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Taltree Arboretum Celebrates Green Living in June

May 31, 2014 1 comment
Railway Garden at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens in Valparaiso.

Railway Garden at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Alicia Kosky
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is celebrating eco-friendly living June 1-30, 2014.

Go Green Fest is an educational festival about making a positive impact on the environment by making healthy life choices. This family friendly event is made possible by ArcelorMittal. The program includes workshops, hikes, “green” exhibits and a benefit concert by American English, Northwest Indiana’s favorite Beatles tribute band.

Schedule of events is as follows:

  • Night Hike – June 5, 12 and 19. Hike through the arboretum to learn what comes alive at night.
  • Butterfly and Insect Hike – June 7. Learn about butterflies and insects, including visiting Taltree’s Monarch Butterfly Waystation.
  • Table Top Gardening – June 7 and 14. Kids create their own take-home vegetable garden.
  • Green Cleaning – June 14. Discover tips and tools for cleaning with natural products and ingredients.
  • Composting At Home – June 21. Learn different ways to compost with worms and flies.

Many of the activities will be held in the ArcelorMittal Adventure Garden. The adventure garden features many go green initiatives such as composting, raised bed gardening and water conservation. It is also home to many endangered heritage livestock breeds, such as American guinea hogs.

“Go Green Fest is a great place to learn beginner tips to living a healthier lifestyle.” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “We’ll wrap up Go Green Fest with an American English concert under the stars. Concert attendees will learn a few ways they can be better conservationists by making small changes in their daily routines through recycling, water conservation and more.”

The American English concert is on June 27. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. This concert is the first of six benefit concerts to support Taltree’s conservation and education efforts.

“ArcelorMittal is pleased to join Taltree to make this first-time environmental awareness event available to all in our community,” said Jolice Pojeta, Corporate Responsibility and Communications Manager, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. “We are proud to sponsor the Go Green Fest, which will provide a variety of fun, ecofriendly activities throughout the month.”

All Go Green activities, including the concert, are free for ArcelorMittal employees with a valid ID. Classes are free with gate admission for non-members and members. Night hike non-member price is $7 for adults (13-above), $5 for seniors (55+) and children (12 and under). Night hike member price is $6 for adults (13-above), $4 for seniors (55+) and children (12 and under). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 219-462-0025.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of cultural events, classes and exhibits. Taltree is open year-round. All proceeds and donations Taltree receives powers its environmental restoration, conservation and education initiatives.

Taltree is located at 450 West 100 North, near Valparaiso, Indiana in northwest Indiana, just south of US Highway 30, approximately 15 minutes east of Interstate 65. For more information, visit or follow Taltree on Twitter at @Taltreearb and Facebook at