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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! Participants in the Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) fall program at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum study the nature found in our city's parks, neighborhoods, and forest preserves, help with environmental stewardship activities such as habitat restoration and learn environmental science field and laboratory methods. Teens develop their own research questions and learn to use mobile devices to collect data in the field and geographic information systems (GIS) software to create and share dynamic online maps of project data.  

  • Fall Program Dates

    -September 28 - December 10
    -Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:45 pm;
     Saturdays, 9 am - 3:30 pm
    -Non-program days: Wednesday, November 23

  • Eligibility

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

  • Benefits

    Earn up to $425 for your participation.


  • 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
  • Citizen science projects
  • Mobile data collection & digital mapping
  • Habitat restoration 

How to Apply

Apply online at by September 10, 2016. Search keyword "Nature Museum."

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

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