Tours of the Oak Park Conservatory, a historic landmark owned and operated by the Park District of Oak Park and built in 1929, are offered to adults and school children. Tours of the Conservatory are led by trained docents who are Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory volunteers. The tours last from 45 minutes to an hour.
Our tours feature 4 distinct ecosystems at the Conservatory. You will visit the Mediterranean, Tropical and Desert rooms. And weather permitting, the tour goes outdoors to visit our Illinois ecosystem in the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden.
Visitors learn about unusual flowering and fruiting plants such as the chocolate tree, the prickly pear cactus and the Ponderosa lemon. The Conservatory plants illustrate how the life cycle of flowering plants includes fruits, seeds and seedlings. Live animals, including George the parrot, koi, turtles and a resident frog, enliven the pond and waterfall in the Tropical Room.
Tours are free for school groups from District 97 and $2 per student for all others. Tours must be scheduled several weeks in advance and are subject to docent availability.
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The Exploration Kits package real plant materials and hands-on activities from Exploration Station topics in portable form.
Two Kits were loaned to Irving School in a pilot program this spring. The topics — Leaf Shapes for Wet & Dry Places, and Traveling Seeds—complemented what students were learning about plants in the classroom.
Plans are underway to extend the program next year to more Oak Park schools.
Click here to see an article about Irving school’s experience with the Exploration Kits: http://blogs.pioneerlocal.com/oakpark365/2010/05/may_26_2010_-_irving_plants.html
Please call this fall for information: 708-725-2460.