Companion Schedule

Enjoy one of two local activities on Monday, and on Tuesday take a walking tour of beautiful German Village homes. See details below and sign up during the registration process.

Sunday, September 10  |  5 pm – 5:30 pm

Companion Orientation

Whether this is your first conference or your 20th, join us in the Exhibit Hall Education Pavilions to go over the Companion schedule in detail and meet other companions.

Monday, September 11  |  9 am – 4 pm

Companion Tours

Tour 1—Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and attraction featuring exceptional plant collections, indoor and outdoor gardens, seasonal art and nature-based exhibitions, and a dynamic array of events for visitors of all ages. Start the morning off on a guided tour through the Conservatory or take a walk through the beautiful gardens at the park. There are many things to see from the Blooms and Butterflies to the Rain Forest to the Chihuly collection. We will have lunch served in the Veranda Room and finish out the day with a glass blowing demonstration.

Tour 2—Columbus Zoo

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a world of adventure. The Zoo is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 650 species from around the globe. Watch a polar bear swim above your head, meet the world famous gorilla family, say "G-Day" to the koalas, ponder the giant pachyderms and be amazed by the manatees. The Zoo provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. The Columbus zoo and Aquarium is a recreation and education destination that is the #1 zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. Spend the day walking the grounds of the Zoo. Lunch will be served in the Water’s Edge Boardwalk Pavilion. Following lunch, there will be a personal Animal presentation. We will have 3 Zoo animals in the pavilion for you to see and touch. Finish your day with seeing the Giraffes and new baby additions to the Columbus Zoo.

Tuesday, September 12  |  9 am

German Village Brunch and Walking Tour

Located just south of downtown Columbus, German Village is one of the most atmospheric neighborhoods in the Midwest. Originally built by German settlers in the mid-1800s, the lovingly restored brick houses, shops, streets and sidewalks are full of historic charm and modern swank. First, brunch will be served at the well-known Schmidt’s Sausage Haus. A guided walking tour of the area and one of the beautiful German Village homes will take place after our meal.