Lincoln Park Docents

Join our team of volunteer docents

Share Your passion for lincoln park!

The Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District are seeking individuals to participate in the docent program at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

Docents foster a greater appreciation and understanding of these beautiful Lincoln Park sites by acting as interpretive volunteers and tour guides, welcoming visitors from around the world. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a treasured Victorian glass house with collections of tropical plants and a show house, all surrounded by two historic gardens and the architecturally stunning Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, which itself is home to a variety of local wildlife.

Docents experience six weeks of training in the art of interpretation, history of Lincoln Park, horticulture, landscape design, urban nature, and more. Docents volunteer primarily on weekends, with some weekday opportunities. Training is offered twice a year, once in spring for incoming Lily Pool docents and once in the fall for incoming Conservatory docents. Continuing education, field trips, and social activities are offered beyond training as well. If you love history, nature, and Chicago’s Lincoln Park, this could be the opportunity for you!

If you’re interested in joining our dynamic team of more than 80 docents, please contact our Manager of Docent Programs for more information.

Passport to the Park Program Begins: April 6, 2024
Registration Deadline: February 29, 2024

This spring’s Passport to Lincoln Park Program is a new, exciting speaker series that welcomes you on an adventure around Lincoln Park! This six-week program will introduce explorers to the architecture and history of Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the rehabilitation and restoration of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, North Pond birds and wildflowers, and (designed as a refresher for current docents but open to all participants) a day in the life of docents, interpretation tips and tricks, and using Volgistics volunteer software.

Program participants will receive a Passport that will be stamped for each event in the series they attend, and those who complete their Passport will receive a pin. Current docents of the Lincoln Park Conservancy are encouraged to attend as a refresher course. Spots are limited! For more information and pricing, please contact our Manager of Docent Programs.

Conservatory Docent Training Begins: October 5, 2024
Registration Deadline: August 31, 2024

Lily Pool Docent Training will be on pause until spring 2025. Please check back soon for more details!

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