Nature’s Enchantment

Earlier this week I had the chance to check out Tyler Arboretums new exhibit Nature's Enchantment which opens May 29th and will run through October 31st. This is a really neat exhibit which children and adults will love! The whole idea of the exhibit is to take a peak of our make-believe friends that live in the forest, faeries, gnomes and hobbits with 29 unique one-of-a-kind exhibits created by local and regional artisans, woodworkers, sculptors, potters, builders and landscape architects.

My favorites were the Crooked Goblin Shack, the Troll Bridge, a fully-stocked Gnome Depot so the kids can construct faerie houses, gnome homes and other hobbitats. Another neat project that Tyler started was Tyler's Writing Project using the exhibit "What Lies Beneath", which provides the inspiration to write a story or a poem that answers the question.

Here's a peak of what I saw:

Tyler Arboretum_Nature’s Enchantment 2010_Special Days

A variety of special events for children and families are planned throughout the summer:

Nature’s Enchantment Opening Day: Fantasy and Fun!

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Imagination is an abundant natural resource for nature’s spirits and beings. Help us to celebrate the spirit of imagination that has taken up residence during the opening day celebration! Join J. Bear and dance to music by WJBR 99.5, have your face painted, enjoy magical storytelling, and explore the Arboretum on an enchanted Scavenger hunt! Free with regular admission; no pre-registration required. Rain or shine.

Nature’s Enchantment Mysteries of The Magical Path

Sunday, June 13, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Weave your way in and around nature’s enchanted Magical Path, but don’t forget to first pay the troll toll! Your exploration will lead you to the homes of many of nature’s magical beings—learn about how they protect our natural world and enjoy activities along the way. While on your adventure, create a Green Man mask kids craft. Free with regular admission; no pre-registration required; no payment required for troll toll. Rain or shine.

Nature’s Enchantment Faerie & Wizard Academy

Sunday, July 11, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Kids learn the tricks of the trade including Faerie & Wizard etiquette, earn sticker badges for mastered spells, find out their Faerie or Wizard name, and make their very own magic wand—complete with faerie dust! Free with regular admission; no pre-registration required. Rain or shine.

Nature’s Enchantment Wee Folk and Nature’s Secrets

Sunday, September 19, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Do you know why faeries, elves and other magical folk are attracted to trees, and what other parts of nature play a big role in their lives? Discover the secrets of the trees, the mystical side of mushrooms and phases of the moon (take home moon activity included). Plus, make your own paper bag mushroom kids craft. Free with regular admission; no pre-registration required. Rain or shine.

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Location:515 Painter Rd Media Pa
This event is appropriate for: the whole family
Cost: Non-member adults (16 to 64), $9

Non-member seniors (65+), $8

Non-member youths (3-15), $5; children under 3 are free