Volunteer opportunities abound at the Oak Park Conservatory. Here is just a brief summary overview of how you can get involved.

1.) Docent

Guide school and adult tours through the showrooms, help with the Exploration Station. Docent training sessions are scheduled twice a year.

2.) Volunteers

Special Event Volunteer: FOPCON sponsors a wide range of special events throughout the year. These include KidsFest, Plant Sale, the Garden Walk and the Plant Exchanges. 

Horticultural Volunteer: Volunteer in the showrooms and behind the scenes in the growing houses. 

Plant Sale Grower Volunteer: Assist in potting, transplanting and nurturing hundreds of flowers, vegetables and herbs sold at the Annual Plant Sale held every May.

Cheney Mansion Gardener: Last year, volunteers harvested and donated 529 lbs of produce to local food shelters.

3.) Committee Member

Volunteer committee members work on membership, education, fund raising, public relations and more.

For more information about volunteering, e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator, or visit the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.


The Conservatory has an active support group, the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization whose mission is to promote interest in the Oak Park Conservatory, offer educational and recreational opportunities and support projects that benefit the Oak Park Conservatory. This group adds significantly to the Conservatory through its support and services:

The Park District of Oak Park and FOPCON are working together to ensure that the Conservatory will continue to flourish, enhancing the quality of life for area residents and visitors.

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