Teens (15-18)

Shedd's teen programs offer a variety of immersive learning experiences that will inspire you to make a difference.

What's new:
Teen Learning Lab - Check it out!

What's coming up:
High School Marine Biology (HSMB)
High School Lake Ecology (HSLE)
Teen Work-Study
Shedd Stewards

Contact with questions.

Teen Work-Study 
Shedd is looking for bright, friendly and motivated teens for our work-study program, either in the summer or on weekends during the school year. Three categories are available to students: gardening (Green Gardeners); guest experience (Shedd Ambassadors); and interpretation (Young Naturalists).

Applicants should possess or want to develop strong communication skills and a connection to Shedd’s collection and mission, and have the desire to work in a team environment interacting with the public. Participants must be 15 or older and currently enrolled in high school. Work permits are required for 15-year-olds.   

Completed applications must be submitted and post-marked no later than Tuesday, July 15th in order to be considered for the program. Click here for the fall 2014 application.

Shedd Stewards

Join other 6th- through 12th-grade students in the Chicago area to explore local ecosystems while earning service learning hours! Spend a day outdoors monitoring, maintaining, and improving habitats so you, your community, and our native animals all have green spaces to enjoy. Past events have included invasive species removal stewardship activity followed by canoeing in the Skokie Lagoons.

Registration for the Spring Semester is now closed.  Check back this summer for Fall Registration and program dates.

• Friday, Jan. 24 (CPS non-attendance day)
• Saturday, Feb. 22
• Friday, March 28 (CPS non-attendance day)
• Saturday, April 12
• Saturday, May 17

Program includes: lunch, snacks, and transportation to and from the field site
What to bring: optional lunch, water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather
Service hours: Seven service learning hours for the day (only applicable for high school students)

High School Lake Ecology (HSLE)

Have you ever kayaked through a sea cave? Have you ever explored North America’s largest freshwater lake?
Join us as we kayak and discover the beauties of Lake Superior’s natural treasures while learning about aquatic science and exploring the ecology of the Great Lakes region in the Apostle Islands with Shedd Aquarium staff members. No camping or kayaking experience necessary.

Registration for summer of 2014 is closed.  Check back in December for 2015 dates and registration.

High School Marine Biology (HSMB)

So you want to be a marine biologist, but have no clue where to start? We’ve got the answer. Travel to the Bahamas and live aboard Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II. Shedd’s High School Marine Biology program allows you to observe and experience life as a marine science researcher. Immerse yourself in discoveries by conducting your own research.

Registration for summer of 2014 is closed.  Check back in December for 2015 dates and registration.

College courses

The world becomes your classroom when you study Marine and Island Ecology.

Member Discounts

Discounts on many educational programs and classes is just one of the great perks of Shedd membership. Become a member today!

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