COVID-19 Updates

IMPORTANT UPDATE 3/24/20: For the safety and well-being of all visitors and staff, the Garfield Park Conservatory building and campus will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice.

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. We’re actively monitoring any developments related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and staying in touch with partners and other stakeholders including: the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC.

All public programs, events and field trips have been cancelled, postponed or going going virtual through April 30. For those registered for classes, you have been contacted directly regarding cancellation or rescheduling notice. We will make a decision in late April about whether to continue this cancellation based on the current public health directives.

As the situation continues to unfold we will share updates with you, on our website and on our social media platforms on when we will re-open our doors and resume programming and events. For the time being, the plant collection will be maintained daily by Chicago Park District horticulture staff.

During the temporary closure, we will share nature education content to continue our mission to change lives through the power of nature. We know that connecting to nature offers physical and psychological benefits that are especially valuable at this time. For now, please check out these free resources for all ages and share with friends and family.

  • DIGITAL TOURS: Did you know we have free digital tours? This is a great way to learn about plants in our collection from anywhere.
  • WINTER WONDERLAND BOOKLET: Created for our Winter Wonderland Workshop in December 2019 this booklet has activities for families to do at home. The first five activities in the book are designed to get you outside in the winter, while the last five activities are good for indoor nature play when going outside may not be feasible.
  • THEMED RESOURCES: Designed for teachers, these can be used and enjoyed by families as well!
  • ACTIVITIES AND LESSON PLANS: Perfect for at home, these resources were developed to blend horticulture, art, history, and even social media with nature education!
We hope you are finding time to breathe and connect to nature however possible. Please stay tuned for more updates and additional content in the coming weeks.

Thank you,
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance