Chautauqua Institution

BTG thumbFounded in 1913, the purpose of the Chautauqua Bird, Tree & Garden Club is to help keep Chautauqua beautiful.

The organization advocates the protection of birds and bats, the conservation and expansion of Chautauqua's tree canopy and the maintenance of the gardens of the Chautauqua Institution. The club’s offerings include a lecture program, nature walks, bird walks, tree talks, bat chats and biennial nature pilgrimages and house tours.

Considering Membership?

  • Margie Buxbaum, president
  • Barbara Zuegel, vice-president
  • Subagh Winkelstern, rec. secretary
  • Anna Scherb, cor. secretary
  • Hugh Butler, treasurer
  • Betty Lyons, assistant treasurer

Download our membership form for details.
Membership Application (PDF)

house tour logoCentury House and Garden Tour
Little Journeys to the Homes of Chautauquans

Tuesday, July 15 • Noon-5 p.m.


* 2014 house tour tickets are sold out *

This popular self-guided walking tour showcases quaint cottages and well-tended gardens along tree-lined streets. At the 12 designated homes the screen doors swing open to portray summer living at this unique cultural and arts assembly.

The Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club celebrated its 100th year during 2013. Commemorating the anniversary, this year’s tour features homes 100 years old or more. They are located in some of Chautauqua’s oldest areas, including Miller Park (site of the first assembly in 1874), the historic central section just below the Main Gate, and the southern end of the grounds near the Hall of Philosophy.

What is Special About the 2014 Tour: This is a rare opportunity to see Chautauqua’s legacy homes, all older cottages that have been pristinely maintained, preserved and renovated. Many have 19th-century furnishings still used by those who care for these very distinctive cottages.


View several houses & gardens on our 2014 Tour:

22 Ames Ave.


BTG Weekly Events

Times and locations will be listed on our events calendar

Mondays: Lakefront Walks

Tuesdays: Bird Talk and Walk, Brown Bag Programs and Garden Walks

Wednesdays: Bat Chats

Thursdays: Ravine Programs

Fridays: Nature Walks and Purple Martin Chats