450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

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Open year-round. Nov-Mar 10 am to 4 pm CST. Railway Garden is now open for public set up.
April-October 8 am to 7 pm.

50% off First Tuesday - Join us the first Tuesday of every month for 1/2 off admission.

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About Us

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a dog-friendly* oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits year-round. Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 60 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. *In the Railway Garden and Depot Visitors Center, we ask that dogs stay outside. Tie-up poles are provided for your convenience. 2014 Best of the Region bestofthebest-small

Featured Events & Programs

  1. Trumpeter Swans at Taltree
    May 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm CST

    Taltree & Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center Present Wildlife & Nature Awareness Day!

    Join Taltree Arboretum & Gardens and Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center for a Wildlife & Nature Awareness Day at Taltree! Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm FREE ADMISSION You won’t want to miss this day full of native and exotic animals, face painting, speakers, and demonstrations. The Taltree Grill will be serving delicious […]

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  2. Moth
    June 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

    Night Hike

    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.

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  3. Bugs and Butterflies for web
    June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

    Bugs and Butterflies Hike

    Come hike with our naturalist and look for bugs and butterflies.

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  4. Ornamental for web
    June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

    Summer Oil Painting in Nature

    This oil painting class will teach you how to use oil paints with the natural landscape of Heron Pond and Heron Trail as your inspiration. All supplies are included in the cost.

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  5. Moth
    June 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

    Night Hike

    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.

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    June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST

    2nd Annual Picnic en Blanc Benefit

    Inspired by the world-famous Diner en Blanc, this year’s gala event is a whimsical affair of food and entertainment.

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  7. GLOW Trains - 700x330
    August 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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    Every day until August 15, 2015

    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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“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.”