Date(s) & Time(s)::
May 17, 2014
May 24, 2014
June 14, 2014
Weekly on Thursday from June 19, 2014 until August 21, 2014
July 19, 2014
Daily from August 16, 2014 until August 17, 2014
September 6, 2014
September 20, 2014
September 27, 2014
Daily from October 17, 2014 until October 18, 2014
December 6, 2014
Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is located five minutes east of Rome City at 1205 Pleasant Point
Birding with Gene
Celebrate Gene’s love of birds at this family-friendly event. Learn about wild birds, habitat conservation efforts at GSP and how to attract them to your backyard. Activities include bird watching hikes through Sower’s Woods, birding by kayak, tips on local birding hot spots and crafts. Birding by kayak begins at 7:30 a.m. and space is limited so reservations are required. You must provide your own kayak and personal flotation device. $3 per person.
Gene Stratton-Porter Cabin Overnight
Gather your group of friends and choose your date for a special event...May 24 OR June 28 OR July 12.
This is the chance for your special group to explore all “behind the scenes” areas of the Cabin. Guests may go anywhere they wish in the Cabin from the basement to the attic for insights into one of Indiana’s most famous authors. Highlights include in-depth conversations with the Site manager and rarely seen artifacts. You may sleep anywhere in the Cabin you’d like and one lucky guest will win the right to spend the night in Gene’s bedroom! Guests will enjoy snacks throughout the night as well as a wonderful catered breakfast in the morning.
$1,000 per group limited to 10 guests; guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; reservations required 14 days prior.
Moonlit Garden Tour
Enjoy an elegant evening in Gene’s “Tame” garden with luminaries providing atmosphere under the light of a full moon. The “Tame” garden is home to hundreds of species of plants - many planted by Gene herself! Live music, wine tasting and white chocolate-dipped strawberries add to the romance of the evening. Rain date is June 21. $25 per person, reservations required by June 9. Guests must be 21 and older.
Indiana Master Naturalist Course
Learn about Indiana’s natural history with this nine week course in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Purdue Extension and Soil & Water Conservation. Students will hear from experts on eight different topics such as trees, birds, ecology and wildflowers. For more information on the Indiana Master Naturalist program, visit www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/6321.htm or call the Site. $80 per person includes course, materials, field guides, exam and certificate. Reservations required.
Every Thursday from 06/19/2014 to 08/21/2014. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Star Gazing & Night Hike
The Site’s naturalist will lead guests through Sower’s Woods to introduce them to the creatures of the night! Bats, owls, moths and other critters may make an appearance. Depending upon the clarity of the sky, star gazing will be available to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope thanks to Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars! $4 per person.
Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with Chautauqua Days! Festival activities include tasty food, birthday cake, live music and other entertainment. Guests can also watch artisans at work, get an up-close look at classic automobiles and browse hand-crafted items from local vendors. Families will find crafts and games as well. An afternoon filled with family fun, learning and more. $3 per person.
Amazing Monarchs & The Incredible Milkweed
Join DNR naturalist, Jody Heaston, as she takes guests into the amazing world of monarch butterflies. Learn how these beautiful insects survive, their life cycles and what plants you can use to attract them and other butterflies to your yard. This event will be broken into two sessions. “Amazing Monarchs” will be at 10 a.m. with a short break before “The Incredible Milkweed” session begins at 11:30 a.m. Admission includes both sessions. $3 per person
Wild Game Cookout
Here’s your chance to sample wild game while learning more about local conservation efforts. Goose, deer, dove, alligator, antelope, bluegill, rabbit, crickets and squirrel have been on past menus! Conservation organizations and officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Stop by early in the event for the best selection of wild game. $5 per person suggested donation.
All wild game used for the program has been donated by local hunters.
GSP Autumn Tea
Experience the elegance of days gone by at our annual autumn tea. Enjoy lovingly-baked delicacies such as savory snacks and sweets, a variety of teas and a guest speaker. Before tea time, take a guided tour of Gene’s Cabin and formal gardens. If you choose to wear your “tea-time best” make sure your attire includes appropriate walking shoes. Festive hats are part of our tradition! $25 per person, reservations required by Sept. 19.
This annual event is suitable for all ages and is more about the fun of Halloween – treats not tricks! At this event, you’ll learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night. Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way! This is a rain or shine event. $3 per person.
A Dream of Beauty Holiday Walk
See the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site when it’s all decked out for the holidays. Gene’s Cabin will be open and decorated according to her description of the Christmas of 1917, which she called “A Dream of Beauty.” Guests can enjoy live entertainment, holiday goodies, crafts, a cookie contest and horse-drawn wagon rides around the property. Santa will arrive in a very special way at 2 p.m. and will visit with children and families until 6 p.m. so bring your list! $3 per person.
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