Docent Program – Year End Review

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The docents have had quite an active year around the Park, and we’re so excited to bring more dynamic programming to both our volunteers and visitors in 2024! We rounded out the fall with 16 new docents graduating from the Conservatory fall class. Please stop by this winter and get to know our new docents! 

The Conservancy, along with the help of many fantastic docents, has also hosted three successful after-hours events in the Conservatory over the course of this holiday season. Docents in the Conservatory are busy this time of year sharing their passion for poinsettias and the many beautiful plants that are currently flowering or in fruition.

We were also super proud to celebrate with North Pond Gardener and Wildflower Walks leader Janet Swenson, who was recipient of the 2023 Friends of the Parks VIP (Volunteers-in-Parks) Stewardship Award! We were honored to nominate her and see Lincoln Park represented among the parks.

Here are some of the awe-inspiring celebratory stats from this wonderful year in volunteering:

  • We graduated the first Lily Pool docent class since 2019
  • We hosted a comprehensive Wildflower Walks training
  • We hosted a sold-out Summer Food Tour Series, a full season of Wildflower Walks, and multiple after-hours events in the Conservatory
  • We reached a roster of 100 docents with our most recent Conservatory docent class

In 2023, our docents have had:

  • 30,000 visitor interactions
  • 1,900 volunteer hours
  • 875 cumulative training hours
  • 745 shifts
  • 250 Lily Pool hours
  • 35 group tours

A big thank you to all our docents and volunteers for their part in making our volunteer programs and our Park dynamic, engaging, friendly, fun, and most of all, a success!

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