Conservation & Science Gardens

Framed by mature and young river birch, a diverse scope of ornamental plants, both native and non-native, fill the Conservation & Science Gardens just north of McCormick Bird House. Their planting beds have expanded over time, replacing turf grass that wasn’t best-suited for the shade beneath the growing trees.

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Second Saturday Garden Tours

Join fellow nature lovers for a free, 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.

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An Accredited Arboretum

In 2019, Lincoln Park Zoo earned Level II arboretum accreditation in recognition of the Horticulture staff’s ongoing effort to identify, label, and monitor the more than 330 species of trees, shrubs, and woody plants represented across the 49-acre park.