Program Support

Core to the Museum’s mission are our education programs, innovative conservation work, unparalleled scientific research, and extraordinary collection of nearly 25 million objects and artifacts. Opportunities for various program support are outlined below:


The Field Museum offers over 12,000 education programs annually to more than 350,000 participants. These include adult, youth, and family programs, both on and off-site.

Crown Family PlayLab

The Field Museum’s Playlab is an early childhood learning center for children ages 2-6 focused on helping our youngest visitors develop a lifelong love for science and the natural world. Themed learning areas throughout the PlayLab – from dinosaurs to music and archeology- create experiences that help children explore the world around them.

Dozin’ with the Dinos

These educational overnights at the Museum provide children (ages 6-12) and their chaperones with an opportunity to explore the Museum after hours with special access to the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and scientists.


The Science Action Center has blossomed into a team of scientist-explorers expert in translating museum knowledge into lasting results for sustaining the earth’s rich biological and cultural diversity in South America and the Chicago region.

Environmental Education

The Museum’s Calumet Environmental Education Program (CEEP) is a unique program that translates science into action for 2,700 students and 100 educators annually from over 20 Chicago public schools. Students participate in a consecutive ladder of conservation education programs, linking and building skills and knowledge grade level upon grade level. The three conservation education programs, Mighty Acorns (grades 4-6), Earth Force (grades 7-8), and Calumet Is My Back Yard (grades 9-12), engage disadvantaged youth in scientific, hands-on learning about biodiversity and conservation, resulting in action projects in their own community.

The Field Museum houses and maintains an encyclopedic collection of more than 25 million cultural artifacts and scientific specimens.

Collection Digitization

The Museum is initiating a large-scale effort to digitize more than half a million specimens in order to increase access to our valuable collections for students, researchers, and scientists around the world.

Repatriation Program

The Repatriation Program responds to repatriation requests, requests for information, and provides indigenous communities access to the Museum’s numerous collections. In conjunction with thorough anthropological, historical, ethical, and legal analyses, communication with descendent communities is the foundation of each domestic and international repatriation claim. Outreach, relationship building, and collaboration with Native peoples are intrinsic to the repatriation process at the Field Museum. For more information, please contact Helen Robbins at or (312) 665-7317.

View our achievements from this past year on our 2012 General Operations Report, or view our latest Economic Impact Statement. For more information, please contact June Hou at or (312) 665-7120.