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Fall family fun abounds at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on September 26, 2018 with No Comments

Enjoy family fun every Saturday and Sunday in October at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest. There are a variety of activities will be offered for all ages.

  • Explore the Adventure Garden with its fun photo areas and enjoy time around the Railway Depot with free crafts and games.
  •  Creep through the Railway Garden and witness the family friendly Halloween makeover of the trains and villages and the spooky addition of spiders, skeletons and scarecrows.
  • Jump on hayrides which run every hour from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Price is $3 per ride.
  • Oct. 13 and 14, get up close to birds of prey and local wildlife with the Wildlife Educational Exhibit of Northwest Indiana.

Trail of Scarecrows returns!

A Charlie Brown scarecrow was created by The Adventure Club.

This popular annual exhibit features scarecrows designed and built by students based on a character from a book. This year’s theme is “courage.” Guests vote on their favorite. A winner is chosen at the end of the month. Groups interested in entering the competition should contact Ellen Kapitan at 219-742-8147.

Mums and flower bulb sale

The horticulture team will be selling mums and flower bulbs at the Railway Depot to raise funds for the gardens. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, and fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden. Gabis Arboretum horticulture staff will be on-hand over the weekend to offer advice and gardening tips. Bulbs and mums will be on sale through October while supplies last.

Pumpkins are part of the festive decorations at the Railway Garden.

Weekends in October are $10 carload days. This pricing does not apply to individual admissions less than $10 or member admission.Advance tickets not required.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is a 300-acre, oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, prairies and hiking trails located near Valparaiso.

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