(entering 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 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 go on hikes and explore the natural world, while also spending time on theme-focused activities. On Thursday campers will embark on an overnight and explore Tyler at night, with evening hikes, s’mores by the campfire and sleeping out in tents in the Arboretum.
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Thursday – Overnight
Campers should bring a mid-morning snack and a packed lunch. Dinner and breakfast are provided during overnights.
Campers will remain on-site for the duration of the week. Each camp week includes an on-site overnight (Thursday to Friday). Campers will need to provide basic camping gear.
Future of Science: June 29-July 2 (mini-week)
How does modern technology influence science? We’ll explore that this week as we work with a NASA scientist to build our own clinometer and then compare our measurements to the data collected from space. Learn how laser photons in the ICESat satellite collect data and why NASA is tracking data on how the planet changes. Then we’ll put our heads together to engineer a solution to an environmental problem and build a prototype of our invention.
Mini-week pricing: $360 members, $400 non-members.
Outdoor Adventures: July 6-10
Spend the week adventuring in the outdoors! Explore our extensive trails while learning map reading and navigation skills. Go on a GPS scavenger hunt, learn how to build a fire and construct an impromptu shelter. On Wednesday, hang out with an REI expert learning about important outdoor adventuring principles, discover important gear, set up a campsite and cook over a backpacking stove.
Chefs in the Garden: July 13-17
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to chop, stir and bake. Use fruits and veggies from our Edible Garden to create delicious culinary creations. Pick fresh herbs and create your very own tea bag. Go on a walk with an expert horticulturist to learn about the not-so-obvious edible plants at Tyler, and cook a snack using items you foraged. This week is sure to be delicious!
Robotics in Nature: July 27-31
Use your imagination and your scientific mind to design and build feats of engineering genius. Spend time Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday creating animal-inspired robotic Lego models, while learning the basics of computer programming and engineering. Then work together to construct a Rube Goldberg machine and spend time immersed in nature constructing designs using natural materials.
Survival Masters: Aug 3-7
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, hang out with an REI expert learning water purification and other important survival skills.
Field Trip Mania! – Aquatic Explorations: July 20-24
Embark on THREE wild adventures in this week of fun! Spend Monday at Tyler doing your favorite things, then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday head off-site for excursions. Go tubing on the Brandywine River, kayaking at Marsh Creek and splash around at Sahara Sam’s waterpark. Camp out at the Arboretum on Thursday night and on Friday you’ll hike out to Indian Rock to splash in the stream. Campers will return to Tyler by 4pm each day for regular pick up.
*Campers must be competent swimmers.
$540 members, $580 non-members