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Kids' Events and Calendar

Visit the IDNR Division of Education’s Tent at the Illinois State Fair!
The IDNR Division of Education will be featuring a “Saving Species” theme in Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair, August 10-19, 2018, in Springfield. To support the Illinois Bicentennial, we’ll be looking at how natural resources conservation has evolved in the state and examples of how the IDNR continues these efforts today. There will be activities for all ages on these topics. We have resources for educators, and the first 5,000 families will receive a packet of native plant seeds for establishing a pollinator garden.
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 at 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.
Tot Time: Release the Dragons! Dragonflies That Is!
Thursday, August 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center. Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends. A different topic and craft are featured each month. On August 2, a ranger from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present a program on dragonflies. Tots and their caretakers may enjoy learning about the life cycle of this creature and getting an up-close look at local species. Registration is not required and admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with the program portion lasting approximately thirty minutes followed by crafts, snacks and time to explore the Museum. Older siblings are welcome to participate in the program. This program series is sponsored by the City of Lewistown, Canton Chamber of Commerce, Havana National Bank, Lewistown VFW Post 5001 Auxiliary, Rusty Melhouse of Edward Jones and Chris Bennett of Dunfermline.
Family Night: View the Perseid Meteor Shower
Saturday - Sunday, August 11 - 12, 2018, 10:00 p.m.-  5:00 a.m.
Families may enjoy viewing meteors zip through the sky throughout the night into the pre-dawn hours from the comfort of the Museum’s Observation Deck. Doors will open at 10:00 p.m. on August 11 and close at 5:00 a.m. August 12. Stories and crafts for children will be provided. Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors and bring a lawn and/or camping chair or blanket and small flashlight. Light refreshments will be available. The program is free; however, donations are appreciated.
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