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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

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

Upcoming Events

April 2014
Free with admission

Spring Chimes Exhibit

April 1 - May 31

Taltree is kicking off spring with a Spring Chimes exhibit. This artistic wind chimes showcase will dot the arboretum’s prairie and formal garden landscape.

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Free - Members Only

Member Hikes

April 12 - November 8

These free member hikes will provide a great introduction to all Taltree has to offer during the changing seasons.

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FREE

Runners Week

April 21 - 25

Runners test out trails for free! The trails offer a fun challenge of varying surfaces, elevation, twists and turns. Two one-hour introductory runs, lead by Taltree staff, will be held during the week.

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$5/person with admission

Birding 101 Hike

April 26 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am CST

Learn about the birds that call Taltree home, if only for a little while. Hike takes you through all three ecosystems: woodland, prairie and wetland. Discover which birds live where.

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$30 Members/$35 Non-Members

Project Learning Tree: Environmental Education

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm CST

Project Learning Tree activities are hands-on interdisciplinary lessons that integrates easily to lesson plans for all age groups, especially Pre-K through 8th grade, meeting state and national educational standards.

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FREE

Spring Cleaning

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Earth Day (April 22). Arbor Day (April 25). Taltree Spring Clean Day! Family event to spruce up for spring. Projects include general clean up and garden work.

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May 2014
Free with admission

Fairy House Garden exhibit

May 1 - 31

This trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounds Heron Pond. Made from natural and recycle materials, each home is unique with a natural landscape to match its personality.

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$8/person with admission

Nature Photography Class

May 3 @ 8:45 am - 10:15 am CST

Learn how to photographically capture nature in a variety of outdoor landscapes – woodland, wetland and prairie.

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Free admission

Spring Open House

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm CST

Come see Taltree in the spring! Enjoy guided tours, garden activities, a sidewalk sale, food and more. Today’s event is completely free!

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$15 Members/$17 Non-Members

Spring Tree Identification Class

May 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm CST

Learn about native Indiana trees and how to identify them. Led by trained naturalist staff.

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$18 Members/$20 Non-Members

Mother’s Day 5K

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

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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Free with admission

Wildflowers Interpretive Hike

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Led by an experienced naturalist you will travel through the prairie-scape to learn about wildflowers and how to identify them.

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$15 Girl Scout + 1 Parent

Girl Scouts Night Owl Cadette Badge Hike

May 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm CST

This Girl Scouts’ exclusive night hike adventure fulfills the first requirement of the Girl Scouts’ night owl cadette badge requirements.

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June 2014
Member & non-member fees apply

Night Hikes

June 5 - 19

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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Free with admission

Butterflies and Insects Hike

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

Learn about butterflies and other insects. Visit our Monarch butterfly waystation. Learn about migration patterns, insect friendly plants and more.

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$150-175/week, discounts available

2014 SUMMER CAMP – 5 WEEKS!

June 15 - July 18

Our summer camp program creates a safe and fun environment for children to expand their horizons and develop new interests in nature and science. Camp is five weeks, each week offering new and different activities based on themes. Campers can attend a single week or all five.open to rising 2nd-5th grades.

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$175/child, discounts available

Summer DAY Camp: Science Quest

June 16 - 20

Campers become scientists! They’ll do scientific experiments. Visit a local farm. Learn about composting. Play laser tag. Go on hikes. Make slime and more.

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$175/child, discounts available

Summer DAY Camp: Wacky Water Week

June 23 - 27

Campers will visit the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, hike Taltree’s wetlands and learn about Northwest Indiana’s water ecosystems.

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$20 Members/ $25 Non-Members

American English Concert

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

Our concert season kicks off with Northwest Indiana’s favorite Beatles tribute band – American English – showcasing the best of the Fab Four from 1963-1970.

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$35/person

Picnic en Blanc

June 28 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

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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$150/child, discounts available

Summer DAY Camp: Science Quest

June 30 - July 3

Campers become scientists! They’ll do scientific experiments. Visit a local farm. Learn about composting. Play laser tag. Go on hikes. Make slime and more.

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July 2014
Member & non-member fees apply

Night Hikes

July 1 - August 31

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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Free with admission

All-American Fest

July 4 - 6

Come celebrate the 4th of July at Taltree! Activities include games, crafts and Thomas the Tank Engine all weekend long.

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$175/child, discounts available

Summer DAY Camp: CSI Taltree

July 7 - 11

Campers will learn about all aspects of CSI with a visit to a local laboratory to meet scientists and the local police department to learn about what they do daily in their jobs.

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$175/child, discounts available

Summer DAY Camp: Wilderness Safari Camp

July 14 - 18

Campers will learn about woodland wildlife, how to tie nautical knots and more, create their own mini-veggie garden, build bird houses and more.

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$20 Members/ $25 Non-Members

The Neverly Brothers

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

The second rock ‘n’ roll concert of our concert season features great hits from the 1950s American rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues pioneers up to the 1964 British Invasion.

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August 2014
$20 Members/ $25 Non-Members

NWI Symphony String Concert

August 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

The NWI Symphony string section kicks off our classical music series.

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$5 members/$10 non-members

GLOW: Art after Dark

August 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm CST
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Every day until August 16, 2014

Three nights of cool glow-in-the-dark action! Hang with nature, indulge in tasty food and enjoy glow-in-the-dark artwork & performances. Members are free on Thursday night!

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$5 members/$10 non-members

GLOW: Art after Dark

August 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm CST
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Every day until August 16, 2014

Three nights of cool glow-in-the-dark action! Hang with nature, indulge in tasty food and enjoy glow-in-the-dark artwork & performances. Members are free on Thursday night!

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$5 members/$10 non-members

GLOW: Art after Dark

August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm CST
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Every day until August 16, 2014

Three nights of cool glow-in-the-dark action! Hang with nature, indulge in tasty food and enjoy glow-in-the-dark artwork & performances. Members are free on Thursday night!

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$20 Members/ $25 Non-Members

NWI Symphony Brass Concert

August 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

The NWI Symphony brass section is the second concert in our classical music series.

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$20 Members/ $25 Non-Members

NWI Symphony Woodwind Concert

August 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

A great way to start the Labor Day weekend! The NWI Symphony woodwind section will close Taltree’s classical music series.

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September 2014
Member & non-member fees apply

Night Hikes

September 1 - October 31

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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$30 Members/$35 Non-Members

Project WET: Environmental Education

September 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm CST

Project WET provides K-12 educators with the tools to teach water conservation. The instructor will provide how-to lead activities instructions and teach tricks of being a naturalist leader.

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$20 Members/$25 Non-members

Another Round Concert

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

Our concert season comes to a close with Another Round, Indiana University’s hit a cappella group. Following in the footsteps of Straight No Chaser, Another Round has played to sold-out crowds throughout the Midwest.

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October 2014
Free with admission

Fall Fungi Hike

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Explore the beautiful world of fungi! Hike will encompass the Woodlands area along Cardinal Trail. Led by one of our experienced trained naturalists.

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Free with admission

Fall Colors Hike

October 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST

Surround yourself in Fall colors! See how Fall colors change the woodland, wetland and prairie-scapes. Led by one of our experienced trained naturalists.

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