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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 camper/staff ratios facilitate fun, interactive learning through nature and stewardship projects, games, naturalist-led learning sessions, crafts, and hikes.

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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.


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.

Find Tyler’s Summer Camps on Google Maps, click here!

 

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 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 Naturalist overnights.

Clothing and Footwear

Campers should come dressed ready for outdoor exploration and play in clothes that may get dirty. Campers must wear either closed toed shoes, such as sneakers, or sandals that strap to the feet. Flip flops 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 

Payment must be made in full at time of registration. Spaces cannot be held without full payment.
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 made on or before April 12, 2019. A cancellation fee of $50 will be applied to each cancellation thereafter, up to 21 days prior to the start of the camp week. No refunds will be issued for withdrawal or absence with notice of less than 21 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.

Family Camping Excursion (ages 5+)

Family Camping Excursion

August 21-23
Families, with children ages 5 and up

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.

Register Here

Wednesday
Arrive at 11am and set up camp. You’ll have plenty of time to hit the beach, swim in the lake and spend time with your family. Cook dinner around the fire and, in the evening, Tyler staff will lead a night hike for those who want to explore the trails.

 

 

Thursday
The group will take to the water and spend the morning exploring by canoe. After lunch spend free time with your family: swim, play games or join an activity led by Tyler staff. We’ll cook dinner and spend the evening by the fire’s glow. Share your favorite talent, skit or song.

 

 

Friday
Cook a big breakfast around the campfire, then spend the rest of your day hiking, swimming or joining in an activity led by Tyler staff. Bid your farewells to your newfound friends and depart by 3pm.

Breakfasts & Dinners provided. Please pack items for lunches and snacks. Canoeing gear will be provided; please bring camping gear. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Members: $150, Non-members: $175 (pricing is per person)
Register Here

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 grades 1-5
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.


 

Engineering Creations
June 24-28
Use your imagination and your scientific mind to design and build feats of engineering genius. Construct towers, bridges, catapults, roller coasters, dams and more. Learn how human engineers are constantly inspired by Mother Nature’s plant and animal engineers.
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Savage Storms
July 1-3
Journey into the wild world of weather and experience the excitement of squalls and cyclones. Create lightning in your mouth, make a model of a hurricane and stir up a tornado. Be fascinated as you learn about how some of the world’s most dangerous weather is formed.
Mini-week pricing: $230 members, $280 non-members.
Register Here

Art in Nature
July 8-12
Get creative and let nature inspire you. Go on collecting adventures around the Arboretum and turn what you find into works of art. Some art will stay, some art will go – where the fun stops, nobody knows! Make a self-portrait using natural materials and an art piece to wear.
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Nature Detectives
July 15-19
Be a sleuth and use scientific tools to unlock the mysteries that are hidden in the world around us. Investigate clues, identify patterns and conduct experiments to reveal the secret world hidden from the untrained eye. What will you uncover this week?
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Water Wonders
July 22-26
Cool off during this fun-filled week in the water! Explore and experiment alongside frogs, turtles and other water-dwelling critters to find out more about water’s role in nature. We’ll play water games, turn over wet rocks and make some aqua-inspired crafts.
Register Here

Furry Forest Friends
July 29-Aug 2
Chipmunks, and squirrels and fox, oh my! There are so many furry friends, big and small, that live at the Arboretum. In this week of animal exploration, get to know more about where they live, what they eat and who their friends are.
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Flower Power
August 5-9
Flowers are beautiful, but why are they so important to nature? We’ll find out why humans and animals love them so much! Make flower art, dissect a flower to discover what’s inside, and even plant some of your own to take home.
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Fizz, Bang, POP!
August 12-16
Create potions and watch things ooze, fizz and explode! Explore the 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.
Register Here

 

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.

 

I ♥ Tyler
July 1-3
Spend three days at Tyler doing what you love most: splashing in the stream, going on hikes and exploring the meadows. Investigate the critters that are living in our ponds, fields and forests. Hike out to Indian Rock, play games and enjoy just being at Tyler.
Mini-week does not include trip or overnight.
Mini-week pricing: $230 members, $280 non-members.
Register Here

Survival Masters
July 8-12
Spend the week learning how to master the wilderness. Learn skills to survive in the wild, such as how to build a fire and find food. Take a walk with an expert horticulturist to gather edible plants and make a snack. On Wednesday, head to the Gravity Vault to test your agility on the rock climbing wall.
Register Here

Water WondersFull
July 22-26
Have a splash of fun with a week of aquatic activities! Conduct experiments, play water games and explore the ponds and stream to see what kind of creatures are living here at Tyler. Then jump in some canoes and explore
another aquatic ecosystem on the Christiana River.
Register Here


Animal Menagerie
July 29-August 2
Are you stealth enough to sneak up on a squirrel? Hone your observation and tracking skills in search of some of our more elusive animal friends. See what you can observe in the wild here at Tyler, then see amazing wildlife up close at the Elmwood Park Zoo.
Register Here

Engineering Creations
August 5-9
Use your imagination and your scientific mind to design and build feats of engineering genius. Learn how submarines work and construct an aquatic vessel. Visit the Independence Seaport Museum to build simple machines and then tour their battleship, submarine and pirate ship!
Register Here

 


Field Trip Mania!

If one field trip is loads of fun, then FOUR will be out of this world! Spend Monday at Tyler doing your favorite things, then spend the rest of the week on off-site adventures. Campers will return to Tyler by 3pm each day for regular pick up.
$525 members, $575 non-members

Aquatic Explorations
July 15-19
Get wet and wild during this week of aqua-inspired adventures. Canoe the Schuylkill River, go fishing at Linvilla Orchards and splash around at CoCo Key waterpark. Camp out at the Arboretum on Thursday night and spend a lazy Friday floating in a tube down the Brandywine River.
*Campers must be competent swimmers.
Register Here

 

Outdoor Adventures 
August 5-9
Journey through majestic forests and scenic waterways on these epic outdoor adventures. Bike through Valley Forge Historic Park, play disc golf at French Creek State Park and traverse the tree tops at TreeTop Quest. Camp out at the Arboretum on Thursday night and spend Friday kayaking the scenic lake at Marsh Creek State Park.
Register Here

 

Adventurers (Grades 9-12)

NEW FORMAT!

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 trip(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.


Beachy Bonanza
July 8-12
Spend your week exploring different aquatic environments. Spend Monday at Tyler doing all the things you love, then take a day trip on Tuesday to the Brandywine River where you’ll spend a lazy day floating in an inner tube. Wednesday you will depart for the Jersey shore and spend two nights camping out. While you are there you’ll swim and hike at Belleplain State Forest, and hit the beach in Sea Isle City and the boardwalk in Ocean City. Splash in the ocean, ride some rides, and get Manco & Manco’s pizza. This week is sure to be filled with loads of fun!
*Campers must be competent swimmers.
Register Here

 

Historic Adventures
July 29-Aug 2
Gear up for an adventure of historic proportions! Discover the historical stories that are often hidden in the natural landscape. Spend Monday at Tyler, then Tuesday take a day trip to Valley Forge and spend the day bicycling around the scenic park. Wednesday head to the Mütter Museum for an experience you’ll be sure to remember. Learn about medicine during the Civil War era and investigate their cool and creepy collections. Thursday head to Gettysburg and hike around this scenic piece of American history and spend the night camping on the battlefields. This is history like you’ve never seen it before!
Register Here

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
Parents Guide

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

All registrations for 2019’s camp are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We process applications as they are received. Spaces fill quickly.

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

Adventurer Campers
Afternoons and Mornings are included on overnights 

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 8-12
July 29-Aug 2
 
After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 8-12
July 29-Aug 2


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

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
June 24
June 25
June 26
June 27
June 28

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
June 24
June 25
June 26
June 27
June 28

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 1
July 2
July 3

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

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 8
July 9

July 10
July 11
July 12 

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 8
July 9

July 10
July 11
July 12

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 15
July 16

July 17
July 18
July 19 

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 15
July 16

July 17
July 18
July 19

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 22
July 23

July 24
July 25
July 26 

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 22
July 23

July 24
July 25
July 26 

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
July 29
July 30
July 31
August 1
August 2

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
July 29
July 30
July 31
August 1
August 2

Before Care (8-9 a.m.)
August 5
August 6

August 7
August 8
August 9 

After Care (3-5 p.m.)
August 5
August 6

August 7
August 8
August 9


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.

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.

 

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.

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