Day of Flight
Included with admission
Join us for a day celebrating the wonders of flight in nature. From butterfly and bee talks to a live flight demonstration featuring fearsome birds of prey, there will be lots to see all across our campus. Will we also be doing live hummingbird and song bird banding to discuss the importance of conservation and research.
Purchase Indiana native plants for your home garden. We will have a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials that will attract pollinators and beautify your garden.
Native plant and pollinator plant sale 9am - 4pm located at Newfield.
8:30–10:30 - Hummingbird Banding, Garden For Everyone
9:00-11:00 - Art Activities, Garden For Everyone
9:00-4:00 - Native Tree & Pollinator Plant Sale, Newfield
9:30-10:30 - Butterfly Lifecycles, Newfield
10:30-12 - Raptors viewing stations (Q&A), Lilly Allee
12-12:30 - Live Flight, Lilly Allee
12:30-2:00 - Art Activities, Greenhouse
12:30-2:00 - Bee Keeping Basics, Greenhouse
1:30-2:15 - Insects in Nature (walking tour), Start @ Greenhouse
2:15-3:00 - Insects in Nature (walking tour), Start @ Greenhouse
2:30-4:00 - Songbird Banding, Tanner Orchard
The day starts with our annual hummingbird banding in the Garden for Everyone. Hummingbirds are caught and given a thorough examination to check on their health. Each bird is then identified and tagged with a small band. You’ll get to see the beauty of these small birds and join nationally certified professionals to understand how hummingbirds make their long journey to Mexico for the winter.
A hummingbird viewing station will be set up in the Border Garden for your enjoyment.
Birds of Prey
Have you ever wondered what those imposing hawks that you see perched up high look like up close? Have you seen their talons? We will have various birds of prey on display in the Lilly Allée with aviary expert Mark Booth. He will share the specialized traits that these birds have in different environments. This will be followed by a live bird flight at noon.
Don’t think that this is all about the birds. We will have a demonstration on the art of keeping bees with Kate Franzman in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse. Have you ever wanted to know more about how bees collect all of that honey or why they keep pollen? Kate will discuss the importance of having both honey bees and native bees in your yard. Chad Franer, director of horticulture, will show examples of great plants used by all pollinators.
Connie Etter, professional photographer and butterfly enthusiast, will host a talk and demonstration to help you make your own “garden with wings’. Learn about the butterfly life cycle and the difference between host and nectar plants. Resources will be shared so you can enhance your garden as a butterfly habitat. Catch Connie's talk at Newfield, where the Native Tree and Pollinator Plant Sale occurs.
Many people put feeders out to watch our colorful songbirds throughout the year. John Schaust, chief naturalist at Wildbirds Unlimited, will hope to net colorful goldfinches, indigo buntings, and other small birds to develop a better national record of how the species are doing in our area. These birds can live for several years and maybe he will have a recapture. Watch John work in the Tanner Orchard.
Join Emily Wood Director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation to get an up close look at our pollinators and insects throughout the garden. She wil be giving two walking tours focusing on identification, habitat, and interesting facts that will give you a sense of how they survive and why they are important.
Native Tree and Pollinator Plant Sale
Free to the Public
Our fall native tree and pollinator plant sale will help you get a jump on your fall planting. Our horticulture experts will be on to help you with your selections. The sale takes place on the lawn by Newfield, adjacent to the main surface parking lot.