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Black History and Botany Tours with Urban Roots Teen Docents

February 22, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Come celebrate and learn about Black history through a free, interactive tour with our Urban Roots teen docent program! Many of the plants growing at the Conservatory have deep significance to Black history, and the ways we think about horticulture has been shaped by so many Black scientists, artists, and thinkers. To honor and celebrate these plants, people, and legacies, our Urban Roots teens have woven together stories and information on botany, ecology, horticulture, Black culture, and Black history. To meet our teen docents and learn about their plant research, come visit the Conservatory!

Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd  between 3:30 and 4:30 to meet the docents and their plants at your own pace, or sign up for a guided tour on Sunday, Jan 26th. To join the Wednesday tours, drop in any time between 3:30pm and 4:30pm. Take some time to explore our various rooms, and the docents will be posted near the plants they have researched. Please make a reservation to visit the Conservatory for the time of your arrival.

Guided tours are only available on Sunday and require a separate reservation; see that day’s event page for more information.

If you have any questions, please email Max Meyers,

This program is made possible in part by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and the PNC Foundation. Principal funding for Urban Roots has been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) [MA20-16-0031-16]. Additional funding provided by: Bank of American Foundation, Anonymous Fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation, The PNC Foundation, After School Matters and an anonymous donor.


February 22, 2023
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States
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