Friendship Park ConservatoryAs our dependency on technology increases, we are losing nature’s place in our daily lives. The FPC staff is committed to the environment and offers programs that encourage the enjoyment of, engagement in and ability to learn more about nature!

Environmental education integrates academic disciplines, stimulates the academic and social growth of young people and promotes conservation of the natural environment. Join us at FPC for fun, nature-inspired programming!






Spring Plant Sale

Friday, May 10 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Saturday, May 11 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Exclusive Early Plant Sale Fundraiser | Thursday, May 9 | 6:00-8:00 PM
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Youth Programs

The Ants Come Marching (Ages 5-11)

Walk around the park to scout for ant behavior and talk about the wonderful ways in which ants are farmers too. We may see ants farming aphids like sheep, growing fungus, planting seeds, and working together in support of their underground ant community. Bring your favorite observation tools for up close viewing as we experiment with some favorite ant foods.

Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 AM | July 31
R $23 NR $25

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Butterfly Fun! (Ages 5-10)

Butterflies are only here for a short time. Learn about their life cycle, what they eat and how they spend their time. Observe the butterfly garden at the conservatory and study pollinators. When summer is over, some butterflies migrate, some hibernate. Learn how nature provides for all.

Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 AM | July 24
R $23 NR $25

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Adult Programs


Botanical Drawing Class (Adult 18+)

Learn how to draw plants more realistically at the beautiful Friendship Park Conservatory. With access to so many beautiful plants, learn the basics of plant form and anatomy as well as develop your observational drawing skills through line drawing in pencil. The basics of drawing and composition are taught. No experience required. Supply list available at
Instructor Christina Lovering

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM | July 10-July 24
R $80 NR $90

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Friendship Park Conservatory Plant Help Line

847-298-3500 ext. 407

Got plant questions? We’ve got the answers! From native plantings to rare seeds to soil, our team of greenhouse staff are ready to help!

Utilize extension 407 to leave a message for any plant and/or gardening related questions. Provide contact info along with your question(s) and a greenhouse staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.