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Middle School Ecology Internship 

Grades 6-8 

Apply: March 22 - April 23

Service Dates: Saturdays for 6 weeks, starting May 1, 2021

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 Patricia Messersmith, senior educator at the Museum of Science and Industry; Nicole Fuller, Chicago Public School Science Educator; and Kandis Demeo, Entomology Specialist; 6th-8th grade interns will meet outdoors at Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve. The internship will focus on the restoration of the oak woodland at the Preserve in support of the Chicago Wilderness Oak Ecosystems Recovery Plan.The interns will do restoration work as well as practice leadership skills in educating the community about the importance of conserving this amazing tree as a keystone species in a woodland ecosystem.

COVID-19 Policy
In response to Covid-19, all programming will take place outdoors at Izaak Walton Preserve maintaining social distancing at all times. All participants in the program are required to wear a mask and use provided hand sanitizer.


This internship is open to 6th-8th grade students interested in conservation and ecology. The time commitment for this internship is 12 hours of program sessions as well as approximately 3-5 hours in community service work.


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 Friday, April 23rd. Applicants will be notified by Monday, April 26th.


Interns are required to meet at the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve on the following dates:
May 1 / 9:30-11:30am Welcome to Izaak Walton’s Amazing Oak Woodland!
May 8 / 9:30-11:30am Restoration Work Day
May 15 / 9:30-11:30am Explore the Oak as a Keystone Species
May 22 / 9:30-11:30am Ethnobotany and the Oak tree
*May 29 / 9:30-11:30am Presentation Planning *optional
June 5 / Time TBD / Community Presentation  -  Educating the Community: What Should People Know

Application closed