Location

450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

Map & Directions

Hours

Open daily. April-October 8 am to 7 pm CST.

 

Receive free admission on the first Tuesday of every month.

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Member Hikes

Free - Members Only
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April 12 - November 8
Wed 23

Night Hikes

Member & non-member fees apply
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July 1 - August 31
Wed 23

Campfire Rentals

$50/group
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July 10 - November 29
Wed 23

Junior Naturalist Camp

$100
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July 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm CST
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Junior Naturalist Camp

$100
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July 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm CST

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About Us

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits. 

Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 70 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana. Taltree offers beautiful vistas, quiet corners and hiking trails to escape into its diverse landscape.

Taltree is home to 112 unique oak taxa--one of the most diverse oak collections in the nation. The centerpieces of the collection are the Bur Oaks. Other North American, Asian and European species can be seen in the Oak Islands exhibit.

Our most intricate formal garden is the Taltree Railway Garden. This garden features model steam trains in a miniature conifer and woody plant landscape. The garden tells the story of early 19th century U.S. railroad history featuring scenes of the Civil War, westward expansion and the American Industrial Revolution.

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Featured Events & Programs

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    July 1 - August 31

    Night Hikes

    Come see nature at night! These night hikes are a great way to see the stars and learn about how elusive nocturnal wildlife can be.

  2. August 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

    NWI Symphony String Concert

    The NWI Symphony string section kicks off our classical music series.

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    August 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm CST

    GLOW: Art after Dark

    Three nights of glow-in-the-dark fun! Hang with nature and enjoy glow-in-the-dark artwork & performances. Each night offers something different – hula hoopers, GLOW 5K and fireworks!

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    August 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm CST

    GLOW: Art after Dark

    Three nights of glow-in-the-dark fun! Hang with nature and enjoy glow-in-the-dark artwork & performances. Each night offers something different – hula hoopers, GLOW 5K and fireworks!

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    August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm CST

    GLOW: Art after Dark

    Three nights of glow-in-the-dark fun! Hang with nature and enjoy glow-in-the-dark artwork & performances. Each night offers something different – hula hoopers, GLOW 5K and fireworks!

  6. August 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

    NWI Symphony Brass Concert

    The NWI Symphony brass section is the second concert in our classical music series.

  7. August 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

    NWI Symphony Woodwind Concert

    A great way to start the Labor Day weekend! The NWI Symphony woodwind section will close Taltree’s classical music series.

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“I grew up in the city where even parks were rare. When I moved to Indiana a few years ago, I found a natural wonderland called Taltree. Taltree offers everything that I longed for, natural beauty, hiking trails and serenity. One visit to Taltree was all I needed. I became a member the next day. On occasion, I just sit on a bench and watch the grasses and trees gently blow in the wind, smell the flowers and listen to the birds sing…This is why I come to Taltree.”