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Resources trunks and packs are not currently available for loan due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are consulting with the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding how to safely offer these educational resources again as the lending locations begin to reopen. Once we have made that determination, we will post more information on this Web page.

Resources trunks/packs from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Education are Illinois-specific units on 14 topics. Available for loan statewide, they are filled with items for hands-on learning. See the topics and descriptions below. Teachers, homeschooling educators, scout and youth group leaders, nature center personnel, librarians, day care center staff and families are among the people who can successfully use these resources. A two-week loan period is suggested. There is no charge to borrow the trunks/packs, although a refundable deposit may be requested. Lessons are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, as appropriate. Suggested grade levels are provided but modifications can be made for use at other grade levels. Watch our video podcasts to see descriptions of each trunk/pack and how to borrow them.
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