School Programs

For More Information:

614.715.8028, weekdays 9am–5pm


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. 

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

To schedule a school program or to receive more information: Download a registration form, call the Education Department at 614.715.8028, weekdays 9am–5pm or email

2016–2017 School Programs

Download a printable 2016–2017 school programs brochure for full program descriptions.

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.

Cost: $6 per person (including all accompanying adults). 25 students maximum per program. For classes with fewer than 10 students, a flat program fee of $60 applies.
Two adult chaperones are required to accompany each group of 25 students. Additional chaperones are welcome.

For full descriptions of program offerings: Download a printable 2016–2017 school programs brochure.

To schedule a school program or to receive more information: Download a registration form, call the Education Department at 614.715.8028, weekdays 9am–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, Dorothy 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.

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.