Come count the Turkeys for a special prize!! Experience Native American cooking techniques and learn how indigenous peoples of the region survived. Crafts for children.
Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a special free educational program dedicated to everyone’s favorite pollinator pals: butterflies! Horticulturalist Dolly Foster will discuss butterfly gardening, pollinator conservation, and how you can attract these beautiful “flying flowers” to your own backyard! This is a remarkable opportunity for families to learn how to help boost butterfly populations through hands-on citizen science.
Audiences can experience live butterflies up-close as we release newly hatched monarchs into our specially designed butterfly garden. Children can make and take home free butterfly crafts.
Celebrate the rich and enduring legacy of Native American Heritage along the very same river banks and forested valleys where the Potawatomi hunted and fished hundreds of years ago.
Visitors will also have the chance to experience Indigenous Peoples’ traditional gardening, trapping, cooking and crafting techniques first-hand.
On Sunday June 25th, Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a FREE afternoon of invertebrate adventures in the diverse natural habitats found throughout our 105 acre garden park.
Families can discover a hidden world of marvelous mini-beasts living all around us while viewing live creepy crawlies.
Bring your nets and magnifying glasses to learn about the crucial roles insects play in our lives through hands-on citizen science and free children’s craft activities.
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On Easter Sunday, April 16th, Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a FREE afternoon of egg- hunting adventures among 105 acres of nature trails and formal gardens. Kids ages 0 to 12 and their families are invited to walk the trails and explore the blooming gardens while searching for hundreds of eggs hidden throughout the grounds. The hunt starts promptly at 11am CDT and runs until 1pm (or until all eggs have been found.)-- rain or shine. Be sure to bring your own basket for this “Egg-stravaganza” of Easter fun.
Kids can also check out phase one of the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden, a newly installed arena for interactive nature-based play experiences created thanks to the support of the ArcelorMittal corporation.
Friendship Botanic Gardens is located at 2055 East Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360. For more information contact us at 219 878 9885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On November 26th, join us in the pristine natural beauty of Friendship Gardens as we host a free celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. Kids will have the chance to embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and nature trails – find every hidden paper turkey and win a special Thanksgiving prize!
Then, join us in the Native American Heritage Garden and get a firsthand look at traditional Indigenous People’s cooking techniques as our garden educator prepares squirrel, bison tongue, and pumpkin stew over an open flame. Later, an Elder Fire-keeper will perform a blessing on our new “Spirit of the Woods" statue.
It all happens Thanksgiving Day from 10am to 4pm CDT, at Friendship Gardens., Pets on a leash are always welcome. For more information, contact us at 219 878-9885.
Native American Celebration and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Walk
Butterfly and Dragonfly Program
Come see these wonderful creatures in all stages and watch Monarch Butterflies released. Simple Children's Crafts.
1:00-3:00 pm CST
Native American Heritage Day
Demonstrations, exhibits, crafts, and open fire cooking. Come Celebrate Native People of the region.
On Sunday, July 26th, 12-4 PM, International Friendship Gardens will present its annual free event highlighting the historical Potawatomi natives of this area. A fire will be going in the sharing circle. This fire will cook squirrel, some bison tongue and jerky, and garden grown squash and beans seasoned with herbs and maple sugar. Flute music will be heard as well as recorded native drumming and singing.
There will be demonstrations of flintknapping, corn grinding, gardening techniques, trapping and others. Presentations will begin at 1:00 PM. Come and help celebrate these early woodland natives. Parents are especially urged to bring their children to see the events and try Native American craft projects. Dogs are welcome if on leash and sociable.
Visitors can enjoy tours of the gardens Jude Rakowski has established using heritage seeds from the 1820’s. Jude says: “The Pottawatomi Indians had hundreds of acres under cultivation up in the St. Joseph, Michigan, area where they were based, long before European contact. Our gardens are a small version of what they did.”
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Friendship Gardens. You can explore the gardens, take a guided hike and enjoy simple children's crafts. Gardeners will conduct a training session on how to correctly plant trees and shrubs.
FREE fun event for the entire family!
Noon-4:00 pm CST
Come see the TALKING TREES at Friendship Gardens! Take a nature hike and find the talking trees on your adventure. If you find all the TALKING TREES, you will win a small prize!
Friendship Gardens will be open on Sunday, April 26th from Noon to 4pm to celebrate Earth Day – Arbor Day. Spring has finally arrived and your family can enjoy it at Friendship Gardens! Yes, even your dog on a leash is welcome! This is a FREE event.
Learn about the Trees of Indiana, find out new ways to help “Renew, Reuse and Recycle”. There will be free children’s crafts activities. Master Gardeners will be there to answer questions. Hot & cold drinks, food & snacks will be available at a nominal cost. Organic Vendors and Crafters will be on site as well.
Maple Sugar Camp
See how the Indians and early settlers made maple sugar! Taste the sap. Gardeners will lead guided trail walks.
FREE FUN EVENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!!!
Noon-3:00 pm CST