Projects Summer 2018

Nature Museum TEENS Projects (After School Matters-Summer 2018)

Thirty 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 Epicollect5 app to your smartphone or tablet, search for the project data form within the app and start contributing!

Pollinator Survey


We are trying to determine whether certain colors attract more pollinators than others

Leaf Stomata


This project is investigating if environmental factors and tree characteristics affect the stomatal density on the leaves of different tree species

Worms Project


This project is investigating the relationship between soil type and the type and number of worms in an area

Trees & Invertebrate Identification


This project is the relationship between tree species and invertebrate types

Turtle Survey


The purpose of this project is to learn about turtle behavior and if the weather and time of day affects their behavior

Soils and Plant Health

This project is investigating relationship between soils and plant health

Water Quality

Our project aimed to find a correlation between the quality of water and the level of bacteria in the water

Ant Traps

This project is investigating what types of food and what properties of food different ant species prefer

Lincoln Park Dragonflies

The purpose of this study was to determine the ecological distribution of adult dragonflies in the Lincoln Park area

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

This project is investigating what types of aquatic macroinvertebrates live in different environment

Pitfall Traps

This project is investigating if different bait types attract different types of ground-dwelling invertebrates

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.