Youth Field Trips

Environmental Education Programming

Our field trips are offered in a variety of outdoor learning spaces and are open to schools, scout groups, home-school groups, community organizations and more. Field trips are approximately 1.5 hours long, weather dependent, and led by knowledgeable Taltree Naturalists. 

Guided tours and hikes must be scheduled one month in advance. A minimum of 15 people required. A maximum of 125 participants allowed. Larger groups will be divided into 25 people per group.

Teachers, scout leaders and group leaders are FREE!
Fees are $4 per children and $5 per adult.

Taltree education staff offer guided hikes that can help fulfill scout badges.  These educational experiences vary in cost due to the supplies needed and lesson planning required.  Please email for more information!

If questions, please contact Programs Manager Ellen Kapitan at or (219) 462-0025.

Field Trip Options

Woodland, Wetland and Prairie Hike

Join a naturalist at Taltree Arboretum and hike through these three ecosystems. We will compare and contrast the nonliving parts of the environment and how they influence our living organisms. We will observe the differences in temperatures, sunlight and moisture then understand the plants and animals that thrive in these conditions. Students will also explore how these organisms interact with each other to form these unique ecosystems. K.LS.1; K.LS.2; K.LS.3; K.ESSS.2; 1.LS.1; 1.LS.4; 2.LS.2; 2.LS.3; 3.LS.1; 3.LS.2; 3.LS.3; 4.LS.2; 5.LS.2;


Night Hikes

owlThese hikes are a great way to see how nature behaves, or not, at night. Nocturnal wildlife is elusive, but under the right circumstances it is possible to catch a glimpse into a world we would otherwise never know exists. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to learn about nocturnal animals, explore the 5 senses, and listen to creatures that roam during the night.

Only available on weeknights. Hikes are 45 minutes long and start between 5 pm and 8 pm, sunset dependent. A maximum of 25 people allowed; a minimum of 15. Groups must be chaperoned by at least two adults. Cost is a $4  per student and $5 per adult. Add a bonfire for an additional $75.

Offered to grades 3-12
Indiana Science Standards: 4.3.2, 4.3.4, 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.3.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.8

Taltree Railway Garden Tour

The Taltree Railway Garden is an outdoor G-scale (garden-scale) model railway garden that offers learning experiences in horticulture and history. The garden features 750 tons of limestone crafted into mountains, valleys and tunnels that support seven unique rail tracks where trains continually run through nine historical vignettes from the early steam era in U.S. history, including President Lincoln’s funeral, prairie towns, limestone quarries and the Civil War.

Offered to grades K-12
Indiana Education Standards: Middle and High School History