Field Ambassadors

The Field Ambassador program is a professional learning community through which Chicago-area educators receive on-going professional development on the Museum’s resources—our exhibitions, collections, educational programs, Harris Learning Collection materials—and best practices in using museums to support student learning. In return, Field Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the Museum and their school community by sharing our resources with colleagues and keeping us abreast of the changing needs of the educator audience.

Field Ambassadors participate in 30 hours of training on content relevant to the Field Museum's areas of study as well as best practices in object-based learning and our Focused Field Trip Framework. After completing the initial training, Field Ambassadors become members of the Academy. Academy members are invited to continue participating in professional development days, join the Museum for special learning opportunities and events, and develop school-wide initiatives designed to integrate Museum resources on a larger scale. Through the Field Ambassador program, educators:

  • Dedicate themselves to lifelong learning in a professional learning community
  • Improve their ability to teach and learn through collections
  • Grow as leaders in their school communities, the Field Ambassador community, and at the Museum

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year has ended.  Please check back in 2023 for information on applying for the 2023-2024 school year.

2022–2023 Meetings

Field Ambassadors plan to move forward with in-person meetings this school year.  We will monitor the ongoing public health situation due to COVID-19 and will make adjustments to the schedule as necessary. 

This program meets twice in the fall semester and three times in the spring semester.  The dates for the 2022-2023 school year are as follows: 

  • October 22nd
  • November 5th
  • January 7th
  • February 11th
  • March 4th
  • End of Year Celebration: TBD

Questions? Email

Due to a generous grant, this program is free for all educators accepted into the program.