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Volunteer at Garfield Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I hope everyone is having a great summer and you are staying cool this week. Here at Garfield Park Conservatory we have a very special event this month, as well as some regular volunteer opportunities now and coming up this fall. If you are interested in any of the opportunities please email me at with your interest and availability.

Volunteers are needed:

Special Family Event: Meet the Bees!

Saturday July 28th, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free

Come on out to the Garfield Park Conservatory's Demonstration Garden for a day of bee fun! Our summer honey is coming off the hives and it's time to celebrate.Our volunteer bee keepers will be posted at education stations throughout the garden, ready to answer your questions about our hard-working insect friends. Kid and family activities include designing your own bee goggles, crafting a nectar cup, learning a groovy bee hive dance, and exploring the growing ingredients of a special flower scavenger hunt. Plus you will be able to purchase honey made right here by our Conservatory bees, listen to live music, and last but not least – get a good taste of honey! Please, come join in the buzz.

We will need volunteers to help with facilitating activities, giving out information, honey tasting, setting up and tearing down. Mostly to help celebrate our first honey harvest this year. There will be two volunteer shifts:

Morning Shift: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Shift 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Gardeners at Work

Thursday nights 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (thru August 31st)

Saturday mornings 10:00 am-12:30 p.m. (thru October 27th)

Volunteers are needed to work in garden, talk with public, give out resources and advice about weekly gardening topics to visitors during this programming time. Check out the website for weekly topics. If interested please email me with the day and time you would like to come and the day you would be able to start.

Horticulture Class Assistant for Koch Unni's Columbia College

September 6th thru December 14th 2007

Thursdays 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Classroom

Koch is looking for a dedicated volunteer to help facilitate his horticulture class this fall. He teaches to Columbia College students a beginning horticulture class every fall and spring session here at Garfield Park Conservatory. It is a great opportunity for someone who wants to learn more about horticulture in a classroom setting, Koch has wealth of knowledge about growing techniques and horticulture, and he is a foreman here at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The assistant helps in setting up the room, handing out materials, and general classroom support. He will need one volunteer to commit to the entire duration of the class. This is a great opportunity for a Master Gardener intern that needs a regular volunteer assignment to get all their hours in. If you are interest please contact me with the best way to get in contact with you and I will put you in contact.

Save the Date GPCA Volunteers

***County Fair September 15th***

Thanks for your time and all your continued support!

Harmony Picciuca

Garden and Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

300 N. Central Park Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60624

773.638.1766 x 24

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