Friends of the Domes is pleased to offer several programs geared toward adults 60 and over. Each provides a unique opportunity for the participant to connect with nature.

Program #1: SPARK! at The Domes

SPARK! at The Domes is a program that provides older adults with memory challenges and their caregivers nature-based activities and experiences at Milwaukee’s most beautiful indoor setting: the Mitchell Park Domes.

SPARK! at The Domes is available at no cost to those experiencing memory loss and their caregivers. Each session is 1.5 hours.

Guests are encouraged to participate each month (or as often as possible), with new activities and themes offered at each session. Come learn about music, plants and nature — and share your memories of The Domes.

Cost: Free for anyone experiencing memory loss and their caregivers (pre-registration is required)

Location: Mitchell Park Domes Lobby

Submit Interest Form Here

If you prefer to speak with someone about the SPARK! at The Domes Program, please call (414) 257-5600.

Upcoming SPARK! Programs

SPARK! Program

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Program #2: Growing and Thriving Workshop

This 2-hour workshop provides the opportunity for participants to dig into their love of nature. Offered quarterly, each workshop is free to people who live in the Greater Milwaukee Area (one workshop per participant please). Participants may bring one guest (family, friend or caregiver) who may also participate in all activities at no charge.

Each workshop includes:

  1. An educational session on plant care and propagation;
  2. An opportunity to select a free houseplant and pot to take home with you (participants will repot the plant during the workshop);
  3. A tour of the either the Tropical or Show Dome, depending on the weather (where the temperature is most comfortable).

Cost: Free for Milwaukee-area residents who are 60 or older plus one guest (one workshop per person; pre-registration is required)

Location: Mitchell Park Domes Education Center

Upcoming Growing and Thriving Workshops

Growing and Thriving Workshop

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Program #3: Discounted Friends of the Domes Membership

Senior memberships for those 60+ are only $30 annually and include the following benefits:

  1. Free year-round admission to The Domes for the senior plus one guest
  2. Member-only events
  3. 10% discount at the Gifts Under Glass Gift Shop
  4. Free access to 300+ other gardens through the American Horticultural Society reciprocity program.
  5. Much more!

You can purchase a membership the following ways:

  1. Online by clicking here
  2. At The Domes Gift Shop (let the admissions booth know and you will not be charged an entrance fee)
  3. By calling (414) 257-5608


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