Scout Programs

Tyler Arboretum provides fun, outdoor, educational opportunities for scouts and other youth groups all year long. Participants learn about natural living systems through use of the Arboretum’s diverse meadows, woodlands, streams, and pond. Scouts take part in a wide range of activities designed to help them advance through scouting levels.  All programs are hands-on, active, outside, and led by a trained nature educator.

Girl Scout Camping at the Arboretum

Do you love camping? Do you wish you could give it a try in a low-key, safe environment? We are opening our gates for you to pitch your tent and stay the night. Bring your own food and camping gear and explore the Arboretum at night. S’mores will be provided. Campfires will be available for cooking, if needed.

Open to Girl Scouts of all ages, with their leaders/adults.

Price: $20 per person

Friday, May 29, 5:00 pm – Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am

Night Hike with Campfire

Experience nature in a new way-in the dark! During your night hike, an educator will guide you around Tyler Arboretum to explore the outdoors using your senses. You will find exciting discoveries that can only be revealed in darkness and bond with your fellow scouts as you embark on this nighttime adventure!  The hike will end around a roaring campfire where you can enjoy s’mores and reflect on your experience.  (Daisies – Ambassadors)
*We provide one s’more for every participant. We do not have alternatives available for dietary restrictions, but feel free to bring your own.
**Touches on requirements for: Brownies Outdoor Adventurer and Cadettes Night Owl badges

Price: $18 per child. $10 Per Adult

May 22, 2020, 7-9pm

Brownie Letterboxer Badge

With the help of a Tyler educator, you will create your own letterboxer stamp and passport before embarking on a letterboxer hunt around Tyler Arboretum.  Along the way you will learn letterboxer lingo that will help you understand and master this fun outdoor hobby! (Open to Brownies).
*Complete Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult


Brownie Hiker Badge

Enjoy an educator-led hike around Tyler Arboretum’s beautiful property while learning how to read a map and understand trail signs.  Along the way, we will discuss what to pack on a hike, what to wear, and how to leave nature as you found it.  While hiking we will keep our eyes open for signs of animal life and interesting plants! (Open to Brownies).
*Complete Steps 1, 2, 3, and 5. Bring a snack to complete Step 4!

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

May 16, 2020 10am-12pm

Seasonal Exploration

Use your senses to become a scientist and make observations about the natural world.  We will look up close at the tiniest parts of nature, feel new and different textures, listen for sounds, and follow our noses as we explore meadows, ponds, forests, and fields.  See what changes and what stays the same in nature as the seasons change.

* Open to Girl Scouts of all ages and touches on Brownie Eco Friend, Brownie Outdoor Adventurer, Brownie Senses, Junior Outdoor Art Explorer, Junior Animal Habitats, Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice, and Cadette Trees

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

Maple Sugaring

Trees offer us great gifts, including maple syrup!  Visit a Sugar Maple tree to see how syrup is made- from tapping to tasting.  We will look closer to explore where sap comes from inside a tree and what other stories a tree can tell.

*Open to Girl Scouts of all ages and touches on Cadette Trees.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

January 25, 2020 3-4:30pm

February 22, 2020 3-4:30pm


Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Enjoy an educator-led hike around Tyler Arboretum to look at bugs in our gardens, meadows, and trees. Along the way, we will try to spot signs of bugs and their homes! We will see what the bugs are doing and how they help our ecosystem.

* Open to Girl Scouts of all ages and touches on requirements for Brownie Bugs Badge.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

May 16, 2020, 12-1:30pm


Stream Safari

Visit Tyler Arboretum’s thriving frog pond and flowing stream to see who uses these waterways as their home.  We will have the chance to splash in the water as we turn over rocks and logs to learn more about the ecosystem.  Come prepared wearing swimsuits, towels, and water shoes!

*Open to Girl Scouts of all ages.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

June 6, 2020, 3-4:30pm

Night Hike with Campfire

Experience nature in a new way – in the dark!  During your night hike, an educator will guide you around Tyler Arboretum to explore the outdoors using your senses.  You will find exciting discoveries that can only be revealed in darkness and bond with your fellow scouts as you embark on this nighttime adventure!  The hike will end around a roaring campfire where you can enjoy s’mores and reflect on your experience.  (Open to all Boy Scout & Cub Scout levels)

*We provide one s’more for every participant and do not have alternatives for dietary restrictions.

*Touches on requirements for: Tigers- Sky is the Limit, Wolf- Howling at the Moon, and Webelos- Adventures in Science

$18 per child, $10 per adult

May 1, 2020, 7-9pm

Seasonal Exploration

Use your senses to become a scientist and make observations about the natural world.  We will look up close at the tiniest parts of nature, feel new and different textures, listen for sounds, and follow our noses as we explore meadows, ponds, forests, and fields.  See what changes and what stays the same in nature as the seasons change.

* Open to Boy Scouts of all ages

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

Maple Sugaring

Trees offer us great gifts, including maple syrup!  Visit a Sugar Maple tree to see how syrup is made- from tapping to tasting.  We will look closer to explore where sap comes from inside a tree and what other stories a tree can tell.

*Open to Boy Scouts of all ages.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

January 25, 2020, 1-2:30pm

February 22, 2020, 1-2:30pm

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Enjoy an educator-led hike around Tyler Arboretum to look at bugs in our gardens, meadows, and trees. Along the way, we will try to spot signs of bugs and their homes! We will see what the bugs are doing and how they help our ecosystem.

* Open to Boy Scouts of all ages.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

Stream Safari

Visit Tyler Arboretum’s thriving frog pond and flowing stream to see who uses these waterways as their home.  We will have the chance to splash in the water as we turn over rocks and logs to learn more about the ecosystem.  Come prepared wearing swimsuits, towels, and water shoes!

*Open to Boy Scouts of all ages.

Price: $11 per child, $10 per adult

June 6, 2020, 1-2:30pm

All programs are hands on and take place outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes appropriate for hiking, as there may be muddy or rocky areas. Flip flops, sandals and high heels are not permitted.

For night hike: Avoid shoes/clothing that lights up or glows in the dark. Flashlights are recommended, but not required.

To sign up for a program click on the date you would like and register online.

*If a program is full, email rsilvey@tylerarboretum.org to be placed on a wait list.

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For questions or any other information regarding scout programs please contact:

Rebecca Silvey
School and Community Programs Coordinator
rsilvey@tylerarboretum.org
610-566-9134, ext. 306