Projects Summer 2016

Nature Museum TEENS Projects (After School Matters-Summer 2016)

Twenty-eight teens 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 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 Ant Project

The Ant Project is investigating ant diversity in Chicago and different bait types

Soil and Trees

We are doing this project in order to learn more about the relationship between soil chemistry and trees

TEENS Leaf Stomata Project

This project involves sampling tree leaves and observing their stomata to gain insight on factors that affect stomata density

Chicago Arachnids

The purpose of this project is to see the diversity of arachnids around Chicago

Dragonfly Squad

Dragonfly monitoring and observations around the Nature Museum

Air Quality and Lichen

This project is investigating relationships between lichens, air quality, and tree bark pH

Water Quality

Our project focused on various methods to test the quality of water at different locations

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

Our project is investigating the types of aquatic macroinvertebrates found in different areas

Turtle Ops 2016

Our goal is to better understand how time and conditions in the environment affect turtle and goose behaviors

Worm Extraction

Our goal is to understand the relationship between soil and worms

Soils and Worms

This project investigates the effect of soil quality on worms and macroinvertebrates in urban environments


This project is using pitfall traps to study the diversity of insects in different environments

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