Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden

We have launched a Campaign for the new Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden at the Garfield Park Conservatory! After 20 years, the beloved Children’s Garden has been completely reimagined. This free, state of the art nature playscape will bring hours of joy and immersive learning.

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The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is raising funds to completely renovate the 6,000 square-foot indoor children’s garden. We are nearly 75% to our goal!  With a project cost of $5.6 million, we have raised $4.1 million towards this important campaign, and we need your support to reach the finish line together. Help us build this state of the art, accessible, free, indoor year-round nature play experience in Garfield Park. With your participation, we will break ground in 2022.

The new garden and playscape will provide a year-round, accessible adventure for Chicago families. A wheel-chair accessible spiral ramp makes its way up to the top of the historic glass roof, with a one-of-a-kind climber, specially designed for the Conservatory.

This garden was made possible by a generous contribution from the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust.

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For more questions, please contact Jennifer Van Valkenburg at Garfield Park Conservatory, 773-638-1766 ext. 12 or jvanvalkenburg@garfieldpark.org

If you are interested in utilizing an installment plan to make your gift over 1-3 years please contact Marie Stringer, Assistant Director of Development, at mstringer@garfieldpark.org or call 773-638-1766 x 22.  Click here for pledge form. 

Checks can be sent to:

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
ATTN: Development Office
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624