Brush Creek Teachers

Important Dates

Chaperone Meetings

January 9th, 2017 May 8th, 2017
5:00pm-7:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location TBD Location TBD


Family Orientations

There are two mandatory Family Orientation sessions, one in January and one in May. Three dates will be offered in both months, and teachers are required to attend one of those.

The first will take place in January and the second and teachers may choose one of three dates. The second will take place in May (location to be determined). Please plan to attend the session that the majority of your students will attend.

Family Orientation #1

Chaperones will be assigned a specific date to attend based on their Staddle Camp trip week.

✶ Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: TBD

✶ Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: TBD

✶ Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: TBD

Family Orientation #2

Chaperones are expected to choose and attend one of the three dates offered. If possible, please try to coordinate with your families to attend on the same date.

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00

Location: TBD

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00

Location: TBD

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5:30-7:00

Location: TBD

Pre-Trip Enrichment Sessions

Chaperones are required to attend all pre-trip enrichment sessions with their students. All sessions will be broken up into Morning and Afternoon groups based on location and numbers of students. Groups will be assigned prior to the enrichment session and communicated in advance.

✶ Saturday, February 25, 2017 (AM and PM groups)
Adler Planetarium (1300 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605)

✶ Saturday, April 8, 2017 (AM and PM groups)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614)

✶ Saturday, May 13, 2017 (AM and PM groups)
63rd Street Beach (6300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60649)

✶ Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
North Park Nature Center (5801 North Pulaski Road Chicago, IL 60646)
This trip will take place during school hours and dates will be assigned and communicated in advance of the enrichment session.

We are no longer accepting applications from teachers.

How to Apply

Teachers interested in becoming involved must teach at a Big Shoulders Fund supported school and should first clear his/her school’s participation in the program with the school principal.

Preference will be given to middle-grade teachers with a background in science. Teachers should have an appreciation for nature and be comfortable being active in the outdoors; experience camping is a plus. For more information about the teacher role, please consult the responsibilities handout.

All interested teachers should complete the Chaperone Interest Form.

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Why Apply

100 percent of teachers said the Brush Creek Ranch Program added to their own personal knowledge.
“This experience aided me in how I teach science in real life contexts. I also learned how to better help students take on and enjoy learning experiences outside of their comfort zone.”
97 percent of teachers said they would return.
“I grew as a teacher and a leader, getting to know how our students learn and grow in these experiences.”

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