Location

450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

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Hours

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.

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Featured Events & Programs

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    May 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Every week until May 14, 2015
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    Spring Indiana Master Naturalist

    This 30-hour course is a hands-on learning and volunteer service opportunity that teaches Hoosiers about the natural resources around them.

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    May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

    Fairy Gardening

    Learn how to create your own fairy garden!

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    May 10 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am CST

    Mother’s Day 5K

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with a healthy morning run through Taltree’s beautiful spring landscape. This family friendly 5K (3.1-mile) trail run/walk is for the serious and not-so-serious racers.

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    May 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Every week until May 14, 2015
    CST

    Spring Indiana Master Naturalist

    This 30-hour course is a hands-on learning and volunteer service opportunity that teaches Hoosiers about the natural resources around them.

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    May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

    Nature Awareness

    Come learn how nature inspired famed literature and much more!

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  6. 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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    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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“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.”