Experiential Learning  &  Guided Discovery!

Nature Education at Chautauqua Institution: All are invited during the summer season to attend BTG lectures from renown nature experts, participate in lake walks, take part in garden tours or bring your binoculars for bird chats 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 of the Arboretum and in the lecture hall and outdoor classrooms! Nature Invites ~ Indulge! 

Thank you for a wonderful 2018 season of lectures, guided discovery tours and events -
Enjoy slide shows below: fall foliage, 2018 house & garden tour recap, CHQ summer flora

Plant Marker Fund

July 16, 2020! Next house/Garden tour

A cross section of diverse public and private gardens along with an eclectic mix of homes will comprise the 2020 tour, each home and garden with docents sharing interesting facts and anecdotes. Thanks to all who made the 2018 tour a success on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.

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Garden bus tours enjoyed by all

Board an air conditioned bus and enjoy commentary by Betsy Burgeson, Supervisor of Landscapes and Gardens as she leads a tour of the 'signature' Institution gardens.  Purchase a $5 ticket at the Main Gate Information Counter. Bus tour will be offered in 2019, 1 hour duration, hop on/off optional.


Exploring Gardens at Chautauqua

Gardens are synonymous with Chautauqua. Visit these diverse gardens throughout the grounds. Follow along with the garden map reading descriptions and historic information. An 18 month plant census in progress! BTG offers many 'guided discovery' tours.


Butterflies & Blooms - hABITATS 

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 

Thanks for participating in an exciting season of talks, chats, lectures and walks this season - here’s a 2018 program reminder. We're grateful for our renown experts lecturing about the natural world. Look for more guided discovery tours and events in 2019.


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!