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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

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.
FREE COMMUNITY DAYS
Open to all
The Conservatory offers free admission to residents of Franklin County between 10am and 5pm on the first Sunday of every month. Community Days ensure that all in the community, regardless of ability to pay, are welcome and have access to the Conservatory. Nearly 55,000 individuals have participated in the program since its inception in 2018.
VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES
Beauty of the Conservatory for all, from home
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 become a regular feature of the Conservatory experience.
FREE FIELD TRIPS
Invaluable, hands-on learning
In 2019, the Conservatory hosted 276 school field trips. However, due to school budget constraints, only 25 of these schools were from Columbus City Schools. Our donor-funded Field Trip Scholarship program addresses this disparity. In the fall of 2021, teachers may apply for a grant that will cover bus transportation, admission for students, teachers and chaperones and educational programming. To qualify, 70 percent of students must be eligible for free or reduced lunch. The program is available while funding lasts.
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Access the Conservatory with a library card
Conservatory membership cards are available for check-out at the Martin Luther King, Shepard and Driving Park branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, providing families with free admission for two adults and up to six children. Over 4,300 adults and children have taken advantage of the program since it began in 2018.
MAKING ACCESS EASY
Reduced-price memberships
Reduced rate $35 Access memberships are available for low-income families. Since 2017,
the number of Access memberships has grown 190%. The standard Family Membership is $135.
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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.
GROWING TO GREEN
Building stronger, healthier communities through gardening
The Growing to Green program has helped start, strengthen and sustain over 300 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.
FARMERS’ MARKET
Fresh, affordable produce in a food desert
The Conservatory’s Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays June to September, providing families in its 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.
GIVING BACK
Food bank partnerships
The Conservatory’s own Community Garden Campus donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce to area food pantries each year, and Growing to Green community gardens collectively provide approximately 60,000 pounds of produce to local food banks annually.
POLLINATOR PALOOZA
Free family festival
A family event held in the Community Garden Campus designed to delight and educate visitors of all ages and celebrate the importance of pollinators. Over 1,200 attended in 2019.
WAIVING FEES FOR CITY SUMMER CAMP
Providing access to more children
Each summer, admission to the Conservatory is waived for Columbus Recreation & Parks campers from underserved neighborhoods. This partnership brought in 848 kids and 123 adult counselors over the 2019 summer through complimentary admission to self-guided visits.
HELPING CHAMPIONS
Rental discounts for non-profit and military
Complimentary tickets and guest experience packages, as well as discounted event space rentals, are provided to local charitable organizations to help foster a robust nonprofit sector in Columbus. Active military also receives a discount on rentals and admission.

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