Class Registration Methods and Policies

Register Online

 

To contact Adult Education or teaching staff, please email @email.

Register By Phone

Register by phone by calling (847) 835-6801.

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

Register By Mail

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

Download a registration form.

Register in Person

Walk-in registrations will be accepted 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.

Parking and Admission Fees

The Chicago Botanic Garden operates with a per-person admission system. Parking and admission are always free for members. If you are not a member, you may show your class registration confirmation upon arrival at the Gatehouse and the Visitor Center for free parking and admission on class date(s). Unless you require accessible parking, please park in the main parking lots. Plan to arrive with extra time to enter the Garden, park, and arrive at your designated classroom space.

Online Classes

Online class registrations must be received 48 hours prior to the start of the class to ensure receipt of Zoom link.

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.

Classes with Walks

Walking classes depart from their meeting location promptly, and instructors will sometimes make impromptu adjustments to their planned route to ensure a great class experience for the students in attendance. Please allow ample time to enter the Garden, find parking, and walk to your class meeting location prior to the published start time. Students who miss class due to late arrival will not be issued a refund or credit on file.

Confirmation Notices

Email correspondence will be used to provide students with the most current information for classes. Registration confirmation as well as other information such as maps and supply lists are emailed to the class purchaser. Upon arrival for each class session, please show a printed copy of the confirmation email or display it on your smartphone.

Contact Information

Please maintain a current email address and phone number under your profile in the Garden’s registration database so we may contact you regarding your classes. You can do this by contacting (847) 835-6801 or by logging into your account.

Please note: You may already have an account with us if you have registered before. Click on the Forgot Password link to see if you have an account. Otherwise, click on the Create an Account button to get started.

Accommodations

If you need any accommodations to participate in a program, please call (847) 835-6801 or email @email.

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be submitted to @email or (847) 835-6801 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 and time.

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.

Cancellation Policy

Courses canceled by the Garden 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.

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.

Age Requirement

Adult Education classes are for adults only and cannot accommodate minors under the age of 18, except for the Canoe Adventure program. Get more information about Youth Education.

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.

Anti-Discrimination

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.

Dismissal

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.