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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

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

Exploration Station October

Topic: Leaf 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 Columbus Day!  Exploration Station is open on Monday, October 8!  School is out – Visit Us! The Friends’ docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms. October:...... Read More

Exploration Station September

Topic: Hide and Seek This free  program runs September through May •  Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm •  Sundays 1:30 – 3:30 pm The Friends docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms. We have a new Topic each month. Please Drop-In, It’s FREE! September: Hide and Seek Some animals are so good...... Read More

Fall Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange

Saturday, September 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join other gardeners and share your favorite perennials, houseplants and extra garden tools at the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory sponsored annual Fall Exchange. Drop off materials from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Conservatory. Come back to pick up items from noon – 12:30 p.m.... Read More