Education

Education at  the Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a place where classrooms can have no desks or walls, and where students discover the ways and wonders of plants, inside and outdoors. The Garden's mission is to cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.

Classes are available for every age, interest, and skill level with instruction by experts in their fields. With hundreds of classes to choose from each year, you will find the perfect match for your interests at the Regenstein School.

Teachers and Students

Teachers and Students

Teacher and student programs present fresh ideas, meaningful science content, and innovative teaching techniques. Enrich your curriculum and share the beauty of nature with your students at the Garden. Choose from a variety of programs that feature plant and nature topics appropriate for specific grade levels.

Adult Education

Adult Education

Adult Education programs include certificate programs, botanical arts, horticulture, and much more. Engage your senses, discover hidden talents, and explore a more personal relationship with plants and the environment. Start a new career, or simply enjoy a new interest.

Youth and Family

Youth and Family

Youth and Family programs appeal to children ages 2 to 18 with investigative science, gardening, and career exploration. Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture.

Wellness and Fitness

Wellness and Fitness

Wellness and Fitness programs use the Garden’s 385 acres to enhance the well-being of all participants. With a holistic approach, we offer programming developed to help you attain or maintain a balanced lifestyle. Fight stress, strengthen your mind and body, and feel rejuvenated.

Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapy

A trained professional in a plant-rich environment can provide an opportunity for healing, stress reduction, physical exercise, and endless learning. Professionals enable participants to engage with elements of the plant world in a planned, individualized, and expertly directed manner.

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture brings the Garden’s expertise to several locations throughout the Chicago area providing education and jobs-training initiative to help build a local food system, healthier communities, and a greener economy.