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.
Events List Navigation
The 2017 Spring Flower Show is honoring the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs while giving visitors sights and smells of a glorious blooming Chicago spring.Find out more »
Start your weekend with a relaxing session of yoga, surrounded by Conservatory landscapes. Beginners to advanced yogis are welcome to attend. Please bring your own mat; $5 suggested donation.Find out more »
Composting in the city can be fun and rewarding, especially when it means your trash won’t be as stinky and your plants will be happy! Our volunteer composters hold weekly demonstrations showcasing different ways you can compost your food and garden scraps. During the colder months, our volunteers move inside to show case worm bins for your home.Find out more »
Every Saturday, the University of Illinois Plant Clinic is located in the GPC lobby to answer your questions about plants.Find out more »
Spend part of your weekend learning and playing at the Conservatory with our trained Nature Education TEachers! Kids will discover the natural world as they explore our expansive gardens!Find out more »
Take a 45 minute stroll around the Conservatory grounds with a knowledgeable guide. These shortened tours are a great way to learn more than meets the eye, as well as have your questions answered.Find out more »
Enjoy learning together with your little one during this weekly drop-in session.Find out more »
Pruning Fundamentals is part of a 6-class series on Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities.Find out more »
Methods of Propagation is part of a 6 class series on Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities.Find out more »
Skills in Landscape Reading is part of a 6 class series on Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for CitiesFind out more »
Taste your way through our collection of fruiting plants and trees! This guided tour for Members will showcase up to 15 plants in our collection that we typically see on our plates.Find out more »
Beneficial Fungi in the Garden is part of a 6 class series on Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities.Find out more »
The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Land and Sea Dept., and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are excited to partner on a special Earth Day celebration, held on April 22. The party will feature drinks, food and music curated by Land and Sea Dept., alongside environmental programming from NRDC.Find out more »
Spring, summer and fall - learn about city trees throughout the seasons with Openlands’ Regional Forester, Daniella Pereira. Daniella will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park. Interested children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Please dress appropriately for the weather – walks take place rain or shine!Find out more »
Go on a guided tour of our indoor greenhouses and learn about the history, architecture connections and plants that make Garfield Park Conservatory a historical gem on the West Side.Find out more »
Spring, summer and fall - learn about city trees throughout the seasons with Openlands’ Regional Forester, Daniella Pereira. Daniella will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park.Find out more »