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Oak Park Conservatory and Conservatory Center

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<p>Owned by the Park District of Oak Park, the conservatory is one of the village's most visited sites.</p>
<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The conservatory contains three different rooms — the Fern Room, the Rainforest Room and the Desert Room — each with its own unique ecosystem.</p> <p><i><b>Note:</b> In the summer of 2010, only the Fern Room is open, as the other two display houses are undergoing renovations. </i></p> <p>The facility is open for individual and group tours. A $2 donation per visitor is suggested.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Today, park district officials say the facility draws up to 30,000 visitors each year.</p> <p>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.</p>
615 Garfield St, Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 386-4700
  • Fax: 708-386-3221
  • Hours: Daily, 11am - 10pm
  • Hours: General hours: Mon, 2pm - 4pm; Tue - Sun, 10am - 4pmMonday. Walk-In plant clinic hours: Mon, 2pm - 4pm
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