Experiential Learning  &  Guided Discovery!

Nature Education at Chautauqua Institution: All are invited to attend a BTG lecture from renown nature experts, participate in a lake walk, take part in a garden tour or bring your binoculars for a bird chat and more. Connect with Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club as we Explore, Enjoy and Engage with nature: in the gardens, along the lakeshore, amongst the trees in Arboretum and in the lecture hall and outdoor classrooms! Nature Invites ~ Indulge! Full program schedule listed below.

* Biennial House and Garden Tour July 12 - get your tickets today!


House & Garden Tour July 12 Week 3

A cross section of diverse public and private gardens along with an eclectic mix of homes will be on tour, each with docents sharing interesting facts and anecdotes. Make a day of it July 12, 2018 on the spectacular grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. 


step inside THESE incredible HOMES

Step inside 14 exceptional homes staffed with docents sharing anecdotes and lore! Each home has it's own eclectic decor and history. You won't want to miss this opportunity! Gather friends and get  the 5+ ticket discount. "I've always wanted to peek inside that house!"


Explore Gardens at Chautauqua

On tour day, ticket holders can take a self-guided tour of these exceptional gardens or gather for a docent-lead tour. The 100 year old Arboretum will be revealed after a 3 year restoration effort. Pick up ideas and take photos for your own home garden habitat.  


Butterflies & Blooms 

BTG Master Gardeners are available to meet at your garden to discuss how to evolve it into a habitat. Schedule a complimentary meeting to learn about attractive native plants and other ways to phase in pollinators, milkweed, shrubs, using less water and without pesticides.   


2018 Program brochure! 

Bring your lunch and healthy appetite for a nature lecture on Mondays and Tuesday 12:15 at Smith Wilkes Hall. Learn about the natural world from renown experts. At meet up points throughout the grounds gather for chats, walks, talks - all free to the public. 


monarch Moments and more

The monarch presents an invitation to explore a broad range of topics such as pollinators, nectar plants, floral photography, raised beds, bees and trees! See this expanded set of speakers and topics Mondays 12:15 at Smith Wilkes Hall and bring your lunch!