Newfields
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park
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 On one hundred acres along the west side of Newfields, just east of White River, you’ll find Fairbanks Park. Explore woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and the shoreline of a 35-acre lake—it’s one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and unlike most continues to commission temporary, site-responsive artworks.

Thousands of spring ephemerals (gardening lingo for quick blooming wildflowers) have been planted in one of the largest museum art parks in the country. 

Recent additions include a nesting platform built to attract birds of prey, a wild grass labyrinth, and a variety of bird feeding and viewing stations. Find them yourself at Newfields, or watch what happens when the birds think nobody’s looking on our web cams.

 

Pollinator survey

See what all the buzz is about. Newfields is collected data and we need your help. Data on pollinating insects will help us better understand how they use our campus and learn how to support pollinator diversity in The Garden and Fairbanks Park. We'll be sharing the data you collect through this survey with our local partners and national organizations for the support of pollinators worldwide. 

TAKE SURVEY

Bird Guide 

Get to know all the winged guests of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Get tips on where to spot birds around the Newfields campus, learn more about their habitats, and pick up a fun fact or two. Thanks to support from Wild Birds Unlimited, you'll be well acquainted with all the frequent flyers in no time. 

BIRD GUIDE

Bird Feeder

Through support from Jim and Nancy Carpenter and their company, Wild Birds Unlimited, bird feeding and viewing stations are attracting feathered friends to the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. The six brand-new feeders are stocked with a wide array of seeds to draw in a diverse species of birds – from well-known birds like cardinals and blue jays, to noisy woodpeckers and brightly plumaged goldfinches.

Birdhouse

This birdhouse, placed in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, gives us a glimpse of the construction, maintenance, and use of a birds nest. We have seen Carolina chickadees, eastern bluebirds, house wrens, and other species of similar size check out the box. Pay close attention to the nesting material, as it can be helpful in identifying the species of bird building the nest. Check back often to watch the bird build its nest, lay eggs, and then watch the chicks fledge the nest

Nesting Platform

This view is of the avian nesting platform in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. The platform, sitting atop a 50-foot utility pole, has more than 25 square feet of surface area constructed to simulate a previous nest user. The platform is suitable for several bird species including: ospreys, great horned owls, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, egrets, and bald eagles. Staff at Newfields are working hard to increase suitable nesting structure for a number of bird species, and continually rehabilitate the entire habitat in and around The Park.

Accessibility

Parking

Free and accessible parking is available at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.

  • The parking lot entry is located at 1850 West 38th Street, about one-half block west of the main Newfields entrance.

Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. Please be advised the pathways to the pavilion can sometimes flood, making the trails impassable.

Mobility Access

Portions of Fairbanks Park include accessible pathways. Please consult the Newfields campus map to identify accessible pathway locations.​​​​​

Winterlights tickets are sold out this weekend December 4-6. The lights stay on until January 3 and there are plenty of tickets left after December 25. Don't wait to get yours.