Family Volunteer Opportunities

At Tyler, we invite families to volunteer together.

We believe that young people who receive the encouragement of a family member or mentor during nature explorations grow up to be outdoor enthusiasts and conservators in their own right. The minimum age for anyone to volunteer at at Tyler Arboretum is 12 years old. We ask that all young people ages 12 to 15 who wish to volunteer do so with a parent or guardian, or with a responsible adult (someone who is at least 18 years old).

Below you will find a list of currently available volunteer opportunities. Please review the list carefully prior to filling out Volunteer Family Application form.

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

If you have questions about any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org

American Chestnut Orchard Tenders

The loss of healthy and productive native chestnuts in eastern forests may have been the greatest ecological disaster in recent human history. Tyler’s volunteers support the arboretum’s cooperation with The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) who’s goal is to breed blight resistance from the Chinese chestnut tree into the American chestnut tree, while maintaining the American chestnut’s characteristics. A chestnut orchard was planted on site in 1997 with seedlings from Pennsylvania.
The TACF program is now providing advanced hybrids that are seven generations into the process of capturing resistance to the chestnut blight.

By weeding, mulching, and pruning 150 trees, Tyler’s volunteers assure the viability of a reservoir of the American chestnut. Nuts harvested each fall from these trees support breeding at other locations around the state. Tyler’s volunteers also learn about the disease that devastated our native chestnut as well as participate in controlled pollination activities to create first-generation hybrids.

A brief walk through of the work area and review of tasks are encouraged prior to deciding to join the group.

When: starting in April, Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Families with youngsters between the ages of 12 and 16 are welcome to attend.

Blue Bird Box Monitor

What initially began in 1970 to address the decline of blue birds, the Blue Bird Box monitor program here at Tyler is a wonderful outlet for individuals and families to learn about conservation and to practice conservation. Although we are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role there’s always the possibility that a space will become available.

Volunteers are needed to monitor boxes on Tyler property from April through August on a weekly basis. You don’t need to be a birder to take part, you just need to be a lover of the outdoors and have a commitment to nature.

Blue Bird Box Monitors must be able to hike 2 miles without difficulties and must be comfortable being out in nature in all kinds of weather.

When: seasonal from April through August on a weekly basis at a mutually agreed upon time.

If you have questions about this or any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org

Butterfly House Guide and Netter

Are you personable and love to be around insects, in particular butterflies and caterpillars?

Do you mind going out into Tyler’s gardens and meadows in search for butterflies and caterpillars?

Then volunteering in Tyler’s seasonally open Butterfly House may be the ideal place for you to spend your summer.

Netters need to be comfortable working outdoors, sometimes in extreme weather.

Butterfly House Guides engage welcome and orientate visitors and provide positive and educational information about butterflies and caterpillars. In this role you will teach visitors about the butterfly life cycle and explain how butterflies and caterpillars depend on plants to complete their life cycle.

This is an active role that requires the ability to stand, walk, and stoop for up to 2 hours at one time. In this role you must be people oriented and enjoy engaging diverse volunteers and visitors including children. Have an email account that is checked on a regular basis (once per week).

When: Several shifts available from mid-July to Labor Day. Training will be posted and usually takes place in early to mid-June.

If you have questions about this or any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org

Crafters

Are you creative and do you love to express yourself through paint, glue, and glitter? If your craft room cannot contain your energy, why not come and join our crafting volunteers and put the magical touches to many of our displays. Most of the work takes place indoors and volunteers are free to work at their own pace.

We are currently not actively recruiting for crafters but the right person may be added if a need arises.

When: Seasonally between April and October on Tuesday mornings.

If you have questions about this or any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org

Edible Garden

Do you want to learn (or hone) your gardening skills and help visitors learn about growing vegetables and fruit? Then this is the volunteer job for you.

In this role you will provide day to day support to the gardeners in the Edible Garden, both in the vegetable display as well as other planting beds.

This role requires physical dexterity, an ability to bend and kneel frequently, and a tolerance for working outdoors.

We are particularly looking for volunteers with a positive outlook who like to be creative. Some experience with vegetable gardening, plant identification, and basic pruning and display planting is ideal. Master Gardener training is a plus but isn’t essential.

When: One-half day per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am and noon.

We ask that volunteers in this role are able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per month from April to November.

If you have questions about this or any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org

Exhibition Maintenance

From Tree Houses to Fairy Houses and much more, if you’re have practical skills, we need your help to maintain Tyler’s seasonally open outdoor exhibits.

Some of your tasks will include helping re-stock materials, along with dusting, wiping, and general tidying up. The schedule for exhibit maintenance is flexible and we provide all materials you’ll need. This opportunity is perfect for volunteers with availability on the weekends, or for groups who would like to work as a family.

When: seasonal; mutually agreeable times.

If you have questions about this or any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org

Program Gardens

If you’re a keen gardener and you’d love to volunteer at Tyler but your time is limited, consider helping out in one of the gardens that support our programs.

Program garden volunteers provide support in our Pollinator Garden and Butterfly Garden, along with weekend support for the Edible Garden when needed.

This role requires physical dexterity, an ability to bend and kneel frequently, and a tolerance for working outdoors. We are particularly looking for volunteers with a positive outlook and who like to be creative. Some experience with vegetable gardening, plant identification, and basic pruning and display planting is ideal. Master Gardener training is a plus but isn’t essential.

When: Thursdays and Saturdays starting in April and ending in early November. 10am to noon.

If you have questions about this or any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org

Special Events

Do you love community events?

Do you find talking to people energizing? Then come and volunteer at one of Tyler’s Special Events.

Volunteers are needed to assist with all phases of our special events, including event set-up and take down, staffing for information and activity 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. Suitable for Families and young adults. Our major events vary by season and include:

February – Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring (this is usually a Saturday event)
March/April – Eggstravaganza (our seasonal Easter event that usually happens on a Sunday)
May – Plant Sale (the Plant Sale usually takes place in early May on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday )
June – Fairies and Wizards (this is usually a Sunday event)
July – Garden Grown (this is usually a Sunday event)
August – Bugs and Butterflies (this is usually a Sunday event)
October – Pumpkin Days (this is usually a Saturday and Sunday event)

If you have questions about this or any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org

Provide intermittent support for research on the ecology of the Pennsylvania purse-web spider, Atypus snetsingeri Sarno 1973. For the past few years Tyler’s unique large colony of purse-web spiders have been closely observed to reveal a lively life cycle and discover new spider behaviors. An overarching theme of this work is about finding ways to do non- destructive field research – without harming the animals or their immediate environment.

The primary focus for 2019 will be: detailing the annual ballooning event in March or April (mass spiderling emergence); locating, marking and observing webs for specific surveys; and assisting with development of non-destructive methods for population surveys and making direct observations of spiders and their webs.

When: As scheduled (dawn to 10am).

Trail Monitor

If you’re a keen hiker of Tyler’s 17 miles of trails and you’ve ever wondered what it takes to keep the trails in top shape, here’s your chance to help maintain 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 and we provide all the tools needed.

Trail Monitors must be able to work alone when needed and must be physically fit and able to carry tools in and out of work sites.

When: Mutually agreed upon time.

If you have questions about this or any volunteer opportunity at Tyler, please contact:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt

Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
jlo@tylerarboretum.org