Local High School Students Convene at Annual Science Summit

Jon Schmitt from Chicago Public Schools congratulates CIMBY on their conservation achievements. Photo: Alison Paul

After a year of hard work and fun ECCo’s CIMBY students were delighted to learn that together they had  pulled enough of the invasive weed Garlic Mustard to fill up the skeleton of "Sue", and that the total acreage on which they had worked in the Calumet region was far larger than the footprint of downtown Chicago. 

Through their work on the land, through conversations with each other, through contact with museum scientists, and through presentations and general discussion, they learned that their actions reverberate beyond the walls of their school and their own back yard to strongly connect to conservation careers and action in the region and in the world.

These 250 high school students from eleven Calumet schools celebrated their work May 27th, 2011 at the annual CIMBY Science Summit which brings together students that participate in ECCo's Calumet Is My Backyard (CIMBY) program. Throughout the school year CIMBY students adopted local natural areas, helping to restore and protect them while bringing ecology lessons to life, developing leadership skills, and reclaiming their own backyard.

At this culminating year-end event, participants enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours of collections and research led by museum scientists in Anthropology, Botany, Geology, ECCo, and Zoology.

Photos: Laura Milkert