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Hat Day Sponsorship Information

Hat Day sponsors enjoy priority seating, advance and on-site recognition, and the opportunity to gather with our diverse guest list of approximately 550 affluent community and business leaders—all while investing in a great cause.


When you support Hat Day, you invest in thousands of children—of all ages and backgrounds—who will have opportunities to learn, explore and discover at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Thanks to our Hat Day supporters, these vital youth education programs continue to expand their reach in the community. Here are just a few of programs offered by the Conservatory:

Pre-K and K-12 School Groups – The 2018-19 school year brought more than 13,000 school-aged children to the Conservatory as part of its robust school tour program, which offers a variety of topics based on Ohio Department of Education standards. The school programs focus on participatory, inquiry-based learning experiences to get students excited about nature, plant science, gardening and art.

Field Study Scholarships – Field trips provide invaluable, hands-on learning opportunities and address specific academic content standards, while helping children build connections to nature that last a lifetime. The Conservatory offers scholarships for low-income schools to fully fund the costs of bus transportation, admission, and educational staff and programming, ensuring that students in any school system or neighborhood have the opportunity for an educational experience at the Conservatory.

Green STEM Girls – This after-school program for middle school students from Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls teaches life sciences using hands-on, experiential learning, with students exploring solutions to real-world problems such as food insecurity and environmental crises. Female faculty and graduate students from OSU’s Center for Plant Science act as guest instructors and mentors, serving as positive role models for careers in STEM-related fields.

Fairchild Challenge – This multidisciplinary, STEM-based, environmental education program is designed to engage students of diverse interests, encourage them to actively explore their world, and empower them to investigate local, national and international environmental issues. Through the challenge, middle- and high-school students engage with Ohio’s Learning Standards in environmental sciences, math, social studies, language arts and visual arts.

 The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden – Drop-in programs in the Children’s Garden engage children and families with hands-on experiences in science and nature, including study of wetlands and the water cycle; pollinators and insects; native Ohio trees and wildlife; citizen science projects; gardening, harvesting and tasting; art with natural materials, and much more. Programs change weekly, so there is always something new to explore.

Ready to join us for Hat Day? View sponsorship options and benefits here, or contact Jessica Fagan, Development Officer for Special Events, or 614.715.8044.

Download the sponsorship packet to learn about sponsorship levels, benefits and more.