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Causes: Animals, Botanical Gardens & Arboreta, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Environmental Education, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: Establish and maintain tree and plant collections, gardens and natural areas for the benefit of the visitors to and residents of the Northwest Indiana region.

Results: A beautiful dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits. Guests can explore the diverse landscape via approximately 4 miles of hiking trails. Taltree is home to many endangered and rare species. Its formal garden displays include the Oak Islands, Children’s Adventure Garden, the Taltree Railway Garden and the Native Plant Garden.

Target demographics: nature lovers

Geographic areas served: Northwest Indiana

Programs: environment conservation classes, docent-led hikes and more

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Patrick48

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A non-profit with a clear mission and a dedicated staff. Every visit reveals something new in the gardens or along the trail. Specially respect their conservation efforts with animals!

Lisa383

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great piece of paradise right in our own backyard! The scenic landscape and the beautifully sculpted gardens are perfect for photographers!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of my favorite places in NWI! Wonderful spot to visit all year round.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An excellent effort to help preserve the natural landscape of the region among increased development. The arboretum is a great place to bring your dog, as it holds a very pet-friendly reputation. A variety of educational opportunities including; informative hikes, classes, and demonstrations are offered throughout the year. Also, it is home to a very noteworthy & photogenic oak tree. All in all a great place to get back in touch with nature.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the trails at Taltree. It's nice to have somewhere to take a nature walk with my family. They seem to be doing a great job at adding kid-friendly activities and areas. Also, the model trail really surprised me with how detailed and big it was.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

First of all, Taltree is magnificent. If you haven't gone, you should go.

Second of all, the review component of this website exists for people who want to review a nonprofit, not an individual person. Whomever is writing some of these reviews as personal attacks to the CEO should not be so naive. People are protected by libel and defamation laws against attacks made in this manner. If you have not verified the facts about the claims you are making, (newspaper opinions are not considered facts), you could be sued for libel. You have better read up. Having submitted a review online, it is considered a "published" writing. The law reads:

"a defendant who publishes a false and defamatory communication about a private individual is liable to the individual if the defendant acts with actual malice (applying the standard under New York Times v. Sullivan) or acts negligently in failing to ascertain whether a statement was false or defamatory."

Read up and grow up. Those that break the law cannot hide behind a user name.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I personally love this place. The first time I was there was for a friends wedding and it was absolutely beautiful! So i returned with my dogs to explore the rest and love the railway garden! A must see if you are a nature lover!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a bit surprised by the reviews on here. It seems some people are judging this wonderful, serene place based on information they have read about one person. I don't think it is fair to judge Taltree, as an organization, based on this. My family and I have been enjoying the Arboretum for a couple of years now. I have attended weddings, classes and several of their concerts. We all have grown very fond of the grounds, the staff and the volunteers. It is amazing that something that feels so secluded, is so close to home. My son and husband love the railway garden, while my daughter and I enjoy walking our dogs on the trails. It has been very exciting watching the Arboretum grow, and we look forward to finding something new every time we go!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Turn over in staffing is usally the way a business will take steps in a process to make it a better place. Where else can you feel closer to nature in northwest Indiana? I love Taltree and will recommend it to everyone!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently discovered Taltree, and have found a place that I can escape to from the busy world. Having green space in NW Indiana is very important to my family and me, and having been an Indiana resident for several years now, it is nice to see local organizations striving to conserve the land around them. I lead hikes on occasion and cannot wait until spring when the wildflowers come back. If you get a chance, go hike the Bluebird Trail and stop at the Savanna Wetland. There are two swans there. If you do not have much time, the train garden is a must see. You will feel like a kid again :).

Review from Guidestar