About Our Programs
Weekly Free Programs
Bring your children to our free weekly programs designed just for them! Whether it’s Morning Glories on Mondays, dropping in on the weekend for Fiddleheads, or getting a little wild on Wednesdays, we almost always have something fun for your family to do at the Conservatory. Click here for more information!
Juicebox Concert Series
We have a concert designed just for your toddler! Join us on the first and third Saturdays in October through December for a series of fun-filled family performances. We’ll have dancers, singers, storytellers and more! For more information view the calendar below.
Origami Open House
Ever made a paper crane? What about an origami frog or penguin? Here’s your chance to learn how! Every second Saturday of the month the CHicago Area Origami Society hosts a free, drop-in demonstration for people of all ages, including kids! Check the calendar for the next upcoming workshop.
Take your adult group to the Conservatory for a warm reprieve in the winter, or a beautiful oasis in the summer. Whether you are organizing a casual visit for your adult group or would like a guided tour, please click here for details and registration.
Classes & Workshops
Throughout the year, our workshops and classes explore topics of beekeeping, composting, gardening and plant propagation. Class offerings change through the seasons. Click here for information on our class offerings.
Free Adult Programs
From a monthly lecture series, twice monthly free mini tours and yoga, and weekly beekeeping, composting, and gardening drop-in sessions, our Free Adult Programs explore new ideas, techniques to bring home, and answer questions you may have from your own growing space. Click here for a complete list of our adult programs.
Reflect on this light-art installation by Luftwerk as you walk through the Conservatory. Click here for more information.
History Through Photographs
Go back through time with our exhibit of historical photographs from the Chicago Park District’s collection. This free exhibit is available in the Jensen Room whenever the room is not rented.
Groups of Children
This is the perfect spot for a field trip! Bring your students, girl scout troupe, or camp to explore our indoor and outdoor collections! Click here for more information.
Urban Agroecology Class Series: Methods of Propagation
March 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
This winter, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is offering a comprehensive series of classes for urban agriculture enthusiasts. For the urban food grower – whether it is in a 4′ x 8′ plot or you have access to more land – this class series will prepare you to grow nutrient filled food, using nature as your guide. The 6 class series includes a theoretical background (Wednesday evening classes), and skill focused, hands-on classes (weekend classes) taught by renowned educator Nance Klehm. You can choose to buy the class as a the full series below. Or, starting January 1, 2017 the class will be offered a la carte, with the Wednesday evening classes as one pair.
Details for each session are listed below:
Wednesdays February 15 & 22, 5pm-9pm: Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities Intensive: For urban dwellers, the city is our habitat. In this two-evening intensive, we will explore the principles, goals and practices of growing food in cities when ecological and social systems when they are woven into the design and function of a growing site. Four hands-on, skill-based workshops follow the intensive to deepen practice of this ecological perspective. **Required readings will be assigned a week before class starts. Register for ‘Urban Agroecology Intensive here, or the entire series below.
Sunday, March 12, 9am – 1pm: Pruning Fundamentals: We will cover the why, when, and how of pruning woody plants, coppicing, pollarding, root pruning, tool sharpening and sanitation. This workshop will be hands-on and take place outside working with trees in the landscape at Garfield Park Conservatory. Register for ‘Pruning Fundamentals’ here, or the entire series below.
Saturday, March 18, 9am – 1pm: Methods of Propagation: In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to make soft wood and hard wood cuttings, how to make successful divisions, and more advanced considerations for selecting and saving seed. Register for ‘Methods of Propagation’ here, or the entire series below.
Sunday, March 19, 9am – 1pm: Skills in Landscape Reading: seeing and mapping ecological systems: Being able to understand the dynamic interplay of geography, human made structures, hydrology, soil, spontaneous vegetation and other systems influencing your site will help in decision making, designing a new site or reworking an existing one more intelligently. Participants will work in small groups on an outdoor exercise in mapping a site and finish in the classroom with mapping with a list of criteria and make, measure and record their observations and return to the classroom and share them. Register for ‘Skills in Landscape Reading’ here, or the entire series below.
Saturday, March 25, 9am – 1pm: Beneficial Fungi in the Garden: Understand how fungi helps your garden’s soil health. This workshop will cover how to work with arbuscular mychorrizhae and species of fruiting mushrooms that can be grown outdoors in compost or through your vegetable garden or fruit trees. Register for ‘Beneficial Fungi in the Garden’ here, or the entire series below.
About the Instructor: Nance Klehm cultivates and forages medicinals and edibles, keeps bees and a fruit orchard, raises chickens and quail, grows for a seed bank and stewards 50 acres of land in the driftless region called, Pachamanka.
She is the Director of Social Ecologies (www.socialecologies.net) which works internationally on wastestream revisioning and reallocation, soil contamination and fertility, and agroecological practices.
Her work has received extensive media coverage and mentioned in many books. She is currently working on two publications on the topic of Soil.