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Harvest Fest at Kilbourn Park Greenhouse

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Harvest Fest at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Saturday, September 8th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A celebration of the summer garden for the entire family! Activities for the day include garden, cooking, and natural dye demonstrations. The entire family will enjoy a variety of activities from take home crafts, garden stories, and face painting, while exploring the gardens with a scavenger hunt.

Volunteer Opportunities available at Event:

Set up support – 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. - Volunteers needed to help set up tables, signs, get program materials to stations.

Clean up support – 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Volunteers assist with cleaning up after event, bringing tables and chairs inside, removing signage, assisting activity stations with taking programming materials into greenhouse and storing for future events, and whatever is needed to be ready to go by 3:30 p.m.


Volunteers can come at the following times to support activities at the event. Option for activity support shifts:

First shift - 9:30 a.m. -12:30 pm,

Second shift - Noon – 2:30 p.m. or

Event shift -9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Volunteer refreshments will be provided.


Face Painters – Draw garden theme pictures on kid's faces or arms.

Harvest Hats – Support kids' creativity in making festival garden hats to wear at the event. Kids will be stringing dried flowers through a hat and tying them on with a ribbon.

Sachets from the garden – Using garden herbs and dried flowers, kids and adults can make mini sachets to take home. Participants can choose their herbs and then tie them up in a piece of fabric using yarn naturally dyed in the garden.

Corn husk dolls - Help kids can make simple dolls with corn husks.

Volunteers in the activity areas will be responsible for helping keep the area organized and neat, encouraging families and kids to participate, introducing project, and guiding families and kids through the project as needed.


Master Composters
requested to teach visitors about worms and home composting. Kids will want to see, touch, and learn about worms. I would also like someone to be available to promote and answer questions about composting garden and kitchen clippings.

Master Food Preserver? If there is a Master Food Preserver available, it would be wonderful to have someone discuss how to safely preserve the bounty of the season.

Rain Garden/Rain Barrel spokesperson – Kilbourn Park will be installing a rain cistern and rain garden this fall. If anyone has taken the Rain Garden training this summer and would like to share with others the importance of water use and conservation in a garden/ yard this would be a great opportunity.

To volunteer please contact Kirsten Akre at 773-685-3359 or

Please specify which program area(s) and shift you prefer.

Many thanks for considering this opportunity,

Kirsten Akre

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

3501 N. KIlbourn

Chicago, IL 60641


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