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Each $10 donation supports one adult visit to the Conservatory. Your donation helps keep the Conservatory free for all visitors.
Every $25 donation buys five plants for the Sunshine Playscape. We'll plant these beautiful, native perennials this summer and fall to brighten the Playscape as children and families enjoy Lincoln Park's newest, and most creative, play experience.
Each $35 donation purchases a grouping of pollinator plants for the four hillside lily gardens at the corners of the Deming Underpass into Lincoln Park. Additional plantings will enhance the beauty of this historic Park entry point, provide food and habitat for pollinating insects, and reduce soil run-off and erosion.
These gardens were originally conceived of and spearheaded by long-time Conservancy and Lincoln Park champion Matthew Cook. These additional plantings are in memory of Matthew and all he did for the Park!
Each $45 donation buys litter pickers, masks, sanitizer, bags, water, snacks, and a Conservancy t-shirt for one of our dedicated volunteer/staff litter patrols, who work daily to keep North Pond and the surrounding area free of trash and litter.
Every $50 donation buys a grouping of native plants for one of North Pond's existing natural areas, which are planted and maintained by the Conservancy. Conservancy staff and our devoted North Pond Gardeners volunteer crew will plant these plants this summer and fall to enhance our existing natural areas and provide habitat and food sources for native pollinators.
Each $75 donation supports a Visitor Services position for a day at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. With the help of the Conservancy, the Chicago Park District re-opened the Conservatory this spring. Our dedicated Visitor Services staffers manage admissions, answer questions, and ensure all visitors enjoy their time in the Conservatory while maintaining social distancing and ensuring compliance with state and local guidelines. Your support helps us offer this new service in support of the Conservatory!
Each $100 donation buys essential tools and supplies for the Conservancy's park stewardship and restoration efforts, including wheelbarrows, shovels, pruners, rakes, clippers, and more.
Mulching trees keeps their roots well supported and helps direct water and nutrients where they are needed most. Each $150 donation provides mulch for 10 to 15 park trees. With mulch donated by our generous supporters, Conservancy volunteers will mulch up to 500 trees from July to September!
Be a part of North Pond's restoration! Each $250 donation helps us expand the natural areas around North Pond by adding additional trees and native plants. Expansion of these natural areas provides habitat for native and migratory birds, shelter for a variety of animals, food for nature's pollinators, and shade for the millions of people who visit the pond each year. They also provide valuable ecosystem services by capturing and filtering stormwater and sequestering carbon. Our restoration staff and dedicated North Pond Gardeners volunteer crew will plant these natural areas this summer and fall, just as the restoration of North Pond is beginning!
The Conservancy and Chicago Park District worked tirelessly last fall and this spring to clean up and prune back plants at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. We also removed several diseased or damaged trees. While this clearing back is important for maintenance of a healthy habitat, we now need to fill in the gaps with new native shrubs. Each $300 donation will buy one native shrub to be planted in the Lily Pool this fall, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its restoration by the Conservancy and Park District.
Each $500 donation supports a group work-day in the park for our volunteers. Each year, thousands of volunteers make our stewardship work possible by helping us plant native plants and trees, control invasive plants and weeds, mulch and prune trees, collect garbage and recyclables from the park, and a variety of other important tasks. Your donation provides tools and supplies, water and refreshments, facemasks and sanitizer, and program coordination to support our loyal volunteers!
The Conservancy and Chicago Park District worked hard last fall and this spring to clean up and prune back plants at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, in addition to removing several diseased or damaged trees. While this clearing back is important, we now need to fill in the gaps with new native trees. Each $750 donation will buy one native tree to be planted in the Lily Pool this fall, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its restoration by the Conservancy and Park District.
Help support improvements to the Sunshine Playscape, including: new soft-fall material under the swings, re-covering for the willow tunnels, improved planting beds, new trees and flowering plants, and the development of family programming this summer. With your help, we hope to raise a minimum of $5,000 for these improvements and programs.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the Conservancy will undertake micro-projects to refresh the site in advance of our official anniversary celebration this fall. Projects include: fixing the fence and bench at the historic pavilions, roof patching of the pavilions, fence repairs, main gate repair, and sprucing up both the main and west entrances. Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 in support of these efforts as we celebrate this restored gem of Prairie-style landscape architecture!
In partnership with the Park District in 1989, the Conservancy restored the "Standing Lincoln" monument including its granite exedra and plaza. Since the monument's placement in the park did not fit this historic piece of public art, we added a formal garden to draw people to the monument.
Years of love and Chicago winters have led to erosion of the formal path's bricks, which are in need of repair/replacement. A generous donor has pledged to match all donations up to $10,000 to help us complete the project this season. We are seeking at least five $2,000 donors to meet this match and restore one of Lincoln Park's most well-known monuments.
Every $2,500 donation supports one month of staff time related to our stewardship activities throughout Lincoln Park. Our staff help manage our various natural areas around North Pond, perform a variety of maintenance and restoration activities throughout the park, and manage thousands of volunteers whose work supports our mission to preserve, protect and enhance the park.
Each $5,000 donation supports a Lincoln Park Conservancy staff member for one month. As a nonprofit organization, our staff is small but mighty and each of us wears a variety of hats daily to further the Conservancy's mission to preserve, protect, and enhance Lincoln Park for all!
Each year, the Lincoln Park Conservancy buys supplies and materials to help the Conservatory offer its popular seasonal shows like the winter poinsettia show, replace outdated equipment, buy food for the turtles and koi ponds, and much, much more. With the Conservatory closed for most of 2020, our regular visitor donations weren't possible. Now that the Conservatory is reopened, between the lack of 2020 donations and a stretched city budget, the site needs the Conservancy's support more than ever! Our goal is a minimum of two $7,500 donations to cover existing programmatic expenses at the Conservatory.
Your $10,000 donation directly supports our restoration efforts at North Pond. Our two-year, $7.3 million project is crucial to ensuring the future of this natural treasure of Lincoln Park. Each $10,000 donation keeps us on track to begin the pond's dredge this fall and complete the restoration in 2022. We are only $750,000 away from reaching our fundraising goal. We hope to close the gap by at least $100,000 through Auction donations! Thank you for helping us help North Pond!