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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 4 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:

  • Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 am

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.

Greenhouse tours start at the main (East) entrance of the Plant Sciences Laboratory on Dorner Drive. The building is wheelchair accessible.

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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:

  1. Look at the plants, but do not touch them.
  2. Move carefully in the greenhouses.
  3. Stay on the walkways.

Please stress the importance of these facility rules to students and chaperones before the visit.

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

For tours of the conservatory and tropical plant collections contact: Debbie Black at (217) 333-7857 , or email at