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Middle School Ecology Internship 

Grades 6-8 

Service Dates: Saturdays for 5 weeks, starting April 15th, 2023

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; 6th-8th grade interns will meet outdoors at Homewood’s Izaak Walton Preserve on the following Saturday dates:

Meeting Dates:

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

April 15th (9:30-11:30 am):  Welcome to Izaak Walton and Explore the Three Ecosystems
April 22nd  (9:30-11:30 am):  Key Bird Adaptations with scientists  
April 29th (9:30-11:30 am):  Preparing for Bird Day 
May 6th (9:30-Noon):  Bird Day Presentation Preparation
*Saturday May 13th  (8:00 am-noon):  Bird Day Event at Izaak Walton Preserve


This internship is open to any 6th-8th grade students interested in conservation and ecology.


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


Application Requirements

Students must complete this brief online application by Saturday, April 1st Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 7th.  Attendance at internship sessions and the Bird Day Event at Izaak Walton is required.

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.


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