Events and Things to Do

New Hours at the Conservatory

The hours have changed:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday – Sunday open from 10:00 – 4:00
  • Beginning March 17, Thursday hours expanded to 10:00 – 7:00

The Conservatory is also open on three Monday school holidays — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day and Columbus Day — from 10:00 – 4:00.

Perennial & Garden Tool Exchange Saturday, May 14th 9:30 – 11:30

Drop off perennials and tools between 9:30 – 11:30.  Then return at noon to take your pick from the bounty.  What a great way to expand your garden or add to your tool collection.

Note: we cannot accept plain hosta or orange daylilies.  Everyone seems to have too many of these!

Thank You for a Successful Plant Sale!

Plant sale 1

The 2016 FOPCON Plant Sale is over.  Thank you for making this another successful sale.

Remember to keep tomatoes, basil and other warm weather plants inside until at least May 15th.  May 15th is the last day for frost in this area.

The Exploration Station Saturday and  Sunday

Examining a Map at the Exploration Station

Examining a Map at the Exploration Station

The Exploration Station is open on Saturday from 10:30 – 12:30 and Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30. There is a new  topic every month! May’s topic is Eggs, Eggs, Eggs. Be it in a nest or underwater, eggs are the first step to life for all our Conservatory animals.  Learn about these wonderful eggs and see if the eggs do indeed come before the parrot.

The Next Toddler Exploration is May 20th

Fun at TET

Fun at TET

Join us on Friday, May 20th for Toddler Exploration Time. The May  topic is Water. Toddler Exploration Time (TET) is the third Friday of every month September – November and January – May. There are two sessions of TET.  The topic for each is the same but presented at different levels.

Session one is from 10:30 – 11:15 for children ages 18 month – 35 months and Session two is from 12:15 – 1:00 for children 3 – 5 years.  Each session is limited to 18 children plus caregivers.

Note that because of the popularity of TET, pre-registration for this FREE program is necessary.   For more information see the winter Park District brochure, click on the link: or phone 708-725-2400.

Fun for all!

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!