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Hidden Gems at Taltree: Adventure Garden


Taltree Arboretum and Gardens may be the perfect place for the intense gardening connoisseur and nature and wildlife lovers, but for the last two years youngsters have been getting in on the fun at one of Northwest Indiana’s most peaceful locales.

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Porter County Parks Receives State Honor in 2016


On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Porter County Parks & Recreation was honored with the Excellence in Resource Improvement Award at the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference. Superintendent, Walter Lenckos, accepted the award on behalf of the Board and Department in recognition of the work that has been done at Brincka Cross Gardens County Park over the last several years.

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Valpo Parks Hopes For Another Banner Year


Was 2015 a great year for Valpo Parks? You bet!

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens 2016 Beat the Winter Blues by Taking a Gardening Class or Learning Something New

winter-streamTaltree Arboretum & Gardens’ 2016 winter class schedule is now online. The classes cover a variety of nature, health and recreation topics, and are geared toward adults, children and families. Classes are located in our heated greenhouse, Visitor’s Center, or classroom. Details for each class can be found online.

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Valpo Parks Offers Tots, Tweens, or Adult Skate Lessons, Golf Ideas and Day Trip Gifts

Valpo-Parks-Gifts-Collage-2015For those still shopping for holiday gifts, here are some original ideas.

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Valpo Parks Foundation Announces 2016 Board Members

Valpo-Parks-Jim-CunninghamNew Valpo Parks Foundation Board Members Announced: Jim Cunningham, Jacki Stutzman, Erin Urschel, Matthew D. Vessely

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Save the Dunes Announces Major Land Acquisition to Benefit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore


On December 16, 2015, Save the Dunes acquired a significant property totaling nearly 100 acres in Hobart, Indiana. The organization has had this property on their “wish list” for years, as has the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. That is because 35 acres of the property lie inside the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s official boundary; this piece is in their Hobart Prairie Grove Unit. “Most people aren’t aware that the National Park Service has not been able to secure the last 10% of the lands within its 15,000-acre boundary,” said Nicole Barker, Executive Director. “We still have roughly 10% of the property left to acquire, and Save the Dunes is working hard to get the best of what’s...

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Valpo Parks Hosts 2015 Touch a Truck

Valpo-Parks-Touch-a-Truck-2015-CollgaeValpo Parks along with Dunes Leathernecks Detachment Marine Corps League hosted the fifth annual “Touch a Truck” Toys for Tots drive on Saturday, December 12, resulting in its biggest haul ever. Kids of all ages enjoyed the opportunity to explore their favorite vehicles such as fire trucks, police cars, buses, utility trucks, race cars, tractors, pay loaders, and military vehicles on closed streets in and near Valpo’s Central Park Plaza. Santa enjoyed the festivities, as well. The three-hour event collected over 950 toys and over $575 for the local Toys for Tots campaign.

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Valpo Parks Hosts 5th Annual Touch a Truck Event


Valpo Parks, together with Dunes Leatherneck Detachment hosted their 5th Annual Touch a Truck event, bringing together all members of the Valparaiso community to donate funds and toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Announces Completion of Sidetrack Stage

Taltree-Arboretum-and-Gardens-Announces-Completion-of-Sidetrack-Stage-2015Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is pleased to announce the completion of their Sidetrack Stage. The occasion was marked with the formal receipt of a $5000 gift from NIPSCO at a check presentation ceremony in early November.

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Offers its Very First Winter Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Program January 9th-March 5th, 2016

rot1Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting its first ever winter Junior Indiana Master Naturalist program. This hands-on learning experience and volunteer service opportunity teaches students about the native landscape and local wildlife of Northwest Indiana. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology, water ecology and wildlife conservation, taught by area experts.

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