Thanks to a generous grant donated by the Valparaiso Rotary, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens offers a new place to observe the wildlife that frequents the Savanna Wetland. A structure was built, "Window on the Wetland," offering visitors a chance to view the wildlife without disturbing them. The idea came from Taltree members Patricia and Darryl Miller, as a result of a visit to Bok Tower Gardens in Florida.
"...we happened upon a magical place," said the Millers. "It was a simple wooden building, yet it created an overwhelming feeling of piece. The sign read, 'WINDOW BY THE POND...Sit and relax.'" The building in Florida offered a place to view the wildlife undisturbed in their natural environment.
Taltree's new building, as a result of the Rotary grant, offers the same situation, a way to appreciate the wetlands without destruction. The wetlands, a six-acre area of shallow and deep water, peninsula, and island, were restored in 1999. The complex is home to various fish, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects, surrounded by large woods and prairies.
The construction of the building was recently finished, with a visual progress report to the Valparaiso Rotary on October 5, 2009. Its curved shape offers a gorgeous panoramic view of the peaceful wetlands. The structure will soon be complete, with new benches and a plaque dedicated to the Valparaiso Rotary.
To view photos from the dedication, click here