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.

What’s New for 2019! 

A Great Camp, Now Made Even Better.

We are always adding and expanding programs to enhance your child’s camp experience, while still maintaining the core of what makes Tyler Summer Camp so special. Check out the new additions to this year’s camp. We aim to give each child the best possible experience as they explore the marvel of the natural world, and discover their place within it!

 

Adventurers, Revamped!

Are you ready for adventure? These teen camps are designed to challenge campers with awesome outdoor experiences. Spend Monday at Tyler doing all the things that you love, then spend the rest of the week traveling to different local areas on both day trips and overnight trips. Explore interesting new environments and put your camping skills to the test! Campers will walk away from this week with a newfound confidence and strong friendships. Overnights include 1 or 2 day options.

 

Family Camping Excursion
(August 21-23)

Take a trip with Tyler as a family! Meet us at Parvin State Park in NJ (about an hour from Tyler Arboretum) and spend three days with us in the great outdoors. Bring your tent to set up in our group campsite and spend fun-filled days camping, hiking, canoeing, and swimming.

The Summer Camp brochure is coming soon!

Registration Opens:

Family/Household Members (and above): January 7
Family members (and above) who register on or before January 20
receive a free Tyler Summer Camp bag (One per camper)

Become a member and register early!

To other members and the public: January 21.

 

If you have questions about camp registration, please call Joanne: 610-566-9134, ext. 303.

If you have other questions about camp, please call Liz: 610-566-9134 ext. 302.

Camper Details

Snacks, Meals, and Water 

Campers MUST have a water bottle. Often campers will be out and about away from the building, and away from drinkable water sources. They must have the ability to stay hydrated even on their adventures. Please ensure your camper has a reusable water bottle every day. Please consider packing a low-waste snack and lunch with reusable containers and napkins, one that avoids extraneous packaging and non-recyclable materials. Please consider removing the plastic cover on

Please consider packing a low-waste snack and lunch with reusable containers and napkins, one that avoids extraneous packaging and non-recyclable materials. Please consider removing the plastic cover on juice-box straws, as they tend to litter the Arboretum after lunch time. Tyler is not a peanut-free facility, but we encourage you to consider packing peanut-free foods, as there are many campers with allergies. Please contact us if you have allergy concerns. Dinner and breakfast are provided for campers during overnights.

Clothing and Footwear

Campers should come dressed ready for outdoor exploration and play in clothes that may get dirty. Campers must wear closed toed shoes, such as sneakers. Flip flops or open toed sandals are not acceptable camp shoes.

Please pack a bathing suit, towel and water shoes every day, as there is always the possibility of a stream adventure or water games, especially on those extra hot days! Water shoes must be a style of shoe that will stay on while in the water. Closed water shoes, sandals that strap to feet or old sneakers work best. Flip flops are not acceptable.

For young campers, an extra set of clothes is recommended.

Please label all items with your child’s name (including shoes, towels, lunch bags and water bottles). Many items end up in the lost and found and are never claimed. If they are labeled, we make every effort to return them to the camper. All unclaimed lost and found items are donated at the end of August.

Medications

All medications to be administered at camp or on an overnight must be listed on the Camper Information and Health Form, completed by a physician.

This includes emergency medication (inhalers, epi-pens, etc.), routine prescription medication, over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Benadryl, etc.) and vitamins.

Camper Information Health Form

Refund Policy 

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing and fees will be applied to each camper, per camp week. A cancellation fee of $10 will be applied to each cancellation prior to April 13, 2018. A cancellation fee of $50 will be applied to each cancellation thereafter, up to 15 business days prior to the start of the camp week. No refunds will be issued for withdrawal or absence with notice of less than 15 business days.

Tiny Trackers (No Longer Available)

Tiny Trackers

Due to the Pennsylvania state childcare regulations for children who have not yet entered kindergarten, Tyler Arboretum will no longer be offering Tiny Trackers camp. In order to enroll in Explorers camp, children must have completed kindergarten at the start of camp. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope that your family will consider participating in our summer public programs offerings for ages 4 and 5. Please see the Programs Catalog for more information.

Explorers (Grades 1-5)

Explorers camps are full-day camps where kids can be kids. Days are filled with activities designed to engage their curiosity and to help them develop a love for nature. Counselors with each group will help youth to develop life skills such as conflict resolution, decision making and confidence. Campers will embark on a new adventure each day as they explore the stream, roam in the meadow, hike in the woods, find frogs, turtles and aquatic bugs, and play in the tree houses.

Due to the Pennsylvania state childcare regulations for children who have not yet entered kindergarten, in order to enroll in Explorers camp, children must have completed kindergarten at the start of camp. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope that your family will consider participating in our summer public programs offerings for ages 4 -6. Please see the Programs Catalog for more information.

Entering 1st – 5th grade
Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm
Members: $280
Non-members: $330
Campers should bring a mid-morning snack and a packed lunch.

Extended Care  If you need to extend your camp day, before and after care are available. See the Extended Care tab below for more details and online registration.

 

Naturalists (Grades 6-8)

Naturalists camps are designed for campers who are ready for a more in-depth experience, focusing on comprehensive activities, team building and off-site adventures. Youth will spend their days investigating the natural world, its inhabitants and the interconnectedness of nature. Counselors will ensure that each camper is challenging themselves in a positive and friendly atmosphere. Each week the group will embark on an off-site adventure and discover new strengths, while developing new skills. On Thursdays, campers will stay overnight and explore Tyler at night, with evening hikes, making s’mores by the campfire and sleeping out in tents in the Arboretum.

Entering Grades 6-8
Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm
Thursday – Overnight
Members: $380
Non-members: $430

Campers should bring a mid-morning snack and a packed lunch. Dinner and breakfast are provided during overnights.
Each camp week includes an off-site field trip (Wednesday) and an on-site overnight (Thursday to Friday).

Extended Care  If you need to extend your camp day, before and after care are available. See the Extended Care tab below for more details and online registration.

 

Adventurers (Grades 9-12)

NEW DESIGN!

Adventurers, are you ready for adventure? These teen camps are designed to challenge campers with awesome outdoor experiences. Spend Monday at Tyler doing all the things that you love, then spend the rest of the week traveling to different local areas on both day trips and overnight trips. Explore interesting new environments and put your camping skills to the test! Campers will walk away from this week with a newfound confidence and strong friendships.

Entering Grades 9-12
Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm
Thursday – Overnight
Members: $500
Non-members: $550

Campers should bring a mid-morning snack and a packed lunch.
Each camp week includes off-site day trips(s) and off-site field trip with overnight (1 or 2 nights).

Extended Care  If you need to extend your camp day, before and after care are available. See the Extended Care tab below for more details and online registration.

 

Forms

PLEASE NOTE: It’s important that parents and guardians download and read the paperwork listed below. A completed Camper Information & Health Form is required for every camper.

You can register for all camps via our online registration system. The process is quick and secure and we accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover Card, and American Express. If you prefer to pay by check, please download, complete, and mail the registration form.

Mail this form, with your check to:

Joanne Landau
Tyler Arboretum Summer Camp
515 Painter Road Media, PA 19063

Please make checks payable to: Tyler Arboretum.

Please note, the quickest way to register and secure your camp slot is by registering online using the link in the camp description above.

Camper Information Health Form
Parent’s Guide

Paper Registration Form (If not using online registration, or if you wish to pay by check.)

All registrations for 2018’s camp are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We process applications as they are received. Spaces fill quickly and our camps always sell out.

Be sure to register your spot early!

Extended Care

Extend your camp day with before and after care.

Sign Up By The Week

Need care for an entire week, sign up here.

Explorer Campers: Monday – Friday

Naturalist & Adventurer Campers
Thursday Afternoons and Friday Mornings are included with the overnight.


Sign Up By The Day
Need care for just a few days? Sign up here.

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
June 25
June 26
June 27
June 28
June 29

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 2
July 3
July 5
July 6

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 2
July 3
July 5
July 6 

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 9
July 10
July 11
July 12
July 13 

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 9
July 10
July 11
July 12
July 13 

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 16
July 17
July 18
July 19
July 20 

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 16
July 17
July 18
July 19
July 20 

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 23
July 24
July 25
July 26
July 27 

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 30
July 31
August 1
August 2
August 3

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
August 6
August 7
August 8
August 9
August 10 

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
August 6
August 7
August 8
August 9
August 10 


Register online at any time. For questions contact:
Joanne Landau jlandau@tylerarboretum.org, 610-566-9134, ext. 303.
Liz Hornbach, lhornbach@tylerarboretum.org, 610-566-9134, ext. 302. (or ext. 202 from June 18-August 17, 2018)

Payment must be made in full at time of registration, and pre-registration is required.

Before Care (8-9 a.m.): $10 per camper, per day. Or $50 per week
After Care (3-5 p.m.): $15 per camper, per day. Or $75 per week.

Registration Opens:

Family Members (and above): January 7

Family/Household members (and above) who register on or before January 20
receive a free Tyler Summer Camp bag (One per camper)

Become a member and register early!

To other members and the public: January 21.

 

 

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