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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, study the nature found in our city's parks, neighborhoods, and forest preserves, and participate in habitat restoration and other stewardship activities. Earn up to $425 for your participation.

  • Spring Program Dates

    -March 13 - May 25, 2019
    -Wednesdays, 4:45-6:45pm
    -Saturdays, 9am-3:30pm
    -Program does not meet on Wednesday, April 17 or Saturday, April 20 (CPS Spring Break)

  • Eligibility

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

  • Benefits

    -Earn up to $425 for your participation
    -Lunch and snacks provided
    -Ventra cards provided for Saturday travel to/from program


  • 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

The spring program is now full. Please check back in late March-early April for information on how to apply the TEENS 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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