Prevent plastic pollution
22 million pounds of plastic enters the Great Lakes ecosystem every year, threatening the sunny beaches and soaring seabirds we love. We're walking our talk by cutting our use of plastic and committing to moving our entire operation toward zero waste. If you can, take a small step with a big impact: #SheddTheStraw to help keep single-use plastic out of the Great Lakes.
Animals and people alike rely on healthy oceans. Choosing sustainable sourced seafood is one of the most direct actions you can take to help the very animals that bring you to Shedd and to protect the health of our oceans and lakes.
#Keep Sharks Swimming
Sharks are vital to maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems, but these magnificent predators are under threat of extinction from overfishing and other human impacts. Swim with sharks in 360, then take action to #KeepSharksSwimming.
Great Lakes Action Days
Make a difference for our local habitats! Join a Shedd Great Lakes Action Day and spend a day outdoors, cleaning beaches and restoring lakeshore and forest preserve habitats. You’ll help animals from frogs to fishes and have fun doing it!
Great Lakes Fish Finder App
The Great Lakes Fish Finder is an interactive field guide. Look up and identify fishes, submit sightings and join a community of Great Lakes enthusiasts to help you classify your finds. The Great Lakes Fish Finder app is available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
Aquarium Conservation Partnership
Join aquariums across the country in reducing plastic waste. Disposable plastic is only in your hands for a moment, but it piles up forever in our ocean, rivers, and lakes – and hurts your favorite aquatic animals.
Amphibian Response to Habitat Restoration
Shedd researchers are collecting data on whether amphibians are responding to improvements in local wetlands environments—through greater species d...
Kayak for Conservation
Paddle the Chicago River, remove litter and monitor wildlife with Shedd conservation experts.
Clean Water Act: What Do the Proposed Changes Mean for Conservation?
Whether it’s to drink or to live in, people and wildlife need an abundant supply of clean, safe fresh water to survive. Now proposed changes to the...