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Alison Paul

Urban Conservation Educator II

Action Center

Alison manages the Calumet Environmental Education Program (CEEP) for The Field Museum's division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo). Alison and the CEEP team work with 130 teachers to engage over 3,000 4th-12th students in the Calumet region annually. By working in partnership with schools, non-profit organizations, and land-owning agencies, CEEP uses a place-based education model to get teachers and students excited about nature in their own back yard as well as active on local urban conservation issues.  Prior to her current position, Alison coordinated The Field Museum's high school summer program, the Ford Environmental Leadership Internship, and the Mighty Acorns program for 4th through 6th grade Chicago Public School students. She has a M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago.

Additional Information


DePaul University, Masters of Arts, Social and Cultural Foundations in Education

Loyola University Chicago, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science             


Kayaking, biking, camping and yoga (both practicing and teaching yoga to kids).

Work experience

Urban Conservation Educator, Department of Environment, Culture and Conservation, The Field Museum, September 2011-present

Ford Environmental Leadership Internship Supervisor, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, April-August 2010 and February-August 2011

Graduate Assistant, Dept. of Educational Policy Studies & Research, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, September 2009-June 2011

International Team Member, Witness for Peace, Bogotá, Colombia, January 2007-2009

Yoga Instructor,Various yoga studios and public schools, Chicago, Illinois, May 2009-Present

Intern, Tantre Organic Farm, Chelsea, Michigan, May-August 2009

Intern, Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura, Pachitulul, Guatemala, September-October 2006

Campaign Coordinator, U.S./Labor Education in the Americas Project (US/LEAP), Chicago, Illinois 2002-2006

Education Intern, Alaska Sea Life Center, Seward, Alaska, June-August 2001

Environmental Education Intern, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont January-March 1999