Gardener Dustin answers: "What is a rain garden?"

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

There's been a lot of buzz at Minnetrista lately about rain gardens. I had a foggy notion of what a rain garden was. A garden full of rain? A garden built to attract rain, like a rain dance? Really, I had no idea. I asked our natural areas gardener, Dustin Stillinger, to shed a little light on the question: "What is a rain garden?" Along the way he told me what kinds of plants we're using in our rain garden and some things to consider if you're planning one at home. Check out this video and visit the new rain garden at Minnetrista for inspiration! Visit for expert advice on ...

August Challenges - Casey's Clubhouse

Posted by: Casey on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

National picnic month All of August Did you know that August is National Picnic Month? Did you know that Minnetrista is filled with lots of cool places to have a picnic? Combine the two and you get a month long challenge. Send me a photo of you and your family enjoying a picnic at Minnetrista this month and I will give you 2 Explorer points. Summer stage fest at minnetrista - picnic & pops August 24, 7:30 p.m. Attend Picnic & Pops Muncie Symphony Orchestra concert and check in at Casey's Clubhouse on the lawn. Then complete the Casey's Clubhouse Challenge for 2 Explorer points!


Posted by: Cassie Banning on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

We have now officially entered what Dustin, one of our Gardeners here at Minnetrista, calls "the dry season." For the past few years we've noticed having quite a lot of rain during the spring months, almost too much to really be able to do many spring projects in the garden. However, as July rolls around the rain just disappears, as if someone turned off the rain switch.

Historic Photographs Part 1: Ambrotypes

Posted by: Nadia Kousari, Collections Specialist on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Several different types of photographs are represented in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection, including daguerreotype, ambrotypes, cartes de visite, snapshots and much more. This is the first of several articles describing different types of photos. Ambrotypes are an early type of photograph, first used in 1851. Some critics have proclaimed the ambrotype to be inferior to its predecessor, the daguerreotype. It was, however, a cheaper and faster photographic process than the daguerreotype, which as a result, made it a popular choice of the general public. The ambrotype does share some of the similarities of the ...

Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE! at Summer Stage Fest

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Every year for Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista, we have the distinct honor of collaborating with Muncie Civic Theatre on an outdoor, free community production. This year, we're excited to work with Cornerstone Center for the Arts and Muncie Civic Theatre to bring you Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE! on July 29 & 30. The show opens at Cornerstone on July 22 and runs through July 24. Support your local arts! Go see the show at Cornerstone, then come back and enjoy a free encore under the stars at Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista. 

Uses for a Ball Jar...continued.

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

If you’ve been reading the blog, you’ve learned about a thermos with a Ball jar insert and a jar used to bury a pet canary. Here are two more uses for a Ball jar: Coffee Grinder The Landers, Frary and Clark Company was well known to the American housewife well before Ball made jars. This company made household products – toasters, meat choppers, sausage stuffers, bread makers, screw eyes and much more. Products from this company carried the trade name of “Universal.” Around 1900, Landers, Frary and Clark designed a coffee grinder to screw unto a fruit jar. A Ball jar marked “L.F. & C. Universal” was sold with ...

What is a Rain Garden?

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Storm water management and rain gardens go hand-in-hand. A rain garden allows rainwater to collect and soak naturally into the ground before it flows into the river. One of our big garden projects in 2011 has been the Rain Garden that runs along the White River Greenway.

Camp Minnetrista - Night at the Museum!

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

We're having a great summer here at Camp Minnetrista! We want to give a HUGE thanks to our teachers, jr. counselors, and campers. This weekend we have an overnight campout in the Nature Area, just for kids!Check it out here and register.

Acrylic Essentials: Muncie Artist Guild

Posted by: Minnetrista on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Our affiliate, Muncie Artist Guild, is hosting an art program that is open to the public. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of working with acrylics; such as the difference between fluid and heavy body color, what mediums and gels are and how to save money using them. 

Senior Free-Admission Day and Vouchers

Posted by: Minnetrista on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Upcoming special programs just for seniors at Minnetrista:

Senior Farmers market vouchers can be redeemed for fresh produce through October at Farmers Market at Minnetrista! Qualified adults ages 60 and older and some people with disabilities can get vouchers during sign-ups set for: