ECCo is the division of the Museum that puts science into action to address the world’s most pressing conservation challenges. ECCo began as a small experiment during The Field Museum’s centennial celebration in 1995. It has blossomed into a team of scientist-explorers expert in translating museum knowledge into lasting results for sustaining the earth’s rich biological and cultural diversity in South America and the Chicago region.
The Museum’s Calumet Environmental Education Program (CEEP) is a unique program that translates science into action for 2,700 students and 100 educators annually from over 20 Chicago public schools. Students participate in a consecutive ladder of conservation education programs, linking and building skills and knowledge grade level upon grade level. The three conservation education programs, Mighty Acorns (grades 4-6), Earth Force (grades 7-8), and Calumet Is My Back Yard (grades 9-12), engage disadvantaged youth in scientific, hands-on learning about biodiversity and conservation, resulting in action projects in their own community.
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