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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, participate in hands-on scientific investigations, and learn about career paths in ecology, environmental science, and conservation! Conduct environmental science field and laboratory investigations, study the nature found in our city's parks, neighborhoods, and natural areas, and participate in habitat restoration and other stewardship activities. Earn up to $425 for your participation!

  • Spring Program Dates

    -March 14 - May 30, 2020
    -Wednesdays, 4:45-6:45pm
    -Saturdays, 9am-3:30pm
    -Program does not meet over CPS spring break (April 4, April 8, April 10)

  • Eligibility

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

  • Benefits

    -Earn up to $425 for your participation
    -Lunch/snack provided
    -Ventra cards for Saturday meetings


  • Explore nature in the city and participate in real-world scientific investigations
  • Learn about college and career paths in environmental science, ecology, and conservation
  • Investigate Chicago’s connections with global conservation issues
  • Develop lasting friendships and network with other teenagers from across the city

How to Apply

Apply online at Search for program name "Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science".

For More Information

Email with questions specific to the Nature Museum TEENS program. For inquiries related to the teen application through After School Matters please call 312-742-4182 or email

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TEENS is generously supported by After School Matters, US Forest Service-International Programs, and The Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX)

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