The Earth Force program is the middle link in ECCo’s Calumet Environmental Education Program, and serves 7th and 8th grade students on Chicago’s southeast side. As a part of Earth Force, students spend the school year immersed in the Calumet region. They come to understand the specific conservation concerns of the place where they live. Their natural curiosity, creativity, and grit are then unleashed on a conservation project that they design and develop. This year, 317 students showcased their projects for the public and their peers at The Field Museum.