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JOHN J TYLER ARBORETUM Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/28/2013: JOHN J TYLER ARBORETUM

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AKA  Tyler Arboretum
Media, PA
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JOHN J TYLER ARBORETUM Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/28/2013: JOHN J TYLER ARBORETUM

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: JOHN J TYLER ARBORETUM

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Also Known As: Tyler Arboretum
Physical Address: Media, PA 19063 4424
EIN: 23-1417540
Web URL: www.tylerarboretum.org 
NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C41 Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations
Year Founded: 1944 
Ruling Year: 1942 


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Mission Statement

Tyler Arboretum's mission is to preserve, develop, and share our diverse horticultural, historical, and natural site resources in order to stimulate an understanding of the living world. Tyler Arboretum remains intact since its institutional founding in 1944, with its natural and historic resources protected for the public benefit. For almost half a century, tens of thousands of school children have learned about the environment and the importance of preserving plant and animal diversity. The Arboretum's natural areas, over 650 acres, continue to help protect the watershed for Ridley Creek, and the entire 650-acre parcel serves as a buffer for wildlife threatened by suburban development.

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Fiscal Year Starting: February 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: January 31, 2013

Total Revenue $1,366,545
Total Expenses $1,475,485

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Mr. Richard Colbert

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Mr. Colbert has 27 years of progressive experience in public horticulture and has served as the Executive Director of Tyler Arboretum for the past 22 years. He received his B.S. in Agriculture, with an emphasis on plant science and ornamental horticulture, and M.B.A. from the University of Delaware. His current duties include overseeing management and operations. With the full support of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Colbert has led the efforts to develop Tyler's strategic master plan, incorporated best professional practices throughout the institution, and worked to insure the sustainability and advancement of the Arboretum as an acclaimed regional resource. Mr. Colbert has served as a Peer Reviewer for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, as a Board Member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, and on the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal Award Committee and The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society Award Committee. His work has been recognized through honors such as the Award of Merit from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Outstanding Professional Member Award of the Middletown Township Business and Professional Association.

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Tyler has over 20 miles of marked trails that are maintained by both staff and a cadre of dedicated volunteers. Outside of the square mile deer exclosure fence the "natural areas" encompass a rare serpentine barren with its unique flora and fauna, an American Chestnut Nursery, and woodlands that buffer the core historic Minshall/Painter/Tyler homestead. Along with Tyler's adjacent neighbor Ridley Creek State Park, the Arboretum is an Audubon Society designated Important Birding Area. The first horticultural collection at Tyler, created by Minshall and Jacob Painter, began with the planting of rare trees in the meadow in front of historic Lachford Hall in 1826. The collection now consists of 23 original Painter trees planted between 1840 and 1876. The historic Painter collection is notable for its age and size as well as for its sources of plant material,such as the 19th-century Quaker arboretum of John Evans in Radnor, now vanished. The subsequent development of the historic portions of Tyler Arboretum includes the Wister Collections, researched and planted by Dr. John C. Wister, Tyler's director from 1946 to 1965. Dr. Wister was a nationally renowned horticulturist and was honored for his work by the American Rhododendron Society, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He was awarded the Liberty Hyde Bailey Medal from the American Horticultural Society, along with an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Swarthmore College. Under Dr. Wister's guidance, the collections of the Arboretum were greatly expanded to include the best of natural, historic, and contemporary ornamental trees and shrubs for the region. Tyler's core complex consists of an assemblage of historic buildings and associated landscapes that represent Tyler's past as a working farm, country villa and Quaker-inspired botanical collection, and later as a public arboretum. Tyler's historic Home Farm includes Lachford Hall (circa 1738, 1777, 1881), a stone bank barn (circa 1792, 1833), the Painter Library (circa 1863), and 19th century outbuildings including a caretaker's cottage, carriage house, earthen root cellar, springhouse, and green house. The barn serves as Tyler's Education Center, the Painter Library contains historic archives; and Lachford Hall is a historic house museum with offices in the rear portion of the building. Volunteer docents provide tours of the Painter Library and Lachford Hall collections during scheduled weekend tours. The historic core complex also serves as the hub of Tyler's education programs that use the arboretum as a "living textbook." Tyler Arboretum serves regional public schools as a "field classroom" and is committed to building cooperative partnerships in order to best serve as a community resource. Tyler's programs support the Pennsylvania Department of Education's "Environment and Ecology" Academic Standards by addressing the mandated learning concepts, and assisting teachers by presenting information in ways not available in the classroom. Tyler serves school districts throughout Delaware County, as well as some in Philadelphia, Chester, and Montgomery counties. Tyler's most popular programs include the seasonal Mini-Explorer field trips for pre-schoolers and the Bugs and Lenape field trips for elementary students. Preschool programs use age-appropriate, sensory experiences and teaching techniques to introduce nature and plants, animals, and insects as children explore Tyler's habitats and collections.

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Tyler Arboretum was recently awarded a significant endowment grant to provide funds for filling a part-time plants recorder position that will support collections management by Tyler's Plant Curator and Collections Committee (which sets policies and oversees the development of the Arboretum's living collections).

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