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The College of Biological Sciences Conservatory welcomes and encourages the public and school groups to participate in educational tours of the Plant Collection. Please fill out the Tour Request form at least three weeks in advance of your visit. Have questions? Contact us at cbsgh@umn.edu or call us at 612-625-4788.

Student tour group at CBS Conservatory

Guided tours

Tours are limited to groups of 30 and are scheduled based on presenters' availability. The building is wheelchair accessible; however, there are some uneven and tight areas to negotiate. Please notify tour guide before scheduling if special arrangements are required.

Student groups

The tour fee is $2 per student. Make checks payable to the University of Minnesota.

One adult chaperone should accompany every five students who are between three and 10 years of age and every seven students who are between 10 and 15 years of age.

Due to the distance of the parking lots, we recommend that  you drop students off and pick them up at the greenhouse.

Adult groups

The tour fee is $3 per adult.

Individuals

The tour fee is $3 per adult and $2 per child for private guided tours.

Self-guided tours

Drop-in visitors are welcome at the CBS Conservatory. There is a suggested donation of $3 per adult and $2 per child. Please note that the greenhouse is a working teaching and research facility. As such, some hazards such as wet floors, open ponds, hard bench edges, and spiny or poisonous plants may be present.

Photography

Visitors are welcome to take photos and video of our collections. If you are interested in using the Conservatory for commercial photography or videography, please visit University Relations for the official policy and rate information. Additionally, feel free to contact the Conservatory directly at cbsgh@umn.edu.

Directions + Parking

To get to the CBS Conservatory from Snelling Ave., turn west on Larpenteur Ave., go  to Gortner Ave. (stoplights) and turn left (south). Go to Dudley Ave. (by the Cargill and the Plant Growth Facilities building) and turn left (east). Turn left (north) on Lindig Ave.

The CBS Conservatory is the first building on the right. Our address is 1534 Lindig St., St. Paul, MN 55108.

Parking is generally available at the State Fair lot. For more information, please check the Campus Maps.

Conservatory use policies

  • Fill out a Tour Request form at least three weeks in advance of your visit.
  • Please note that the greenhouse is a working teaching and research facility. As such, some hazards such as wet floors, open ponds, hard bench edges, and spiny or poisonous plants may be present.
  • Look at the plants, but do not touch them.
  • Move carefully in the greenhouses.
  • Stay on walkways.
  • Please stress the importance of these facility rules to students and chaperones before the visit.
  • Teachers are responsible for the behavior of their students.

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