Soledad Maristany

Field Naturalist

Keller Science Action Center
Science Focus

      Soledad Maristany (they/them) is the Field Museum’s Urban Conservation Educator with the Youth Conservation Action Initiative. In this role, Soledad manages the environmental education program Mighty Acorns where they bring 3rd-5th grade students out to local natural areas to learn, explore, and participate in ecological restoration projects. Soledad also manages the Mighty Acorns Partnership, a multi-state network of Mighty Acorns program providers throughout the Chicago Wilderness Region. Prior to their work at the Field Museum, Soledad led environmental education at the Forest Preserves of Cook County and bicycle education for students in Chicago and Philadelphia. Soledad is passionate about connecting people through nature, whether through recreation, stewardship projects, or education. In their free time they enjoy cooking, thrifting, going to DIY music shows and spoiling their tortoiseshell cat. They received their B.A. in International Studies from DePaul University with a concentration in globalization and inequality. They also have achieved an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their capstone focused on evaluating the efficacy of local virtual environmental education programs during the pandemic.