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Living on the edge

Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized

By Alyssa Nyberg When we go for a walk in our woods, my daughter runs ahead and shouts out, “Mom, look, a moss!” We get down on our knees, feel the soft carpet of leaves and admire the moss’s green beauty. She has found a hair cap moss (Polytrichum species). We share a smile and … Continued

Eat, dig and be merry!

Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized

By Alyssa Nyberg In late November, while I was jogging through the restoration plantings of Kankakee Sands, I noticed a dark blob in the white snow on one of the roadsides. That blob was not there the evening before when I drove home from work. I dreaded what it might be. Would it be a … Continued


Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Alyssa Nyberg I seem to get more hugs from my seven-year-old son in the month of October than I do any other month of the year. When I come home from work at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant Nursery, he wraps his arms around me and says, “Mmmmm, you smell like butter.” Actually, I … Continued

The small but mighty quail

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Alyssa Nyberg The prairie can seem a cold, desolate place in the middle of winter. A walk on the snow-covered ground at Kankakee Sands can be deafeningly quiet. That can all change in an instant with an the flapping of 30 wings right in front of you! A covey of quail has just erupted … Continued

NWI Symphony Orchestra coming to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Friday nights in August

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized

  Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, IN welcomes the Northwest Indiana Symphony three Friday nights in August. Each night will feature a different musical ensemble. The concert schedule is as follows: ·         August 8 – The string ensemble will play nature-inspired classical music, including selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. ·         August 22 – A brass quintet … Continued

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens celebrates summer with Picnic en Blanc on June 28

Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is celebrating summer with an elegant outdoor affair on Saturday, June 28. Guests adorned in white apparel will be treated to an evening of surprises, tours, raffles, dancing and more. Guests are required to dress from head-to-toe in white and are encouraged to be creative. Guests should bring a white-themed … Continued

Beyond the Beach partner Taltree Arboretum & Gardens one of nonprofits benefitting from NWIgives Day on February 12

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized

UPDATE: NWIgives was a success, raising $3,700 for Taltree’s great environmental efforts. In all, NWIgives raised $248,178 for nonprofit organizations throughout all of Northwest Indiana. Thank you to the 828 donors! Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is one of many regional nonprofits participating in the first ever NWIgives Day on February 12, 2014.  This 24-hour, online giving … Continued

Indiana Dunes Tourism announces recipients of $26,800 in grants

Posted on Friday, December 27th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve was a grant recipient BY INDIANA DUNES TOURISM Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, announced today that it has selected 10 non-profit organizations and government agencies to receive $26,800 in grant money to help promote their festivals and events, sporting competitions and other tourism-related projects during 2014. … Continued

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