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Community Impact

“Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ mission is to improve quality of life and connect the community through nature. We strive to make our gardens a place where everyone can come together and share the beauty of the natural world. It is our promise to continue to create an experience that is safe and welcoming for everyone.”

-Bruce Harkey, President & CEO

Integral To The Community

IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE
Green space has a profound impact on health
A plethora of research shows that access to nature improves physical and mental health, reduces violence, increases tolerance and encourages creativity and curiosity among children. More than 350,000 individuals visit the Conservatory each year and reap the benefit of access to nature.
SUPPORTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
$21,710,000 contributed to Columbus economy via tourism
More than 370,000 visitors came to the Conservatory in 2019. More than a third of those visitors (130,000) were from outside of Franklin County. It’s estimated by Experience Columbus that each of those visitors will spend $167 while in Columbus, contributing over $21 million to the Columbus economy.
ENSURES ACCESS AND INCLUSION FOR ALL
More than 15,000 people served through community engagement offerings annually
The Conservatory is committed to being a space where all are welcome–regardless of financial status. Through community access programs, including free and reduced admission for low-income families and underserved communities, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to connecting the community through nature.

Extending The Benefits Of Public Gardens

BUILDS HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES THROUGH GARDENING
The Growing to Green program has provided resources to over 300 local gardens
The Growing to Green program has helped start, strengthen and sustain local community gardens, school learning gardens and neighborhood beautification projects throughout Central Ohio. With an emphasis on food access, nutrition, education and bringing neighborhoods together, the program offers hands-on support through resources, seeds and supplies, site visits and grant assistance.
GIVES BACK TO ERADICATE COMMUNITY HUNGER
Providing thousands pounds of produce to local food banks
The Conservatory’s Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus donates hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to area food pantries annually, while the Growing to Green community gardens collectively provides approximately 60,000 pounds of produce to local food banks annually.
PROVIDES NUTRITIOUS OPTIONS FOR FOOD DESERTS
The Conservatory’s Farmers’ Market provides thousands of residents with fresh produce on Columbus’ East side
The Conservatory’s Farmers’ Market is open on Wednesdays from June to September, providing families in near East side neighborhoods with access to fresh, local foods. The Market accepts EBT and participates in Produce Perks, providing EBT users with matching funds to spend on fresh produce.

Expanding Access To The Conservatory

BRINGS THE BEAUTY OF THE CONSERVATORY TO YOU
Virtual experiences display the beauty of nature, on-demand
In order to achieve its mission during the pandemic, the Conservatory launched Virtual Experiences. These videos and online activities bring the beauty of nature into our community’s homes. Since 2020, they have been viewed thousands of times and have become a regular feature of the Conservatory experience.
Add description PROVIDES RESPITE FOR SICK KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Offering the health benefits of nature
The Conservatory recently partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House to provide free admission for patients and their families.
HOST FREE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
Entertainment and education for thousands of Central Ohioans
Free family events, like Pollinator Palooza, are designed to delight and educate visitors of all ages while celebrating the importance of pollinators. Over 1,200 people attended Pollinator Palooza in 2019.

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