Events and Things to Do

KidsFest 2017
March 5 from 10 am – 2 pm

Come to our FREE event at the Conservatory!
Theme: Happy BirdDay George
Please join us Sunday, March 5th for KidsFest as we say “Happy BirdDay” to
George our double yellow-headed Amazon parrot who lives in the Conservatory’s
Tropical room. Learn about birds of all shapes and sizes. Help make bird toys
for George and all his friends. Interact with live birds and create your own bird
mask to take home! Hope to see you there!!
No registration required. Contact us at 708-725-2400 if you have questions.

2017 Member Lecture Series:  Cultivating Joy

Our first lecture is on March 19 from 2 pm  – 3 pm
Joy of Floral Design:  Learn how to create art by turning plants and flowers into your own masterpiece. Floral design has been an artform of many cultures for centuries and now you can learn it too.
FREE for Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) members. Join online today to become a member!  $10 for non-members.
Pre-register at or in person at the Oak Park Conservatory or Ridgeland Common using the form in the Park District paper catalog.
All lectures held at the Oak Park Conservatory.

The Exploration Station

The Exploration Station runs every Saturday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 pm September – May.  There is a different topic every month.
In February we learn about Living in Darkness.  Winter is long and dark for most life above ground, but while we look forward to the bright light of Spring, there is life in the darkness. Plants and animals have long adapted to this nocturnal life, let us turn on the light and see what’s living in the dark.

Toddler Exploration Time (TET), March 17, 2017

Third Fridays from 9:30 – 10:15 am and 10:45-11:30 am
September – November & January – May
TET provides you and your toddler guided activities highlighting a different topic each month. In March the topic is Color. Space is limited to 18 children and their caregivers for each session. Because of the popularity of this program, pre-registration for this free event is required. Click here to register. Please enter through the main door ten minutes before the session.
Want to volunteer for either the Exploration Station or TET?
Click here or call 708-725-2460.

The Discovery Garden

Open 7 days a week, 10 am – dusk.
During Conservatory hours, enter through the main doors of the Conservatory,
Tuesday — Sunday 10 am – 4  pm.
When the Conservatory is closed, enter through the Discovery Garden gate on the corner of Garfield and East Avenue, Mondays 10 am – dusk, Tuesday — Sunday 4 pm – dusk.
With heavy snow or very cold temperatures the Garden is closed to protect our plants inside the Conservatory.
Note that the pump is turned off from the end of October through March. 

Herbert M. Rubinstein Garden Restored

The newly restored Rubinstein Garden was just planted September 30th.  Stop by to view the stellar new design. The photo shows small Hosta and beautiful chartreuse Hakonechloa grass, Both of these will spread to make lovely mats. Other newly installed plants include oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia), Epimedium and large grasses.  The plant wall, too, will be rebuilt. In the spring it will be filled with green and flowering plants. Bluestone patio, grand planting, new plant wall—such a space! Drop by in the spring to see it grow.

Rubinstein Garden

Rubinstein Garden

 Look at the Wonderful FOPCON Video

The Parks Foundation produced an excellent video about FOPCON.  It is on their website as well as ours.  Take a look here:

Bravo to the Parks Foundation!