Butterfly Meadows Playground & Caterpillar Crossing provides an adventurous twist to a typical day in the park, features fun slides, interesting games, StoryWalk, and an interactive learning station with musical instruments.
It's an ideal venue for friends, family, and the Valparaiso community to experience and enjoy. Opposite the playground are the Tri Kappa Gazebo, the Service Memorial Fountain & Monuments, and a large open greenspace.
Seasonal restrooms are available.
The Prairie and Arboretum
Valpo Parks created a native tree arboretum and restored upland, mesic, and wetland ecosystems, which existed on these 20 acres prior to agricultural activity.
The Prairie is unique in the current park system as a place where only native vegetation is displayed, providing an area where native ecosystems can be observed and studied. Our hope is that our visitors gain an appreciation for what once was here and become able to identify invasive plants on their own properties.
Caterpillar Shelter & Monarch Shelter
Enjoy the shade while at the park! Click here to learn more on how to reserve Caterpillar Shelter. Monarch Shelter is not reservable and open for all to enjoy on first come, first serve basis.
Next to the Admin Office is the Community Garden, with individual plots open for registration in March. Click HERE for more information.