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Eco Friendly Art Camp
Learn basic drawing, painting and simple sculpture skills influenced by the natural world. Educational craft projects for each of the four seasons will be created using the elements of water,wind, fire, and earth with emphasis on the use of natural paints, dyes, and fibers. Students will keep a sketchbook journal and find out how their choices affect the earth, environment, animals and ocean life.
More About Oak Park Conservatory and Conservatory Center
Owned by the Park District of Oak Park, the conservatory is one of the village's most visited sites.
The conservatory's historical roots stretch back to 1914, when residents who'd traveled around the world came back to Oak Park and needed a place to store the exotic plants they'd collected.
But the facility fell into disrepair over the decades and was on the brink of demolition until a citizen's group rallied to revamp it in the 1970's.
Today, the conservatory grows and cares for about 20,000 plants, many of which get planted throughout Oak Park's public parks and other sites throughout the village.
The conservatory contains three different rooms — the Fern Room, the Rainforest Room and the Desert Room — each with its own unique ecosystem.
Note: In the summer of 2010, only the Fern Room is open, as the other two display houses are undergoing renovations.
The facility is open for individual and group tours. A $2 donation per visitor is suggested.
The park district, in conjunction with the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory citizen's group, offers a number of volunteer opportunities, as well as special programs like summer nature camps and home gardening workshops.
Today, park district officials say the facility draws up to 30,000 visitors each year.
Tours guided by a docent can be arranged by calling the conservatory two weeks in advance. The staff also makes an audio tour of the facility available by CD.
Other events here
- Fairy Garden-register now for June 15th class Daily, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
- TAKE A TOUR OF THE OAK PARK CONSERVATOR-Find out how! Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Exploration Station Weekly on Saturdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
- Judith Shepelak-Colored Pencil and Pastel Landscapes Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Agave Watch 2013! Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- “Be A Tooth Sleuth” Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Monthly, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Bats, the Flying Kind Sat, Jun 29, 10:00 am–11:00 am
- 20th Annual Garden Walk in Oak Park and River Forest Sun, Jun 30, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Woven Garden Trellis Sat, Jul 20, 9:00 am–11:00 am