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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 9, 2011 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
Stacey Solano 
217-558-0994 
Illinois Conservation Foundation Awards Grants for Youth Conservation Education Programs 
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Conservation Foundation today announced it has awarded four grants for youth conservation education programs. 

“The ICF Grant Program helps provide youth with interesting outdoor experiences, and that helps us grow a new generation of conservationists,” said Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and chairman of the Illinois Conservation Foundation Board of Directors.

The 2011 ICF Grant Program awards include:

- $1,500 to the First Baptist Church of Waukegan’s ‘Cool Learning Experience’ outdoor education program;

- $970 for the ‘Nature is Accessible’ program at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs, managed by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County;

- $2,500 to Trailnet for the annual ‘Eagle Days’ bald eagle conservation education weekend program on the Old Chain of Rocks bridge near Granite City next January;

- $5,000 to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Education for the annual ‘Earth Day in the Parks’ program that provides school children from throughout the state with hands-on habitat enhancement project activities at Illinois state parks each spring. 

The ICF Grant Program is supported by private donations, including funds raised at the annual Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet.  Applications for the grant program were reviewed and approved by the ICF Board of Directors.  The grant program has awarded more than $310,000 in grants for more than 150 programs and projects in recent years.

The Illinois Conservation Foundation is an IRS 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation established in 1995 to support the programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For more information on the grant program, contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271, phone 217/785-2003, or visit the ICF web site at www.ilcf.org.