Volunteer programs to fit your style

We offer a number of ways to volunteer: whether you like talking to strangers about nature and park history, planting wildflowers and pulling weeds, or helping fundraise for the Park, we offer volunteer opportunities for every level of commitment. If you like being part of a team or prefer a more solitary volunteer experience, we have a program to fit your style. Groups are welcome to contact us to set up a special workday for your team.

Each year volunteers have fun donating thousands of service hours to Lincoln Park. In 2019, over 2,000 volunteers participated in our programs providing over 7,000 service hours to the Park.

Our programs are offered at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens, and North Pond Nature Sanctuary. Each of these beautiful park sites is located in Lincoln Park near Fullerton Parkway and Stockton Drive.

Exercise your body and your mind while helping your park – volunteer today!

Lincoln Park Docents

Become a volunteer docent at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (volunteer April-November) or the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens (year-round).

Lincoln Park Greeter

The Lincoln Park Conservancy is seeking volunteers to become Greeters at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens.

North Pond Gardeners

Get your hands dirty! Help restore and maintain the North Pond Nature Sanctuary and its surroundings on regularly-scheduled Saturday mornings from April to October.

Corporate Workdays

Support local nature and enjoy some time outside with your team by volunteering at a private workday in the park. Projects are available year round.

Hops & Habitat

Join us after work to get your hands dirty at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and then enjoy a brew with us after! One or two weekday evenings per month from March to September.

Gala for Lincoln Park

Volunteer your time and talents to help plan and carry out our annual fundraiser by serving on the Gala for Lincoln Park committee.

Partner Programs

Check out other programs put on by our many partners in nature!

Our Wonderful Volunteer Photographers

Our thanks to the volunteers and photographers who donated their photos to help make our website beautiful:
Kristin Dulcan
Elisabeth Dunbar
Brian Fargo
Chet Gresham
Susan Hammerman
Aaron Hammond
Steve Leonard
Jeffrey Liem
Loretta Trujillo
Chicago Park District Special Collections
The Morrison-Shearer Foundation

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