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  • A teen holds a tiny baby snake found in the forest.
  • Three teens in a narrow tandem kayak on the Great Lakes grin for the camera.
  • Two teens dangle metal canisters into a stream to check for depth, temperature and water quality.
  • Teens sit on a pier stretching into the lake, watching a sunset.
  • Teens gather around a small wooded clearing, carrying their backpacks and camping supplies.


On this trip, participants will

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

Program dates

July 8-14


  • 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

What do participants say about Teen Science Expedition: Apostle Islands?

“This trip has taught me so many new things about the environment and how we play a role in the changes that happen to it. I have so many new friends now and so many new views on the world.”

“This trip made me realize that I really did enjoy science more than I thought I did and that I would actually want to major in a science field.”

“I met a group of amazing people through this program that I can call family. I also saw some amazing things such as the sea caves, animals (bears, eagles, etc.) and learned a lot of history (the sunken ships, Native American history).”

“I am truly grateful for being a part of such an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

“I feel like when the basic luxuries of living in society are taken away, so many more doors open up to experiencing new things.”

“It usually takes me long periods of time before I am comfortable conversing with people; however, this program brought me out of my comfort zone and connected me with not only nature but also with people. I can truly say the connections you make on this trip will be unforgettable.”

Teen Science Expedition: Apostle Islands FAQs


Signed doctor’s note approving the trip’s activities.
Must be comfortable near water and open to outdoor living experiences and physical activities such as hiking, kayaking and backpacking.

Program fee

$1,750 ($1,575 for Shedd members)

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due at the time of registration, and the remaining balance is due within 30 days of registration or by May 1, whichever is sooner.

Physical activities

- Hiking over uneven terrain
- Lifting and carrying activity equipment
- Being outdoors in hot/cold weather or rain
- Kayaking for 2+ hours at a time

Change in Plans?

Please review our refund and cancellation policy.


Email us or call 312-939-2438.