On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Illinois Science Council (ISC) participated in the 4th Annual Chicago Volunteer Expo held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park.

The Expo helps connect people with the right volunteer opportunities for them by hosting over 85 exhibitors in the Chicagoland area to share the mission of their nonprofit organization and its volunteers. ISC relies on its volunteers to staff events, contribute content to its website and social media platforms, and get the word out about exciting, upcoming programs. If you met us at the Expo or are exploring our website for volunteer opportunities, you can join the ISC mailing list here and learn more about our Associates Board here.

ISC at the 2016 Volunteer Expo

ISC Director Monica Metzler with ISC Member Peg Tierney (right) at the 2016 Chicago Volunteer Expo

We invite and welcome volunteers with science experience ranging from hardly remembering your last science course through PhD-world.  The ISC’s main goal for volunteers is to inspire curiosity and enthusiasm for science. Contact us and get involved!


Katie Jones is a science writer at Argonne National Laboratory. Follow Katie on Twitter @Kelyce_writer.


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On April 8th, 2024, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America, from Mexico to the Maine-Canadian border. For those who experienced the spectacular solar eclipse of 2017, this one will be similar, crossing the United States from west to east and passing through or near several major metropolitan areas. And while its path is quite different this time, Carbondale, Illinois, a reasonable destination for Chicago-area residents, will once again be on the line of totality.    

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Two women representing the Illinois Science Council at an event.

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