Volunteers Needed For the Lincoln Park Docent Program


Rebecca Conant, Programs Manager

Lincoln Park Conservancy

(773) 883-PARK



at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens, Chicago Chicago, IL – March 1, 2016 – The Lincoln Park Conservancy and Chicago Park District are

seeking volunteers to become docents at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool or Lincoln Park Conservatory in Lincoln Park. Training begins April 2, 2016 with a registration deadline of

March 26. 2016. The Lincoln Park Docent Program is a joint program of the Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District.

Docents give free tours to the public on Friday, Saturdays or Sundays to help foster a greater appreciation and understanding of these two beautiful and historic park treasures. New docents

will attend training on six Saturday mornings with area experts on horticulture, wildlife, the art of interpretation, landscape architecture, and the history of Lincoln Park. It is a great opportunity

to learn more about nature and to meet visitors from around the world.

One of the few landscapes throughout the Midwest with National Historic Landmark status, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is a Prairie-Style masterpiece with native trees, shrubs and

wildflowers, a wooden pavilion, stone paths, a tranquil pond and waterfall. The Lily Pool was restored to its 1936 design by the Lincoln Park Conservancy and Chicago Park District at a cost

of $2.4 million in 2002.

The Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens is a Victorian Era glass house containing soaring palms, ancient ferns, and a vast orchid collection that delights visitors year round with their

exotic beauty.

For more information or to apply to the Lincoln Park Docent Program, please contact Rebecca Conant, Programs Manager for the Lincoln Park Conservancy at (773) 883-7275 or


About the Lincoln Park Conservancy

The Lincoln Park Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization that picks up where the Chicago Park District leaves off, taking on projects that are important to Lincoln Park, but do not fit into

the city budget. It identifies park sites, historic buildings and monuments in need of restoration, fundraises in the private sector for the improvements, and then co-manages the donor-restored

park sites to protect the financial and emotional investments of its donors. It provides volunteer opportunities for people to appreciate and care for Lincoln Park through its North Pond

Gardeners, Biodiversity Program, and the Lincoln Park Docent Program. They manage over 250 volunteers. Current LPC park improvement projects include the North Pond Nature Sanctuary,

the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the Lincoln Monument and Gardens. The organization is entirely funded by donations from individuals, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and its

annual Glass House Gala.