Children’s Eco-Birthday Parties
Bring your budding naturalist for a memorable celebration at the Arboretum.
Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, your child’s special day will be one of exploration, discovery, and fun. Enjoy a one-hour nature program or walk, followed by a full hour for your own activities and refreshments in a private room.
Choose from a selection of specially developed themes, each designed to appeal to children with personal, up-close interactions with nature.
Sugar from Trees Late January – early March
Maple syrup is a favorite treat! Birthday partiers try technique to tap a tree and watch the sap flow, view the boiling process, and enjoy a taste of the finished product.
Stream Safari May – September
Turning over rocks in the stream or using dip nets in the pond, party-goers discover what inhabits our watery depths. Take a hike along the stream and visit what lives nearby. Be prepared to get wet; wear appropriate clothes and shoes (no flip-flops).
Signs of Nature Year Round
Be a nature detective! Although, many animals inhabit the Arboretum, sometimes it is difficult to see them. Learn to fine-tune your observation skills while searching for clues that animals have left behind.
Lenape Kids Year Round
During a hike on the trails children will play games and learn how Lenape children lived. Children can also have their faces painted with Native American symbols.
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs April – October
Did you know honeybees have five eyes or that worms have 5 hearts? Learn all about bugs while searching the arboretum for these 6, 8 and 100 legged critters.
Birthday Party Guidelines
Party Package Includes:
- A staff-led, one-hour Nature Program
- A staff member on duty for entire event
- Private room with tables and chairs
- $225 for Tyler members
- $250 for non-members
- $50 nonrefundable deposit is required; balance is due one week prior to the party
The event lasts two hours. An additional 30 minutes is provided for to set-up and 30 minutes to take-down. The Arboretum provides a one-hour nature program presented by our highly qualified education staff. Your party with refreshments takes place in the second hour.
- Ages four to six; maximum 12 children including siblings, with at least four adults.
- Ages six to 11; maximum 15 children with at least two adults.
- Extra children: $11 each with approval of Youth Education Coordinator.
Parties can be scheduled no more than two months in advance and no less than three weeks in advance.
Timing is flexible depending on season and other Arboretum activities.
What to Wear:
Most programs are held outdoors. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, including sturdy shoes or boots for nature explorations.
Programs run drizzle or shine; some great nature experiences happen in the drizzle! Slickers and boots are advisable in these conditions. If outdoor conditions are unsuitable or dangerous, a suitable indoor rainy day program will be substituted.
In the event of severe weather and you elect not to come, please call the number provided for staff contact. Programs must be cancelled a minimum of two hours prior to start time.
- Paper goods, table liners, party fixings, and any extra activities
- Decorations (banners and streamers are permitted if all tape and/or string are removed; noise makers, balloons, and piñatas are not permitted).
- Food (which can be brought or delivered; there is a refrigerator available for your use).
You are responsible for clean up after the birthday party. Please dispose of any trash to the trashcans; and recycle bins provided for plastic, glass, and metal.
You are responsible for the discipline of all children.
Parents dropping off guests should escort them down to the Sequoia Room in the Barn. If parents and siblings of guests wish to stay to visit the Arboretum during the party, they must pay admission when they arrive at our Visitor Center.
For information or to schedule a party, please contact:
Tyler’s Youth Education Coordinator
(610) 566-9134, x202.
The Gift of Giving
Go green! Help support the Tyler Arboretum education program and suggest donations in honor of your budding naturalist instead of gifts.