Explore the intersection of art and science. Now a thriving art form, Botanical illustration is one of the oldest watercolor genres used throughout history to classify the importance of plants.
San Francisco Center for the Book will be at the Conservatory to teach visitors the art of a naturalist notebook. Build your own small book and print the pages with colorful orchids, feathery ferns, and textured tillandsias. Learn the art of the naturalist notebook, then explore the Conservatory to find the plants in your pages.
Get up close to tropical reptiles with the Lick Your Eyeballs team. Meet geckos that lick their eyeballs, hold a 3-foot friendly lizard, and hang out with a colorful chameleon. Lick You Eyeballs will introduce you to the wonderful world of tropical reptiles and amphibians and their ecology.
Are your Miltonia orchids a mess and your Phaelaenopsis failing to bloom? Whatever ails your orchid, the Conservatory’s Doctor can help! Conservatory volunteer Paul Bourbin has been in the business of growing and rescuing orchids for 30 years. He’ll offer repotting demonstrations, plant identification, and tips for caring for your orchids. The doctor will be in between the hours of 12:00 and 3:00 to look at your plant or a photo of your plant and prescribe advice.
We will use Foldscope microscopes take a close look into the natural wonders of Golden Gate Park as well as special curiosities from the Conservatory, including the scales of butterfly wings and the micro-community hidden in carnivorous plants. The Foldscope is an ultra-affordable paper microscope that you can use and assemble easily, to do microscopy anywhere at anytime.