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February 2018

Restoration of Indiana’s Rich Ecological Heritage

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Northwest Indiana is one of the most ecologically rich areas in North America. This class addresses the biodiversity that can be found in numerous unique habitats.  Many local organizations mange these ecosystems to restore them from past damages. With help from these organizations and the community, we can restore Indiana's rich ecological heritage. Learn more about the restoration that has been occurring in Northwest Indiana with IUN professor, Dr. Spencer Cortwright. When: Tuesday, February 27 Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm Where:…

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March 2018

Indiana Master Naturalist

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
$100

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is excited to offer the Indiana Master Naturalist program. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with a love for the outdoors who is wishing to expand their knowledge of plants, wildlife and other natural resources in Indiana. This is a ten-week, hands on course that will provide an introduction to Hoosier natural resources through the teachings of professionals in our region. The course begins March 1 and runs each Thursday through May 10 from 9am-noon. …

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First Saturday Hike

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Start your month with a Saturday hike! A naturalist will guide visitors through the arboretum and focus on seasonal changes and interests. The March hike will give guests an overview of the arboretum. In April, the People of the Woods exhibit lines Heron Trail. Join this hike to learn about people who have influenced our understanding of the environment. The month of May offers blooming plants throughout the arboretum. The naturalist will lead you in identifying common as well as…

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2018 Annual Volunteer Kickoff

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Calling all volunteers! Get ready for the 2018 season at Taltree! Join in the excitement as we begin our year. On Saturday, March 10, 2018 we will host our Annual Volunteer Kickoff. During the kickoff, learn more about the arboretum and the many opportunities and projects that need your help. Come out and meet staff and mingle with new and current volunteers. Date: Saturday, March 10 Time: 9:00am - 10:30am Location: Railway Depot Please RSVP by March 9 to Barb Raschke at…

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Photos with the Easter Bunny

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Avoid long lines at the mall and hop into Taltree for your family photos with the Easter Bunny! Stop by the Depot and have your fun moment captured forever. Just bring your best smile and camera!  After your photos, check out the Railway Garden and visit with our live animals in our Adventure Garden or stay for a quick craft! And don’t forget our Easter Egg Hunt on March 25th!

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Photos with the Easter Bunny

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Avoid long lines at the mall and hop into Taltree for your family photos with the Easter Bunny! Stop by the Depot and have your fun moment captured forever. Just bring your best smile and camera!  After your photos, check out the Railway Garden and visit with our live animals in our Adventure Garden or stay for a quick craft! And don’t forget our Easter Egg Hunt on March 25th!

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Sprouts!

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Bring your toddler every third Wednesday of the month and join a naturalist at the arboretum. Spend time exploring nature and creating a take home project. Each week features a story and hands on activity.   Dates: Wednesdays, February 21, March 21,  April 18, May 16 Time: 10:00am to 11:00am Location: Railway Depot Cost: Free with admission

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Photos with the Easter Bunny

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Avoid long lines at the mall and hop into Taltree for your family photos with the Easter Bunny! Stop by the Depot and have your fun moment captured forever. Just bring your best smile and camera!  After your photos, check out the Railway Garden and visit with our live animals in our Adventure Garden or stay for a quick craft! And don’t forget our Easter Egg Hunt on March 25th!

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Photos with the Easter Bunny

March 25 @ 10:00 am - March 31 @ 4:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Avoid long lines at the mall and hop into Taltree for your family photos with the Easter Bunny! Stop by the Depot and have your fun moment captured forever. Just bring your best smile and camera!  After your photos, check out the Railway Garden and visit with our live animals in our Adventure Garden or stay for a quick craft! And don’t forget our Easter Egg Hunt on March 25th!

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Easter Egg Hunt

March 25 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Back and better than before! Last year, we had a tremendous turn out for our first ever Easter Egg Hunt and are excited to host 3 separate hunts this year. Each child is invited to share in the fun and find 10 eggs! Bring your own basket and let the hunt begin! 10:30 @ Sidetrack for ages 4 years and younger 11:30 @ Adventure Garden for ages 5 - 7 years old 12:30 @ Meyer Pavilion for ages 8-10 years…

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Spring Break Camp

March 26 @ 9:00 am - March 30 @ 3:30 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Welcome the spring season by spending the week exploring and learning at the arboretum. Taltree is offering a five day program for students in 1st through 5thgrade. Our science based camp cultivates enthusiasm for the natural world. During the week, campers will learn how to grow and care for plants, find solutions to water pollution and discover the animals that can be found in their own backyard. The week will offer time outdoors, games, crafts and plenty of projects to get hands dirty!…

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April 2018

First Saturday Hike

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Start your month with a Saturday hike! A naturalist will guide visitors through the arboretum and focus on seasonal changes and interests. The March hike will give guests an overview of the arboretum. In April, the People of the Woods exhibit lines Heron Trail. Join this hike to learn about people who have influenced our understanding of the environment. The month of May offers blooming plants throughout the arboretum. The naturalist will lead you in identifying common as well as…

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How to Create a Rain Garden

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Rain gardens are not just beautifully planted with native plants, but they are reduce runoff and naturally filter out pollutants. This class will explore which plants to include in a rain garden, how to best build the garden and other materials that are needed. Participants will leave understanding the importance of rain gardens and ideas for creating their own. Register for this class by April 11. Date: Friday, April 13 Time: 10:00am to 11;30am Location: Railway Depot Cost: $10 Members, $15…

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Spring Ephemerals

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Photo courtesy: Cindy Crosby Stroll into spring at the arboretum to see the early wildflowers in leaf and in bloom. Learn their names and discover their fascinating stories and uses throughout history as food, love charms, and for medicinal purposes. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. If we experience inclement weather, we'll move some of our class time indoors. Register by April 7 by emailing ekapitan@taltree.org, calling 219-462-0025 or click here. When: Saturday, April 14 Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm…

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Sprouts!

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Bring your toddler every third Wednesday of the month and join a naturalist at the arboretum. Spend time exploring nature and creating a take home project. Each week features a story and hands on activity.   Dates: Wednesdays, February 21, March 21,  April 18, May 16 Time: 10:00am to 11:00am Location: Railway Depot Cost: Free with admission

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The Lives and Times of Indiana’s Amphibians

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Come learn about the details of the double lives of Indiana's amphibians in a richly illustrated presentation. Following the presentation, explore the arboretum with Indiana University Northwest biology professor, Dr. Spencer Cortwright. Participants will seek the unique creatures in their arboretum habitat. Commonly spotted amphibians are the Eastern Tiger Salamander (pictured above), Gray Treefrogs, and Spring Peepers- to name a few! The second portion of this class will be held outdoors, please dress for the weather. This course is geared…

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Youth Day of Caring

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Taltree welcomes Porter County United way and their volunteers during the Youth Day of Caring. During their time at Taltree, volunteers will help with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, and other beautification projects. To learn more about this opportunity and to sign up, visit www.nwivolunteer.org.  

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May 2018

First Saturday Hike

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Start your month with a Saturday hike! A naturalist will guide visitors through the arboretum and focus on seasonal changes and interests. The March hike will give guests an overview of the arboretum. In April, the People of the Woods exhibit lines Heron Trail. Join this hike to learn about people who have influenced our understanding of the environment. The month of May offers blooming plants throughout the arboretum. The naturalist will lead you in identifying common as well as…

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Sprouts!

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Bring your toddler every third Wednesday of the month and join a naturalist at the arboretum. Spend time exploring nature and creating a take home project. Each week features a story and hands on activity.   Dates: Wednesdays, February 21, March 21,  April 18, May 16 Time: 10:00am to 11:00am Location: Railway Depot Cost: Free with admission

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Introduction to the Tallgrass Prairie

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Discover the intriguing history and people who are part of the story of the Midwestern tallgrass prairie. Then, explore the arboretum's signature grasses and wildflowers and hear about their uses by Native Americans and early settlers during this blended hike outdoors through the tallgrass and lecture indoors. Learn how you can be a part of preserving one of the world's most threatened natural areas and make a difference right here in Valparaiso! Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Register…

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Fairy Gardening

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Bring the magic of fairies home by creating your own miniature garden.  This class will help you plan out your garden and teach you how to care for the plants. To create your whimsical piece, bring a 12 x 12 x 4 container. We will provide the soil, 2 small plants and customized accessories. There will be additional accessories available for purchase. Register for this class by May 12. Date: Saturday, May 19 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Location: Taltree's Classroom Cost: $40 Members/ $49 Nonmembers  …

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June 2018

Fairy Gardening

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Bring the magic of fairies home by creating your own miniature garden.  This class will help you plan out your garden and teach you how to care for the plants. To create your whimsical piece, bring a 12 x 12 x 4 container. We will provide the soil, 2 small plants and customized accessories. There will be additional accessories available for purchase. Register for this class by June 2. Date: Saturday, June 9 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Location: Taltree's Classroom Cost: $40 Members/ $49 Nonmembers  …

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Family Fishing Day

June 16 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Bring the whole family to enjoy a morning of catch and release fishing at the North Pond. Don't have fishing gear? A naturalist will have a few extra poles and bait for those who are fishing for the first time! This event is free with admission and does not require a fishing license.   Date: Saturday, June 16 Time: 8:00am to 11:00am Location: North Pond  

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July 2018

Family Fishing Day

July 21 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

Bring the whole family to enjoy a morning of catch and release fishing at the North Pond. Don't have fishing gear? A naturalist will have a few extra poles and bait for those who are fishing for the first time! This event is free with admission and does not require a fishing license. Siblings showing off their bluegill catches!   Date: Saturday, July 21 Time: 8:00am to 11:00am Location: North Pond  

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