Location

450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

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Hours

Open daily. April-October 8 am to 7 pm CST. Railway Garden is open 10 am to 7 pm. Trains begin running at 10 am.

Free admission first Tuesday of each month.

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About Us

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits year-round. 

Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 60 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana, Taltree offers beautiful vistas, quiet corners and hiking trails to escape into its diverse landscape.

Taltree is home to 112 unique oak taxa--one of the most diverse oak collections in the nation. The centerpieces of the collection are the Bur Oaks. Other North American, Asian and European species can be seen in the Oak Islands exhibit.

Our most intricate formal garden is the Taltree Railway Garden. This garden features model steam trains in a miniature conifer and woody plant landscape. The garden tells the story of early 19th century U.S. railroad history featuring scenes of the Civil War, westward expansion and the American Industrial Revolution.

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Featured Events & Programs

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    November 1 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

    Taltree 10K

    This 10k (6.2-mile) trail run is open to runners and walkers of all skill levels. The course terrain is flat with some challenging hills. The trail is a combination of pavement, gravel, grass and wood chips. Run begins at 9 am.

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    November 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

    Taltree Run Club

    Taltree Run Club meets every Saturday morning at 10 am. Meet up with other runners – mingle, stretch and run the trails. Great way to help train for the upcoming Taltree 10K on Saturday, November 1!

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    November 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

    Taltree Run Club

    Taltree Run Club meets every Saturday morning at 10 am. Meet up with other runners – mingle, stretch and run the trails. Great way to help train for the upcoming Taltree 10K on Saturday, November 1!

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    November 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

    Taltree Run Club

    Taltree Run Club meets every Saturday morning at 10 am. Meet up with other runners – mingle, stretch and run the trails. Great way to help train for the upcoming Taltree 10K on Saturday, November 1!

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    November 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

    Taltree Run Club

    Taltree Run Club meets every Saturday morning at 10 am. Meet up with other runners – mingle, stretch and run the trails. Great way to help train for the upcoming Taltree 10K on Saturday, November 1!

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    December 5 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST

    Holiday Lights – A Winter Celebration of Solar!

    A winter celebration of solar! View a solar powered light display, visit with Santa, Christmas shop, and more. Held every Friday and Saturday nights 4 to 7 pm in December up to Christmas.

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    December 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST

    Taltree Holiday Express

    Get into the holiday spirit Saturdays in December with the Christmas classic story time. Visit with Santa. Enjoy cookies and cocoa. See the Railway Garden’s model trains in action.

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“I grew up in the city where even parks were rare. When I moved to Indiana a few years ago, I found a natural wonderland called Taltree. Taltree offers everything that I longed for, natural beauty, hiking trails and serenity. One visit to Taltree was all I needed. I became a member the next day. On occasion, I just sit on a bench and watch the grasses and trees gently blow in the wind, smell the flowers and listen to the birds sing…This is why I come to Taltree.”