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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! Participants in the Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) program conduct scientific investigations to learn more about the nature and environment found in Chicago neighborhoods. Working remotely, teens contribute data to existing local, regional and global research projects and develop their own research questions to investigate. Through daily video check-ins and weekly independent projects, teens will gain experience with a wide range of ecological and environmental science field and at-home laboratory methods. The final three weeks of the program will focus on working in small teams to develop your own research questions, 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 virtual project showcase. Earn up to $725 for your participation! (All participants will receive a kit with supplies and equipment to conduct investigations.)  

  • Summer Program Dates

    -July 6 - August 14, 2020
    -Monday - Friday

  • Eligibility

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

  • Benefits

    -Earn up to $725 for your participation
    -Program supply kit


  • 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 summer program is full and no longer accepting applications. Please check back in late August for how to apply for our fall program!

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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