Who are Chautauqua Advocates?

CHQ Advocates are a group of dedicated Chautauquans who host local gatherings and share their Chautauqua experiences with friends, neighbors and colleagues — and help Chautauqua engage others who are likely to enjoy and benefit from the arts, ideas, and lifelong learning. These gatherings do not have to be large in scale and can simply be an informal gathering in your home.


How can we help?

How can we help?

Chautauqua Institution staff is here to help throughout the process. We can help with guest list creation, mailings and brochures, artwork, and will provide a DVD with short videos on Chautauqua, the arts, religion, music, entertainment, recreation, youth programs, and education. Visit our media resources for pictures of Chautauqua Institution to use at your party.

Become an Advocate Today!

The Chautauqua Women’s Club, founded in 1889, has enjoyed a long, proud, vital history as an integral part of the Chautauqua experience. At our beautiful house on the lake, we provide opportunities to enhance social connections, participate in lifelong learning and promote the arts. Our 2019 fund raising efforts to provide life-changing fine and performing art scholarships totaled  $80,000. We strive to offer members unique opportunities for personal enrichment, education and fellowship. 



The Chautauqua Bird Tree and Garden Club provides 90 free events related to these grounds, the natural world and topics effecting our planet. Occurring at venues across the grounds, we invite you to join one of the many nature talks, walks and chats. Our nature guides and master gardeners conduct tours of the gardens, lead guided discovery thru the grounds and are experts on topics related to birds, trees, gardens, and monarchs. Join BTG as we celebrate nature!

Our lecture series occur at Smith Wilkes Hall Mondays and Tuesdays 12:15. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lunch and settle in to hear an expert in the field. 'Monday 12:15 Monarch and More' speakers present information related to these incredible butterflies struggling for survival and in many cases are symbolic of the challenges occurring throughout the natural world as well as other nature topics such as wetlands, bees, composting and More! Our Butterflies and Blooms initiative encourages home owners to create 'eco-systems' in their gardens using native plants. The 'Tuesday 12:15 Brown Bag' lecturers range from bird experts, authors, algae researchers, garden experts and bee keepers to name a few. With a focus on eco/lake and monarch friendly practices, take notes on a topic and apply the learning back home.

This season's Program Brochure for events that occur throughout the season will be available June 1 or access our website at chautauquabtg.org. Many events are suitable for children and multi generational. If you have any questions, please email us at chautauquabtg@gmail.com

Support the Bird Tree and Garden Club with membership - for you or as a gift. Annual and Life memberships are available by completing an application online at chautauquabtg.org.

The 2020 House and Garden Tour will occur July 16, 2020 during Week Three next season. For ticket information please check chautauquabtg.org.

Become a member!


2019 BTG Brochure


Learn more at chautauquabtg.org


Weekly Events


Monarch Moments and More!  12:15pm at Smith Wilkes Hall 
Lake Walks  6:30pm Heinz Beach at the Youth Activities Center back porch


Bird Talk and Walks 7:30am at Smith Wilkes Hall
Brown Bag Programs 12:15pm at Smith Wilkes Hall
Garden Walks 4:15pm at Smith Wilkes Hall back patio


Garden Walks 9:15am at Fletcher Music Hall, tour concludes near the Amphitheater
Shipman Garden Tour at Miller Edison Cottage 1 pm (tickets may be purchased at the Main Gate Ticket Office, $10)


Nature/Tree Talks 1pm, See program guide for location


Nature Walks 9:15am at Smith Wilkes Hall (rear entrance, lakeside)
Purple Martin Chats 4:15pm lakefront between the Bell Tower and Sports Club



The state-of-the-art Cohen Multimedia Studio is located on the lower level of Smith Memorial Library.

The following is a list of community services and amenities available at Chautauqua Institution:

Pre- and Post-Summer Season

Banking Services

Check-cashing and safekeeping deposit accounts are available in the Financial Services office on the second floor of the Colonnade building. During the off season, the office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. (716) 357-6224. ATMs are located in the Main Gate Welcome Center, in the Colonnade building lobby and at the Athenaeum Hotel. Money orders are available at the Post Office on Bestor Plaza. The nearest full-service banks, an M&T branch and a Jamestown Savings Bank, are located in Mayville, approximately four miles north of the Institution.

Chautauqua Bookstore

Chautauqua Bookstore is located in the lower level of the Chautauqua Post Office building on Bestor Plaza and is open year-round 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding major holidays. (716) 357-2151

Business Center

Dr. Robert R. Hesse Welcome and Business Center (located at Main Gate). The business center transforms a substantial portion of the Institution’s existing Main Gate Welcome Center into a modern, adaptable workspace that will allow those on vacation at Chautauqua to stay remotely connected to their offices.

Fitness Center

Chautauqua Health and Fitness is a full-service exercise and strength training facility with two sites: Turner Community Center (year-round) and Heinz Beach (summer only). (716) 357-6430


Chautauqua Police Department, now located at 7 Massey Avenue adjacent to Chautauqua Fire Department, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the season. (716) 357-6225. After 5 p.m., Main Gate security may be contacted at (716) 357-6279. In case of emergency, phone 911.

Post Office

A full-service post office is located on Bestor Plaza and is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.–noon on Saturday. Closed Sundays. (716) 357-3275


Wireless Internet is now offered on the Institution grounds with “hot spots” on Bestor Plaza and at the Main Gate, Hall of Missions, Athenaeum Hotel, Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, Bratton Theater, the Arts Quad, Bellinger Hall, Youth Activities Center and Smith Memorial Library. A map is available in the Colonnade lobby.

Wi-Fi Map (PDF)


Dining and Shopping

Smith Memorial Library