In celebration of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s 35th Anniversary, join us in the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden on Saturdays from 10:00am to noon, as we explore pollinators during the Year of the Butterfly. Our docents will bring you fascinating information and activities about a variety of pollinators. We are teaming up with a different community partner with more activities in our Discovery Garden each month. 

The Year of the Butterfly is a regional effort of organizations cooperating to bring awareness to the community about how they can help support a healthy habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. Throughout the summer various groups will provide activities for families, lectures for adults, books recommendations and plant sales.  All will help to inform residents about butterflies, especially monarchs, some of the dangers they face, and what can be done to help. 

We are all ready for some hope, and butterflies symbolize hope and renewal. By working together, organizations can inspire hopeful action through their activities, which will also help build community among our residents.  These programs are FREE for all ages, but registration is required.

  • June 12: Butterflies & Moths with Oak Park Public Library
  • July 10: Bees, Flies & Wasps with Trailside Museum of Natural History
  • August 14: Bats & Other Pollinator Friends with WonderWorks Children’s Museum

Click here to learn about other events throughout the summer.