Tours & Groups
As well as our Wednesday wildflower and birding walks which, weather-permitting, take place throughout the year, we also offer private, one-hour, seasonal tours by reservation made two months in advance.
These specialized tours are ideal for professionals, high school or college students, clubs and groups, and gardening associations; we offer ample parking and welcome bus tours; however, prior arrangements are required.
To arrange an adult tour, please contact:
Julia Lo Ehrhardt
Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
For school and self guided tours, please contact:
610-566-9134, ext. 303
Private Tours For Adults
Spring Glory Tour (available April to May), this tour includes a half mile walk which includes changes in grade and walking surfaces.
What better way to greet the new growing season than to see what’s in bloom in the Arboretum.
Join us on a tour of our specialty collections of cherries, magnolias, and lilacs, and our fantastic rhododendron garden.
Woodland Wildflower Tour (April to early May), this tour is less than a quarter of a mile and takes place on mulched woodland paths.
This easy walk under the cover of tulip poplars and paw paws explores the woodland wildflower drifts in our woods. At this time of year it is still quite light in the woods and spring ephemerals are taking advantage of this. Find out why in this informative tour.
Summer Garden Essentials Tour (June to July), this tour includes a half mile walk which includes changes in grade and walking surfaces.
If you’re short of time and need to see the seasonal highlights of our core garden areas, this tour is for you. We will explore the Fragrant Garden, our Edible Garden, and Tyler’s butterfly habitat areas.
From Woodlands to Meadow (September to October), this tour includes a half mile walk which includes changes in grade and walking surfaces.
Asters, little bluestem, and swamp sunflowers are just a few of the blooms on show in late summer in our woods and meadows.
Fall is for Foliage and Fruit (late September to end of October), this tour includes a half mile walk which includes changes in grade and walking surfaces.
In terms of seasonal fall color, the Mid-Atlantic has some of the best fall foliage shows you’ll see. From sages, oranges, and tans to burgundies, golds, and apricots—we’ve got these colors and many more across woodland and meadow landscapes. Join us for an easy walk with stunning sights, and remember to bring your camera.
Historic Painter Tour, 1-1½ hours. This tour includes a half mile walk which includes changes in grade and walking surfaces.
This tour includes the Minshall/Painter homestead including Lachford Hall, Painter Library, the Springhouse, the Fruit Vault, and the Greenhouse, as well as the historic 19th century Painter plants. Discover the story of this family of early Quakers farmers and tradesmen and learn how they shaped the land and the region.
Champion Trees Tour, 1-1½ hours. This tour includes a half mile walk which includes changes in grade and walking surfaces.
Thanks to the foresight and legacy of the Painter brothers, today, Tyler Arboretum is home to some of the biggest and oldest trees in the region, several of which are state champions. It is not only about the size of these trees, as you’ll discover as we explore the roles these trees play in nature along with some of the historical uses these trees have been put to.
Rates and Policies
We ask that groups of 10 people or more who are interested in a guided tour schedule at least two months in advance, which helps us plan for staffing needs.
The cost of a tour is $20 per person (which includes general admission). We regret that coupons or discounts cannot be applied to this rate. We ask that group tour organizers submit a $100 deposit no later 2 weeks prior to the date of their tour, with the balance to be paid prior to the start of the tour. Our minimum fee for guided group tours is $160.
Unless there is a weather advisory in effect which would make a tour unsafe, tours are given rain or shine.
Our tours highlight the seasonal nature of the Arboretum and sometimes take in the physical nature of our site and our buildings. Many of our paths are paved and level. Other paths may take visitors off paved paths onto uneven terrain. Please be aware that as well as tours off paved paths, certain tours may require moving up and down steps, and up and down grades and slopes. If you or any member of your party require special assistance, please discuss your needs when scheduling your tour and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We ask that tour participants wear appropriate clothing and footwear (open-toed shoes and flip-flops are not recommended for outdoor, off-trail tours), and that visitors dress for the weather. In warmer months we recommend carrying water, sunblock, bug spray, and a hat. Tour participants are welcome to bring field guides and personal photographic equipment. Please note that tours of certain spaces may mean there isn’t room for tripods.
If we need to cancel your tour for any reason you will receive a full refund. If you need to cancel your tour we ask that you give us two weeks’ (14 days) notice. We will not issue a refund if you cancel your tour less than 2 weeks before your tour date. If notice is given before 2 weeks, your deposit will be returned.
Tyler Arboretum offers ample bus parking. To arrange a tour, please contact: Julia Lo Ehrhardt, Community Outreach Manager, 610-566-9134, ext. 305, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours for School Groups
If you’re a teacher and you’re looking for an outdoor destination where your students can learn about ecology, science and the environment, and the natural world, Tyler is an ideal destination. There are ponds to explore, meadows to meander in, insects to be observed, woods to wander in, logs to turn over, trails to be hiked, trees and leaves to be identified, wildlife to be sketched, and all manner of fruits, nuts, barks, berries, and seeds to be contrasted and compared.
We offer an extensive range of field trips and outreach programs designed specifically to meet curriculum standards for pre-school and elementary grade children. Tyler hosts upwards of 7,000 school-age children each year from school districts all across the region.
We’re happy to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of home school groups.
As well as hosting our own extensive Summer Camp Program, we welcome summer camp groups from around the region. With our trails, woodlands, ponds, meadows, and gardens, Tyler is a great destination for camps that want to explore the natural world. Many of our School Programs can be adapted for visiting summer camps or custom options can be arranged.
We’re thrilled to offer a variety of hands-on exploratory programs for scouts, guides, and groups that focus on nature, plants, ecology, and animals. Many of the programs qualify for a range of merit badges.
Group Admission Options
We welcome group visits throughout the year. Our Visitor Guide offers a detailed map of Tyler’s main garden features, along with a list of descriptions of Tyler’s main attractions. For walkers and hikers, our Hiking Map offers a detailed, topographically accurate map of our 17 miles of hiking trails. Both guides are available free at the Visitor Center.
Group admission rates
When you provide us with 24 hours of advance notice that your group of 10 people of more wants to visit the Arboretum without a tour guide, we’ll give members of your party $1 off admission per person.
- Adults (18 – 64): $14
- Seniors (65+): $12
- Children and young adults (3 – 17): $8
- Military and students (with current, valid ID): $8
- Children age 2 and under: free
To schedule a group tour at Tyler, please contact:
Julia Lo Ehrhardt
Community Outreach Manager
610-566-9134, ext. 305
To make arrangements for an adult group visit, please give us 24 hours’ notice and contact:
Julia Lo Ehrhardt, 610-566-9134, ext. 305; email@example.com
To make arrangements for a group of children or young adults, please give us 24 hours’ notice and contact: Joanne Landau, 610-566-9134, ext. 303; firstname.lastname@example.org
To qualify for the reduced group rate you must contact us with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Guest passes, coupons, discounts, and other reciprocal offers are not valid for group admissions. To prevent backup at the Visitor’s Center, please collect one payment from entire group before arrival.