Events and Things to Do

Join Us for the Dedication of the
Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden!


The Garden is finished.  Please join us on September 12th at 10:00 for the dedication of this very special Garden.

It contains nooks and paths with opportunities to observe, touch and interact with plants and natural materials, through self-guided activities and facilitated programs.  It is a place where people of all ages can learn, explore and relax.

The garden is named in honor of Elsie Jacobsen (1914-2003), a tireless worker and champion for our parks.  Without her efforts, the Conservatory would not exist today.

Perennial, Houseplant & Garden Tool Exchange – September 12th

The ever popular Perennial Exchange has a new addition — garden tools. It is great way to share the wealth in your garden and experiment with new acquisitions. Just drop off you plants & tools between 9:30 – 11:30. Then return at noon to take your pick from the bounty.  Best of all it is free.  Note: we cannot accept plain green hostas or orange day lilies; everyone seems to have too many of those.

The Exploration Station Opens for the Season on September 5th

The Exploration Station is open on Saturday from 10:30 – 12:30 and Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 plus major school holidays.  There is a new  topic every month! The Exploration Station will be closed on Saturday, September 12th for the dedication of the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden.  It will be open of Sunday, September 13th.

September’s topic is Monarch Butterflies, King of the Insect World.  What do we know of our state insect and why do we care? Why is money being spent to encourage the planting of milkweeds?  These colorful insects are gathering lots of press lately. Come to the Exploration Station and learn lots about our beautiful state insect.

Toddler Exploration Returns Sept. 18th

Join us on Friday, September 18th when Toddler Exploration Time returns for another  season. The September topic is Backyard Animals.

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 2 from 12:15 – 1:00 for children 3 – 5 years.  Each session is limited to 15 children plus caregivers.

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!