Campaign for the new Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago
Help us reach our goal!

RAISED
$4,160,423.00
GOAL
$5,600,000.00

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THEIR NATURE. OUR FUTURE.

Year-round
indoor play space 

Free 
no admission fee

Accessible
wheel-chair accessible & dedicated space for visitors
with sensory processing disorders 

 

 

 

We are creating a place that is changing the way we use nature to inspire and engage children.

 

It's the extraordinary new Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden at the Garfield Park Conservatory - an immersive space of natural wonder where children can elevate their expectations, explore their possibilities and discover their future.

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is raising funds to completely renovate the 6,000 square-foot indoor children’s garden. The new garden and playscape will provide a year-round, accessible adventure for Chicago families. A wheel-chair accessible spiral ramp makes its way up to the top of the historic glass roof, with a one-of-a-kind climber, specially designed for the Conservatory.  

We are over halfway to our goal!  With a project cost of $5.6 million, we have raised $4.1 million towards this important campaign, and we need your support to reach the finish line together. Help us build this state of the art, accessible, free, indoor year-round nature play experience in Garfield Park. We plan to break ground in 2022.

Join Us! You can be part of this transformational new Children’s Garden and help grow the next generation of champions of the natural world.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Van Valkenburg at Garfield Park Conservatory, 773-638-1766 ext. 12 or jvanvalkenburg@garfieldpark.org

If you are interested in utilizing an installment plan to make your gift over 1-3 years please contact Marie Stringer, Assistant Director of Development, at mstringer@garfieldpark.org or call 773-638-1766 x 22.  Click here for pledge form.   

Checks can be sent to:

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
ATTN: Development Office
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

 

A Vision Grows at Garfield Park Conservatory

The New Children's Garden Tells The Story

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Honour Roll

$150.00

Jean Lee
Jun 29, 2022
District of Columbia, United States

$100.00

Jeffrey Brown
Jun 25, 2022
Illinois, United States

$250.00

Pamela Bergson
May 4, 2022
Illinois, United States

$150.00

Caitlin Hagedorn
May 4, 2022
Illinois, United States

$50.00

jessica pasato
May 4, 2022
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Claire Bartlett
Apr 30, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Happy birthday!!!”

$50.00

Erin Smock
Apr 27, 2022
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Jeremy Hornik
Apr 19, 2022
Illinois, United States

$250.00

Gail and Stephen Sladek
Apr 3, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Happy 50th Birthday to the best baby sister ever! Jenny we love you lots!! Love, Patti and Chris”

$250.00

Patti Plagge
Mar 31, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Happy Birthday Aunt Jenny! We love you! -Sean and Kate”

$100.00

Sean Plagge
Mar 31, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Happy birthday to a wonderful friend, passionatw leader, and warrior for the environment!”

$250.00

Kristin Pollock
Mar 31, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Happy Birthday! This feels a little like I'm getting a present for Sophia instead of you since she'll be using the children's garden... Love you!!”

$100.00

Carrie Schwarz
Mar 30, 2022
Illinois, United States

$25.00

Ellen Schubert
Mar 26, 2022
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Preethi Raghupatruni
Mar 26, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Happy 50th Birthday Jen! Love and miss you. ❤️”

$50.00

Joan Marasovich
Mar 26, 2022
South Carolina, United States

“Happy 50th Jen! Cheers to you, the Children's Garden and the Garfield Park Conservatory!”

$250.00

Terri Scales
Mar 21, 2022
South Carolina, United States

“Kai is 8yrs old and loves the children's garden. He is donating part of his Christmas money for this project.”

$15.00

Leah Lawson
Mar 20, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Happy 50th to the fabulous JVV! Here’s to making the Children’s Garden dream come true!”

$100.00

Michelle DeMent
Mar 20, 2022
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Sasha Doyle-Weiss
Mar 19, 2022
Illinois, United States

$24.00

Betsy Johnston
Mar 19, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Happy bday JV! Very proud of all you have accomplished at the GPC. Wishing you continued success.”

$50.00

Chris Jabin
Mar 19, 2022
Michigan, United States

“Happy birthday! We’re honored to help you reach your goak and can’t wait to take Reese to the playground! Love, Kevin, Kelsey and Reese”

$100.00

Kevin Plagge
Mar 19, 2022
Illinois, United States

“It is an honor to support such an important community and civic space. Congratulations on making the Children's Garden a reality.”

$250.00

marilyn Jackson
Mar 19, 2022
Illinois, United States

$180.00

Mark Gershon
Mar 3, 2022
Illinois, United States

$250.00

Lisa Katz
Feb 26, 2022
Illinois, United States

$500.00

Jessica Wain
Feb 19, 2022
Illinois, United States

$1,000.00

Julian Caracotsio
Feb 14, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Plants!”

$10.00

Andy Xiao
Feb 10, 2022
Illinois, United States

$30.00

James Farillo
Feb 7, 2022
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Anonymous
Feb 4, 2022
Illinois, United States

“For all the children and families who visit GPC”

$100.00

Donald Nekrosius
Feb 2, 2022
Illinois, United States

$50.00

Betsy Elsaesser
Feb 2, 2022
Illinois, United States

$250.00

Katharine O'Connor
Feb 2, 2022
Illinois, United States

“Wonderful garden for children, families and community. Thank you.”

$50.00

Pamela Hartnell
Jan 30, 2022
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Tara Havlicek
Jan 25, 2022
Illinois, United States

$20.00

ashley nygren
Jan 15, 2022
Illinois, United States

$500.00

Karena Nelson
Dec 31, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

D Becker
Dec 31, 2021
Illinois, United States

$250.00

Matthew Ephraim
Dec 31, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Victoria Rodriguez
Dec 31, 2021
Illinois, United States

$1,000.00

Anonymous
Dec 31, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Eugene Wedoff
Dec 30, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Tim Classen
Dec 28, 2021
Illinois, United States

“Looking forward to visiting!”

$50.00

Ryan Jensen
Dec 28, 2021
Illinois, United States

$1,000.00

Anonymous
Dec 28, 2021
Illinois, United States

$50.00

saba Ayman-Nolley
Dec 25, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Deborah Daniel-Wayman
Dec 25, 2021
Illinois, United States

$50.00

Adam Daniel-Wayman
Dec 24, 2021
Illinois, United States

$50.00

Sheila Clark
Dec 23, 2021
Illinois, United States

“Can’t wait to see the updated childrens garden!”

$25.00

megan mckee
Dec 23, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Aurore M Tabar
Dec 22, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Boo Fagan
Dec 22, 2021
Illinois, United States

“Best place in the city!”

$100.00

Christy Van Brunt
Dec 20, 2021
Illinois, United States

$200.00

Broucka Sarnoff
Dec 19, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Anonymous
Dec 18, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Gail Gudmundsen
Dec 17, 2021
Illinois, United States

$1,000.00

Chicago Trading Company
Dec 17, 2021
Illinois, United States

$50.00

Mehul and Reema Patel
Dec 15, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Marta Johnson
Dec 15, 2021
Illinois, United States

“You are the best!”

$175.00

Alisa dePedro
Dec 15, 2021
Illinois, United States

$30.00

Ellen Schubert
Dec 14, 2021
Illinois, United States

$180.00

Dustin Kress
Dec 14, 2021
Colorado, United States

$50.00

Trinisa Williams
Dec 12, 2021
Illinois, United States

“Thank you, Great & Appa!”

$60.00

Mary McIntyre
Dec 12, 2021
Illinois, United States

$25.00

Carolyn kotlarski
Dec 12, 2021
Illinois, United States

“Such a great cause!”

$2,500.00

KARL VOGEL
Dec 11, 2021
Illinois, United States

$250.00

Kevin Longstreth
Dec 11, 2021
Illinois, United States

$25.00

Anonymous
Dec 10, 2021
Colorado, United States

$100.00

Linda& Daniel Simpson
Dec 9, 2021
Illinois, United States

“The Conservatory is a Jewel in Chicago's crown.”

$50.00

Cecilia Goertzen
Dec 9, 2021
Illinois, United States

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$250.00

LAURA JEAN GORSKI
Dec 7, 2021
Illinois, United States

$100.00

Mairita Smiltars
Dec 6, 2021
Illinois, United States

“so awesome!”

$50.00

Brian Cahoon
Dec 6, 2021
Illinois, United States

$25.00

Dan Miller
Dec 5, 2021
Illinois, United States

$25.00

May Kaewken
Dec 4, 2021
Illinois, United States

$75.00

Dianne Meyer
Dec 3, 2021
Michigan, United States

$25.00

alanna zaritz
Dec 1, 2021
Illinois, United States

$25.00

Claire Zulkey
Dec 1, 2021
Illinois, United States

$250.00

Elizabeth T Kane
Dec 1, 2021
Illinois, United States

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