Events and Things to Do

Winter Greens Market

The Conservatory is holding a Winter Greens Market, November 27th – December 13th.  Stop in for a wonderful assortment of fresh holiday greens including balsam, fir, boxwood, winter berries, magnolia tips and much more. Even better if you do not want to create your own arrangement, just bring in your container and the staff will fill it for you!  With this option, please phone 708-725-2400 for an appointment. Have a splendid holiday season.

Contribute to FOPCON’s Annual Fund

Help the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) continue its mission to promote community interest in the Conservatory, to offer educational and recreational opportunities and to support projects that benefit the Conservatory by contributing to the annual fund. It is easy to do.  Just click or click on the Donate button on the left.  Then fill out the form. Thank you.

Come Visit the New Garden! 

Garden Photo 8.24.15

  The water in the Garden has been turned off for the winter.  While it may be too late to float a boat in the rill, the Garden will remain open weather permitting.  Plan to stop in. 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. Such an amazing space. 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.

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! November’s topic is Habitat:   Deserts.   How can so much life exist in such harsh environments?  Learn about the plants and animals that live in these dry habitats and how we can apply that knowledge to our own environment.

The Next Toddler Exploration is January 20th

Having Fun at KidsFest

Having Fun at KidsFest

Join us on Friday, January 20th. for Toddler Exploration Time. The January  topic is Rocks. 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.

Note that because of the popularity of TET, pre-registration for this free program will be necessary beginning in January.  For more information see the winter Park District brochure.

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!