Join Friendship Botanic Gardens as we host a free celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month! Kids will have the chance to embark on a turkey scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and nature trails – find every hidden paper turkey and win a special Thanksgiving prize!
Then, enjoy the Native American Heritage Garden and get a first-hand look at Indigenous Peoples’ cooking techniques as the garden educator demonstrates the cooking of traditional pumpkin stew over an open flame.
For more information, contact us at 219-878-9885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, February 24th from noon to 3pm, Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a free afternoon of winter wilderness discovery at the annual Maple Sugar Time Event. Visitors can take a self-guided nature walk through old-growth woodland trails before stopping by the maple sugaring station to learn how the early inhabitants of North America produced maple syrup.
“The Indians taught the settlers how to do this,” Rakowski said. “By spring, their supplies were almost gone and they would have almost nothing to eat except the sugar.”
Jude is a dedicated garden steward who gathers and chops wood the entire year to fuel the fires used to boil the maple sap. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of syrup.
Come count the turkeys on the Friendship Trail for a special prize! Experience Native American cooking techniques and learn how they lived. Children's Crafts too! Enjoy a stroll around the Gardens! FREE Admission
Come celebrate Native Peoples of the region. Demonstrations, exhibits, crafts and open-fire cooking! FREE Admission
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.
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
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.”
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