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School Programs FAQ

Have a question about Conservatory school programs? Check here for answers to frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer, feel free to contact Sarah Robison at or 614.715.8038 (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

The Conservatory is open 10am-5pm every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A school program can begin at 10am or any time after. Please contact Sarah Robison at or 614.715.8038 to register for an educational experience.

Who do I contact if I need to cancel the field trip the day of the visit?

Please contact security at 614.715.8166 or the Visitor Center at 614.715.8002.

What is the cost of your School Programs?

The price for guided programs is $7 per student, adult and teachers. Self-guided programs are $6 per student, adult and teachers.

Can a student use a Conservatory membership?

No, not for a School Program.

Can we bring a packed lunch and eat there?

Yes, there is a designated area to store your lunches during the program. The picnic area outside next to the Conservatory can be used as a lunch space. If you would like an indoor lunch space, please contact the Program Coordinator to reserve an area. We ask that the cafe area in the Grand Atrium is left open for regular cafe patrons.

Can I use a purchase order to pay for the field trip?

Yes. Bring the purchase order with you the day of your visit and the Visitor Center will adjust the numbers. You will only be invoiced for the number of students and adults you had with you.

What if I have fewer/more students or adults than I originally registered for?

On the day of your visit, the Visitor Center can adjust your numbers to match who visited in your group. You will only be charged for the amount of people in your group during your visit.

Is the Conservatory wheelchair accessible?

Yes. There are two elevators and a ramp that follows a path around the Conservatory. Please advise Program Coordinator if you have a student in a wheelchair and we will accommodate.

Is there bus parking?

Yes, security will meet the bus at the entrance and guide the bus driver to the drop off area. After everyone unloads the bus, security will direct the bus driver where to park.

Does Franklin Park Conservatory have a scholarship to offset costs?

Yes. There are ten scholarships available to schools with 70% of students eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches. Please contact the Program Coordinator for more information and to request a copy.

What do we do when we arrive?

A Franklin Park Conservatory Educator will greet you at the bus and give you information about the time of your program. The lead teacher will be directed to the Visitor Center to pay. Please have the number of students and adults that are visiting, ready to inform the Visitor Center associate.

What forms of payment do you take?

Credit/debit card, checks made out to Franklin Park Conservatory, cash and purchase orders.

Can students visit Botanica Gift Shop?

Yes, school groups are allowed a few small groups of children in at one time with each group of no more than six students accompanied by an adult chaperone. THE CHAPERONE MUST STAY WITH THE CHILDREN IN THE STORE. Children and chaperones are expected to be respectful of all product and people in the store. How many groups in at one time will be decided by the manager or sales leads depending on how busy we are with other external customers. It should never be more than three groups of six at a time.

Can we explore the new Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden?

Yes, but be advised that there are water features throughout The Children’s Garden. Students must stay with chaperones during their visit. See the Know Before You Go page for more information.