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Access Offerings

Franklin Park Conservatory strives to be an inclusive and accessible facility. For this reason, the Conservatory has created the following Access Offerings.

First Sunday of the Month Community Days The Conservatory is free* for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus on the first Sunday of each month during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

We encourage members (members receive free admission every day) and those who have the means to support the Conservatory through admission, to please consider visiting on a different day.

*Does not include "Special Engagements,” i.e. Conservatory Aglow evening hours
Ongoing Access Family Membership A full Conservatory membership for families in eligible programs with proof of participation: CareSource, Ohio Directions card, Medicaid card, W.I.C. card or Molina card.

Membership benefits include:
1. Free regular admission (may exclude special exhibitions) to those named on the membership card for one full year from purchase
2. Discounts on select special engagements, education classes and programs
3. 10% discount on purchases from Botanica gift shop and greenhouse (excluding sale and consignment merchandise) and 10% discount at the Garden Café
4. Invitations to members-only events and activities
5. Reciprocal privileges at more than 300 gardens nationwide
6. Discounts at select area museums and attractions through the Columbus Member Advantage Program
7. Discounts at select greenhouses, landscapers, garden centers and nurseries
Ongoing Library Memberships Membership Cards are available for checkout at the Martin Luther King, Shepard and Driving Park branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

With an active library card, patrons can check out a temporary Conservatory membership card that will grant up to two adults and six children free admission to the Conservatory for 2 days.
Nature Art Studio
School Year School Trip Programs Our donor-funded Field Trip Scholarship program allows teachers to apply for a grant that will reduce the cost of admission and programming for students, teachers and chaperones by 50 percent. To be considered, 70 percent of students must qualify for free or reduced lunch. Funds are limited for this program so applications are required and acceptance is not guaranteed. Contact us for more information.

Columbus City Schools Field Trip Scholarship: In 2019, a dedicated Field Trip Scholarship fund was created to provide Columbus City Schools classrooms with greater access to the Conservatory. This program allowed teachers to apply for a grant to cover all costs for bus transportation, admission and programming for students, teachers and chaperones. The demand for this program was so great that all available funds have been distributed.
Summer Columbus Recreation & Parks Campers Each year the Conservatory works with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to provide a free field trip to their campers. This program reaches about 1,000 campers and counselors each summer.
Summer Summer Camp Fee 50% off the Summer Camp fee for participants in the Free & Reduced lunch programs.
Children's Garden
2020 The Neighbor Membership Thanks to the generous support of the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Summer Activities CARES Act Grant, the Conservatory was able to offer hundreds of Neighbor Memberships to Columbus families for free! Qualifying families had a Columbus ZIP code and one child under 18 years of age.

The Conservatory partnered with Columbus City Schools, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, Go Lunch, Growing Healthy Kids Columbus, The City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods Liaisons and the YMCA. to get the memberships into the hands of families in need.

Neighbor Members and their family will enjoy free admission to our gardens, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden, exhibitions like the Paul Busse Railway Garden, and more – every day till the end of the year!

If you’re interested in or have questions about any of the Access Offerings listed above, please contact us. The Conservatory can be reached via email ( or phone (614-715-8000).

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