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Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Application Form

Listen to our Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant podcast for helpful hints (text version).

2015 Grant Awards

Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Action Grant Program Application Form

Listen to our Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant podcast to learn more about the application process (text version).

2014 Grant Awards

See photos of grant recipients' projects!

Native Plants

Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Action Grant applicants must use native Illinois plants in their wildlife habitat area. If you are unsure of which plants are native to the state and where to purchase them, you can find information on the IDNR and other Web sites and through publications offered by the IDNR and other agencies.

Types of Habitats

How to Plant and Maintain Native Plants

Native Plants for Specific Habitats

For Your Garden

The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois

IDNR Publications - many publications are available including

  • Landscaping for Wildlife
  • Butterfly Gardens
  • Illinois Wetlands
  • Prairie Establishment and Landscaping
  • posters: Habitats are Homes; Illinois Prairie Wildflowers; Illinois Trees; Illinois Trees, Volume II; Illinois Fall Colors

Illinois Natural History Survey Publications

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Grant

The IDNR Division of Eduation was fortunate to be able to provide funding to teachers and youth group leaders from 2012 through 2014 through an Environmental Education Grant received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Illinois Student/Youth Wildlife Habitat Action Grant program provided educators (grades prekindergarten through 12) with funds for their students to develop and enhance wildlife habitat on the school grounds and other public places. Through a competitive application process, 54 projects were awarded grants of up to $1,000.00 each. A total of 9,773 students were involved in the program. The wildlife habitat areas were designed to support educational learning standards and classroom lessons by taking students to life for learning. Examples of projects funded include butterfly gardens, prairie plots, rain gardens, outdoor classrooms, pollinator gardens, wetlands, bird nesting boxes and bat roosting boxes. Students were involved in design, implementation and maintenance of each project. This program helped promote awareness and knowledge of the environment and its components, presented opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making and involved the students in stewardship actions that will continue over the course of several years. The students were able to increase the amount of green space, reduce storm water runoff and improve children’s health in the local community.



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