Greenhouse Tour Guidelines
The Staff of the University of Illinois Greenhouses welcomes visitors to participate in educational tours. Here are some important steps to a meaningful facility visit.
Please allow 3 weeks to schedule the tour and arrange for the appropriate tour guide(s) to be lined-up. Tours are limited to groups of 25 or less and are scheduled during the following times based on availability:
One adult chaperone should accompany every three children who are between 2 and 5 years of age. One adult chaperone should accompany every five children/students who are between 6 and 12 years of age.
- Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 am
Greenhouse tours start at the main (East) entrance of the Plant Sciences Laboratory on Dorner Drive. The building is wheelchair accessible.
Parking is generally available on Dorner Drive and in the parking lot on the south side of the Plant Sciences Laboratory greenhouse in metered spaces. Parking meters all require a quarter per half hour (quarters only). If you need to arrange parking for a bus, please let us know when requesting the tour.
Please note that the greenhouse is a working teaching and research facility. As such, some hazards such as wet floors, hard bench edges, and spiny or poisonous plants may be present.
Please take these facility rules seriously:
Please stress the importance of these facility rules to students and chaperones before the visit.
- Look at the plants, but do not touch them.
- Move carefully in the greenhouses.
- Stay on the walkways.
Teachers/chaperones are responsible
for the behavior of their children/students.
If your class has special requirements, please contact us ahead of time.
Tour Contact Information
For tours of the Plant Care Facility greenhouses contact: Nathan Deppe at (217) 333.3058, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For tours of the conservatory and tropical plant collections contact Debbie Black at (217) 333.7857 , or email at email@example.com.