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IDNR Awards Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Ed Cross
217-557-1240
IDNR Awards Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to Schools
Privately Funded Program to Assist More than 8,300 Students in Learning about Illinois’ Natural Heritage
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Wayne Rosenthal today announced the awarding of more than $98,000 in donated funds from the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program. More than 8,300 students will visit Illinois state parks, museums and other natural resources sites this year to learn about nature and conservation thanks to grant funding through the 102 field trip grants.
 
“We are pleased to support learning outside the classroom with these grants. This program allows students to visit locations throughout the state to see first-hand what they’ve been learning about in the classroom,” said Director Rosenthal. “Our future conservation leaders need the opportunity to experience Illinois’ natural resources in person.”

The more than $98,000 being awarded for 2017 was made possible by private donations from the Independence Tube Corporation of Bedford Park, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation of Skokie and the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation of Wilmington.  The donations and funding for the grants are coordinated by the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF). The Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program has distributed more than $994,000 and reached more than 93,900 students since its inception in 2001. Grant recipients are located throughout Illinois and represent students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

The competitive grant program allows Illinois teachers to apply for funds to take students on a field trip to study Illinois’ biodiversity. Learning activities must directly relate to the school’s curriculum. The annual application deadline is January 31. Funding administered by the ICF covers expenses such as the costs of transportation and substitute teachers.
 
For more information about the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program, contact the IDNR Division of Education at dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov or 217-524-4126. The Illinois Conservation Foundation gladly accepts donations for the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program. Visit www.ilcf.org for additional information.
 
A list of this year’s grant recipients is on the IDNR website at:
 https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Documents/IBFTGAwardees2017.pdf.

The 2018 application form will be available soon.
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