Washington Park Botanical Garden

Take in plants of all kinds at the Conservatory, which is filled with both exotic and economically important plants. The outdoor gardens feature more than 1,800 species of plants in 10 garden areas, including a rainforest area, 5,000 plant rose garden, and an indoor greenhouse. Seasonal favorites include Easter lilies, poinsettias, orchid exhibits, and Japanese bonsai. Visiting groups can learn about flower anatomy, how plants are made, plant cycles, germination, seed sizes and shapes, scents, and more. Visitors might also be able to plant a flower in a pot to take home!
Contact Info 
Address: 1740 W. Fayette Avenue, Springfield, IL 62704. Sangamon County. Tel: 217-546-4116. Website: www.springfieldparks.org/facilities/botanicalgardens. Hrs: Weekdays 12PM-4PM, Sat. & Sun. 12PM-5PM.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Free.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Botanical Garden Lesson Plan

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. Students act like plant hunters to observe plant life. Do a little digging on your next trip to a botanical garden (not literally!), and see what interesting plant facts you can find.... Continue