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$4 Volunteer Park Conservatory entry fee begins February 1; revenues will help keep historic building open and operating

Beginning February 1, 2013, a $4 fee for adults to enter the Volunteer Park Conservatory will help preserve this 100 year old jewel of Seattle’s Olmsted park system.

Following the results of a 2012 study Seattle Parks and Recreation conducted to identify a more financially stable model for operating the Conservatory, the City adopted the $4 adult entry fee.

Other fees are:
• $2 for youth ages 13-17
• No fee for children 12 and younger
• $25 for K-12 school groups (with advance reservations)

There is a pay machine at the Conservatory’s entry that accepts Visa, MasterCard, $1 bills and change. The machine does not provide change.

Revenues from the entry fee, estimated to be $104,000, will help keep the facility open and operating, preserve the Conservatory’s heritage and maintain the horticultural collection.

Friends of the Conservatory
The Friends of the Conservatory (FOC), a nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the Conservatory, sells memberships starting at $20. The FOC offers docent-led tours ($25 for a group of up to 25 with advance reservations) that inform the participants about the Conservatory’s plant collections, architectural history, plant acquisition and production, facility operations, and behind-the-scenes news.

Membership in the Friends of Conservatory makes possible the organization’s outreach and education programs, funds the docent program and promotes special events. For more information on the FOC, events, education, membership and volunteer opportunities please visit http://www.volunteerparkconservatory.org.

The Conservatory, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is also a City landmark and one of the few remaining original Victorian public glass houses in the country. It houses an outstanding tropical plant collection, hosts classes and day camps for school-age children, and provides space for art classes, events and public gatherings. The Conservatory shelters a tropical plant collection and provides a warm, quiet, beautiful refuge.