FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Who We Are: Inspired by horticulture, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural and social experiences. The Conservatory features indoor gardens and botanical biomes filled with exotic plant life, seasonal horticulture displays, and art exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists. Ten acres of outdoor gardens include the new Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden, a multi-sensory space filled with unique,nature-based interactive experiences for families
and children. We also offer classes, workshops, and outreach initiatives that educate and engage all ages with gardening, cooking, art, nutrition, wellness and more.
What We Do: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens envisions a world that celebrates nature as essential to the human experience. From early childhood learning programs and curriculum-based school tour experiences in our gardens and biomes to the sprawling Children’s Garden and immersive horticulture displays, the Conservatory creates opportunities to explore, connect and marvel at the natural world. Whether it’s learning about the magic of metamorphosis and witnessing a butterfly’s first flight, prompting contemplation through the ancient art of bonsai, or multiple generations exploring together in the Children’s Garden, every experience is designed to educate, entertain and connect our guests with nature and each other.
Why We're Important: Through our many outreach initiatives, Franklin Park Conservatory builds a stronger community. Pre-K and K-12 education programs teach students of all backgrounds through curriculum-based learning experiences, utilizing the Conservatory’s unique resources. Other initiatives empower low-income, under-served populations and expand the Conservatory’s impact beyond its footprint. Our workforce training programs guide low-income teens and young adults, developing critical skills to obtain employment. Adults with disabilities enjoy physical, social, and intellectual engagement through nature therapy programs. Our community gardening initiatives provide critical resources to community and school gardens, which impact neighborhoods through food access & hunger relief, nutrition education, neighborhood safety, environmental sustainability and more.
How We Impact the Community: The Conservatory welcomes over 280,000 visitors each year, making us an important driver of tourism and economic impact in central Ohio. We engage thousands annually through classes, camps, and workshops. Our Growing to Green community gardening outreach program has provided resources to some 300 gardens and serves over 3,000 gardeners annually. Each year, we impact 14,000 students representing 400+ schools through education programs that connect young people to opportunities for hands-on learning, exploration and discovery. Our monthly Community Days offer free admission to Franklin County residents, and reduced-rate membership for low-income families ensure the Conservatory’s resources are accessible to everyone.
How You Can Help: Franklin Park Conservatory thrives thanks to the commitment of our many donors, members, and volunteers. A gift to our annual fund, in any amount, is a direct investment in our horticultural, cultural arts, and community outreach programs and the people they serve. We invite you to purchase a ticket to one of our three signature fundraising events – Hat Day, Bash at the Barn, or Field to Table – or to build your brand by becoming a corporate sponsor of one of these unique events. Or, join our active volunteer corps or Women’s Board, a dynamic volunteer group working in support of philanthropic efforts at the Conservatory.
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President and CEO: Bruce A. Harkey
Vice President of Philanthropy: Gail Mahaffey
Board Chair: Su Lok