Campaign for the new Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago
Thank you for helping us raise $250,000 to meet the challenge grant!

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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 DID IT!!! We met the challenge grant! You all helped us raise $250,000 which will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor. We have successfully raised $6,965,434 towards this incredible project.

Thank you to all who have supported the EMG Children’s Garden renovation, we could not be at this stage without you.

We anticipate breaking ground in fall of 2023 and reopening the new space in fall of 2024.

Thank you for investing in equitable access to nature and helping us build this accessible resource in Garfield Park. We can’t wait to celebrate the reopening with you and your family! Stay tuned for more updates.


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 free, year-round, accessible adventure for Garfield Park and 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. Help us build this state of the art, accessible, free, indoor year-round nature play experience in Garfield Park.

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 recognition opportunities, please contact Jennifer Van Valkenburg, President & CEO, at  773-638-1766 ext. 12 or [email protected]

If you are interested in utilizing an installment plan to make your gift over 1-3 years please contact Marie Stringer, Director of Development, at [email protected] 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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