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Middle School Ecology Internship 

Grades 6-8 

Service Dates: Saturdays for 5 weeks, starting May 7, 2022

Homewood Science Center is sponsoring a conservation ecology-based internship for middle school students. This internship will complement the Ecosystems science content and the science and engineering practices reflected in the Next Generation Science Standards for middle school. This internship is a student-led program supporting student agency and equitable practices. All area middle school students are invited to apply to join us this spring in a community project to support Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve and Homewood Science Center through scientific investigation, discovery, and leadership!

Led by Nicole Fuller, Chicago Public School Science Educator; Dominique Barksdale, Forensic Scientist and the face of HSC's STEM Saturdays, and Kandis Demeo, Entomology Specialist; 6th-8th grade interns will meet outdoors at Homewood’s Izaak Walton Preserve. The internship will focus on the unique characteristics and interrelationships in oak woodland. The interns will explore NGSS-related ecosystems science content at Izaak Walton Preserve as well as practice leadership skills in educating the community with student-designed interactive and fun presentations at Homewood Science Center’s tent at the Homewood Farmer's Market  on June 4, 9am - 12pm.

Meeting Dates:

* When meeting at Izaak Walton - please meet at the WEST Entrance.

May 7: 9:30 - 11:30am - Izaak Walton Preserve

May 14: 9:30 - 11:30am - Izaak Walton Preserve

May 21: 9:30 - 11:30am - Izaak Walton Preserve

May 28: 9:30 - 11:30am - Izaak Walton Preserve

June 4: 9am - 12pm - Homewood Science Center - tent at Homewood Farmer's Market

COVID-19 Policy

In response to Covid-19, all programming will take place outdoors at Izaak Walton Preserve. Social distancing is encouraged. Masks are optional and hand sanitizer is available.


This internship is open to 6th-8th grade students interested in conservation and ecology. The time commitment for this internship is 8 hours of program sessions as well as approximately 3 hours in community service work.


Internship Benefits
Participation will provide students with hands-on learning experience in project field work, development, and community leadership.



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