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Botanical Field Trips & Outreach

Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

The Botanical Conservatory’s education staff serves thousands of students each year through on- and off-site visits for public, parochial, private and home schools. Teachers can choose the standards-based curriculum that best meets their students’ needs. Our outreach programs also help teachers meet state science standards and engage students in active learning. Conservatory visits let you collect temperature and humidity readings for a biome study, find food plants in the desert and jungle, explore plant patterns with art students, or choose from a variety of other activities, depending on the age and focus of the group.

2019 Exhibits   

July 13-November 17

Plant Explorers (history & botany)

We can also take plant science on the road, traveling to your school to provide classroom or assembly-style presentations. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. A minimum of ten students is required to book a lab, but self-guiding visit lessons are available for groups of any size. For more information, call the Conservatory’s Youth Education Coordinator at 427-6445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for our Group Visit Planner ~ for more information about planning a visit, plus our policies and expectations.  

Downtown 4-H Club
Fourth Thursday night, monthly, 6:15-7:45 pm
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

You don’t have to own a cow or know how to garden in order to join the fun and be a part of 4-H. Our downtown community 4-H club, the Clover Rovers, meet at the Botanical Conservatory led by experienced Purdue Extension volunteers. The club focuses on science, citizenship, healthy living, and fun! Any Fort Wayne area youth in kindergarten through 12th grade can join before May 15. Monthly evening meetings will offer children a chance to meet friends, learn skills, and explore ideas. Free parking at meters after 5 pm or in the Civic Center Parking Garage with validated ticket. For more information or to sign up, contact the Extension office at (260) 481-6826.


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Educational Outreach Programs

Botanical Conservatory goes to School September-March Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Enjoy the popular educational programs of the Conservatory from the convenience of your own classroom, scout troop or home school co-op. Each program has been designed to comply with Indiana State Educational Standards while providing a fun and educational experience.

The current programs are:

Compost Lab (2nd-3rd grades)
Flower Power (3rd-12th grades)
Operation Observation (4th-12th grades) 

$3/student (minimum 10) plus travel expenses based on zone: $15 Fort Wayne, $45 Allen County, $90 DeKalb County and similar, $135 Steuben County and similar.

Our environmental tours meet Indiana Academic Standards.

Teachers, please check out the following: Download an Off-Site Program Flier now! Off-Site Programs Science Standards Correlations


For more information, call 427-6445.  

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Discovery Corner

Our youngest visitors are always welcome to the Discovery Corner behind Woody the Talking Tree where they can spend time in pretend play and find stories and activities relating to a monthly theme:

    Our materials are all safe and suitable for kids in pre-K through 1st grade.  Adults are encouraged to read aloud to their young learners and explore ideas together. The Discovery Corner is free with general admission; preregistration is not required. 


Preschool Story Time

Thursday, January 16, February 20
10:30-11:00 a.m.

If you are feeling those “winter blahs,” then come to the Conservatory on the third Thursday in January and February to brighten your day! The Allen County Public Library will be offering a themed story time that is enthusiastically read and specially designed for children ages 3-5 years. At least one adult is required to stay for the duration. Seating is limited, so phone reservations are required. Registration deadline is January 11 (for January 16) and February 15 (for February 20). Included with general admission. For more information or to register, call (260) 427-6445.



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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm
November 29: 10am - 8pm
Closed:New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free