Docent Training & Updates

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Volunteers took a field trip this month to the Field Museum and explored behind the scenes with Head of Botanical Collections, Matt von Konrat! Matt helps with Conservatory docent training every fall, sharing his knowledge of ferns in the Fern Room with our new docents. Continuous learning and social events, including field trips, are an integral part of docent life with the Conservancy and we’re looking forward to more fun jaunts around the city this year.

The Passport to Lincoln Park program will kick off in early April and more than 50 volunteers signed up for the program! These include Conservancy docents and Nature Museum volunteers, along with prospective Conservancy volunteers. Additionally, we opened ticket sales, and quickly sold out, for our first lecture in the program series, “Lincoln Park Architecture & History” with renowned historian Julia Bachrach. We anticipate around 175 people attending this event! Coming in May, Joel Baldin of Hitchcock Design Group will join us in the South Gallery of the Nature Museum for another lecture, “Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool,” as part of the Passport program. Tickets will go on sale to the public for this in early April, so keep an eye out soon!

The next available opportunity for docent training will be this fall at the Conservatory starting October 5. More information can be found here: Lincoln Park Docents.

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