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New this Month - April 2021

Publications
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources offers many publications for use by educators and the public. Visit this page to see posters, activity books, activity sheets, hunting and fishing information, state parks information and much more.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Historic Sites Field Trip Grants
The IDNR offers a grant program to help teachers of grades prekindergarten through 12 in the state make history come alive for students. The IDNR Historic Sites Field Trip Grant program provides funding for field trips to select IDNR State Historic Sites. Up to $500.00 is available per winning application to reimburse the school for bus transportation costs. The grant program is competitive, and applications are due by September 30, 2021. Funding is provided by donations. Visit this Web page for the application form, instructions and answers to frequently asked questions. The list of qualifying IDNR State Historic Sites is included in the application form.

Updating the Wild about. . . Web Pages
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Education is adding to the Wild about . . . series of Web pages. Visit these pages and see what’s new!

Upcoming ENTICE Professional Development Workshops
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. ENTICE workshops provide background information, networking opportunities, hands-on lessons, supplemental resources on the topic and the opportunity to work with resources professionals. Professional Development Hours are available. Correlations to relevant Next Generation Science Standards and/or Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards are provided. Shown below is a list of upcoming workshops. Visit the ENTICE Web page for details, the complete list of workshops and to register. Experience ENTICE!

Ecosystems: Producers, Consumers, Decomposers, Oh My!
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle,
April 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Crawl, slither, hop or branch out to The Morton Arboretum and join us for this workshop about the plants and animals that make up an ecosystem. Designed for educators of grades pre-kindergarten through four, you will learn about the flora and fauna of Illinois ecosystems and receive many Illinois-specific resources. Habitat studies, identification, relationships and interdependence will be among the topics covered. Professional Development Hours are available. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information, as appropriate. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS WORKSHOP, SEND A MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV STATING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST FOR THE APRIL 17, 2021, WORKSHOP.

Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Hoover Forest Preserve, Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
April 24, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through two will provide you with the information and resources that you need to successfully teach about and observe wildlife. We will focus on the life history of common wildlife species, and we will go on a hike to look for wildlife and their signs. You will receive training in using basic equipment. We will also discuss developing wildlife habitat on your school grounds. We will show you how to support the teaching of several of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for science and Next Generation Science Standards with your students. You will take away numerous resources to use with young children when learning about nature. Professional Development Hours are available. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS WORKSHOP, SEND A MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV STATING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST FOR THE APRIL 24, 2021, WORKSHOP.

Comparing the Biodiversity of Aquatic Habitats
Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia
May 1, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join us for this workshop that will have you sampling and observing the components of four aquatic habitats at Red Oak Nature Center: river; lake; stream; and spring. We will discuss what the results show and talk about how to incorporate this type of activity into your curriculum to support Next Generation Science Standards. Although targeted to teachers of grades five through eight, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials, as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Register here. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021, OR SOONER IF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS IS REACHED.

Wildlife Conservation
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
May 8, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join us for this exploration of wildlife conservation practices in the state. We’ll discuss what wildlife conservation is, how it is implemented and how it has changed over time. We’ll look at how changes in the environment can affect wildlife conservation and how people and legislation affect wildlife conservation, too. Correlations between the information presented and Next Generation Science Standards will be addressed. Although targeted to teachers of grades three through middle school, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for and attend this workshop but may need to adapt the information for their students, as appropriate. Supplemental educational resources will be provided. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Register here. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021, OR SOONER IF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS IS REACHED.

Illinois Butterflies
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
May 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Flutter in and join other educators of grades prekindergarten through four as we are introduced to the butterflies of Illinois! The emphasis of this workshop will be on butterfly conservation and the related work of staff members of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in the field and lab. Information on developing butterfly habitat on the school grounds and how to incorporate learning activities related to it will also be included. Correlations between the information presented and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and Next Generation Science Standards will be addressed. Supplemental educational resources will be provided. Professional Development Hours are available. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for this workshop but may need to adapt the materials for their students, as appropriate. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS WORKSHOP, SEND A MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV STATING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST FOR THE MAY 15, 2021, WORKSHOP.

Insects, Arachnids and Isopods: Oh My!
Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
June 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
What animals are invertebrates, have a segmented body, an exoskeleton and paired, jointed appendages? They are arthropods! They include insects, crustaceans, spiders, centipedes, millipedes and their relatives. Join us for this introduction to the types of arthropods present in Illinois. We will discuss their diversity, classification, life cycles, adaptations and importance to other organisms. Learn how to incorporate them into your lessons to support the teaching of Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and take part in hands-on activities. Supplemental educational resources will be provided. Although targeted to grades prekindergarten through four, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Register here.

Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators: Schoolyard Wildlife
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
June 12, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through two will provide you with the information and resources that you need to successfully teach about and observe wildlife species at your school. We will focus on the life history of common wildlife species that you might see, and we’ll go on a hike to look for wildlife and their signs. You will receive training in using basic equipment. We will also discuss developing wildlife habitat on your school grounds. We will show you how to support the teaching of several of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for science and Next Generation Science Standards with your students. You’ll take away numerous resources and plants to use with young children when learning about nature. Professional Development Hours are available. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS WORKSHOP, SEND A MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV STATING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST FOR THE JUNE 12, 2021, WORKSHOP.

Illinois Turtles
Cache River Visitors’ Center, Cypress
June 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join us for this workshop as we learn about the life history and identification of Illinois’ 17 species of turtles. We will take a hike to look for turtles, and you will participate in hands-on, educational activities. Resources will be provided to help you incorporate the topic into your curriculum. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information and activities, as appropriate. Correlations to relevant Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards will be provided and discussed. Professional Development Hours are available. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS WORKSHOP, SEND A MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV STATING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST FOR THE JUNE 15, 2021, WORKSHOP.

Illinois Birds for Junior High School and High School Teachers
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
June 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring the biodiversity of Illinois birds into your classroom. Targeted for educators of junior high school and high school, this workshop will focus on the ecology of birds. We will spend time in the field studying avian behavior and participating in a bird-banding demonstration. We will also provide bird-banding data sets for two species of birds to take back to your classroom for students to analyze and interpret. You will leave feeling confident leading students in observing and interpreting birds while meeting Next Generation Science Standards. Educators of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Register here.

Creating and Keeping Collections
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
June 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more than 160 years the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has been assembling and maintaining a variety of natural history specimens and collections. Learn about the Museum’s collections and why collections are important for both scientific and educational purposes. We’ll discuss how to build and maintain a collection, guidelines for collecting natural materials and how to use living and preserved collections in the classroom. Participate in numerous hands-on activities and take home many supplemental resources. Educators will be pinning dead invertebrates as part of this workshop. Professional Development Hours are available. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program. This workshop is suitable for teachers of all grade levels. Register here.

Teaching about Birds to Address Next Generation Science Standards
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago
June 24, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Attend this workshop and learn how a third-grade teacher in Chicago uses the topic of Illinois birds in his curriculum to address Next Generation Science Standards in science and engineering. You will participate in activities and lessons that are used in his classroom. Teaching tools and methods will be discussed as will ways to adapt the information, lessons and activities to other grade levels. Here's your chance to see practical teaching methods in action and learn from someone who uses these lessons daily. Although the lessons are targeted to grade three, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials, as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Register here.

Illinois’ Amphibians and Reptiles
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago, June 26, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The slimy and scaly creatures of Illinois will be featured in this workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through eight. We will learn about their life history and will take a hike to look for reptiles and amphibians. We will provide you with resources and activities. Regulations regarding keeping these animals in the classroom will also be discussed. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for this workshop but may need to adapt the materials for their students, as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available. Correlations between the information presented and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and Next Generation Science Standards will be addressed. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Register here.

April Kids for Conservation®: Illinois Mushrooms
The April edition of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Kids for Conservation® Web page features the topic “Illinois Mushrooms.” You can learn basic facts about this topic in the information section. Watch the video podcast, too. Educators, there are resources for you to utilize. “Kids in Action” features students who are taking action to benefit the Illinois environment.

April Video Podcast – Illinois Mushrooms
The Illinois Mushrooms video podcast is available on the Podcasts page. This video podcast is also available on YouTube.

Giant City State Park Provides Monthly Topics for Teachers
If you teach in the Carbondale area or other parts of southern Illinois, you can ask to be added to the monthly teachers’ topic email from the Natural Resources Coordinator at Giant City State Park. Each month you will receive an email with links to teaching resources and learning standards for the topic as well as ideas on how you could teach about the topic by bringing your students to Giant City State Park. For more information or to sign up, send an email to Jennifer Randolph at jennifer.randolph@illinois.gov.

Virtual Teacher Workshops Coming this Spring from the Illinois State Museum
The Illinois State Museum is offering a free workshop from Echoes & Reflection. The session will be held virtually for two to three hours and is eligible for Professional Development Hours. To register, please click on the link with the workshop description. More workshops will be offered later this year. If there are topics that you would like the museum to hold teacher workshops on, please contact Lorna Shuman at lorna.shuman@illinois.gov.

April 6, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy, The Holocaust as a Case Study Explore the events of the Holocaust through the lens of media, by examining propaganda deployed by the Nazis to discriminate against Jews and other minorities. Educators gain the tools to facilitate classroom discussions on the role and impact of Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust and support their students to critically analyze media in today’s world. Click here for link.

IDNR Coastal Management Program 2021 Coastal Competitive Grants Program - Now Open!
Pre-application materials for the 2021 Coastal Grants are now available! The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Management Program grants provide funding for projects that protect, preserve and restore the natural and cultural resources along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline. Funding is available for projects focused on:
1) habitats and species;
2) public access, recreation, and economic development; and
3) coastal community resilience.
Grant guidelines, application materials and other resources are available here. The pre-application deadline is April 14, 2021.

Reporting Monarch Educational Activities
The IDNR and its partners in the Illinois Monarch Project are collecting information about educational activities related to monarch butterflies. If you conducted any activities in 2020 related to educating people in Illinois about monarch butterflies or to enhancing or developing monarch habitat in Illinois, please send us a brief description (no more than three sentences) describing each activity. Include the date, a description of the activity, the targeted audience (if an educational activity), the organization or person leading the activity and an email address for someone who can answer questions about the activity. Submit the information to dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov. We will post the information on the IDNR Web site here. This Web site is not intended to promote upcoming activities. We want to share information about efforts that have already taken place to help monarchs and their habitat. Please do not send photos. Thank you!