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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 program also helps 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. We can also travel to your school, providing 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 or any size.

For more information, call (260) 427-6445.

Downtown 4-H Club
Fourth Thursday night, monthly, 6:30-7:45 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.

Calling all school teachers.  Are you planning two field trips in one day? Feeling overwhelmed? Click here to make it easier by checking out our new 2forU program! 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

Click here for our Group Visit Planner ~ for more information about planning a visit, plus our policies and expectations.  Questions? Comments? Ready to schedule a program?  Contact: Missy A'Hearn, 260-427-6445.

Educational Outreach Programs

Botanical Conservatory goes to School September-March Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-3:30 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.

For more information, call 427-6445.  

Discovery corner slide

Discovery Corner: Renovations Ahead
Daily in the Discovery Corner
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Renovations are coming to the Discovery Corner behind Woody the Talking Tree. During the period February-March, our young visitors are encouraged to find stories and activities relating to our Fairy Tale theme across the hallway in the Discovery Gallery. In April, we will experience some down time while we finish construction. We plan to re-open our Discovery Corner in late April with an emphasis on pretend play and nature-based exploration. Discovery Corner materials are safe and suitable for kids in pre-K through 1st grade levels, but everyone is welcome to explore. Adults are encouraged to read aloud to their young learners and discover new ideas together. Discovery Corner fun is free with general admission; pre-registration is not required.

Garden Preschool: Winter Fun

Come  explore the wonder of winter! Children will discover winter through hands-on, garden-related activities side by side with their parent or other adult. This two-session class teaches both how to explore nature with fresh eyes. Each week will be a new adventure! Master Gardener Kay Musgrave has years of experience working with children in natural settings. Ages 3-5. An adult must participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Registration deadline: January 30. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code              Dates     Day     Time
127100-A1     2/6-2/13 Tu 10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 2/$12
Member or Volunteer Fee: $10
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Photo credit: The Papers Inc.

Garden Preschool
Third Tuesday of the Month, 10-11 am

Beginning this spring, the Botanical Conservatory will offer their Garden Preschool class every month! Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in each of these monthly classes that encourage the basics of exploring in the gardens at a young age. We will explore different themes through a story, hands-on activity, craft, and snack. Children and adults alike will learn by hands-on activities in the garden that are sure to get everyone thinking.  At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Please indicate at registration if a participant has food allergies. Ages 3-5.  Min. 5; max. 10. Registration deadlines:  March 13, April 10, and May 8 respectively. Held at Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Code               Date              Day           Times                   
Signs of Spring
227100-T1      3/20               T          10-11 a.m.
227100-T2      4/17               T          10-11 a.m.
Spring Flowers
227100-T3      5/15               T          10-11 a.m.

#Sessions/Fee: 1/$6
Member or Volunteer Fee: $4
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


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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, New Years Day, Christmas Day


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