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Volunteer for Creatures of the Night

Posted by Ron Wolford -

It's that time of year again to get out your vampire teeth,as we will once again celebrate the "falloween" season by hosting snakes, owls, and bats here at the Conservatory on Saturday, October 27th from noon to 3:00pm. This event, called Creatures of the Night, is a fun family event that many of you have helped out with in the past - and we need your help again. Because our event coincides with the final weekend of the Niki in the Garden sculpture exhibit, we are anticipating a much larger crowd than in past years and must have all helping hands on deck.

The volunteer shift for Creatures of the Night is from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. *

*We do have a limited amount of short shifts available. These run from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and from 12:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Though we hope you can volunteer for the main shift time, let us know if one of these might work better.

Staff and volunteers will be positioned throughout the Conservatory to "share an animal adaptation trick, and give a treat" to kids and families while animal presenters introduce their live nocturnal friends. In addition to the "learn a trick, get a treat" stations, there are lots of slots available for volunteer activity facilitators. (Don't worry, the animals come with their own presenters, so none of you will be stuck holding a snake.)

We are also hosting Creatures of the Night training on Thursday, October 25th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Though this training is not mandatory for volunteering on the day of the event, if you can attend, it will help things run much smoother as it will provide us volunteers who have a comprehensive picture of the whole event.

4PLEASE NOTE: Even if you have already signed up to volunteer for this event, please e-mail me at to confirm your commitment and to let me know if you will be attending the training. Also, you don't need to pick a volunteer position, but if you have a preference let me know – otherwise we will schedule you where we need you. I will be sending you a confirmation e-mail a few days before the event to let you know where to park, where to check in, what to wear, etc, so keep an eye out for it.

Positions Available:

Welcome Person @ Greeting Table

Activity Station Facilitators:

Popcorn Hand Snack-tivity

Grow-In-the-Dark Necklaces

Face Painting Station

Bat Origami


Nectar Cup Activity

Spider Plant Planting

Garlic Planting AKA Veto the Vampire

Interpretation Station Facilitators:(We will provide information for you to present, and your job will be to give out both interesting information, as well as prizes- some of you will be stationed next to the animal presenters, but will not be presenting the animals, FYI):

1. Secret Senses- Sight Station

2. Secret Senses- Smell Station

3. Secret Senses- Hearing Station

4. Secret Senses- Touch Station

5. Secret Senses- Taste Station

6. Snake Fact Station

7. Firefly Facts Station

8. Fruit Bat Fact Station

9. Owl Station

10. Luna Moth Station

11. Worm Station

Thank you again for your continued help and support.

Hope to see you all soon!

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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