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Learn and Grow April 4th at 7 pm – FREE

Become Expert at Growing Raised Bed Veggies with Jill Niewoehner of Mama Grows.  Join us for our first lecture of the series.  Lectures are FREE and open to the public.  Registration required.  Celebrate 30 years of the Annual Plant Sale with Master Gardeners for expert tips and advice.   We are happy to have Jill Niewoehner...... Read More

Exploration Station April

Please Drop-In, It’s FREE! April:  Magic of Seeds There are many different kinds of plants in the world.  While these plants varied from size to shapes and from the climate they like to grow, they all start life as a seed.  A seed is a portable life cycle just waiting for the right conditions to...... Read More

Member Lecture March 10th Biomimicry 101

Join us and hear our guest lecturer Rachel Hahs at the Oak Park Conservatory. Rachel is a Certified Biomimicry Professional, speaker and writer inspired to make the changes necessary for a sustainable future.  Please join us and learn about Biomimicry as Rachel will discuss this fascinating new field of science.  Scientists are learning the mysteries of how...... Read More

Exploration Station March

Please Drop-In, It’s FREE! March: Eggs, Eggs, Eggs Be it in a nest or underwater, eggs are the first  step to life for all of our conservatory animals.  Let’s learn about these wonderful eggs and see if the eggs do indeed come before the parrot. on Saturdays, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm on Sundays, from 1:30...... Read More

KidsFest March 3rd, 10 am – 2 pm

Come to our FREE event at the Oak Park Conservatory!!  Due to the popularity of this event, tickets are required. Please join us Sunday, March 3rd for KidsFest.  This year we are celebrating South American rainforests as we highlight our Tropical Showroom. There will be masks and plenty of feathers as we nod to Brazil’s Carnaval! ...... Read More

Carnaval Masquerade February 23rd

Have fun and help the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Join us for Carnaval Masquerade! $50 a ticket or $75 for 2 tickets, ages 21+ Purchase tickets through the Park District website which can be accessed HERE. Live music by Four Star Brass Band featuring Evan Jacobson, Hatch Elementary School’s beloved music teacher who also...... Read More

Job Opening Executive Director

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory is seeking a part-time Executive Director. Responsibilities include leadership, oversight, and guidance of our working Board in the areas of funding development, events and programs, membership, volunteers, marketing/communications, and financial management. This position is responsible for managing two part-time staff.  The position has flexible hours. To view the complete...... Read More

Exploration Station February

Please Drop-In, It’s FREE! February: Habitat – Mediterranean Biome Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays.  We have five regions of Mediterranean forest, woodlands and scrubs in the world.  While these climate regions are small they contained 10% of all plant life on the planet.  We’ll see how climate play such an important role...... Read More

Exploration Station January

Please Drop-In, It’s FREE! on Saturdays, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pmon Sundays, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pmon Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King Day, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays. January: Plant Band Ring in the New Year by making lots of noises while playing...... Read More

2018 Annual Appeal with Matching Challenge

Good news! Our Matching Challenge has been extended. We reached our initial goal of $5,000.  Thanks to this success, we have generous matching donors who are increasing our match which is now up to $7,500!  Donations will be matched now through December 31st.  Please go to our Donate page today and support the Friends, support the Conservatory!  Your...... Read More

Exploration Station December

Please Drop-In, It’s FREE! on Saturdays, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm on each Sundays, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays. December: Botanical Oils Oil extracts made from various plant parts have been used as food, in medicine.  From cosmetic to industrial, plant  extracts have made enormous contribution...... Read More

Exploration Station November

Topic: Insect Study — Please Drop-In, It’s FREE! on Saturdays, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm on each Sundays, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays. November: Insect Study Insects make up the largest class of animals on the planets out numbering all others.  They are found in all regions...... Read More