the monthly volunteer e-newsletter usually 2 months ahead of the event. To sign up for our monthly volunteer e-newsletter, click here.

The following are some of our major events and time of year we host them:

February – Pancake Breakfast
March/April – Eggstravaganza
May – Plant Sale
June – Ride, Roll or Stroll the Scenic Loop; Tyler at Twilight
July – Wacky Water
August – Bugs and Butterflies
October – Pumpkin Days

Trail Monitor
Love to hike our 17 miles of trails and want to help in maintaining them? If you are handy or have experience in trail clearing, join the Trail Monitor group. Volunteers are assigned different trails to monitor and maintain at their own schedule. Tools are supplied. Monitors need to be physically fit and be able to carry tools in and out of work sites.

When: Mutually agreed upon times and dates.

Interested? Here’s what to do next:

To sign up for family-based volunteer opportunities, complete and return this form.
To sign up for our monthly volunteer newsletter, click here.

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