Spring 2022 Stewardship News

Spring 2022 Stewardship News

Photo: Earth Day 2022

The Conservancy enjoyed a productive April caring for Chicago’s largest and most visited Park. We kicked off the season with Volunteering Untapped, whose hardworking volunteers helped ready the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool for the season by weeding invasives, clearing paths and cutting back overgrown areas. During our April 23rd Earth Day event, we hosted nearly 100 volunteers, who helped to clear, mulch, weed and plant around the North Pond Nature Sanctuary. The Conservancy also welcomed several school groups this month including volunteers from Von Steuben High School who assisted with planting and tree mulching around North Pond, and Roosevelt High School volunteers who manned our Lincoln Park Litter Patrol.

If you like getting your hands dirty in the Park, mark your calendars! North Pond Gardeners will kick off for the season on May 7th and run every other weekend through the summer. If you’re interested in helping, learn more here. We are also in the process of reworking our Hops & Habitat gardening program in the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. Stay tuned for more details as we get further into the season.

Finally, we’re pleased to welcome two new staff members to the Conservancy’s Stewardship Program:

Maeve Callaghan, Manager of Park Stewardship: Holds a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Horticulture from the University of Nebraska, a J.D. from Vermont Law School, and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Maeve has over a decade of experience in horticulture, having worked as a floral designer, organic farmer, and public gardener. In her leisure time, she enjoys camping, reading, and listening to music or public radio.


Kyla Jarka, Ecological Restoration Assistant: Earned a degree in Physics from Colorado College. She has experience in both software development and ecological restoration. Kyla enjoys reading science-fiction, cooking, and biking around the city.


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