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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.

2018-2019 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.

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.

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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.


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.

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