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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

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450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States

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February 2017

Cabela’s Winter Sport Expo at Taltree

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Taltree is partnering with Cabela's to offer a day of winter fun! Join an expert on a snowshoe demonstration, visit booths to learn the basics of ice fishing and how to stay warm in the cold months, or check out the wildlife display from the Izaak Walton League. This event is free with admission and runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Snowshoe demonstrations will be held at 11am and 1pm. Admission prices for February are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, &…

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Wine & Paint Night

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Paint Nite at Taltree

Create your own Winter Owls painting at Taltree's Wine & Paint Night! Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is partnering with Paint Nite to host a fun filled evening of art. Join us for a step-by-step painting tutorial and take home your very own canvas creation! From 6-8 pm, paint and chat along with your friends as the artist walks us through the steps to the beautiful painting pictured above. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to further Taltree Arboretum & Gardens' mission…

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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 17 @ 10:00 am - February 20 @ 4:00 pm

Observe birds on Taltree's property and report your findings to the Depot. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part…

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Dream Catcher Craft

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us at Taltree during President's Day and bring sweet dreams your way! In this make and take event led by Heather Banas from Soapwood Art Studio, you will learn how to make your own dream catcher and their cultural significance. Participants are encouraged to bring a small item from home that holds special meaning to them and can be tied or glued on to the dream catcher. This is a family friendly event. Cost includes all supplies and is…

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Taltree Trailblazers-Beginning Birding

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore fascinating facts about birds and what they are doing this time of year with  Taltree Naturalists. We will have a fun activity followed by time outdoors to look for our winged friends. This program is geared toward youth in grades K-5, but all are welcome to attend. Family participation is highly encouraged. This program compliments the Great Backyard Birdcount, a world wide effort that creates a "real-time snapshot of where birds are." Find out more here. Where: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Railway…

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March 2017

Spring Indiana Master Naturalist

March 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Spring Indiana Master Naturalist Class

Sign up today for the Spring Indiana Master Naturalist Class Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is excited to offer the Indiana Master Naturalist program. IMN is a certification program through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Come enrich your love for the outdoors and expand your knowledge of plants, wildlife, and other natural resources in Indiana. The ten-week, hands on course will provide introductions to Hoosier natural resources from expert instructors in our region. Registration is now open for the Spring…

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Fascinating Fossils

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This class will introduce you to the science of geology!  Join Geologist, Dave Hamilla to explore rock specimens, learn about Indiana's geology, and see interesting fossils. When: Saturday, March 11 Time: 8am-noon Where: Taltree's Depot (450W 100N, Valparaiso) Cost: Taltree Members: $15/ Non-Members: $20 Register by calling the Taltree Office at 219-462-0025.

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Green Spring Cleaning

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

As you gear up for your spring cleaning, keep our planet in mind. Each product used while cleaning our homes affects our families and the environment. Ditch the chemicals, artificial fragrances and unknown ingredients for a simple and healthy alternative. Heather Banas from Soapwood Art Studios will teach you how to create your own cleaning products using essential oils and other "green" ingredients. Participants will make two spray cleaners and receive a recipe for a third. All supplies are provided. Register by…

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April 2017

Environmental Leaders Exhibit

April 1 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 7:00 pm

Hike Taltree and see the faces of famous naturalists and environmental leaders carved into wood. See if you can find them all.

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Wild Edibles Presentation

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Build your confidence and competence in identifying, gathering, and eating wild edibles. Join Geologist Dave Hamilla to learn about this intriguing topic. When: Saturday, April 8 Time: 9am-noon Cost: $5 Taltree Members/$15 Non-Members Where: Taltree Depot Register by calling the Taltree Office at 219-462-0025 or email info@taltree.org.

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Children’s Spring Paint Class

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

No school on April 14? Come out to Taltree and join artist Susan Young and create a beautiful floral painting. Each participant will work alongside the artist in painting their 11 x 14 inch canvas. Pricing is per canvas. If a parent or guardian is joining the class and not creating a painting, he or she will pay admission. Register by April 7. Where: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Pavilion, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso, IN Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Cost:…

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May 2017

Mother’s Day Pampering

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Time for Mom to take a break and create at-home luxuries. Participants will work alongside Heather from Soapwood Art Studio to create a zesty and uplifting "Lemon Thyme Salt Scrub" and a soothing "Oat and Herb Bath Bag." Take home these two finished products and the recipes, a small bottle of lemon essential oil and most importantly, a revived sense of self! Space is limited- register by May 1. After this class, explore the arboretum and look for all the…

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Mom and Me- Mother’s Day Painting

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bring Mom out to Taltree and join artist Susan Young in creating a beautiful painting. Mom and child will work together to paint their 16 x 20 inch canvas. Susan will inspire creativity and instruct at a pace for all ages. Below is a sample of the paining and participants can choose their own colors. Pricing is per canvas. Additional children pay admission. Register by April 30. May is a wonderful time to explore the arboretum! Before your paint class,…

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