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Winter 2024 Docent Update

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The docent program is off to a great start in 2024, and we’re excited to share that docents are now scheduled in the Conservatory on Thursday mornings and afternoons, in addition to Fridays through Sundays. We look forward to seeing docents in the Lily Pool on Thursdays as well when it opens later this spring!

To that end, because of the extended closure of the Lily Pool as our beloved Lily Pool Pavilions get some much-needed TLC, there will be no formal Lily Pool docent training this spring. Instead, we’re offering an exciting new Passport to Lincoln Park program that will serve as a comprehensive refresher for all docents.

The Passport program will be a six-week speaker series, with topics including 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 a “back to basics” refresher course on a day in the life of docents, interpretation tips and tricks, and using Volgistics volunteer software.

This program is being offered in cooperation with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and there are limited spots available for interested participants who aren’t already Conservancy docents or Nature Museum volunteers! More information about the program can be found here:

Our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday was a big success. It was held again this year at Lincoln Park’s own Salvatore’s, and we enjoyed lots of delicious food. It was a joy to see so many of our volunteers in one place and introduce many of them to our new executive director, Rafael Rosa.

We had a short presentation with 2023 statistics and celebrations, as well as volunteer highlights and funny moments caught on camera. We celebrated volunteer milestones at the 5-, 10-, and 15-year marks, and raffled off some great prizes, including wine packages, gift cards, and even two gnomes from the upcoming Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory, “Sweet Gnome Chicago.” We’re so grateful for our volunteers and for all they do, and look forward to another great year in the Park!

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