Events and Things to Do

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration Auction is Online

How about spending Thanksgiving in Maui or having a private tour of the Art Institute lead by one of the curators?.  Just want gift cards for local restaurants?  All of these items are available on our auction.

You can Buy it Now or simply bid.

Just  click here  for the 30th Anniversary online auction!

The online auction will remain live until September 9th. Can’t find what you want?  Then check back as we add more to the site.

Tickets now available for 30th Anniversary Celebration


Come celebrate the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s 30th Anniversary, Seeding the Future, on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Purchase tickets by September 3 using PayPal or credit card by clicking here.  Call 708-725-2460 ext 1 or email for questions or assistance.

Enjoy bountiful hors d’oeuvres and wine from Novo, craft beer from Kinslagher Brewing Company.  Listen to live music by The Living Room Players and the Madrigal Choir alll while greeting old and new friends and participating in the silent auction.  Eager for the auction?  Then check back here on August 26th to see what’s available.

We hope to see you at the grand celebration!

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our generous sponsors!


Also on September 10th

The Fall Perennial & Garden Tool Exchange is September 10th. Drop off perennials and tools between 9:30 – 11:30. This year we are using space in the Rubinstein Garden for drop off and pick up. Please enter from Clarence. Then return at noon to take your pick from the bounty. What a great way to expand your garden and add to your tool collection. Note: we cannot accept plain hosta or orange daylilies. Everyone seems to have too many of these.

The Exploration Station returns on September 3rd

The Exploration Station runs every Saturday from 10:30 – 12:30 and Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 September – May. There is a different topic every month. In September the topic is Habitat: Prairie. The prairie was once the largest ecosystem in North America stretching westward from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and southward from Saskatchewan to Texas. The plains of tall grass support enormous varieties of plants and animals. Come and learn about the once majestic prairie and what makes it a special ecosystem worth preserving.

Toddler Exploration Time (TET), September 16th

Third Fridays from 9:30 – 10:15 and 10:45-11:30 September – November & January – May, TET provides you and your toddler guided activities highlighting a different topic each month. In September the topic is Gardens. 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 at Please enter through the main door ten minutes before the session.

 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!