Ecology Resources

The Chicago Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL

Mission: Combining the fields of Anthropology, Botany, Geology, Paleontology and Zoology, the Museum uses an interdisciplinary approach to increasing knowledge about the past, present and future of the physical earth, its plants, animals, people, and their cultures. In doing so, it seeks to uncover the extent and character of biological and cultural diversity; similarities and interdependencies so that we may better understand, respect, and celebrate nature and other people.

Admission: The museum is open to the public. For adults admission is $17. For kids it is $8 and for students it is $14.

Exhibits related to ecology: The museum has several interesting exhibits, including the world's largest intact T-Rex skeleton (known as Sue). They also have the lions of Tsavo (man eaters), mammals of the African safari, Bushmen, Bird habitats, a hall of gems, American Indian civilization and study, a look inside ancient Egypt, The art of China, Japan and Tibet and finally a solid Dinosaur exhibit.

Events: The museum is open for larger group tours daily as long as a reservation is made. They also run classes for teachers to delve deeper into certain topics.

Additional Resources: The museum has an online news bulletin, which can be signed up for via email. It relates updates and upcoming events to the subscribers.

Behind the Scenes: The most interesting “behind the scenes” effort is occurring in Pompeii. They have been helping in the excavating of the buried city and will have an exhibit of their efforts in the upcoming year.

Volunteer Opportunities: The museum is open to community service as well as accepting donations of all sizes.

Prepared by CR