Teen Science Expedition: Apostle Islands

Registration for 2019 is now closed. Please contact learning@sheddaquarium.org or 312-692-3312 to be added to an interest list that will be alerted when registration for the summer of 2020 is open.

Imagine kayaking through a sea cave and exploring North America’s largest freshwater lake. Now make it a reality: Join us in the Apostle Islands as we discover the beauties of Lake Superior's natural treasures while learning about aquatic science and exploring the ecology of the Great Lakes region. No camping or kayaking experience is necessary.

On this trip, participants will

  • Kayak to remote islands, accessible to only a limited number of people each year, to camp in the wilderness
  • Conduct science experiments and methods in the field to learn about animals
  • Connect to the culture of the Native Americans of the region
  • Participate in team-building activities that foster friendships and personal growth
  • Have fun and make lifelong friends and memories

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Registration for 2019 is now closed.

Age and Requirements

High school teens (minimum 14 years old) with an interest in connecting with local environments.

Program Dates

Trip to the Apostle Islands, Bayfield, Wisconsin: July 9-15

Program Cost

$1,900 for Shedd Aquarium members
$2,100 for nonmembers

Payment is due in full once payment information has been sent by Shedd Aquarium.


• Tents, camping pads, dry bags and sleeping bags for 6 nights of camping
• Meals and snacks each day
• Wetsuits, paddles and kayaking instruction
• Guided hikes and paddles with Shedd Aquarium’s experienced instructors
• Guided science investigations with appropriate permits
• Travel costs between Chicago and Bayfield, Wisconsin

Physical Requirements

Must be comfortable near water and open to outdoor living experiences; no kayaking or camping experience is necessary. Campers should have the endurance to participate in outdoor physical activities such as hiking, kayaking and backpacking.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.

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Our son by nature keeps to himself - a little bit of an introvert. We were a touch worried about his first solo journey away from home given some of his challenges that stem from Autism. The Shedd staff and Wilderness Inquiry took the time to understand our concerns and worked with us to make sure our son was properly prepared. The trip showed him that new experiences can be exciting and lead to new relationships."

- Previous participant’s parent


I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone as I had never camped in the wilderness or kayaked before. I would also add this was my first solo trip and I found that strangers quickly became friends, some of which will be lifetime friends.”

- Previous participant