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Scouting Resources
Scout leaders, the IDNR Division of Education has resources that you can use to help teach about Illinois' animals, plants and other topics. Videos, publications, resources trunks/packs for loan, activities and other information can be found through the links on the new "Scouting Resources" Web page. Visit it today!
Upcoming Programs at Dickson Mounds Museum
The following programs are being sponsored by Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown. Unless otherwise noted, the programs occur at Dickson Mounds Museum, too. For more information, call 309-547-3721.
Kids’ Day: Create with Clay
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kids of all ages may enjoy learning about ancient Native American creation and use of food containers.  Each participant will receive a generous portion of clay to create a piece to take home. These creations may make the perfect holiday gift. Registration is not required. Clay is available on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Hickory Ridge Concert Series
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $5 children
For more than 20 years, people have gathered at Dickson Mounds Museum on the third Saturday of every month for an evening of musical entertainment. Hosted by Chris Vallillo, an accomplished musician and performer in his own right, the series features roots/folk music and other genres offered by a talented variety of performers. The Curtis and Loretta Christmas show will be held December 15. Curtis and Loretta’s music comes straight from the heart. This husband and wife duo’s extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs and carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America and beyond. The current menagerie includes Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo and National steel ukulele, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica and shakers. They will perform a special Christmas concert in period costume featuring all your favorite Christmas songs performed in their award-winning style! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Visit for information about the artists.
Wild Illinois History Leads Students on a Journey to Learn About History and Wildlife Conservation
The IDNR is offering a "virtual" trip for late-elementary schoolteachers, students and their parents. With a few mouse clicks, students can journey back to the earliest days of the Illinois Territory when voyageurs and Native Americans hunted the prairies, forests and rivers. Wild Illinois History helps students in grades three through five focus on early French exploration, along with river and settlement geography. Students can learn how wildlife helped Native Americans and early settlers survive. They also can see how wildlife is a part of our lives today. A fictional French trapper in the 18th century Illinois Territory leads students on the trip. Brief story-telling slideshows are mixed with fun, interactive activities. For teachers, Wild Illinois History offers lesson plans, activities, photos, posters and correlations to Illinois Learning Standards. Try it out at