School Field Trips

We can’t wait to host your school group at the Garfield Park Conservatory!

We believe that field trips 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 are here to provide an exciting and educational experience for your group, and look forward to helping you plan an engaging and meaningful self-guided field trip to our facility.

All of our free, self-guided field trips include:

  • An orientation with a staff member upon arrival
  • Access to hard copies of select resources
  • Storage of personal belongings
  • Possibility of a free picnic lunch outside or renting our lunch room for a small fee
  • Free parking for buses
  • The opportunity to deepen student learning across subject areas in one of Chicago’s most beautiful institutions!

Check out what our awesome teen docents have to say about our school group visits here!

Taking a field trip at the Conservatory is easy! Just follow these steps:

  1. Book your trip by clicking the big green button.

  2. Look through our Themed Resources to choose what you would like to use during your visit. Don’t forget to check out other activities on our Resource Center, too!

Print and bring with you copies of any resource(s) you would like to use on the day of your visit.

Please note: If your desired trip time and date are not visible, that means those dates and times are already booked by other groups. Please choose a different date and time. Additionally, any youth group that books their visit as an adult group will be automatically CANCELLED.

For information about our bus scholarships, see the Bus Scholarship Information Page.


Plant Adaptations Experience

Take your students on a fascinating journey through time as you explore how plants have adapted to different environments throughout the years! Investigate convergent evolution in the desert house, discover why Carnivorous plants eat insects, and discuss the dynamic differences between plants!

Choose your resource here!

Pollination Experience

Looking for an easy way to explain plant reproduction? Look no further! At the Conservatory we’ve got a dynamic set of pollinator stories that go beyond the humble bumble bee. Choose this experience if you’re looking to take your students to the next level of pollination.

Choose your resource here!

Intro to Plants Experience

This is the perfect experience for teachers who are looking to introduce or review basic plant parts and their functions with their students of all ages! The Conservatory offers a wide range of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds for students to explore and touch. It’s the ideal location for authentic, hands-on learning.

Choose your resource here!