The NT

    Through Sept. 30 –  Chad Pregracke’s Message in a Bottle Collection: Explore the waters in Chad Pregracke’s Message in a Bottle Collection. This exhibition showcases a variety of messages in bottles found along U.S. shores. Discover where the messages were found while learning about the importance of cleaning America’s Rivers.

     Through July 29 – Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas:  Experience dinosaurs like never before when you visit the incredible Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas exhibition! Use technology to examine fossils and discover how dinosaurs walked, ran, and moved their long necks.

     Saturdays, 8 a.m.–Noon – Farmers Market at Minnetrista: Join your family and friends for Farmers Market at Minnetrista! It’s here you can connect with vendors to discover fresh produce and plants. Don’t forget to stop in The Orchard Shop during your next visit.

    June 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Indiana Book Festival: Free community event. Writers and book lovers are invited to join the Indiana Department of Education for the Indiana Book Festival. Enjoy a variety of award winning speakers including Homer Hickam and Matt de la Pena, as we celebrate lots and lots of books!

     June 9, 8 a.m.–Noon–  Canning Experience at the Farmers Market: Discover fresh ingredients and all new canning recipes for your kitchen when you stop by the Canning Experience Booth at Farmers Market. Expert Minnetrista canners are ready to answer all of your questions.

    June 9-17 – Nature Play Days: Free community days: Come have fun at Nature Play Days and explore all that nature has to offer at Minnetrista! Experience a variety of family friendly activities, including: hiking; fort building; kite flying; bubbles; and so much more. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a day of play! Visit for more details.

     June 11–15, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. – Junior Chefs Camp: Registration deadline: June 8. Yes chef! Grab your aprons budding chefs, the kitchen awaits in an upper-level, summer camp at Minnetrista. You’ll dish out fun, new recipes, learn how to master appliances, and even discover better techniques to expand your culinary palates. For junior cooks 11–14 years old. Lunch provided.

     June 13, 3–4:30 p.m. – Tea & Talk; Women’s Suffrage: Join your friends and curator Jessica Jenkins for an in-depth look at the fight for women’s right to vote and the ties Minnetrista shared with East Central Indiana during that time period with objects from our collection at Tea & Talk: Women’s Suffrage.

     June 15, 6-9 p.m. – After Hours at Minnetrista: The Great Outdoors: Registration deadline: June 14. The weather is perfect for an evening spent outside at Minnetrista! Sit back, relax, and enjoy an ice cold craft beer in our beautiful Nature Area during After Hours: The Great Outdoors, while you take in the views you missed during cold, winter months to the sounds of live music, laughter, and conversation.  

    June 18–22, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday – Glass Artists Camp. Registration deadline: June 14. It’s a blast with glass! Each day is packed with exciting projects, which includes using real tools to design glass art. From torch flames to grinding, campers will try it all! For young artists 11–14 years old. Campers will need to bring their own lunch every day.

     June 25–29, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. – Creative Kids Glass Camp. Registration deadline: June 21. Explore the amazing art of glass through fun projects and activities. Campers will learn glass techniques and create their own masterpieces. For young artists 8-10 years old. Campers will need to bring their own lunch every day.

     For more information on this and other events, visit or call (765) 282-4848. Follow on Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date information on exhibits and events.   

     Minnestrista is located along the historic White River in Muncie, Ind.