Shedd's teen programs offer a variety of immersive learning experiences that will inspire you to make a difference.
• Teen Learning Lab - Check it out!
What's coming up:
• Teen Work-Study
• Shedd Stewards
• Coastal America Partnership’s Ocean Art Contest
What to look forward to:
These programs are not currently taking registration. Check back for updates, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• High School Marine Biology (HSMB)
• High School Lake Ecology (HSLE)
Shedd is looking for bright, friendly and motivated teens for our work-study program, either in the summer or on weekends during the school year. Three categories are available to students: gardening (Green Gardeners); guest experience (Shedd Ambassadors); and interpretation (Young Naturalists).
Applicants should possess or want to develop strong communication skills and a connection to Shedd’s collection and mission, and have the desire to work in a team environment interacting with the public. Participants must be 15 or older and currently enrolled in high school. Work permits are required for 15-year-olds.
Download the spring 2014 application (PDF).
Join other 6th- through 12th-grade students in the Chicago area to explore local ecosystems while earning service learning hours! Spend a day outdoors monitoring, maintaining, and improving habitats so you, your community, and our native animals all have green spaces to enjoy. Past events have included invasive species removal stewardship activity followed by canoeing in the Skokie Lagoons.
Registration for this program is currently closed. Check back in December for the registration packet for the Spring semester of Shedd Stewards.
• Saturday, Sept. 21
• Monday, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day)
• Monday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day)
• Saturday, Dec. 7
Program includes: lunch, snacks, and transportation to and from the field site
What to bring: optional lunch, water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather
Service hours: Seven service learning hours for the day (only applicable for high school students)
High School Lake Ecology (HSLE)
Have you ever kayaked through a sea cave? Have you ever explored North America’s largest freshwater lake?
Join us as we kayak and discover the beauties of Lake Superior’s natural treasures while learning about aquatic science and exploring the ecology of the Great Lakes region in the Apostle Islands with Shedd Aquarium staff members. No camping or kayaking experience necessary.
High School Marine Biology (HSMB)
So you want to be a marine biologist, but have no clue where to start? We’ve got the answer. Travel to the Bahamas and live aboard Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II. Shedd’s High School Marine Biology program allows you to observe and experience life as a marine science researcher. Immerse yourself in discoveries by conducting your own research.
Coastal America Partnership’s Ocean Art Contest
Help Protect and Preserve the World’s Ocean
Shedd is accepting submissions for the biennial 2013-2014 Coastal America Ocean Art Contest, now through Dec. 16, 2013. Sponsored by Coastal America, the contest encourages learning about “Ocean Literacy: the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences” by receiving inspired original artwork and photography from people of all ages.
The winning art will become part of a traveling exhibit that will tour throughout North America, including Washington DC, from June 2014 through July 2015. Participants can enter in either the art or photography categories. Participants submit their entries in one of five age ranges: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and adults.
Artwork will be judged on visual impact, artistic merit and how clearly the work expresses an appreciation of one or more of the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences:
1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
4. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.
Send your hard copy submission to:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Ocean Art Contest
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Submission Form - English (PDF)
Submission Form - Spanish (PDF)
Rules and Guidelines (PDF)
Ocean Art Contest Poster and Rules (PDF)
Visit the Coastal America blog for more information.