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Teenagers in the TEENS program

Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS)
(Grades 9-12)

Explore nature in the city, learn about college and career paths in natural science fields, and participate in hands-on scientific investigations! Conduct environmental science field and laboratory investigations, and study the nature found in our city's parks, neighborhoods, and forest preserves, and participate in habitat restoration and other stewardship activities. Teens develop their own research questions and learn to use mobile devices to collect data in the field and to create and share dynamic online maps of project data, culminating in websites developed to highlight their projects.

  • Spring Program Dates

    -March 10 - May 26, 2018
    -Wednesdays from 4:45pm to 6:45pm & Saturdays from 9am to 3:30pm
    -No meetings over CPS Spring Break (3/24, 3/28, 3/31)

  • Eligibility

    -Age 14-18
    -Chicago high school student
    -Able to attend all program dates

  • Benefits

    -Earn up to $425 for your participation.
    -Ventra cards provided for Saturday travel to and from the Nature Museum
    -Snacks (Wednesdays & Saturdays)
    -Lunch (Saturdays)


  • Explore nature in the city and participate in real-world scientific investigations
  • Learn about college & career paths in the natural sciences, conservation, and education
  • Investigate Chicago’s connections with global conservation issues and how you can participate
  • Develop lasting friendships and network with other teenagers from across the city

Sample Activities

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Habitat restoration
  • Mobile data collection & digital mapping

How to Apply

The spring TEENS program is no longer accepting applications. Please check back in April 2018 for information about our summer program.

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TEENS is generously supported by After School Matters, US Forest Service-International Programs, and The Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust

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