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  Illinois Tree Trunk

Illinois Tree Trunk

Want to learn more about the forest? Grab an Illinois Tree Trunk from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources! These trunks are available for loan to teachers and youth group leaders. The trunks are large storage containers that include many items teachers can use to instruct students about trees, forests, forestry careers and the forestry industry. Click here to view learning standards correlations. Targeted Grades: prek-10

You'll find the following items and more inside an Illinois Tree Trunk.

  • field guides
  • activity kits
  • posters
  • lessons
  • tree "cookies"
  • lumber samples
  • a plant cell model
  • CD-ROMs
  • a plant press
  • Click here to see the contents check list.
  • Watch the video podcast.

Lending locations are listed below. Call or email to make your reservation. A two-week loan period is suggested. There is no charge to borrow the trunk, although a refundable deposit may be requested.

Lending Locations

Adams Siloam Springs State Park Clayton 217-894-6205 donald.herren@illinois.gov
Adams Quincy Public Library Quincy 217-223-1309 ext. 204 ndolan@quincylibrary.org
Bureau Hennepin Canal Parkway State Trail Sheffield 815-454-2328 Dnr.HennepinCanal@illinois.gov
Champaign Prairie Research Institute Library Champaign 217-333-6892 https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/2907277
Clinton Eldon Hazlet State Park Carlyle 618-594-3015 gary.tatham@illinois.gov
Clinton District Forester, Eldon Hazlet State Park Carlyle 618-594-4475 mark.koch@illinois.gov
Clinton Kaskaskia College Library Centralia 618-545-3130 koverstreet@kaskaskia.edu
Cook Sagawau Environmental Education Center Lemont 630-257-2045 lorrie.ward@cookcountyil.gov
Cook Chicago Botanic Gardens Glencoe 847-835-8253


Cook Wetlands Discovery Center

Park Forest

708-748-2005 rgunther@vopf.com
Cook Irons Oaks Environmental Center Olympia Fields 708-481-2330 ext. 202 cvargo@hfparks.com
Cook Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago 773-755-5112 tlc@naturemuseum.org
Cook Audubon Chicago Region Chicago

312-453-0230 ext. 2004

Cook Gompers Park Chicago 773-685-3270 Mercedes.Main-Duplechin@ChicagoParkDistrict.com
Cook The Grove Glenview 847-299-6096 kris.vanvoorhis@glenviewparkdist.org
Cook William Powers State Recreation Area Chicago 773-646-3270 dnr.wm.powers@illinois.gov
Cook Matteson Public Library Matteson 708-748-4431 nwebb@sslic.net
De Witt Weldon Springs State Park Clinton 217-935-2644


Du Page Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Lisle 630-829-6546 JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu
Du Page Du Page County Forest Preserve District Oak Brook (available at other education centers, too) 630-206-9586 ndahlin@dupageforest.com
Du Page The Morton Arboretum Lisle 630-725-2118 ksteele@mortonarb.org
Effingham Ballard Nature Center Altamont 618-483-6856 ballardnc@frontiernet.net
Franklin U.S.Army Corps of Engineers Rend Lake Benton 618-724-2493 dawn.m.kovarik@usace.army.mil
Fulton Dickson Mounds Museum Lewistown 309-547-3721 cchristensen@museum.state.il.us
Grundy Goose Lake Prairie State Park Morris 815-942-2899 duane.snow@illinois.gov
Grundy Gebhard Woods Morris 815-942-0796 jill.jackson@illinois.gov
Henry Geneseo Public Library District Geneseo 309-944-6452



Iroquois Watseka Public Library Watseka 815-432-4544 watsekalibrary@yahoo.com
Jackson Giant City State Park Makanda 618-457-4836 jennifer.randolph@illinois.gov
Jackson Lake Murphysboro State Park Murphysboro 618-565-2828 benjamin.snyder@illinois.gov
Jersey Pere Marquette State Park Grafton 618-786-3323 chris.hespen@illinois.gov
Johnson Cache River State Natural Area Belknap 618-657-2064 molie.oliver@illinois.gov
Kane Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation Dundee 847-428-2240 info@mcgrawwildlife.org
Kane Hawthorne Hill Nature Center Elgin 847-531-7055 neuffer_m@cityofelgin.org
Kane Red Oak Nature Center Batavia 630-897-1808 mgazdacka@fvpd.net
Kankakee Kankakee River State Park Bourbonnais 815-933-1383 stephen.lucero@illinois.gov
Kendall Kendall County Outdoor Education Center Yorkville 630-553-7108 dbazan@roe24.org
Knox City of Galesburg Lakeside Recreational Facility Galesburg 309-345-3683 evarner@ci.galesburg.il.us
La Salle Starved Rock State Park Utica 815-667-4726 option "O" jolyn.wise@illinois.gov
Lake Volo Bog State Natural Area Ingleside 815-344-1294 stacy.iwanicki@illinois.gov
Macon Rock Springs Nature Center Decatur 217-423-7708



Macoupin Bunker Hill Public Library District Bunker Hill 618-585-4736 library@bunkerhilllibrary.org
Macoupin Macoupin County Ag Literacy Program Carlinville 217-854-9604 cniemann@illinois.edu
Madison National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Godfrey 618-468-2785


Madison National Great Rivers Museum East Alton 618-462-6979 erin.a.hilligoss-volkmann@usace.army.mil
Marshall Marshall-Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District Henry 309-364-3913 extension 3 stacy.hill@il.nacdnet.net
Massac Fort Massac State Park Metropolis 618-524-4712 neal.pankey@illinois.gov
Massac Mermet Lake Conservation Area Belknap 618-524-5577 neal.pankey@illinois.gov
McDonough Argyle Lake State Park Colchester 309-776-3422 bridget.hinchee@illinois.gov
McDonough District Forester, Argyle Lake State Park Colchester 309-776-5271 barrie.mcvey@illinois.gov
McDonough WIU Elementary Education Macomb 309-298-1777 or 309-298-1258 DT-Powers@wiu.edu
McHenry Chain O'Lakes State Park Spring Grove 815-675-2386 dave.griffith@illinois.gov
McHenry McHenry County Conservation District Crystal Lake 815-479-5779 education@mccdistrict.org
Monroe Camp Wartburg Waterloo 618-979-0918 robert_polansky@lcfs.org
Montgomery Camp SOAR Litchfield 217-720-2089 jyeager@girlscouts-gsci.org
Morgan Regional Office of Education #46 Media Center Jacksonville 217-243-1804 kkunz@roe46.net
Peoria The PROE Center Edwards 309-673-1040 kbarr@peoriaroe48.net
Peoria Wildlife Prairie State Park Edwards 309-676-0998 saratate@wildlifeprairie.org
Pope Illinois Forest Resources Center Simpson 618-695-3383 jakirk@illinois.edu
Randolph District Forester, World Shooting and Recreational Complex Sparta 618-295-2877 mark.v.brown@illinois.gov
Randolph Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area/Baldwin Lake Baldwin 618-785-2555 joseph.middleton@illinois.gov
Richland IDNR Office Olney 618-393-6732 connie.kuenstler@illinois.gov
Rock Island U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Visitors' Center Rock Island



Rock Island Western Illinois University Moline 309-762-3999 ext. 262 DT-Powers@wiu.edu
Saline U.S. Forest Service Shawnee National Forest Harrisburg 618-253-7114 rebeccahwilliams@fs.fed.us
Sangamon IDNR Division of Education Springfield 217-524-4126 dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov
Sangamon Regional Office of Education 51 Staff Development Center Springfield 217-585-8090


Sangamon Rochester Public Library Rochester 217-498-8454 youth.services@rochesterlibrary.org
Shelby USACOE Lake Shelbyville Office Shelbyville 217-774-3951 Phil.j.manhart@usace.army.mil
St. Clair Frank Holten State Recreation Area East St. Louis 618-874-7920 lisa.motl@illinois.gov
Stephenson Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park Lena 815-369-4282 kip.streckwald@illinois.gov
Vermilion Vermilion County Conservation District Danville 217-442-1691 ldarling@vccd.org
Wabash Beall Woods State Park Mt. Carmel 618-298-2441 jacque.cullison@illinois.gov
Wabash Wabash Valley College Learning Resource Center Mt. Carmel 618-263-5097 craigs@iecc.edu
Wayne IDNR Office Fairfield 618-847-3781 david.n.johnson@illinois.gov
Whiteside Morrison-Rockwood State Park Morrison 815-772-4708 ruth.siemert@illinois.gov
Will Fossil Ridge Public Library Braidwood 815-458-2187


Will IDNR Office Wilmington 815-476-0109 tom.gargrave@illinois.gov
Will Will County Forest Preserve District Joliet 815-727-8700 jprince@fpdwc.org
Winnebago Burpee Museum of Natural History Rockford 815-965-3433 lisa.johnson@burpee.org
Winnebago Kishwaukee Intermediate Delivery System (KIDS) Loves Park 815-636-3040 sbooth@kidsroe.org

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