Events and Things to Do

2016 Annual Fund

Please consider the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory for your year-end tax-deductible donation. The Friends would love to have your support to continue our programs and events for the community at the Oak Park Conservatory.

These are a few of our successes so far this year:

  • Diverse Learners Tour was featured in the Wednesday Journal’s October Community of Caring supplement.
  • Toddler Exploration Time (TET) is a sell-out. The Exploration Station, now both on Saturday and Sunday, draws more interest every week.
  • More than 500 guests attended Uncorked, our summer social.

Click here to Donate now.
Or go to Donate page on the left menu bar. Your donations will help us continue FOPCON’s support of the Conservatory into the future. Thank you!

Help the Garden Walk Committee

For the past 23 years the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory have co-sponsored the annual Garden Walk. While the 24th Garden Walk is not until June 25, 2017, there are many tasks to do now as well as in the winter and spring. Interested in helping with ad sales, publicity, selecting raffle items or working with volunteers? For more information or to volunteer, email
Sue Boyer,  or phone 708-383-8632.

Gorgeous garden on the Walk

Gorgeous garden on the Walk

 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 December we will learn about Wintergreen.  Learn more about the trees, shrubs and perennials that stay green all Winter long.
Please make note that our Exploration Station will be closed for the holiday weekends of Dec. 24/25 and Dec. 31/Jan. 1.  

Toddler Exploration Time (TET), January 20, 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 January the topic is Sound. 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!