School Field Trips

Guided Field Trips at Tyler Arboretum provide students with more than just a fun day out of the classroom; we create inclusive learning experiences where students make meaningful connections with the natural world.  

Our experienced naturalist guides deliver engaging, age-appropriate curricula while following the interests and questions of the group on the day. Hands-on activities and take-home projects tie directly into the lessons to provide a richer engagement with nature.  

Tyler Arboretum’s Guided Field Trips are responsive to the changing seasons, the conditions of the day, and the needs of the group, so they are never the same twice. 

General Info:

Who: Pre-K through 5th grade students. Max group size 105 students.  Minimum charge is for 10 students.

When: Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 10:00am-11:30am, throughout most weeks of the academic year. Reserving the picnic area for lunch and staying for self-guided exploration time after the trip are both optional add-ons. 

What: Smell the spring flowers, marvel at the autumn leaves, or learn how Tyler’s living things survive through winter. Our experienced naturalists will create a unique, seasonal trip to highlight the wonders of the Arboretum at every time of year. 

All field trips include age-appropriate, hands-on activities, immersive nature experiences, emergent curricula, and a lot of fun. All field trips support the following PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.6, 4.7. See below for more details on how our field trips may adapt to the changing seasons.

Field Trips Options:

Standard Field Trip – $12/participant

  • Includes: One free Child Admission coupon for every field trip participant, valid for future admissions

Add-Ons:

  • Picnic area reservation: $20
  • Stay all day! All-day admission: $2 per paying participant

Field Trip PLUS – $22/participant

  • Includes: One free Family Pass for every field trip participant, valid for future admissions.
  • Free picnic area reservation.
  • Stay all day! Includes all-day admission on the day of your field trip.

Public and public charter schools may be eligible for free field trips and transport. Please indicate this on your inquiry form and we will endeavor to accommodate as many requests as possible. Thank you for understanding that demand may exceed available funding at certain times of the year.

Both field trip packages include and require 1 free adult chaperone per 10 students (1 per 5 for PreK/K groups). Adults providing one-on-one services to students with special needs are free and are not counted as chaperones. Additional adult chaperones are charged as participants. 

Max 105 students/Minimum charge is for 10 students. 

Accessibility and Inclusion:

We strive to make our trips as inclusive and accessible as possible. Please indicate requests for special accommodations on the interest form. Wheelchair, wagon, and stroller-accessible trips are available on request. 

Seasonal Field Trip Descriptions:

Spring Field Trips

Spring field trips focus on flowering plants, pollinators and pollination, and the life cycle of plants. Students take a guided nature walk, engage in free exploration, nature observation, experiential learning activities, and complete a relevant and age-appropriate hands-on take home project.

Summer Field Trips

Summer field trips focus on watersheds, aquatic life, and freshwater ecology. Students have the opportunity to use magnifying glasses and microscopes, take a guided nature walk, engage in free exploration, nature observation, experiential learning activities, and complete a relevant and age-appropriate hands-on take home project.

Also addresses PA Standard 4.1

Fall Field Trips

Fall field trips focus on deciduous trees, leaves, seasons, and forest ecology. Students have the opportunity to identify trees and shrubs, discover differences in plant adaptations, be immersed in the spectacular beauty of Pennsylvania forests in the fall, take a guided nature walk, engage in free exploration, nature observation, experiential learning activities, and complete a relevant and age-appropriate hands-on take home project.

Winter Field Trips

Winter field trips focus on adaptations for over-wintering, including plants, fungus, invertebrates, and mammals. Students have the opportunity to observe various ecosystems in winter, engage with nature specimens, take a guided nature walk, engage in free exploration, nature observation, experiential learning activities, and complete a relevant and age-appropriate hands-on take home project.

If you teach FOSS and plants are one of your units, this fieldtrip is an absolute MUST Do during that time. The group leaders are knowledgeable, patient, and fun. The students explored, asked questions, stopped for amazing photo opportunites and even made a craft. What an amazing experience for students and teachers alike. We can not wait to return year after year.

Our field trip to the Tyler Arboretum was perfect for our first graders! The tour guides were very knowledgeable and the students learned so much. They loved the crafts and had fun exploring the arboretum after lunch. We will definitely return in the future.

Tyler was a great experience for our Autistic and Life Skills students. They got to see nature in a different view than they see in their daily communities. It was peaceful and quiet to hear how beautiful nature can be.

M. Shirley, Chester Upland School District

Every season is spectacular at Tyler Arboretum. Learning opportunities abound on our 650-acre campus filled with gardens, streams, forests, and wildflowers. We can’t wait for you to join us!