Hurvis Center

The Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration

Exploring New Ways of Engagement

The Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration at Lincoln Park Zoo is a comprehensive education institute designed to advance understanding about how people learn in an informal environment and ways that zoos, aquariums and museums can most effectively engage their audiences for a lasting impact. This will be achieved through innovative programming and thoughtful evaluation and research. The center will simultaneously develop and test new models of learning while providing exciting education programs to learners of all ages locally, nationally and globally.


Key Focuses

The Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration focuses its innovative work in four key areas.

  • Increase Youth Awareness of Science Careers
  • Engage Community Members in the Work of Zoo Researchers
  • Develop Globally Relevant Models of Learning
  • Explore New Ways to Conduct Evaluation and Research

Learn more about the Hurvis Center’s key focuses.


Initiatives

Career Explorers teen interns at Lincoln Park Zoo  

Career Explorers
Chicago students will join a two-week career immersion opportunity at Lincoln Park Zoo, with special activities afterward maintaining a connection with the youth and their parents.

 

Observe to Learn
Informal-learning institutions around the world can share a curriculum providing youth the opportunity to learn about the natural world through animal behavior studies.

Lincoln Park Zoo's Partners in Fieldwork program  

Partners in Fieldwork
The zoo is working with Chicago-area high schools to collect wildlife monitoring data from urban school sites while partnering with the Urban Wildlife Institute to contribute to ongoing biodiversity studies.

 

Research Apprenticeship Program
Chicago-area high school students can spend four weeks working alongside a Lincoln Park Zoo researcher and engaging in authentic research experiences.


Staff

 

Leah Melber, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration

   

Kyle Soller, M.A.T.
Education Manager, Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration

 

Emma Martell
Education Coordinator, Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration

  Matthew Mulligan, Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration  

Matthew Mulligan, M.S.
Youth Research Facilitator,  Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration

Ellen Bechtol is Education Research Manager in the Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration  

Ellen Bechtol, M.A.
Education Research Manager, Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration