Projects Summer 2015

Nature Museum TEENS Projects (After School Matters-Summer 2015)

Twenty-five high school-aged youth from across Chicago have developed their own investigations focused on a wide range of urban environmental and ecological topics. Below you will find links to each of group’s project. Their project pages include their research question, methods, and results. Data for each investigation can potentially be gathered throughout the city of Chicago. If one of the projects interest you and you would like to contribute data, download the EpiCollect+ Beta app to your smartphone or tablet, search for the project data form within the app and start contributing!


The Turtlers project is focused on finding and mapping turtle sightings in Chicago

Chicago Water Quality

Our mission is to test the water quality of the bodies of water around Chicago


Does the location and soil type affect the quantities and types of worms found in the soil?

What’s the Buzz in Chicago?

This project is studying the biodiversity of insects around Chicagoland area

Bugs On The Run

The purpose of this project is to find the variety of insects in different areas. We’re trying to find the biodiversity of bugs in different areas around Chicago.

Trappin Bugs in Mugs

This project is about testing different traps to see the different invertebrates in different locations. We are trying to learn about the diversity of insects around the museum.

Birds of the Water

Our goal is to record the presence and behavioral patterns of birds that are mainly found around water, such as, Ducks, Geese, Swans, Gulls, Herons, Bitterns, Egrets, and other birds of that nature


The purpose of our project is to identify milkweed and the plethora of insects that are found on it.

Are you Lichen your Air Quality?

Our goal is to determine the amount of lichen in each neighborhood of Chicago. This will allow us to get an idea of how Chicago’s overall air quality is, and how it can differ between neighborhoods.

Bird Squad Corvus

This Project is to see how crows and pigeons interact with the environment, themselves and the humans around them

Chicago Birds

The purpose of this project is to determine the types of birds in the Chicagoland Area, so we can track bird populations and population health. The people that would like to contribute record birds in their yard, a park, a garden, near trees or any place they wish to look for birds

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