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Garfield Park Conservatory is a green wonder under glass and a great place for groups of all ages to explore. Schools, daycares, camps, youth groups, after school programs, college classes, social service groups, clubs and other adult groups can all take advantage of the historic and botanic beauty of the Conservatory at no cost. That’s right - your basic self-guided field trip is still FREE!

  

GROUP VISIT HOURS

 

School, Camp & Other Youth Groups

Tuesday – Friday
9:00 am – 1:00 pm (arrival times)

 

We do not schedule school and youth group
   visits for Mondays.

Some afternoon and weekend visits available.
   Please contact us for more information.

Adult Groups

Every Day 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (arrival times)

Group Visit REGISTRATION

  

All schools and groups of 10 or more people must pre-register for their visit.

 

It’s easy! Please click the button below to request a visit. Complete and submit the form provided. We will get back to you within one week about the status of your request.

 

 

 

  

PAGE & DOWNLOAD LINKS

 

Group Visit Options

Group Visit Policies

Pre-Visit Information

Scavenger Hunt

Teacher Training & Resources

Using an Exploration Kit (PDF)

Guidelines & Rules for Your Visit (PDF)

  

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

  

Program Registrar

registrar@garfieldpark.org
(773) 638-1766 x25
(773) 638-1777 (fax)

 

Pre-Visit Information

  

We ask that teachers and group leaders familiarize themselves with the procedures and policies around group field trips to the Conservatory. To ensure a successful group visit, please take the time to carefully read the following documents and share relevant information with chaperones and the rest of your group.

 

Field Trip Procedures & Policies

Guidelines & Rules for Your Visit

 
       
 

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

  

Pre-Registration is required – please register early!

 

All groups of 10 or more people must pre-register for their visit to the Conservatory. If your group arrives at the Conservatory without pre-registering and we are at capacity, you may be asked to wait or even reschedule your visit.

  

We recommend contacting us at least 3 weeks ahead of time. Early registration has the best choice for visit dates and resource availability. By registering early, you can also take advantage of our discount rates.

Please note that pre-registering does not guarantee you will get your first visit date choice. Our Registrar will respond to you within one week to confirm your final visit date.

 

 
   

Payment

 

A basic self-guided visit to the Conservatory is free and no payment is necessary if that’s all your group has planned for your visit.

 

If you reserve exploration kits, scavenger hunts, a lunch room, or if you sign up for a program, payment is due on or before the day of your visit.

 

Discount Rates

 

Your group can receive a discounted rate for resources such as paid scavenger hunts and lunchroom rentals if you pay at least one week prior to the day of your visit.

 

PHONE or E-MAIL: We can take credit card payments over the phone.

 

MAIL: We will accept checks by mail. Envelopes must be postmarked by one week prior to receive the discount rate.

 

DAY OF VISIT: If you decide to pay on the day of your visit, we will accept cash, check or credit cards.

 

PURCHASE ORDER: We will accept a copy of your organization’s PO as a placeholder for your payment. Please note, in order for the discount rates to apply for your group, we must have a copy of the purchase order at least 1 week prior to your visit.

 
 
 
 
 

UPDATES ON CONSERVATORY CONSTRUCTION & ROOM CLOSURES

  

Please note that during 2014, the Conservatory will be undergoing a series of repairs that will close some of the display houses. We are replacing glass damaged during the 2011 hailstorm. Due to this historic restoration of the building, room closures will be necessary over the next year to complete the work. Please see the room closure schedule below and plan your visit accordingly. Room closures will impact a large group’s ability to maneuver throughout the Conservatory. We suggest booking your field trips for smaller groups or split a large group over several days (suggested group size at a time for a visit is 50 or less).

 

JULY - The Fern Room and Desert House will be closed. The Aroid House may be closed. Visitors will have access to the Palm House, the Sugar from the Sun Room, the indoor Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, the Show House and Horticultural Hall. The outdoor gardens will be accessible. The outdoor Play & Grow Garden is expected to open this month with new exhibit spaces.

 

AUGUST - The Fern Room and Desert House will be closed. The Aroid House may be closed. Visitors will have access to the Palm House, the Sugar from the Sun Room, the indoor Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, Horticultural Hall, and the Show House. The outdoor gardens will be accessible.

 

Please note, this schedule is subject to change.

 

We are excited about the upgrades to our historical Conservatory and understand this may cause inconveniences for your group visit and hope you will be able to plan accordingly to adjust to these changes for your group visit. To expand your visit experience options, we have re-designed both our free and paid scavenger hunts. Visiting groups will still have a positive learning experience with these activities despite the room closures. Be sure to reserve your scavenger hunts on your registration form!

 
     
 

Group Visit Options

  

The Conservatory’s tropical and desert plant collections and outdoor gardens contain many possibilities for a field trip. Whether you’re studying plant science, food production, geography, art, history or just looking for a unique experience, you’re guaranteed to find something for your group.

 

Please note – at this time, we do not offer guided tours of the Conservatory for school groups. We offer guided tours for adult groups, at a rate of $12 per person, dependent upon guide availability. Please see our Tours page for more details.

 

 

 

Option 1: Self-Guided Tour (FREE)

 

All of our field trips are self-guided. Upon arrival, school and youth groups are required to receivea brief orientation and introduction to the Conservatory. If we have available staff, we can also provide orientations for adult groups upon request. After checking in with us, you will be on your own to explore the Conservatory and its treasures. Please note - we require all school, camp and youth groups to provide a minimum of 1 adult per 10 students.

 
   
 

Option 2: Scavenger Hunts

 
 

 

All groups have the option of enhancing their visit with a scavenger hunt focused on plants and other features of the Conservatory. Each month, we offer a free scavenger hunt, but we have a variety of themed hunts that can be purchased. 

 

Scavenger Hunt Fee: $10 for 30 hunts

         
 

Scavenger Hunt

Theme

Age

Fee

 

Scavenger Hunt
of the Month

Varies

All

FREE

 

Conservatory Picture Hunt

General

PreK/K

$10 for 30 

 

Candy Land

Tropical treats

All

$10 for 30 

 

La Loteria de mi Tierra

Spanish

All

$10 for 30 

         

*You can receive a discount on these hunts and exploration kits by paying early! See our registration and payment section for details.

 
     
 

Option 3: Lunchroom Rentals

 

Many groups rent a classroom or meeting space at the Conservatory for a more private lunch space or gathering area . These spaces are limited and will be rented out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register extra early if you need a space.

 

If you are planning to eat lunch here during your visit to the Conservatory, you may wish to rent a lunchroom. Free indoor space to eat lunch is very limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. During warm weather, we have plenty of lawn space available that can be utilized by groups at no charge. Large groups (over 30) are strongly recommended to rent a lunchroom. These lunchroom spaces are also limited and will be rented out on a first-come, first-serve basis. We can accommodate up to 100 students at a time in our largest lunchroom. Groups larger than 100 will need to eat in shifts. Please register extra early if you need a space.

 

School & Youth Group Rate:

 

# of students

      rates

 

30

      $40

 

60

      $60

90

      $80

 

120

      $100

 

150

      $120

     

Adult Group Rate:

 

# of adults

      rates

 

30

      $50

 

60

      $100

*You can receive a discount on room rentals by paying early! See our registration and payment section for details.

 
     

  

GROUP VISIT POLICIES & PROCEDURES

 

We ask that teachers and group leaders familiarize themselves with the procedures and policies around group field trips to the Conservatory. To ensure a successful group visit, please take the time to carefully read the documents below and share relevant information with chaperones and the rest of your group.

 

Group Visit Policies

 

 

Guidelines & Rules for Your Visit

 

These documents contain information about the following aspects of scheduling and planning your field trip:

 

Registration

Chaperones

Payments

Cancellations & Refunds

Unloading & Parking Buses

Emergency Procedures

Respect for People,
   Property & Plants

Recreational Equipment

Group Gathering Places

Coat Storage

Food & Drinks

Group Behavior Issues

How to Visit the Conservatory


 
 

 
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