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Exploration Station March: Plant Defense – Cancelled

The Park District of Oak Park has closed the Conservatory through Friday, March 27.  The PD will re-evaluate on Thursday, March 26th facility accessibility based on the status of the Covid-19. Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. From sticky sap to prickly thorns,...... Read More

Exploration Station February: Chocolate

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Money doesn’t grow on trees but chocolate does and that is a reason to celebrate.  Come see how the world’s most popular confection is transformed from an odd looking fruit to delicious delights. See you at the...... Read More

Presentation of Rain Gardens 101 lecture

What a good turnout and great discussion we had at our Rain Gardens 101 lecture on January 23rd.  Guests asked for the presentation and we have it.  Thanks to Jerry Hossli who lead the discussion on how to build and plant a rain garden.  Jerry is a University of IL Extension Master Gardener, Composter and Naturalist....... Read More

Exploration Station January: Living in Darkness

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Winter is long and dark for most life above ground, but while we look forward to the bright light of spring there is life in darkness.  Plants and animals have long adapted to this nocturnal life, let...... Read More

Exploration Station December: World Spices

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. This precious commodity not only inspire the search for the new world,  it played a major role in many world conflicts and it’s something we cannot live without in our kitchen.  What not everyone know is that...... Read More

Give a Gift of Membership

Give a gift of membership. Become a Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory member and receive member benefits which includes a NEW Reciprocal Admissions Program to over 300 gardens, arboreta and conservatories nationwide. Be a member and support our programs such as Discovery Garden Exploration Time which is FREE to the community.   Join today!... Read More

2019 Annual Appeal – Be a Friend

Your participation in our programs, events and visits to our 90-year old facility have been integral to making the Conservatory what it is today, and we are so grateful. We are kicking off our 2019 Annual Appeal and invite you to join us in supporting our efforts. As you can imagine, it takes substantial funding...... Read More

Exploration Station November – Festival of Colors

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Why are roses red and violets blue?  As we begin the winter season, let’s look back at the plant colors we have enjoyed throughout the growing season.  We will learn about plant colors and celebrate the pigments...... Read More

Exploration Station October – Go Batty for Bats

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Bats account for nearly a quarter of the mammal species on earth.  The only mammal capable of true flight, they are also natural pollinators and pest control experts.  With all these good traits they are still often...... Read More

Exploration Station September – Habitat: Prairie

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. The prairie was once the largest ecosystem in North America stretching westward from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountain and southward from Saskatchewan to Texas.  The plains of tall grass support an enormous varieties of plants...... Read More

Discovery Garden Exploration Time – August 

Come to our FREE program on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the outdoor Discovery Garden, weather permitting.  The theme for August is Fossils. Garden docents help you and your child lead to discovery.  Garden docents are trained volunteers of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.  The Friends will provide...... Read More

Discovery Garden Exploration Time – July

Come to our FREE program on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the outdoor Discovery Garden, weather permitting.  The theme for July is Water. Garden docents help you and your child lead to discovery.  Garden docents are trained volunteers of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.  The Friends will provide...... Read More