Educators, parents and business leaders are invited to explore the power of Citizen Science at the Chicago Southland STEM Network Virtual Meeting. Patty Messersmith, Homewood Science Center Board Member and Senior Educator at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, and Kim Smith, Homewood-Flossmoor High School teacher, will share how we've joined forces to offer HF Citizen Science activities this fall and winter. Based on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Celebrate Urban Birds program, HF Citizen Science activities and resources will be available for all age groups.


Join us to learn about

  • The value, for student self-efficacy, using citizen science projects in science education

  • How citizen science projects support the Next Generation Science Standards

  • How an educator can best implement the Celebrate Urban Birds project for students

  • Educational resources provided by Cornell Lab of Ornithology

  • Educational resources provided by Homewood Science Center

 In addition, University of Chicago Professor Tim Wootton will be speaking about how citizen science has influenced his professional life and interests. Register to attend this free online gathering of the Chicago Southland STEM Network.

Is your organization an official member of our Chicago Southland STEM Network? Please register your school/district, community organization, or business to be an official member of our Chicago Southland STEM Network.

Members receive a free listing on our STEM Network Directory, which is a free resource available to the public, highlighting STEM programs and education across Chicago's Southland. Members will also receive invitations to our biannual Chicago Southland STEM Network meetings, a platform convening regional STEM stakeholders in collaboration to improve STEM education and workforce development.

If your organization has been active with the Chicago Southland STEM Network,

we ask that you complete the 2020-2021 STEM Network Membership Form so that we may update your profile.

Homewood Science Center invites your family to join us virtually for Spotlight On...Citizen Science for Families on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 7-8pm.

Join us as Patty Messersmith, Homewood Science Center Board Member and Senior Educator at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, introduces Homewood Science Center's new HF Citizen Science program. 

  • Citizen science projects are a fun and easy way to get families and people of all ages involved in science at home.

  • Citizen science allows everyone to contribute meaningfully to science.

  • Learn how families can best implement the Celebrate Urban Birds project at home.

  • We'll share resources for families from Cornell Lab and from Homewood Science Center.

Patty will also share details on the Middle School Conservation Ecology Internship she is leading. The interns will host a socially-distanced nature walk and bioblitz at WALK WALTON on October 18.

Walk Walton 2020

October 18, 2020

Walk Walton 2020 will be held on Sunday October 18, 2020 from 9 am - noon at Izaak Walton Preserve. This year Walk Walton has been modified to protect public health. Masks and social distancing will be required. 

Adult tickets are $10 and includes up to three free tickets for children under 12.  Registration is for a timed entry and is limited to 8 participants per group. The registration includes a guided 40 minute walk, which will lead participants to a bioblitz at the Preserve. A bioblitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area. At a bioblitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area's biodiversity.

Each participant will also receive a Walk Walton backpack, a donut and a warm drink!  Please join us to enjoy the science of the season!

FREE Recorded Courses 

Virtual PopUp SCIENCE

Explore Science: Earth & Space


Homewood Science Center was specially selected to receive an Explore Science: Earth & Space kit from NISE. 

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. While we are unable to share this hands-on exploration with you in-person at the moment, we are sharing it with your virtually!

FREE Virtual Family Yoga

with Serendipity Yoga

Sponsored by Homewood Science Center

Breathe. Stretch. Play. Relax. Explore!

Yoga and breath are powerful tools to add to your family's routine. Families will learn the science of mindfulness while practicing yoga together. This all-ages class combines fun science themes and family movement. Weekly themes include: Bug's Life, Day at the Beach, Under the Sea, Superheroes & Fairy Tales, and more!

Tune into our Facebook page to enjoy recorded episodes at your leisure!

Homewood Science Center proudly partnered with The Cancer Support Center in creating art exploration and appreciation lessons for K-5th grade students using materials that you can find at home. 

During this stay-at-home period, we hope to offer support to parents with our Parent Q & A video. In this 30 minute discussion, Kin Kong, Ph.D. shares simple parenting strategies for establishing healthy routines in response to the pandemic. 


Dr. Kong is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families, an associate professor at Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has led Homewood Science Center's Kids' Committee since 2016.

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