Events

Little Adventurers

Thursdays, 10:30am
A weekly program for children ages 3–5 and their adult(s) that features a nature-related story or theme and a related activity. Program lasts 30–45 minutes.

Free with admission. No pre-registration required.

Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo

Second Sundays of the Month, 2pm
Family friendly presentations feature different animals each month. 
Free with admission.

Multimedia Art Project

Saturday, May 6, 11am–2pm
Create a multimedia masterpiece inspired by the works of Open Door Art Studio in the Cardinal Health Gallery. Explore craft paper sculpture, watercolor and pastel. 
Free with admission.

Celebrate Mom!

Saturday, May 13, 11am–2pm
Decorate a flower pot and plant a flower for Mom. 
Free with admission.

Endangered Species Day with Ohio Wildlife Center

Saturday, May 20, 11am–2pm
Celebrate the opening of Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders and National Endangered Species Day. At 11am, meet animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center. From 12pm to 2pm, learn about the endangered species of Ohio.  
Free with admission.

Endangered Species Day with Ohio Wildlife Center

Saturday, May 20, 11am–2pm
Celebrate the opening of Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders and National Endangered Species Day. At 11am, meet animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center. From 12pm to 2pm, learn about the endangered species of Ohio.  
Free with admission.

Air Dry Clay Animals

Saturday, May 27, 11am–2pm
Get inspired by the animals of Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders and create your own animal out of air dry clay. 
Free with admission.

Butterfly Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, June 3, 11am–2pm
Go on a butterfly-themed scavenger hunt to celebrate Butterfly Education and Awareness Day! Turn in your completed hunt for a prize that can help these amazing insects!
Free with admission.

Sing About Animals with Joanie Calem

Saturday, June 10, 11am & 2pm
Sing and dance along to songs about animals with folk musician Joanie Calem. 
Free with admission.

Animal Mosaic Craft

Saturday, June 17, 11am–2pm
In a similar way that mosaics are made, topiaries are created using several little plants clustered together! Design your own paper mosaic in the shape of an endangered animal.
Free with admission.

Father’s Day Concert

Sunday, June 18, 2pm
Bring your dad and celebrate Father’s Day with a selection of pop, folk, blues and original music by guitarist John Morgan. 
Free with admission.

Pollinator Palooza

Saturday, June 24, 11am–3pm
No party would be as festive or delicious without the contribution of pollinators and the plants they pollinate. Learn about pollinators—bats, bees, butterflies and more—and celebrate National Pollinators Week during a fun-filled day with hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, demonstrations and a Citizen Science project.
Free event on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus. Rain or shine.

The Bugman

Saturday, June 24, 11am–2pm
The Bugman, Mark Berman, shares his knowledge and excitement about bugs at Pollinator Palooza, a free community festival to celebrate the importance of pollinators!
Free event on the Community Garden Campus.

Feathery Peacock Craft

Saturday, July 1, 11am–2pm
Peacocks are known for their amazing feathers. View the Conservatory’s topiary peacock with its impressive flower tail and make a peacock craft with colorful feathers.
Free with admission.

Tissue Paper Topiary Craft

Saturday, July 8, 11am–2pm
Glue puffs of colorful tissue paper to make a topiary inspired animal craft.
Free with admission.

The Turtle Lady

Saturday, July 15, 11am–2pm
Visit with the Turtle Lady, Nancy Lockhard, and her turtle friends. Make a turtle craft out of recycled materials.
Free with admission.

Ohio Nature Education presents Ohio Wildlife 200 Years Ago

Saturday, July 22, 11am & 2pm
Discover what animals wandered the woods and prairies when Ohio was over 90% forested. Meet live animal ambassadors and study skins, pelts and skulls. 
Free with admission.

Endangered Animal T-Shirt Craft

Saturday, July 29, 11am–2pm
Make a colorful endangered animal t-shirt using stencils and sharpie markers.
$5 per shirt.

John Becker presents Returning Wildlife

Saturday, August 5, 11am & 2pm
Dr. John Becker, children’s book author and former assistant to Jack Hanna at the Columbus Zoo, discusses endangered species and conservation through tales of his amazing animal adventures. 
Free with admission.

Family Fun with Mic and Max

Saturday, August 12, 11am & 2pm
Did you know that most macaws are endangered species? Meet Max, one of the Conservatory’s Blue and Gold Macaws, and join Conservatory horticulturalists Liz and Evan to learn about these amazing birds.
Free with admission.

Scratch Art Animal Masks

Saturday, August 19, 11am–2pm
Scratch away a design to reveal a rainbow of color on a wearable animal mask.
Free with admission.

Grass Head Planter Craft

Saturday, August 26, 11am–2pm
Decorate a pot with a funny face and plant it with grass seed “hair.” Take it home and watch it grow!
 $2 per craft.