Reserve tickets in advance before visiting the Conservatory. Masks are required in indoor and outdoor spaces per government mandates.

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School Programs

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.

School and youth groups are invited to visit the Conservatory as long as they remain in compliance with the new health and safety procedures. Groups must be 10 people or fewer, with at least 1 adult per every 9 children. If your group size is larger than 10, you must divide into smaller groups during your visit. Groups must also comply with all other Conservatory visitation procedures. See the Know Before You Go page.

 Onsite Educator led programs are available for booking following the 10 person maximum per group. Can’t travel to the Conservatory? Virtual school programs will be offered starting in August 2020! Check back soon for more details. 

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).

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.


School Programs FAQs

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.


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 or call 614.714.8028 for scheduling and information.

Cost: $125 for one classroom and $75 for each additional classroom in the same day.