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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 field investigations to learn more about the nature found in Chicago’s parks, neighborhoods, and natural areas. Work in teams to develop your own research question, design data collection procedures and mobile data collection forms, collect and analyze data, and share findings on project websites ( and with peers, family members, and the public at an end of summer project showcase. Earn up to $725 for your participation.

  • Summer Program Dates

    -June 29 - August 14, 2020*
    -Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 2:00pm
    -Program does not meet on Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Eligibility

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

  • Benefits

    -Earn up to $725 for your participation
    -Lunch provided


  • 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".

*COVID-19 Impact: at the present time the Nature Museum TEENS summer program remains scheduled to start on June 29 and the application remains open. The Nature Museum and After School Matters will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, Illinois, and Chicago officials, and will adjust summer programming as appropriate.   

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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