Exploration Garden At Swansea Clinton Hills Conservation Park

Swansea – St. Clair County  |  6 acres

Type: Public Garden

Owned by: HeartLands Conservancy lease with Village of Swansea

Hours: Open Sunrise to Sunset

Location and Directions: Located just south of Fletcher’s Kitchen and Tap in Swansea at the Clinton Hills Conservation Park

1524 Clinton Hills Parkway, Swansea, IL 62226

Facilities: Restrooms (owned and operated by the Village of Swansea) are available seasonally at the pavilion near the parking lot. The garden, when complete, will feature non-paved walking paths. The Clinton Hills Conservation Park beyond the garden contains miles of paved walking paths owned and maintained by the Village of Swansea. Fletcher’s Kitchen and Tap is a restaurant and bar located on the property with an outdoor patio.

Regulations: Open sunrise to sunset 7 days a week, unless posted otherwise. Dogs allowed on leashes. Parking is located at the entrance to the park on Old Collinsville Road. The parking lot is owned and maintained by the Village of Swansea.

HeartLands Conservancy reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent.


HeartLands Conservancy began the transformation of the front section of this former golf course into a public demonstration garden and outdoor classroom. The 6-acre garden will feature wildflower meadows, native plant exhibits, interactive educational exhibits, and rainwater demonstrations. Transformation of the site began in 2020 and a majority is expected to be completed by 2022.