Calendar of Events › Interpretive Hikes
May 10, 2013
National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.
Have you ever wondered how arborists care for trees 80-100 feet in the canopies of our trees? Come watch Matt McBain, Certified Arborist, do a climbing demo and educate you on how he cares for the trees in the arboretum. If you have a gardening question, the Porter County Master Gardeners will be on site to give you answers. Say “Hello” to spring with a new plant. We will have a plant sale in addition to arts and crafts for children. Come check out all our great new merchandise in the store and grab a bite to eat (weather permitting). And of course you can’t visit Taltree without seeing the different gardens. Enjoy a guided tour and learn a little more about Taltree’s past, present, and future.
Thanks to our 2013 Annual Events Sponsors!
May 7, 2013
Participants in Taltree’s Indiana Master Naturalist program will be given an open book exam on all of the information covered.
To receive your certificate of completion, you must commit a minimum of one hour of service per hour of coursework. Your service must be for a state or
local park, natural resources agency, or approved local community organization to help with trails, programs, gardening, resource inventory, or other
project that they might have available.
Let’s say you pass your exam. What’s next?
- Complete your volunteer service with a state, city or local natural resources agency. If you’re not sure whether your plans for volunteer service will qualify, check with your course host.
- Provide proof to your course host that you have completed your volunteer service, which you can do here at Taltree (either your volunteer record or a letter from your host/volunteer organization.)
- Your course host will pass along notification of your completed service to the state coordinator, who will issue your pin and your newsletter subscription. Make sure that your sponsor has your current address, phone number and email.
May 4, 2013
Come out with your families to hike Owl Trail! Taltree’s wildflowers are at their best this time of year. Experienced naturalist, Maddie Grimm will guide you through identification of wildflowers, and tell you what you can expect in the spring months!
May 2, 2013
Participants will learn about environmental conservation locally, regionally and statewide. This course will include Taltree’s land management process and cover historical figures related to environmental conservation.
April 24, 2013
April 22, 2013
Earth Day Children’s Group Hike Discount
Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating northwest Indiana’s ecology at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. Two hikes will be offered at a discounted price on Monday, April 22. Hikers must call to reserve a spot in either the 10:30 am – noon hike or the 1 – 2:30 pm hike.
Hikes will go through Taltree’s woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Cost for this guided Earth Day hike is $1 per child and $2.50 for adults. Teachers can register their entire class and pay only for the students! Hikers must pre-register by calling 219-462-0025. Space is limited.
April 20, 2013
Come to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens April 20 and learn about the Monarch butterfly and its migration from Mexico. With stops along their way through the U.S. throughout the spring and summer, they need places to reproduce and feed, and we have an opportunity to assist in keeping this beautiful butterfly alive.
From 10 am to 3 pm April 20, Taltree’s AmeriCorps volunteers will read stories, lead crafts, discuss the lifecycle of a Monarch, and give tours of our gardens, including the Monarch Waystation in the Native Plant Garden.
Monarch larvae rely solely on milkweed plants to feed upon and produce young. Taltree’s Monarch Waystation contains species of milkweed as well as nectar plants for adult Monarchs and other butterflies.
Monarch butterflies are a very important species to Taltree because their populations are declining due to habitat destruction in both their summer and winter habitats.
Taltree will offer milkweed plants for visitors to plant in their own gardens, enabling them to contribute to the conservation of this precious species.
Clean-up Day is an annual tradition at Taltree. In honor of Earth Day, come out and help the horticulture staff clean away the leaves and cut back the perennials to make way for new shoots and buds. All levels of garden savvy welcome. This activity is open to families as well! Contact Stephanie Heyer to sign up!