School Programs

School groups from Pre-K through high school enjoy active learning experiences with native and exotic plants, insects, birds, science, the environment and the arts that correlate to ODE Academic Content Standards. To review the 2013-2014 school programs and their detailed descriptions, please download a printable brochure here.

Guided Biome Tours

Students participate in an interactive journey through the Himalayan Mountain, Tropical Rainforest and Desert Biomes.

Garden and Classroom Experiences

Students explore the four-acre ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus while applying classroom concepts in a real-world garden environment.

Classroom Experiences

Students expand their knowledge of science, nature, food and art through hands-on activities in one of the lower concourse classrooms.

All programs are 45 minutes long. There is ample opportunity to explore the Conservatory before or after your school program (10am–5pm every day).

Cost: $5 per child; 25 children maximum per program. Two adult chaperones are required, with a maximum of three chaperones to accompany each group of 25 children. 

Outreach Programming

Looking for a unique experience that is specifically designed for your school or classroom? Let the educators at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens bring you a special program that meets your needs and interests. Programs cover a wide variety of topics, including basic science, food and nutrition, horticulture, environmental issues and art. All programs are 45 minutes. Cost: $125 for one classroom and $45 for each additional classroom in the same day.

To review all of the school programs and their detailed descriptions, please download a printable brochure here.

To schedule a school program or to receive more information: Download a registration form, call the Education Department at 614.715.8022, weekdays 8:30am–5pm or email

While You Are Here

There is plenty to do and see before and after your school program so be sure to plan enough time to see everything the Conservatory has to offer!

  • Visit the Hot Shop - Watch local, professional gaffers demonstrate the art of glass blowing during this 25-minute program. Free with admission. The Hot Shop hours available online or inquire upon arrival at the Visitor Center.
  • Pacific Island Water Garden, Dorthy M. Davis Showhouse, and John F. Wolfe Palm House - Visit the plant collections not included on your guided biome tour! Don’t forget the Zen Terrace, The Grove, and outdoor courtyards.
  • ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus and Outdoor Spaces - Stroll through the grounds of the Campus, visit the trial garden plots and explore the park!
  • Art at the Conservatory - Self-Guided, 3rd-12th Grade. Reserve a teacher resource guide to direct you and your students through the permanent and temporary works of art on view. The resource guide includes a map of the Conservatory and grounds, images of select installations, and interesting facts about the pieces and the artists who created them. This is a school program; an application needs to be submitted to reserve a resource guide and regular school program fees apply.
  • Leaf Trail Scavenger Hunt - Each tree on the Leaf Trail is marked with an informative sign to highlight facts about the tree and its historical or cultural significance. The Leaf Trail Scavenger Hunt focuses on six of these trees. Find them, read about them, and make leaf rubbings to complete the scavenger hunt.