Science First is a great learning opportunity, a chance to see the Garden's 385 acres of plants and nature, and a great way to meet other science-curious students. Each summer, approximately 40 students from Chicago Public Schools travel to the Garden by school bus from designated stops to spend four weeks being immersed in a free, nature-based science enrichment program that engages students in a unique hands-on experience.
What past students have to say
"I loved being outside learning and looking at new things in the garden and learning a lot of science."
“I love this program because it gives me the chance to learn and have fun. I go every year to create more memories, and return to my own little family.”
“This is my personal thank you. Over the last few years I’ve lost friends due to crime and violence, friends that I would be hanging out with if I wasn’t at your camp. I can truly say I’ve met new friends and got a headstart at school. Your camp has made learning fun for me. Without it, I don’t know where I’d be. You’ve touched me and my education greatly, and I hope you can do it for others for many years to come.”
The Science Career Continuum is made possible by the generous support of an anonymous donor, The Brinson Foundation, Capital One Financial Corporation, the William J. Clancy Foundation, Discover Financial Services, The Helen V. Froehlich Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Leo S. Guthman Fund, HSBC, Institute of Museum and Library Services, ITW, Kemper Educational and Charitable Fund, Bertha Lebus Charitable Trust, Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation, Sheridan Foundation, Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, Sterling Partners, The Trillium Foundation, and the W.P. & H.B. White Foundation.