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Conservation Efforts

With diversity of life and cultures severely threatened around the world, the Museum’s scientific expertise and the powerhouse of information in our collections can play an instrumental role in securing a future where biological and cultural diversity still thrives. Since 1999 the Museum’s efforts in translating science into action have assisted governments in protecting more than 30 million acres of wilderness, primarily in the hyper-diverse Amazon headwaters. In the Chicago region the Museum leads collaborations to bring people and nature together, notably through cultural heritage and conservation efforts in the Calumet and Kankakee region, and initiatives like the Chicago Wilderness conservation consortium. Whether helicoptering over the Amazon, or connecting Chicago school kids with natural areas in their neighborhoods, the Science Action Center brings scientists and citizens together to create positive change in conservation and cultural understanding, in Chicagoland and in the most biologically diverse places on Earth.