Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) Program:

ECCo is the division of the Museum that puts science into action to address the world’s most pressing conservation challenges.  ECCo began as a small experiment during The Field Museum’s centennial celebration in 1995. It 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.

For more information, please contact June Hou at or (312) 665-7120.

Photos: © The Field Museum, mighty acorns may 13 2011-lm photo 117, Photographer Laura Milkert; © The Field Museum, Rosa-carolina-PR-flr, Photographer Paul Rothrock; © The Field Museum, GN91350_044d, Photographer John Weinstein;