Class Registration Methods and Policies

Register Online

To contact any of the Adult Education or teaching staff, please email:

Register By Mail

Mail a registration form with check made payable to Chicago Botanic Garden, or with credit card information to Adult Education Registrar, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022.

Download a registration form.

Register By Phone

Register by phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m., by calling (847) 835-6801 and pressing 1 after the greeting.

To expedite your call, have your credit card number ready along with your course selections.

Register In Person

Walk-in registrations will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays in the registrar’s office, located in the lower lever of the Regenstein Center, or at the Visitor Center Information Desk.

Registration Policies

The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden retains full discretion to accept or reject any registration.

Chicago Botanic Garden members pay the lower fee listed for all classes. Become a member and receive a 20 percent discount on most classes and much more.

Register early! To help ensure that the classes you want are not canceled due to low enrollment, register early and encourage your friends to do the same. Preregistration is necessary for all classes. Enrollment is limited for each program.

Confirmation Notices

Email correspondence will be used to provide students with the most current information for courses. Confirmation emails are sent to each paid registrant when a registration is processed online. Please print and retain this record as your reciept as well as for entry into the Garden. The Regenstein School encourages everyone to provide an email address to the registrar. If you register less than one week prior to the course start date, you may not receive a confirmation notice. Supply lists, required text, or directions will be sent under separate cover. Required course materials for Certificate Programs can be found under each program of study under the "view course content" menu on the page.

If you need any accommodations to participate in a program, please call (847) 835-6801 and press 3 after the greeting. For TDD/TYY, call (847) 835-0790.

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be submitted to the registrar in writing and postmarked or emailed 24 hours prior to the program’s start date and time. The registration fee will be refunded less a ten percent processing charge. A refund is issued in the form of a credit on file (to be used for future programs).

No refunds for cooking classes or supply-heavy horticulture and art classes will be made within 48 hours prior to the class date.

Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable on and after the program’s start date. The Chicago Botanic Garden cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to student illness or other personal situations.

Registration fees for courses grouped and priced as a series will be considered one program and subject to all of the above guidelines.

Please send refund requests to the Registrar, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022, or email

Photo and Image Use Release

By participating in the class you agree that, during your class, you may be filmed and/or photographed by a Garden employee, contract photographer, or the media. Your attendance at Garden classes serves as permission for the use of your image, the image of your creation, or the image of you participating in instructional or social activities with your creations, by the Garden for marketing and promotional purposes, and you agree to release us from any liability in connection therewith.


The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability in matters of admission or in the educational programs or activities it operates.


The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden is committed to offering the highest-quality educational experience to all of its students. To ensure that educational experience, the School reserves the right to dismiss any participant.

Cancellation Policy

Courses canceled by the Garden due to low enrollment are refunded automatically as a credit on file.

Emergency Class Cancellations

  • Whenever the Garden is open to the public, Adult Education classes will run as scheduled.
  • In the event of an emergency cancellation, the Garden will contact registered students with an automated class cancellation notice.
  • Adult Education will attempt to reschedule classes canceled due to an emergency whenever possible.
  • Students may call (847) 835-5440 for status updates.

Sold-out Classes

If a class is sold out, please contact us at (847) 835-6801 to be placed on the waitlist. The Garden will contact you if a space becomes available.

Contact Information

Always maintain a current email address and phone number under your profile in the Garden’s registration database so we may contact you in the event of a class emergency. You can do this by logging into your account or by contacting the Call Center at (847) 835-6801.

Winter Weather Statement

The Chicago Botanic Garden welcomes our winter season and will remain open through most snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures. Adult Education classes will run as scheduled whenever the Garden is open. Students who choose to miss class due to winter weather conditions will not be issued a credit or a refund.


Please note that the Regenstein School provides educational experiences for adults only and regretfully cannot accommodate children or minors (under 18 years) during our programs. Thank you for understanding.


The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden recommends the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel for accommodations.