Tours for Children

Have you ever wondered about the various ecosystems housed in our three garden showrooms? Do you have questions about plants you see in the Conservatory?

Schedule your school, scout, or camp tour today! Tours are free for school groups from District 97 and $2 per student for all others.

When your group plans a field trip to the Conservatory, they will visit the Mediterranean, Tropical, and Desert showrooms. Weather permitting, the tour also goes outdoors to visit our native Illinois ecosystem in the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden.

Children will:

Schedule Your Tour for Children Now

Docent-led school tours of the Conservatory, about an hour in length, are offered Tuesdays – Fridays, based on availability. Contact our Volunteer Program/Events Coordinator for more information or complete this tour request form. 

Please note: Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the desired tour date.

Tours cost $2/child with a minimum of $20 per tour. D97 school tours are free. 

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Field Trip Grants Now Available

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory has recently launched a program to help cover the cost of docent-led tours for schools that qualify. Tours for students outside of Illinois School District 97 are $2 per student (chaperones are free). We now offer a grant to schools serving 40% or more low-income families, according to the Illinois Report Card
Complete the application to apply for a scholarship covering the cost of tours. Please note: Grants are on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying schools, while funds are available.