Earth Day in the Parks
Applications will be accepted from January 1 through February 28 for 2018 Earth Day in the Parks events from the IDNR. You’ll find the application form, information and list of participating Illinois state parks here.
Earth Day in the Parks is an event to promote stewardship of our natural resources by Illinois school children. Students will be helping the environment and wildlife, participating in outdoor activities to increase their fitness and learning that their actions can make a difference in the world. Students are encouraged to return to the state park to see and study the results of their work. Some classes may want to perform additional volunteer work at the park.
Illinois’ Natural Resources Trading Cards Set #3
A limited number of Illinois’ Natural Resources Trading Cards Set #3 are available now. Please send your request on school letterhead. Whether you are completing your set of trading cards or starting a new one for your classroom, send your request today! The trading cards provide information and images for a variety of Illinois species. There are 63 species cards per set. Mail requests to IDNR Education, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702.
The IDNR is posting “Bicentennial Bits” twice each month (third and fifteenth days) on Facebook in honor of the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ statehood. The first posting of the month will discuss a conservation success story in the state, while the second will highlight the work of the IDNR offices and divisions. Posts can be accessed through the main IDNR Facebook page and the IDNR Division of Education’s Facebook page.
ENTICE Professional Development Workshops – Register Now!Register soon for ENTICE
(Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) professional development workshops for educators sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). ENTICE workshops provide background information, networking opportunities, hands-on lessons, supplemental resources on the topic and the opportunity to work with resources professionals on a variety of topics. Professional Development Hours are available. Correlations to relevant Next Generation Science Standards and/or Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards are provided. Shown below are upcoming workshops for winter, spring and summer 2018. Please note the new date for the workshop in Moline. Visit the ENTICE Web site
for the complete list of workshops. Experience ENTICE!
Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Winter
, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, January 13, 2018 REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST, SEND A NOTE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV
STATING SO. PLEASE INCLUDE THE WORKSHOP DATE AND TITLE IN YOUR MESSAGE.
Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators, Giant City State Park, Makanda, March 16, 2018
Animal Adaptations and the Next Generation Science Standards, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, March 24, 2018
Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Spring, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, April 7, 2018
Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Spring. Giant City State Park, Makanda, April 13, 2018
Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, April 14, 2018
Illinois Frogs and Toads, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, April 21, 2018
Illinois Frogs and Toads, Cache River Visitors’ Center, Cypress, April 23, 2018
Monarch Mania!, Giant City State Park, Makanda, May 12, 2018
Organisms of Flowing Water, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, June 9, 2018
Survival in Numbers, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, June 16, 2018
Monarch Mania!, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, June 23, 2018
Wetland Wonders, Gardner Camp, Hull, July 17, 2018
Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, July 18, 2018
Using Children’s Nonfiction in PreK through Second Grade Science, WIU Quad Cities Campus, Moline, July 24, 2018
Monarch Mania!, Torstenson Conservation Education Center, Pecatonica, August 25, 2018
Asian Carps: Activities for Middle School and High School Students to Support the Teaching of Next Generation Science Standards, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, September 15, 2018
January Kids for Conservation®: Bald Eagle
The January edition of the IDNR Kids for Conservation® Web page
features the topic of the “Bald Eagle
.” You can learn basic facts about this species in the information section. Watch the video podcast, too
. Take the quiz to test your knowledge. Educators, there are resources for you to utilize. We have developed a version of the information section specific to early childhood educators. “Kids in Action” features the students of Charleston Middle School in Charleston and Kansas School in Kansas in a partnership with Douglas-Hart Nature Center in Mattoon to improve an existing wetland and surrounding area that are used by many migratory birds. The February topic is the “Virginia Opossum
Biodiversity of Illinois CD-ROM Series Conversion to Web-based Format – About 800 Files Available
The IDNR Division of Education is in the process of converting the information and images from the Biodiversity of Illinois CD-ROM series (Volume I, Aquatic Habitats; Volume II, Woodland Habitats; Volume III, Prairie and Edge Habitats
) into a searchable, Web-based format. Files are being added as they are completed, so check back often. There will be about 1,500 species in this field guide when it is finished. Visit the Web site
to access the approximately 800 files that have been posted to date.