Shedd Stewards

Dive in with Shedd Aquarium and other Chicago-area 6th- through 12th-grade students 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 Shedd Stewards events have included removing invasive plant species, followed by canoeing in the Skokie Lagoons.

Each Shedd Stewards event functions as a unique program, and within each program we incorporate different activities, focused on both stewardship and recreation. Specific program details will be sent to registered participants closer to each date.

Environmental education programs are powered in part by support from Exelon.


Registration is closed.  Please check back near August for Fall registration.

Age and Requirements

Must currently be enrolled in grades 6 through 12 (minimum of 11 years old).

Program Dates

High School: March 14, April 11, May 16
Middle School: Feb. 28, March 21, April 18, May 23

Program Cost



Lunch, snacks and transportation from Shedd Aquarium to and from the field site.

What to bring

Optional lunch, water bottle and weather-appropriate clothing and shoes.

Service hours

Chicago public high school students can earn 7 service-learning hours for each day.

Refund and cancellation policy

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.