Support Us


Looking for ways to support the Oak Park Conservatory? We have a variety of ways for you to volunteer and participate in the work of maintaining our beautiful Conservatory. Check out volunteer opportunities below!

Friends of Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON)

The Conservatory has an active support group, the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization whose mission is to promote interest in the Oak Park Conservatory, offer educational and recreational opportunities, and support projects that benefit the Oak Park Conservatory. This group adds significantly to the Conservatory through its support and services.

The Park District of Oak Park and FOPCON are working together to ensure that the Conservatory will continue to flourish, enhancing the quality of life for area residents and visitors.

Become a Docent

Guide school and adult tours through the showrooms and help with the Exploration Station. Docent training sessions are scheduled twice a year.

Become a Volunteer

Special Event Volunteer: FOPCON sponsors a wide range of special events throughout the year. These include KidsFest, Plant Sale, a Garden Walk, and Plant Exchanges.

Horticultural Volunteer: Volunteer in the showrooms and behind the scenes in the growing houses. 

Plant Sale Grower Volunteer: Assist in potting, transplanting, and nurturing hundreds of flowers, vegetables, and herbs sold at the Annual Plant Sale held every May.

Cheney Mansion Gardener: Harvest produce to donate to local food shelters. Last year, volunteers donated 529 lbs!

Become a Committee Member

Volunteer committee members work on membership, education, fund raising, public relations, and more.

Sign Up to Volunteer

For more information about volunteering, email the Volunteer Coordinator at or visit the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.