Become a Lincoln Park Conservatory Docent- Register Now!


Do you love spending time in the Lily Pool or Lincoln Park Conservatory and engaging people in conversation? Then this is the volunteer opportunity for you! The Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District are seeking volunteers to join our docent program. Docents give free interpretive tours of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, a treasured Victorian glass house with collections of tropical plants surrounded by two historical gardens, and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, a hidden garden resembling a river meandering though a Midwestern prairie. Docents can volunteer on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays. Tours are available to the general public and organizations.

Classes take place each spring and fall on six consecutive Saturday mornings (8:30 a.m. to Noon) where you will learn about history and architecture from the Chicago Park District’s Historian, and meet with area experts on plants, wildlife, the art of interpretation, and landscape design. We’ll teach you how to guide a tour and you’ll receive weekly tours from our experienced docents.

After training, we offer continuing education, field trips, and social activities. Be an ambassador for the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool or Lincoln Park Conservatory and meet visitors from around the world!

Autumn docent training for the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory & Gardens begins April 8, 2017. Registration deadline is March 31, 2017.

The Lincoln Park Conservancy will be offering its spring training to volunteers age 18 and up that are interested in becoming docents at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Training begins April 8, 2017 with a registration deadline of March 31, 2017. The Lincoln Park Docent Program is a joint program of the Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District.

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