Monarch Moments :: Mondays

Meet at Smith Wilkes Hall 12:15pm for a talk and presentation about monarchs exploring topics such as environment, migration, way stations, milkweed, traveling to Monarch's 'over-winter home in Mexico, etc.  Each week BTG recognizes home-owners who have created butterfly habitats in gardens both on and off grounds!

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MONARCHPALOOZA  Participants explore the monarch life-cycle traveling through different stations ending up in a 20 foot tent filled with butterflies.  

Explore Nature, be amazed!

Explore Nature, be amazed!


Lake Walks::  Mondays

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the covered porch of Heinz Beach (below the YAC) and join this week’s expert for a walk along the lake; in partnership with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy.

Take part in getting up close and personal with the tools of the lake trade

Take part in getting up close and personal with the tools of the lake trade


Brown Bag Lecture Program::  Tuesdays

Meet at Smith Wilkes Hall 12:15 p.m. with your lunch and healthy appetite for learning about one of the many interesting topics on our ever changing natural world. Lemon water provided.

Bring your lunch and be inspired by one of the many experts in the field

Bring your lunch and be inspired by one of the many experts in the field


Garden Walks:: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Note the different starting locations/times.

Tuesdays 4:15pm Meet horticulturist, Joe McMaster, at Smith Wilkes back patio for a late afternoon stroll through the gardens and grounds. 

Wednesdays 9:15am Join Sara Baker-Michalak for an eco-focused morning walk. Meet at FLETCHER MUSIC HALL. The route leads to the Amphitheatre and concludes in time to attend the 10:45 lecture. 

Meander through the gardens learning about Chautauqua's flora and fauna

Meander through the gardens learning about Chautauqua's flora and fauna


Bird Talk and Walk::  Tuesdays

Meet at the entrance of Smith Wilkes Hall at
7:30 a.m. for an early morning birding adventure. This includes a
guided walk / talk led by top experts from either Jamestown Audubon or the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Bring Binoculars. All ages welcome!

Early morning song birds delight the watchful crowd on Peck

Early morning song birds delight the watchful crowd on Peck


Garden Workshops::  Select Wednesday afternoons

Meet in Smith Wilkes Hall at 2:30 and watch a demonstration on a very useful garden activity - complete with witty puns delivered by two Master Gardeners who don't take themselves too seriously!  


Bat Chats::  Wednesdays

Meet in Smith Wilkes at 4:15 pm to hear stories from our nature guide about these fascinating creatures. All ages welcome.

Learn how to get a bat out of your living room safely-no tennis rackets, pls!

Learn how to get a bat out of your living room safely-no tennis rackets, pls!


Ravine Programs:: Thursdays

All South End Ravine lecture times 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Enjoy lectures in an outdoor setting 'en plain air'. Children are encourage to accompany adults for the storytelling, nature presentation and tree information. Location: Roger Tory Peterson Outdoor Classroom (Upper South End Ravine, behind the Hall of Christ off the parking lot, accessible by tram and bus. Limited seating provided; bring your own seat if desired.) Rain location is Smith Wilkes Hall.


Tree Talks:: Select locations Thursdays

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"Trees' are BTG's middle name and vital to the beauty and survival of these grounds. Learn about the Institution's tree plan from those researching and implementing it. From the roots, trunk, branches and tree canopy - an amazing eco-system in each tree.


Nature Walks:: Fridays

Gather under the green awning at the lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall at 9 a.m. Meet Jack Gulvin, naturalist, who will lead the group meandering thru the woods and grounds learning about trees, foliage, inhabitants of these woods and other fun facts and finds. There will be ample time to return for the 10:45 Amphitheater program.

Jack Gulvin walks a group through the grounds on the south end

Jack Gulvin walks a group through the grounds on the south end


Purple Martin Chats::  The first 4 Fridays of the season. 

Meet at the picnic tables between the Bell Tower and the Sports club at 4:15. There are only four weeks of programs as we watch the purple martins go from nesting to hatching and growing to fledgling. Soon these powerhouse  little birds take off for Brazil! AMAZING! All ages welcome
 


Children's Programs  ::  All Season

Many BTG programs are perfect activities for families. There are new discoveries for all ages, from Purple Martin Chats to Lake Walks, Bat Chats and more.  View some programs that are especially kid friendly here. 

Walks, talks, chats, program - see the brochure!

BTG 2017 Program Brochure             

This brochure has all the BTG programs, walks, talks, chats and events listed by week and within each category.  

Chart out your week exploring the grounds, enjoying a guided discovery walk, hearing experts in their fields and just being outdoors as you learn about the Birds, Trees, Gardens and Monarchs who call this place home. 

Additional copies are available at the Main Gate, Visitor Center, Smith Wilkes Hall and throughout the grounds. 

Come Explore With Us ~

Questions? Email us at chautauquabtg@gmail.com


See our program brochure for more details on programs and speakers.