Tours of the Oak Park Conservatory, a historic landmark owned and operated by the Park District of Oak Park and built in 1929, are offered to adults and school children. Tours of the Conservatory are led by trained docents who are Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory volunteers. The tours last from 45 minutes to an hour.
Our tours feature 4 distinct ecosystems at the Conservatory. You will visit the Mediterranean, Tropical and Desert rooms. And weather permitting, the tour goes outdoors to visit our Illinois ecosystem in the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden.
Visitors learn about unusual flowering and fruiting plants such as the chocolate tree, the prickly pear cactus and the Ponderosa lemon. The Conservatory plants illustrate how the life cycle of flowering plants includes fruits, seeds and seedlings. Live animals, including George the parrot, koi, turtles and a resident frog, enliven the pond and waterfall in the Tropical Room.
Tours are free for school groups from District 97 and $2 per student for all others. Tours must be scheduled several weeks in advance and are subject to docent availability.
SETUP SCHOOL TOURS NOW
Docent led school tours of the Conservatory, about an hour in length, are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays September – May. To schedule a tour, fill out the School Tour Form – click button below.
Exporation Station Kits
The Exploration Kits package real plant materials and hands-on activities from Exploration Station topics in portable form. Kits are loaned to Oak Park elementary schools. Topics include Leaf Shapes for Wet & Dry Places, and Traveling Seeds. These complement what students are learning about plants in the classroom.
Please call the Volunteer Coordinator for information or to request a kit at 708-725-2460.