Following recommendations from federal and state officials for the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of concern for our employees and guests, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will continue its closure through May 31. If you'd like to help the Conservatory through this unprecedented challenge, please visit the Philanthropy page.
As we prepare to reopen, the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff will continue to be our top priority. Please take a minute to complete this surveyso that we can provide the best experience possible when we are able to open our doors again.
Bring learning to life at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 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.
2019-2020 School Programs
Cost: $7 per person (including all accompanying adults). 25 students maximum per program. For classes with fewer than 10 students, a flat program fee of $70 applies. The Columbus Arts & Culture Fee adds an additional 5% ticket fee to the cost of school programs.
Programs are 45 minutes long with many opportunities to explore the Conservatory before and after your school program (10am – 5pm daily).
Two adult chaperones are required to accompany each group of 25 students. Additional chaperones are welcome.
Please note, exhibitions and events that occur outside of the Conservatory’s daily operating hours of 10am to 5pm are considered Special Engagements. School groups wishing to visit during Special Engagements must have an adult to child ratio of 1:5. Special Engagement rates apply. Please contact School Programs for details.
Educator led programs must be booked at least 7 business days before your first chosen date. Self guided programs must be booked at least 3 business days in advance.
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.
School Outreach Programs
Looking for a unique experience that is specifically designed for your school or classroom? Let the educators at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens visit your school and 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614.714.8028 for scheduling and information.
Cost: $125 for one classroom and $75 for each additional classroom in the same day.
The Fairchild Challenge
This free, multidisciplinary, standards-based, STE(A)M-focused environmental education program for middle school and high school classrooms provides teachers with another tool to deliver core curriculum, and gives students an opportunity to shine. By appealing to students’ innate sense of creativity and curiosity about the world around them, the Challenge invites learners to investigate environmental issues, devise imaginative and effective responses to these issues and to take action–at any level–to address them.