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Beekeeping, Composting and Adult Programs

 

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance offers a myriad of programs designed to help you get closer to nature in the city. We partner with the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and Master Composters programs to provide many
of our gardening and composting demonstrations and workshops.

  

The Conservatory is also the proud home of multiple bee hives and an active beekeeping program - enjoy the fruits of their labor by purchasing Conservatory made honey in our Gift Shop!

 

To learn about all the programs, events and activities taking place at the Conservatory this month, visit our Calendar page.

 

 
   
 

Beekeeping Events and Classes

    
 
   

Bees and Beekeepers at Work

Tuesdays 10:30 am - Noon, Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, and Sundays 10:30 am - Noon
Throughout the Summer

 

Curious about bees and beekeeping? Join us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the summer as our beekeepers demonstrate techniques with active beehives and explain their work. 

     
   
 
   
  Growing & Composting Classes
   
 
   

Composters at Work

June through September
Saturdays 10:30 am – Noon
Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Demonstration Garden

Cost: Free

 

Drop in any time during the program hours for free tips, techniques, and useful information about composting at home. Our trained volunteer composters will be on hand to answer your questions about getting started, troubleshooting, maintenance, harvesting compost, and a lot more. In case of bad weather, a composting information cart will be stationed inside the Conservatory.

     
     
   

Build an Indoor Worm Bin

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hours: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Community Room

Cost: $40 per bin (includes up to 2 participants)

 

Recycling food scraps is one of the easiest and most impactful ways you can contribute to the health of our planet. We’ll teach you just how easy and rewarding it can be, and help you build your very own kitchen composting bin, complete with worms! If you have questions about this class, please contact our Program Registrar at registrar@garfieldpark.org or 773-638-1766 ex. 25.

Note: We have a 2-week cancellation policy for this class. If you need to cancel less than 2 weeks before the class, we can transfer your registration to another date, but will not be able to provide a refund.

  

 

     
     
   

Composting 101

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Jensen Room

Cost: $50 / $40 for GPCA Members and Volunteers

 

Spend the day with us exploring different methods of composting that can happen right here in the city: hot composting in your backyard or schoolyard, passive composting on your patio or balcony, and vermicomposting (worm composting) right in your kitchen! We’ll go over the importance and role of various decomposers in composting and how you can manage their compost ecosystem to encourage healthy, nutrient-rich compost for your plants. This interactive class includes hands-on demonstrations and an in-depth look at various compost systems currently in use on our grounds.
 
This class is a requirement for all Garfield Park Conservatory composting volunteers, but is also open to the general public. If you have questions about this class, please contact our Program Registrar at registrar@garfieldpark.org or 773-638-1766 ex. 25.
 
Note: We have a 2-week cancellation policy for this class. If you need to cancel less than 2 weeks before the class, we can transfer your registration to another date, but will not be able to provide a refund.

  

 

     
     
   

Build an Indoor Worm Bin

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hours: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Community Room

Cost: $40 per bin (includes up to 2 participants)

 

Recycling food scraps is one of the easiest and most impactful ways you can contribute to the health of our planet. We’ll teach you just how easy and rewarding it can be, and help you build your very own kitchen composting bin, complete with worms! If you have questions about this class, please contact our Program Registrar at registrar@garfieldpark.org or 773-638-1766 ex. 25.
 
Note: We have a 2-week cancellation policy for this class. If you need to cancel less than 2 weeks before the class, we can transfer your registration to another date, but will not be able to provide a refund.

  

 

     
     
   

Composting 101

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Jensen Room

Cost: $50 / $40 for GPCA Members and Volunteers

 

Spend the day with us exploring different methods of composting that can happen right here in the city: hot composting in your backyard or schoolyard, passive composting on your patio or balcony, and vermicomposting (worm composting) right in your kitchen! We’ll go over the importance and role of various decomposers in composting and how you can manage their compost ecosystem to encourage healthy, nutrient-rich compost for your plants. This interactive class includes hands-on demonstrations and an in-depth look at various compost systems currently in use on our grounds.
 
This class is a requirement for all Garfield Park Conservatory composting volunteers, but is also open to the general public. If you have questions about this class, please contact our Program Registrar at registrar@garfieldpark.org or 773-638-1766 ex. 25.
 
Note: We have a 2-week cancellation policy for this class. If you need to cancel less than 2 weeks before the class, we can transfer your registration to another date, but will not be able to provide a refund.

  

 

     
     
   

Build an Indoor Worm Bin

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hours: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Community Room

Cost: $40 per bin (includes up to 2 participants)

 

Recycling food scraps is one of the easiest and most impactful ways you can contribute to the health of our planet. We’ll teach you just how easy and rewarding it can be, and help you build your very own kitchen composting bin, complete with worms! If you have questions about this class, please contact our Program Registrar at registrar@garfieldpark.org or 773-638-1766 ex. 25.
 
Note: We have a 2-week cancellation policy for this class. If you need to cancel less than 2 weeks before the class, we can transfer your registration to another date, but will not be able to provide a refund.

  

 

     
     
 

 

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Composting Information Booklet  

Composting Information Booklet

The University of Illinois Extension Master Composters
Cost: Free PDF Download

  

Interested in composting at home?  The University of Illinois Extension Master Composters are the experts. Find their composting information booklet in PDF format here:

 

Composting Information Booklet 9MB*

 

*Please note: the Composting Information Booklet PDF is 9MB in size. Right click the above link and select save to download to your computer for printing. Load time for opening the PDF in a browser window will vary according to the speed of your Internet connection, not recommended for dial-up connections.

 
   
 
   
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Butterfly Monitors at Work

Alternating Saturdays and Sundays
Throughout the Summer
(see specific dates below)

Hours: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Bluestone Terrace

Cost: Free!

 

Join us on select Saturdays and Sundays to learn about one of the nation's most popular pollinators: the Monarch Butterfly! Every weekend our citizen scientist volunteers are stationed on the Bluestone Terrace to share their expertise and answer questions about these fluttering and fleeting insects. Discover the life cycle, habitat and migration of these beloved bugs and learn about the Conservatory's role in a national citizen science project during this free public demonstration.

 

Butterfly Monitors at Work Summer 2014 Dates:

 

• Sunday, June 29

• Sunday, July 13

• Saturday, July 19

• Sunday, July 27

• Saturday, August 2

• Sunday, August 10

• Saturday, August 16

• Sunday, August 24

• Sunday, September 7

• Saturday, September 13

• Sunday, September 21

• Saturday, September 27

   
   
 
    
  other Growing and Green Living Programs
   
   
 
Chicago Bonsai Club Meeting  

Chicago Bonsai Club Meeting

Third Wednesday of the Month, March through October

Hours: 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Where: Classroom

Cost: Free

  

Come join us to learn about the ancient art of growing bonsai from the Chicago Bonsai Club, a chapter of the Midwest Bonsai Society. Bring your bonsai trees to work on or just come to watch. Potting soil and wire will be provided, and some plant materials and pots will be available at a nominal cost. There is no fee to attend.

  

For more information, please contact Susan Babyk at 773-235-9479 or suekazoo@hotmail.com. 
 

   
 
Tree ID Walks  

Tree ID Walks

Fridays, July 18, October 17

Hours: 10 am – Noon

Where: Meet in the Conservatory’s front lobby

Cost: Free

  

Spring, summer and fall - learn to identify city trees throughout the seasons with TreeKeeper Jim DeHorn of the Openlands Project. Jim will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park. Interested children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately for the weather – walks take place rain or shine!