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A Volunteer You Should Know

Max Frueh began volunteering with the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory in September 2012.  For the past six years, Max has dedicated his time to our pot washing station where he ensures that all of our newly potted plants have a clean environment in which to grow. Washing pots, which is a lot like...... Read More

FOPCON is a partner with Sugar Beet Co-Op

Through August, Sugar Beet Food Co-Op donates 5¢ cents per transaction to a BEET BUCKS Program Partner when you use a reusable bag, coffee mug or bulk container.  FOPCON is a Program Partner!  Support our partner and support FOPCON. Want to learn more?   Find details on the website and click here.... Read More

Discovery Garden Exploration Time – July

This FREE program runs Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the outdoor Discovery Garden, weather permitting.  The theme for July is Water Play.  Enjoy the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden with our Garden docents who are trained volunteers of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON). Garden docents are there to help...... Read More

Exploration Kit

Our kits were in the news!  Click on the link for the Oak Leaves article http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-conservatory-school-tl-0510-story.html  and read about how great the new FOPCON Exploration Kit is.   A BIG thank you to Linda Smith, Kim Wilson and Heather Guido for the stellar work.... Read More

Exploration Station May

Plants We Wear. This free  program runs Sept – May Note! May 5 – 6 weekend: Exploration Station will be CLOSED during the Plant Sale. We look forward to seeing you every other weekend in May! •  Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm •  Sundays 1:30 – 3:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive...... Read More

Job Opening

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) is seeking a resourceful individual interested in joining our dynamic organization as a part-time Operations Coordinator. The Operations Coordinator is responsible for providing technical expertise, including database management, and administrative support needed to implement the organization’s activities.  To view the complete posting and job description, click here.  To apply, please...... Read More

Exploration Station April

Chocolate. This free program runs Sept – May •  Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm •  Sundays 1:30 – 3:30 pm •  Mondays of school holidays for Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms. New topics every month....... Read More

Exploration Station March

Buzz Bees Buzz. This free program runs Sept – May •  Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm •  Sundays 1:30 – 3:30 pm •  Mondays of school holidays for Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms. New topics...... Read More

Poinsettias at the Conservatory

Poinsettias are on display at the Conservatory throughout the showrooms.  Stop in the Mediterranean Room to see the large display of poinsettias.  Enjoy some holiday cheer with us!... Read More

Visit the Herbert M. Rubinstein Garden

Stop by to view the Rubinstein Garden. The photo shows our plant wall which is filled with green and flowering plants. In the garden, you will find small Hosta and beautiful chartreuse Hakonechloa grass which will spread to make lovely mats. Other plants include oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia), Epimedium and large grasses. We are proud...... Read More

Exploration Station February

The Great Bird Count.  This free program runs Sept – May •  Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm •  Sundays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm •  Mondays of school holidays for Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms. New...... Read More