Chicago Botanic Garden


Educational Opportunities at the Garden and the
Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a place where classrooms can be without walls or desks and where students can discover the ways and wonders of plants, in and out of doors. It is here that adults learn to better understand the global challenges we all face. The Garden’s mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants in the natural world. The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden is the cornerstone of this mission. In our classrooms, we rededicate ourselves to being the finest public teaching garden in the country. The Regenstein School has been transformed, and makes a crucial contribution to the Garden. To that end, we renew our commitment to educate students of all ages, and to share our passion for plants and knowledge with our students.

The School began as an education program in 1990 with a series of classes for adult learners. It has grown into a premier academic institution offering more than 400 classes annually. In 1997, the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden was opened to create more opportunities for students to learn about plants and the natural world. Renamed in 2003 and rededicated in 2006, the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden offers adult education classes in the fields of horticulture, garden design, plant science, botanical arts, nature and ecology studies, and ethnobotany.

Classes are available for every interest and skill level with instruction by experts in their fields. The School provides the pleasures of learning and exploring new ideas, and opens doors to new careers. With hundreds of classes to choose from each year, you will find the perfect match for your interests at the School.