39th Annual Smith Nature Symposium Series
This year, the Smith Nature Symposium Series theme of Inspiring Change lifts up the voices of youth, artists, and scientists who are challenging the status quo and pushing for change where it matters most.
Current & Upcoming 2022 Smith Nature Symposium Events
Past 2022 Smith Symposium Events
About the Smith Nature Symposium
The Smith Nature Symposium memorializes the significant civic legacy of Hermon Dunlap and Ellen Thorne Smith, who donated their land and cabin to help form Ryerson Woods. Hermon, or Dutch, was chair and CEO of Marsh & McLennan, and led The Chicago Community Trust, Newberry Library, and many other Chicago Institutions. Ellen was a philanthropic leader and champion of nature with organizations such as The Field Museum and Chicago Zoological Society. She authored the book Chicagoland Birds: Where and When to Find Them.
A special thank you to all of our generous sponsors!