Together, the centers increase the Museum’s ability to understand the past, explore the present, and shape a future rich with biological and cultural diversity. The Gantz Family Collections Center focuses on maximizing accessibility of our top collections for researchers, conservation professionals, and educators worldwide. The Integrative Research Center focuses on inquiry-driven research based on our collections, promoting interdisciplinary work across the biological, social, and earth sciences to deepen perspective and answer crucial questions of our times. The Keller Science Action Center puts museum science to work for conservation and cultural understanding, building on our record of success in the Chicago region and in the Andes-Amazon forests. The Learning Center uses real objects and current science to engage multiple audiences in active, experience-based learning.
All four centers contribute to education in the sciences at all levels: pre-K through high school, public learning (often in collaboration with our Exhibitions Department), graduate and post-doctoral training in partnership with universities, professional science and conservation training in tropical countries, and training citizen-scientists in conservation initiatives around the world.