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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

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450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
219-462-0025

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September 2017

Prairie Ethnobotany Class

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

People have valued the tallgrass prairie as a grocery store, pharmacy, and art supply shop throughout history. Its plants are the source for everything from love charms to brooms, and have sparked superstitions and folklore. Come walk the prairie and see its autumn treasures. The class will meet in the Depot. This is an outdoor class. Please dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Author, compiler and contributor to over 20 books, Cindy Crosby will be instructing the class. Cost:…

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Invasive Removal Day

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Join our Stewardship Team for a morning of invasive removal. By removing invasive species, we give our native forest plants a chance to grow in their native ecosystem. We will provide any necessary tools. Please bring sunscreen, bug spray and water. Free admission to volunteers that register. Sign up by emailing ekapitan@taltree.org.

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Catch & Release Fishing

September 23 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a special catch and release fishing day at our north pond. Families have caught numerous bluegill and even a rock bass! Bring your own equipment and remember to release your fish back into the pond please. Fishing is free with admission.  

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Raised Bed Gardening Class

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participants will learn why a raised bed is a great way to garden. Leave with plans for construction, material lists, and associated costs of starting your own garden. Located in Taltree’s Classroom. For questions regarding more information, email EKapitan@taltree.org Cost: $10 for members/ $15 for nonmembers  

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Chickens of Taltree

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn about the variety of chickens that call Taltree home. Located in the Children’s Adventure Garden. Free with admission.  

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October 2017

Trail of Scarecrows

October 1 - October 10
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This popular annual exhibit features scarecrows designed & built by students based on a character from a book. Taltree guests vote on their favorite & a winner is chosen at the end of the month. Exhibit is free with admission.   “Trail of Scarecrows is a great way for young people to get involved in a hands-on project that brings books to life while supporting environmental stewardship in their community,” said Programs Manager Ellen Kapitan. “Many past participants brought their…

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Bulb Sales

October 1
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Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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Bulb Sales

October 7
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Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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Hayride Saturday

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Visit Taltree for fall fun! Enjoy the Railway Garden decorated with a Halloween theme or take a hayride around Taltree's property. Hayrides are offered every Saturday in October from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance registration is not necessary. Purchase tickets at the Depot. Cost: $3 per person

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Pet Costume Parade!

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Bring your pooch out in their best Halloween costume for a short parade. Visitors will meet in front of the Depot. Participation is free with admission. Bella and Jaxon loved their Halloween costumes last year!  

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Bulb Sales

October 8
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Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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Group Bonfire & Night Hike

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cozy up around Taltree's bonfire ring and spend a fun evening with your group around a crackling bonfire. Throughout the night, explore the arboretum in the dark with a Taltree Naturalist on a 30 minute night hike. Each bonfire site accommodates up to 30 people. Groups can bring their own food and drink, but no alcohol. Bonfire site must be reserved in advance. $75 per group Available "Friday the 13th", Oct. 13th and Oct. 27th from 6-8pm. Call 219-462-0025 or email…

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Bulb Sales

October 14
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Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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Hayride Saturday

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on October 28, 2017

Visit Taltree for fall fun! Enjoy the Railway Garden decorated with a Halloween theme or take a hayride around Taltree's property. Hayrides are offered every Saturday in October from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance registration is not necessary. Purchase tickets at the Depot. Cost: $3 per person

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OAKtoberfest with Marrakesh Express

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Travel back to the 1960s with  Marrakesh Express - a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young experience. These musicians bring an authentic hippie vibe and visual to the stage with their cascading, layered harmonies. Enjoy beer tastings, cash bar, and food selections. Held in The Sidetrack. 21+ only Ticket price is $25 & includes the concert & 10 tastings.

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Bulb Sales

October 15
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-10-15 08:00 am and lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on October 29, 2017

Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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Bulb Sales

October 21
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-10-21 08:00 am and lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on October 29, 2017

Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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Hayride Saturday

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on October 28, 2017

Visit Taltree for fall fun! Enjoy the Railway Garden decorated with a Halloween theme or take a hayride around Taltree's property. Hayrides are offered every Saturday in October from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance registration is not necessary. Purchase tickets at the Depot. Cost: $3 per person

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Bulb Sales

October 22
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-10-22 08:00 am and lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on October 29, 2017

Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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Group Bonfire & Night Hike

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cozy up around Taltree's bonfire ring and spend a fun evening with your group around a crackling bonfire. Throughout the night, explore the arboretum in the dark with a Taltree Naturalist on a 30 minute night hike. Each bonfire site accommodates up to 30 people. Groups can bring their own food and drink, but no alcohol. Bonfire site must be reserved in advance. $75 per group Available "Friday the 13th", Oct. 13th and Oct. 27th from 6-8pm. Call 219-462-0025 or email…

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Bulb Sales

October 28
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-10-28 08:00 am and lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on October 29, 2017

Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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Hayride Saturday

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on October 28, 2017

Visit Taltree for fall fun! Enjoy the Railway Garden decorated with a Halloween theme or take a hayride around Taltree's property. Hayrides are offered every Saturday in October from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance registration is not necessary. Purchase tickets at the Depot. Cost: $3 per person

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Bulb Sales

October 29
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-10-29 08:00 am and lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on October 29, 2017

Taltree will be selling bulbs on the weekends at the Depot to raise funds for Taltree. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden.  

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November 2017

Living Wreath Class

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Create an all-season wreath made with living materials including unique succulents. These hearty plants will last all season & beyond. All supplies are included with the price and participants will leave with a completed, decorative wreath. Located in Classroom. Cost: $49 for members/ $55 for nonmembers  

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Living Wreath Class

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Create an all-season wreath made with living materials including unique succulents. These hearty plants will last all season & beyond. All supplies are included with the price and participants will leave with a completed, decorative wreath. Located in Classroom. Cost: $49 for members/ $55 for nonmembers

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Native Landscaping Class

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

November is a great time to start planning your gardens. Learn about plants that will give interest to your garden through the season, the importance of native plants and their benefits to wildlife and popular plants to avoid. Located in the Depot. Cost: $10 for members/$15 for nonmembers  

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Veterans Day

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free admission for active military and veterans

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Wire Wrapped Jewelry Class

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Have you always wanted to learn how to wire wrap? Jayde McAloon, owner of Pieces of Jayde Fine Art Wire Jewelry, is coming to Taltree! All jewelry making supplies are included in fee. Beach glass pieces will be offered or bring your own specimen to wrap! All participants will leave with a wrapped piece to wear or give as a gift. Register by Friday, November 3 Cost: Members $30 Nonmembers $35

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Bonnie Meyer Book Reading

November 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come hear Bonnie Meyer, popular children’s book author, read from her popular book End Every Dream with a Smile. Located in Depot. Free with admission.

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Wildlife Educational Exhibit

November 17 - November 19

Come to the Depot and see a collection of pelts & tails from local wildlife. Free with admission.

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Take a Hike Day

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meet a naturalist & take a hike! No registration necessary. Meet at the Depot.

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Science Saturday

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The event will feature hands-on activities for elementary aged students. Located in the Depot. Registration is required. Free with admission.  

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Giving Tuesday

November 28 @ 1:00 pm

Kick start your holiday & year-end giving by donating to Taltree on this special day, Giving Tuesday. This national initiative has become an annual ritual for individuals to show their support to the organizations that they love. Your tax-deductible donation goes directly to underwriting several on-going and special projects, including our very popular and effective educational programs for children. Give online  

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December 2017

Photos with Santa

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Santa Claus is coming to Taltree! Visit Taltree's store which has been transformed into Santa's workshop & take your own photo with the big man. Don't forget your camera! Free with admission. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree's signature Train Tree. This large tree has model trains running throughout. It's not to be missed!

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Photos with Santa

December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 17, 2017

Santa Claus is coming to Taltree! Visit Taltree's store which has been transformed into Santa's workshop & take your own photo with the big man. Don't forget your camera! Free with admission. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree's signature Train Tree. This large tree has model trains running throughout. It's not to be missed!

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Photos with Santa

December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 17, 2017

Santa Claus is coming to Taltree! Visit Taltree's store which has been transformed into Santa's workshop & take your own photo with the big man. Don't forget your camera! Free with admission. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree's signature Train Tree. This large tree has model trains running throughout. It's not to be missed!

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Photos with Santa

December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 17, 2017

Santa Claus is coming to Taltree! Visit Taltree's store which has been transformed into Santa's workshop & take your own photo with the big man. Don't forget your camera! Free with admission. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree's signature Train Tree. This large tree has model trains running throughout. It's not to be missed!

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Stories with Santa & Mrs. Claus

December 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Children ages 6-11 are invited to come & decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa and listen to a holiday story read by Santa. Located in the Depot. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree's signature Train Tree. This large tree has model trains running throughout. It's not to be missed!

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Photos with Santa

December 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 17, 2017

Santa Claus is coming to Taltree! Visit Taltree's store which has been transformed into Santa's workshop & take your own photo with the big man. Don't forget your camera! Free with admission. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree's signature Train Tree. This large tree has model trains running throughout. It's not to be missed!

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Stories with Santa & Mrs. Claus

December 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 17, 2017

Children ages 6-11 are invited to come & decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa and listen to a holiday story read by Santa. Located in the Depot. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree's signature Train Tree. This large tree has model trains running throughout. It's not to be missed!

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Photos with Santa

December 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 17, 2017

Santa Claus is coming to Taltree! Visit Taltree's store which has been transformed into Santa's workshop & take your own photo with the big man. Don't forget your camera! Free with admission. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree's signature Train Tree. This large tree has model trains running throughout. It's not to be missed!

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Winter Mini Explorers Day Camp

December 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Need some fun over winter break? Campers will enjoy some fun in the winter weather while learning about the curiosities of the winter season. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Each day has a different theme so register for one or all four! Campers should bring a lunch and dress for the outdoors. Ages 6-11. Register by Dec. 15. Cost: $45 for members/$50 for nonmembers (per child per day) Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot.…

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Winter Mini Explorers Day Camp

December 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Need some fun over winter break? Campers will enjoy some fun in the winter weather while learning about the curiosities of the winter season. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Each day has a different theme so register for one or all four! Campers should bring a lunch and dress for the outdoors. Ages 6-11. Register by Dec. 15. Cost: $45 for members/$50 for nonmembers (per child per day) Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot.…

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January 2018

Winter Mini Explorers Day Camp

January 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on January 4, 2018

Need some fun over winter break? Campers will enjoy some fun in the winter weather while learning about the curiosities of the winter season. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Each day has a different theme so register for one or all four! Campers should bring a lunch and dress for the outdoors. Ages 6-11. Register by Dec. 15. Cost: $45 for members/$50 for nonmembers (per child per day) Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot.…

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Winter Mini Explorers Day Camp

January 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on January 4, 2018

Need some fun over winter break? Campers will enjoy some fun in the winter weather while learning about the curiosities of the winter season. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Each day has a different theme so register for one or all four! Campers should bring a lunch and dress for the outdoors. Ages 6-11. Register by Dec. 15. Cost: $45 for members/$50 for nonmembers (per child per day) Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree's festive Depot.…

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