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Garden Etiquette

We require a ratio of eight students per adult or less, but encourage a ratio of six students per adult. These numbers will help your students benefit more from their trip to Olbrich.

The entrance foyer is a public area and is not intended for use by large groups for extended periods of time. Please keep this in mind when planning your trip.

The beauty of the Outdoor Gardens and the Conservatory deserve your respect. The care and upkeep of Olbrich's plant and animal communities takes much time and effort of both staff and volunteers. Picking of plant flowers, collecting of any plant materials, handling the animals or otherwise disturbing the Outdoor Gardens or Conservatory is prohibited. This includes seeds, leaves, and fruits, since plant parts are vital to the health and survival of these plants. Our hands-off policy applies to all areas of the Gardens.

No plant material may be brought into or removed from the Conservatory. This tropical ecosystem is very different from our Wisconsin ecosystems. Combining any components of the two may cause problems to either environment.

Running is prohibited in the Conservatory, Gardens, or buildings. For your safety and for the protection of our plants and animals, please remain on the paths at all times.

Teachers and accompanying adult leaders are asked to maintain classroom-like discipline at all times. It is our responsibility to provide a pleasant atmosphere to all guests; therefore, staff and volunteers have the authority to ask uncooperative groups to leave.

Restrooms and water fountains are located in the foyer near the entrance. The Explorer Program takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

Please allow only four or fewer adult-supervised students in the Gift Shop at any one time. Please plan time into your schedule if you plan on having the students visit the gift shop.

Picnic tables and a playground are found adjacent to the north parking lot of the Gardens. You may also picnic in Olbrich Park alongside Lake Monona. Food is not allowed in the Gardens or Conservatory.

Thank you for sharing these guidelines with your group! We hope you enjoy your visit.

Contact Information & Reservations

For more information about registering for a class or educational program, please contact:

Aleeh Schwoerer
Education Registrar
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
phone: 608-245-3648
fax: 608-246-4719


Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719