Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY)

Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY) works with over 700 9th-12th grade students from the South Side of Chicago every year to improve natural sites and to bring science lessons to life. In this place-based, real-world environmental science program, each school sponsors a specific local natural area in the Calumet Region. The students participate in a variety of different activities throughout the fall, winter, and spring, from ecological restoration to classroom lessons and leadership training.

CIMBY is a joint program of Chicago Public Schools' Civic Engagement and Service Learning Initiative and The Field Museum's Science Action Center and its Youth Conservation Action work (formerly called Calumet Environmental Education Program). CIMBY activities help build students' leadership and scientific skills and helps students develop a meaningful relationship with nature.

Components of the CIMBY program:

Download the CIMBY pamphlet.

Watch the CIMBY Video.