Events and Things To Do

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 March we learn about Insects The most abundant life form on earth, these creepy crawlies have been scorned by all yet without them life is not possible. We’ll examine why something so small can be so important.

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 April the topic is Birds. 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.

2017 Member Lecture Series: Cultivating Joy

FREE for FOPCON members; $10 for non-members.
Go to Join FOPCON on our website to become a member.
Light refreshments will be served, and a special Conservatory Tour will be available after the lecture.

Monday, June 12, 7 to 8 p.m., Joy of Timing Color in the Garden
Lecturer: Nina Koziol
Nina will explore ways to make our gardens more colorful longer. Come take a spin around the color wheel as we explore how to use color in sun and in shade. Every gardener is an artist, and choosing different color flowers and foliage is one of the joys of gardening.
Nina Koziol is a long-time garden writer for the Chicago Tribune, Chicagoland Gardening and other publications. She teaches at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum. When she’s not doing those things, she’s gardening on her deer-infested acre in Palos Park.
Pre-register for the lectures at or in person at the Oak Park Conservatory (in advance or at the door) or Ridgeland Common using the form in the Park District paper catalog.

All lectures held at the Oak Park Conservatory.

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!