Virtual Field Trips

Take your school group on a virtual field trip of Garfield Park Conservatory! Field trips of all kinds are an important way for students to make connections between the classroom and the real world, and to deepen their learning across subject areas. We have developed a virtual field trip option to provide an exciting and educational experience for your group, and we look forward to helping you plan an engaging and meaningful virtual field trip to the Conservatory.

Each virtual field trip will include an orientation based on the chosen science topic, a guided, interactive, theme-focused tour throughout the collection with a Conservatory educator, and the opportunity for questions and answers throughout. More information about the field trip topics is on this page.

All of our virtual field trips will include:

    • A live-stream, interactive experience with a Conservatory educator
    • Choice of a variety of themed experiences, including Introduction to Plants, Pollination, Adaptations, Plant Reproduction and Black History.
    • Access to printable copies of select resources
    • The opportunity to deepen student learning across subject areas in one of Chicago’s most beautiful institutions
    • Trips are ideal for hybrid classrooms, or any type of learning!


Teacher Feedback:

“The students as well as the staff learned new things about certain plants adaption that they never knew. It was our first live virtual field trip and it was great!” Adaptations, Grades 6-8 diverse learners

“They were excited and talked about how interesting it was, and they had no idea chocolate “grew on trees” or that vanilla came from Mexico! They also were surprised they could visit for free and it’s nearby. It was fabulous. Very well organized and presented. The kids were engaged and totally interested.” Pollination, Grade 4

“Students were able to ask questions and participate throughout the experience. Keep up the great work! This was a very well-planned trip.” Intro to Plants, Grade 2

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MA10-17-0193-17]. Additional funding provided by Peoples Gas Community Fund, PNC, the Seabury Foundation, and the Dr. Scholl Foundation.
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Questions? Contact or call 773.638.1766 x 25 to speak with Heather Van Zyl, School & Groups Program Coordinator.