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November 2014

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Kids for Conservation®: Photos, Observations and Stories/Poems/Artwork Needed for November
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) Division of Education’s Kids for Conservation® November topic is “waterfowl.” We will feature images of waterfowl species in Illinois, stories/poems/artwork about waterfowl in Illinois and a map with locations highlighted where waterfowl species have been seen in our state. Photos and all other submissions must be the products of Illinois youth (younger than age 18 years). The photos should not include people. We will post the first name and age of the author or photographer with each submission, so please include that information. We are only accepting digital photographs, and no more than three photographs per youth. Images and written submissions should be emailed to dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov. We also want Illinois youth to tell us if they have seen a waterfowl species in Illinois this year. Send us your first name, age and the county where you saw the duck, goose, swan, pied-billed grebe or American coot. Visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/outreach/kidsconservation/Pages/default.aspx to see our latest Kids for Conservation® issue. December’s feature will be Illinois’ permanent wildlife residents and how they survive in winter.

Podcasts Available on Many Topics
Let the IDNR Division of Education's video podcasts help you teach about a variety of topics. There are basic informational podcasts as well as those to help you prepare for teaching lessons from the IDNR. The Hey IDNR, How Do I. . .? podcasts provide instructions for students in a variety of tasks. We also have virtual tours of several sites. Visit our Web page at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/podcasts.htm or go to our YouTube and iTunes pages to access the podcasts.

Additional Illinois Wild Mammals Resources Trunks Added
The popular Illinois Wild Mammals resources trunks from the IDNR's Division of Education are now available at an additional 10 locations. Lending locations for this trunk have been added in Woodstock, Chicago, Olney, Shelbyville, Frankfort, Waterloo, Jacksonville, Watseka, Carrollton and East Dubuque. Look for the contact information at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/Mammals2.htm and make your reservation today! Access the lessons based on this trunk that will help you to meet Next Generation Science Standards at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/standards.htm.

Visit our Booth at Upcoming Teachers' Conferences
The IDNR Division of Education will be hosting a booth and making presentations at several upcoming teachers' conferences. Be sure to stop by to talk with us to learn more about our educational resources.
November 6-8 Science in the South Teachers' Conference, Carbondale
November 6-8 Illinois State Library Media Association Conference, Tinley Park
November 7, Illinois Council for Exceptional Children Teachers' Conference, Naperville
November 15, 38th Day of Reading Teachers' Conference, Tinley Park
December 7-9, Raising Student Achievement Conference, St. Charles

Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant Funds Available – Applications Due Soon!
Would you like to help monarchs (Danaus plexippus) and other pollinators by installing a native plant garden? How about adding a butterfly garden to the school grounds to support teaching many Next Generation Science Standards? Have you ever considered how a schoolyard prairie, arboretum or outdoor classroom could enhance learning? The IDNR Division of Education and the Illinois Conservation Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife program offer funding through the Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program for projects like these. Teachers and youth group leaders may receive up to $1,000 for these projects. Visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/grants.htm for more information and to access the application form. The application deadline is November 30. Additional funding is provided by the Jadel Family Foundation and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation.

Wildlife in the Classroom
The Wildlife in the Classroom publication from the IDNR has been revised to reflect changes in the Wildlife Code. You can access this publication at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/wildlifeintheclassrm08142014.pdf. Educators often come into contact with wildlife or wildlife parts and should be aware of the relevant laws. Wildlife in the Classroom is recommended reading for all educators.

Illinois’ Amphibians and Reptiles Field Pack
Illinois’ Amphibians and Reptiles Field Pack is the latest addition to the field packs and resources trunk series for loan from the IDNR Division of Education. The pack contains binoculars, field guides, magnifying glasses, a head lamp, frog call recordings and many other items. You can access the content list and lending locations at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/herppack.htm. Visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/teach.htm for links to all of the resources trunks and packs. These supplemental tools are great for use by teachers, nonformal educators, youth group leaders and families.

Monarch Mania! Information
Monarch populations are in decline, and we want people to be aware of this issue and what they can do to help reverse this situation. Monarch Mania! was the IDNR Division of Education’s theme at the Illinois State Fair. You can access our information, list of educator resources, video podcasts and SMARTBoard™ activities at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/monarchgen.htm. The video podcasts are also available on the Web site at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/podcasts.htm, YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/IDNREducation) and through the iTunes Store.  

Upcoming ENTICE Professional Development Schedule
Register now for upcoming ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) workshops from the IDNR. ENTICE workshops offer training on Illinois-specific topics and supply you with the tools needed to implement the topic into your curriculum immediately. Participants learn from resources professionals, take part in activities and spend time outdoors (where appropriate). Professional Development Hours are available at all ENTICE workshops. Listed below are the workshops scheduled through March 31, 2015. For workshop details and to register, visit https://www.enticeworkshops.com.

Winter Wildlife on the Prairie, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington, November 15, 2014 REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014.
Illinois Woodlands 101, Online, January 12-25, 2015
Animal Communities, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, February 21, 2015
Tracks, Scats and Habitats, Shawnee National Forest Office, Harrisburg, March 21, 2015
Tracks, Scats and Habitats, Sugar Grove Nature Center, McLean, March 31, 2015

Central Illinois Educators: Fishing and Aquatic Ecology Programs Now Available from the IDNR
Educators, if you teach in any of the following counties, the IDNR can help you bring hands-on aquatic education to your students. These programs work to develop positive attitudes towards natural resources, conservation and fishing in young people. Lessons align with the state and national learning standards and are adapted to all grade levels. For more information or to schedule a program, contact Van Grissom at 217-720-3501 or van.grissom@illinois.gov.

Adams, Brown, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Hancock, Iroquois, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Vermillion

Fall and Early Winter Programs from Dickson Mounds Museum
Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown has many programs scheduled for fall and early winter. For more information, contact the Museum at 309-547-3721 or visit http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/events.html. All events are free of charge, but donations are appreciated.
Tot Time
Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering and learning on the first Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Museum’s Discovery Center. Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends. A different topic and craft will be featured each month. Registration is not required and admission is free. Participants will enjoy light refreshments. This program series is sponsored by Havana National Bank and MidAmerica National Bank with additional support from the Canton Cook Medical Team. Topics are as follows: November-Gobble, Gobble; December-Game Day.   

Kid’s Day--Ancient Art in Illinois
Discover the variety of art people created long ago. Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts to take home. 
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m., 5 years + with adult

Family Night at the Museum
Explore the Museum at night. Then, snuggle up by the “fire” for some good ole’ fashioned storytelling by Marilyn A. Kinsella, Taleypo the Storyteller. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. 
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m., all ages

Illinois Coastal Management Program Grants
The Illinois Coastal Management Program will be accepting applications for Illinois Coastal Grants for environmental education and outreach projects and sustainable coastal planning projects. New for this year will be proposals for habitat restoration projects and small grants. Application materials will be available at Illinois Coastal Grant Program Website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/cmp/Pages/grants.aspx starting November 1, 2014. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15, 2014.

Grant Information Session
When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Room 31, 9th floor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(Please RSVP to DNR.CMP@Illinois.gov. ID required for building entry.)

All potential applicants are invited to sign up for a one-on-one consultation about your project idea. The signup calendar is available at http://bit.ly/1ocICrm, or you can email Lisa Cotner at lisa.cotner@illinois.gov.

Illinois’ Natural Resources Trading Cards Set #6
Illinois' Natural Resources Trading Cards Set #6 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is now available! Send your request on school letterhead to IDNR Education, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702. Nonformal educators may submit a request on their organization's stationary. These cards can be used as resources in many ways to supplement your teaching.

Project Squirrel Mobile Phone App
With the Project Squirrel mobile phone app, your students can easily become involved in citizen science activities that can be incorporated into lessons to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The app is free and both Apple and Android versions are available. Go to iTunes or the Google Play Store and download the app today. All citizens can take part in the data collection. You can learn more about Project Squirrel at http://www.projectsquirrel.org/. The Project Squirrel mobile phone app is sponsored by the Chicago Academy of Science’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the IDNR, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Motorola. Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards are available at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/standards.htm.

Dickson Mounds Museum Offers Workshops for Teachers
Educators! Gather together and schedule a workshop at Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, Illinois. Workshops may be a half- or full-day experience and include a behind-the-scenes look at the museum, facility tours and hands-on activities, including archaeological work, nature observation, hiking, canoeing and biological laboratory work. See what kinds of opportunities Dickson Mounds and its Emiquon partners, The Nature Conservancy, University of Illinois at Springfield Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have to offer youth and adults. A minimum of six teachers is required per workshop. Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an awe inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience in the Illinois River Valley. Dickson Mounds Museum's workshops provide Continuing Professional Development Units. Workshops may be tailored upon request. Contact Curator of Education Christa Christensen by phone at 309-547-3721 or cchristensen@museum.state.il.us to schedule your workshop or for more information. Also, visit http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/ for current program and event listings. 

IDNR Publications
Do you need Illinois-specific, scientifically based resources to support your lessons? Then visit the IDNR Publications Order Form at http://dnr.state.il.us/teachkids. You’ll find activity books, posters and many other publications available to download and/or order. Many of the publications have a Spanish-language version, too. Illinois Trees: An Education and Activity Book, Illinois Prairies Coloring Poster, Aquatic Resources Crossword Puzzle and A to Z from a Tree student activity sheet are just some of the items available to teachers. Order now!

IDNR Division of Education List Server
Educators throughout Illinois can obtain instant notification about new products, scheduled workshops and many other events and items from the IDNR through the IDNR Division of Education's electronic list server. By participating in the list server, you will receive email messages when new educational materials are available from the IDNR. You'll also be made aware of upcoming workshops and special opportunities. To join the list, send an email to subscribe-dnr-education@lists.illinois.gov. You do not need to write any text in the message or the subject line. You may leave the list at any time by sending an email to unsubscribe-dnr-education@lists.illinois.gov. You do not need to write any text in the message or the subject line. There is no charge to participate. Messages are usually titled "Items of Possible Interest" in the subject line

IDNR Education offers Field Trip Tips for Educators
Visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/fieldtrip to access information that will help you and your students have a successful outdoor experience at an Illinois state park. You can find the state park nearest to you and a list of its amenities. By clicking on the category names in the “Lesson Topics” feature, you can link to the IDNR lesson plans and materials that will help you teach about the habitats, organisms and/or history of each park. Lessons for pre-trip, on site and post-trip are available in downloadable PDF format. Field trip etiquette and planning are also discussed. After deciding on your destination, why not apply for an Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant? You’ll find a link to that information on this Web site, too.

We’re on Facebook!
Visit our Facebook page to find the latest updates about the materials and programs of the IDNR Education Section. You’ll also find images from ENTICE workshops! Search for “Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Education.”

Illinois Trapper Education Online Course
The IDNR offers an online course for those interested in learning to trap. People who are required to complete a course before purchasing a trapping license now have two choices. They can take a full-day course in the classroom or complete half of the requirement online and half in the classroom, where they learn hands-on skills such as setting traps and preparing pelts for sale.

Courses are free. The IDNR encourages all trappers, regardless of age, to take a course. First-time trappers under 18 years of age must complete a course and pass a written exam before they are allowed to purchase a trapping license. Those under 16 years of age must also have written permission from a parent or guardian before purchasing a license.

Illinois Trapper Education Online (http://trappered.com) covers topics such as trapping equipment, laws and ethics through online film clips, reading materials, quizzes, photos and illustrations. Students can exit the course and resume work where they left off at any time. The course is accessible using a basic dial-up connection, although high speed connections work best.

At the end of the Internet course, students must successfully complete the final exam online and download a printable document of completion. Students must present the document when attending the four-hour training session with instructors. To locate an instructor-taught course, visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety/Pages/Trapping.aspx or call 1-800-832-2599. The Ameritech Relay for the deaf and hearing impaired is 1-800-526-0844.

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 http://www.wildillinois.org/. For more information, contact Bob Bluett, IDNR Wildlife Diversity Coordinator at 217-782-7580 or bob.bluett@illinois.gov.


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