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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

Discovery Garden Exploration Time – June

This FREE program runs Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the outdoor Discovery Garden, weather permitting.  The theme for June is Butterflies.   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 materials to...... Read More

Exploration Station May – Biomimicry

Please Drop-In, It’s FREE! Weekends, beginning Saturday May 11th.  Topic is Biomimicry. Humans have been using plants and animals since the beginning of time.  Plants and animals in nature sustain us as food, medicine and shelters. It is our source of inspiration for arts and culture.  As our understanding of nature deepens,  scientists are increasingly...... 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

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

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