Conservatory Docent Training Begins 10/1

Conservatory Docent Training Begins 10/1

Conservancy volunteers listening to a history lecture by Chicago Park District historian Julia Bachrach


On October 1, the Conservancy will welcome its first new class of docent candidates in almost three years! We’re excited to see 17 new volunteer faces around the Conservatory. The docent candidates will complete six weeks of training–on a variety of topics including Conservatory history; basic plant biology; characteristics of ferns, orchids and more–and learn from experienced docents before flying solo sometime around mid-November and beyond. Be sure to stop in over the winter and welcome them; all docents, but especially new ones, love the chance to share their knowledge with visitors by answering questions or providing tours.

Folks interested in being added to the contact list for spring docent training at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, or Wildflower Walks training at the Lily Pool and North Pond, should email Amelia Pollock, Manager of Docent Programs, at The Conservancy may also need help with light office work over the winter. For those who miss being in the park during the colder months but still want to be involved, please email Amelia to sign up for updates on administrative volunteer opportunities.

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