Featured Botanical Gardens/Arboreta

Chicago Botanic Garden

This garden's 31 areas offer much to see. Field trips explore the adaptations of different plants in the garden. Older grades can work with scientific tools and study lake ecosystems, plant reproduction, and more up close. 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022. Cook County. Tel: 847-835-5440. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624. 773-638-1766. From plant science to food production, students and scouts can spend a picturesque day amid the Conservatory's 7 display houses and 5 outdoor gardens learning about their relationship to plants. Fee/Free.

Lincoln Park Conservatory

2391 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago, IL 60614. 312-742-7736. Constructed in the 1890s, this conservatory grows both exotic plants and the ones for use in the parks. Groups can explore 4 display houses: the Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House, and annual flower Show House. Free.

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL 61107. 815-987-8858. The tropics can be found in this botanical garden, complete with sculptures and water displays. With a hydroponic garden, school groups can learn about gardening, pollination, and more in an indoor setting. Fee.

University of Illinois Arboretum

2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61802. 217-333-7579. Heavily forested, the arboretum at the University of Illinois has opportunities for students to learn about planting, horticulture, and landscape design. The gardens include an oak grove, ponds, display garden, and a Japan House. Fee.