Second Saturday Garden Tours

Calendar Icon Second Saturday Each Month
Clock Icon 10–11 a.m.
Meet at Café Brauer Gate
Clock Icon Free
15-Person Maximum
Age Icon All Ages
Purple flowers on long stems


Join fellow nature lovers for a guided tour of Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse plant life and ecosystems. During each tour, a zoo horticulturist will point out interesting species in bloom, answer questions from guests, and discuss the horticulture program’s past, present, and future.

Things to Get Excited About:

  • Spring flowering trees, like crabapples and redbuds
  • Summer prairie flowers, like milkweed and rattlesnake master
  • Hardy hibiscus and native hydrangea
  • The fall colors of maple and gingko trees
  • The faunal associations of pollinators, birds, and small mammals

Self-guided Tree Tour

Can’t make a guided tour? Embark on a self-guided tour with the zoo’s tree map!


Horticulture at Lincoln Park Zoo

Dotted with formal garden spaces, prairie-style gardens, and mixed/layered garden beds, Lincoln Park Zoo is an urban oasis home to native birds, frogs, fish, turtles, insects, and more—a welcome escape from the bustling city for both wildlife and humans. In 2019, the zoo earned Level II arboretum accreditation in recognition of the Horticulture staff’s ongoing effort to identify, label, and monitor the 1,200+ tree and woody plant species across this lush 49-acre ecosystem.