The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance celebrates the Urban Roots teens every year with an End of Summer Celebration. This marks the end of the summer internship component of Urban Roots and officially welcomes the students as docents! Family members, teachers, and friends of the Urban Roots teens are invited to the Conservatory for an evening of celebration. Our teen docents give tours and are honored at an awards ceremony. It is a wonderful time to reflect on their wonderful summer and how much they have learned in only six weeks! In this short amount of time, our teens have learned about plants and plant biology, trained to be docents, visited cultural institutions throughout the city, grown their own gardens, shadowed Chicago Park District staff to get some real life work experience in a STEM-related field, and, most importantly, have built a tight-knit community. The teens put together posters that showcase their favorite parts of the summer. Take a look at some of them here!