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Field Museum at Brushwood Center

March/April 2017


In 2016, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods announced a new partnership with The Field Museum. A quarterly speaker series is designed to inform Northern Illinois residents on new  and brilliant research underway at The Field Museum - without the long drive to Chicago. This new partnership gives The Field Museum a chance to reach their northern neighbors while allow- ing the Brushwood Center a chance to further the conversation   on important environmental and cultural issues that impact our region and the world.

Youth Conservation Action
with Alison Paul
Youth Conservation Manager
Sunday, March 19 1-3pm

Alison manages the Youth Conservation Action program for The Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center. Alison and the YCA team work with 150 teachers to engage over 3,800 3rd-12th students in the Chicago region annually. By working in partnership with schools, non-profit organizations, and land-owning agencies, YCA uses a place-based education model to get teachers and grade students excited about nature in their own backyard as well as active on local urban conservation issues.

Why Urban Nature Matters
with Abigail Derby Lewis
Chicago Region Senior Program Manager
Sunday, June 25 1-3pm

Abigail began her career as a biological anthropologist studying primate behavior and comparative ecology while living and working in some of the most biodiverse and threatened regions in the world. This fostered a profound and personal interest in applied research initiatives that contribute to sustainable management and environmental policy in a meaningful way. The transition to working on the impact of climate change on biodiversity in the Chicago Wilderness region is a natural progression that grew from her graduate work on human-wildlife interactions.

Enjoy the Field Museum lecture series but don’t forget all of the other opportunities offered at Brushwood Center at Ryerson. Film screenings, exhibitions, classes and work shops. For more information go to brushwoodcenter.org.


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