Events & Programs

The Garfield Park Conservatory is committed to providing innovative and educational events and programs throughout the year. We have free activities, cultural performances, hands-on classes, unique fundraisers, educational demonstrations, and more! Peruse by content area by clicking on one of the thumbnails below, or go straight to our calendar to see what’s happening on a specific date and time.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our urban oasis!

Our Programs & Events

Calendar Highlights

Member Tour: Behind-the-Scenes

Get a close look at what goes on behind-the-scenes to create and maintain the beautiful public display houses. This tour goes through all of the back greenhouses normally closed off to the public. GPCA Members receive one free tour per year; Family Membership level includes up to five people with their guest passes. To RSVP or […]

Composting Demo

Stop by Garfield Park Conservatory to have all of your composting questions answered by our knowledgeable compost volunteers.

Bee Demo

Join us throughout the summer as our volunteers and Head Beekeeper demonstrate techniques with active beehives and explain their work.

Goat Visits to Garfield Park Conservatory

Goat Visits

Garfield Park Conservatory is hosting goats again this summer! Stop by and see these gazing goats on our back lawn.


Morning Glories

Enjoy learning together with your little one during this weekly drop-in session.

water lillies

In the Water with the Water Lilies

Get up close and personal with our water lilies by getting in the water with our Aquatic Specialist, Kathy Cahill. A great opportunity to get that perfect picture!

Urban Roots 2016 Teens

2nd Wednesday Lecture: Digging Deeper, Uncovering Urban Roots

Join us to learn how the Garfield Park Conservatory is engaging neighborhood teens in our Urban Roots program and to celebrate their work!

National Honey Bee Day

Join us as we celebrate the beloved honey bee. Our volunteer beekeepers are hosting demonstrations to learn the role bees play with pollination and the food we eat, we’ll taste honey from around Chicago, and extract honey from our hives!

scarecrow activity

Harvest Day

Join us for our annual Harvest Day celebration with honey tastings, livestock, lawn games and more!