Tree Houses

Tree Houses

Come climb, explore, and play in our Tree Houses!
Please note, our tree houses are open seasonally and are usually closed during the winter months.

Storybook Houses

The first tree house you will see is just down the path from our Visitor Center. This tree house features three small cottages built on an 8-foot-tall raised deck nestled among the giant hemlock trunks. Originally built in 2008 by the students from the Williamson School of Free Trades.

Imagination Station

Walk through the tunnel of the Imagination Station and enjoy a wonderful view into the surrounding woodlands. Grown-ups are invited to take a break in the amphitheatre style benches as the kids don costumes from our costume box and enjoy putting on a show or playing make-believe. This special retreat was created by Allan A. Myers, Inc. and Pocopson Industries in 2008.

Cape May Birdhouse

Cape May Birdhouse 

DSC_0566This fanciful human-scale birdhouse is inspired by Tyler Arboretum’s Bluebird Trail, a series of over 40 nest boxes that provide appropriate habitats for eastern bluebirds raising their young. The architectural details and paint scheme recall the Victorian beach houses of Cape May, NJ. Relax and enjoy the meadow in the colorful Adirondack chairs and discover information about bluebirds inside surrounding smaller birdhouses. Designers and Builders: Sam Burk and Paul Farnschlader

Backyard Memories (being re-designed)

Backyard Memories will undergo re-design in 2015. This tree house was assembled from recycled lumber and found objects and features a green roof.

Strummin' & Drummin'

Strummin’ & Drummin’ features a giant guitar created from the trunk of a huge fallen scarlet oak. The stump of this same tree enjoys a second life as the base of an oversized drum. This fun exhibit was built in 2009 by the local performance and music education group Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms.

Fort Tyler

Located just off the Scenic Loop, ADA-compliant Fort Tyler opened to the public on May 25, 2013. A unique collaboration among Linn Architects in Media, students from The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades and Toll Brothers, Fort Tyler is situated among a grove of trees with a catwalk bridge leading to a fort-like structure 13-feet high. This tree house recalls childhood memories of building traditional backyard tree houses and forts. From images of medieval majesty to pioneer wilderness, Fort Tyler beckons the imagination to run free.

Tulip Tree House

Tulip-Tree-House-WEBConstructed in 2014, Tyler’s newest tree house was inspired by the natural beauty of a Tulip Poplar Tree. Shaped like a Tulip leaf with curved walls and a swishing roof, the Tulip Tree House is complete with a fireplace, chimney and kitchen. The house’s entry point is a bridge built into a neighboring embankment, making the Tulip Tree House ADA-compliant and one of the most accessible tree houses within the Arboretum. This house was designed by Villanova University’s Theater Production Manager Parris Bradley and was expertly built by Michael Rhile of Rhile Construction, located right here in Media, PA. The Tulip Tree House is a fun hideaway for kids and a nostalgic memento for adults.

Butterfly House

Butterfly House

Butterfly-House-WEBThe Butterfly House offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about, photograph and get a close-up look at local butterflies in all stages of development. The exhibit features a 1,400-square-foot Butterfly House filled with natives including monarchs, sulphurs, hairstreaks, red-spotted purples, great spangled fritillaries, painted ladies and swallowtails. The exhibit includes extensive plantings that feed both butterflies and caterpillars.

The goal of Tyler’s Butterfly House exhibit is to promote greater understanding about a significant aspect of ecology and human interaction with the natural world. The Butterfly House exhibit is free with the price of a regular admission to the Arboretum and open seasonally through the months of July and August. 

Meadow Maze

Stopford Family Meadow Maze

Stopford-Family-Meadow-Maze-WEBThe Stopford Family Meadow Maze is a meadow labyrinth that invites adventurers to travel its paths to find their way to the center. The meadow grasses are mown in the winter. In spring the maze is filled with daffodils and by mid-summer the grasses and wildflowers have grown high to once again create the walls of the maze. Along the paths and around the maze perimeter there are Discovery Stations that educate and entertain. From the Raptor Roost, located at far end of the Maze, visitors can get an “eagle’s eye” perspective of the meadow. And the nearby Basking Circle is the perfect place to look for a sleepy snake or pretend the stone enclosure is a fort, castle, or other make-believe space.


Past Exhibits

Sit a Spell: Seats that Tell a Tale

Sit-a-Spell: Seats that Tell a Tale showcased the artistic talent and spirit of our surrounding community, and celebrated nature from the vantage point of outdoor seating. Designed to entice visitors of all ages to “sit, look and see”, it  featured both expected and unexpected ways to celebrate nature and enjoy the outdoors from the vantage point of one-of-a-kind chairs, rockers, benches, gliders and other furniture. In addition to seating for adults,  a special storybook category for kids focused on fairytales, nursery rhymes and current children’s literature that celebrated the outdoor world.  The Lorax, Alice in the Wonderland, the Three Bears, and many other stories were conjured up in this unique display,  which took place from May 26 through October 28, 2012.  SIT A SPELL was made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor, NBC10 and media sponsors,  County Lines Magazine, 99.5 WJBR Radio, Delaware County News Network and MetroKids Tyler Arboretum’s SIT A SPELL Exhibit Delco News Network May. 23, 2012. 09:00 PM EST  

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