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An intern lends a hand in Shedd's vegetable garden.
A horticulture volunteer works in Shedd's abundant gardens, spreading chocolate-smelling cocoa shells for mulch.
Small courtyards to the north and south of Shedd's facade offer a natural respite from the city.

Discover Shedd's gardens

Shedd’s horticulturists design gardens that are best suited to our landscape’s growing conditions. Native plants provide natural nutrition and habitat for birds, butterflies and bees and require little or no watering beyond rainfall. Our organic vegetable garden supplements the animals' diets with just-picked leafy greens.

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What are the benefits of being a Shedd volunteer?

  • Admission to the aquarium and other cultural institutions
  • The chance to see how Shedd works behind the scenes
  • Gift shop and café discounts and discounted parking while volunteering
  • Helping to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world
  • Meeting a diverse group of staff members, volunteers and guests who share a passion for aquatic life