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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) Division of Education sponsors educator workshops through the ENTICE program. These workshops offer Professional Development Hours for teachers.

Please register for workshops through the link shown with each workshop description. A nonrefundable registration fee is required. The fee is $10.00 per person plus a $1.00 convenience fee per registration unless stated otherwise in the workshop description. Should you have questions about workshop registration please email (dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov) or call (217-524-4126) the IDNR Division of Education. Should the IDNR cancel a workshop, registrants will be asked if they want to transfer their registration to another ENTICE workshop or receive a refund. Some restrictions apply.

ENTICE workshops are available to teachers, home-schooling educators, nonformal educators and youth-group leaders in Illinois only.


2022-2023 Workshop Schedule | Winter 2022 | Spring 2022 | Summer 2022 | Fall 2022 | Winter 2023 | Spring 2023 | Summer 2023 | Fall 2023 |

Winter 2022 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Engineering and Life Science
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  March 19, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 The inclusion of engineering in the Next Generation Science Standards may seem scary, but there are many easy ways to add an engineering twist even in plant science and ecology. Come learn about biomimicry and the characteristics of plants and animals that inspire solutions to human problems. Investigate the physical properties of plant parts and the structures that animals create. Discover simple tips for setting up engineering challenges. Although targeted to teachers of grades three through eight, all educators are welcome to register for this workshop but may need to adapt the materials for their students, as appropriate. Supplemental 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.

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Spring 2022 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Amphibians and Reptiles
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  March 26, 2022
Time(s):  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 examine some live amphibians and reptiles. 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.

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Course Name:  Illinois Raptors
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  April 23, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Educators of grades prekindergarten through eight are invited to register for this workshop to learn about the hawks, owls, vultures, falcons and eagles of Illinois. Life history and identification information will be provided. Live raptors from Wings and Talons will be on hand for you to observe, too. You will participate in educational activities related to raptors and will receive many resources to help you incorporate the topic into your curriculum. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Professional Development Hours are available. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the information as appropriate.

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Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators: Mammals
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia
Date(s):  April 30, 2022
Time(s):  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 mammals in your community. We will focus on the life history of common mammal species, and we will go on a hike to look for mammals and their signs. We will show you how to use the topic of Illinois mammals to support the teaching of several of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for science and Next Generation Science Standards with your students. 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.

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Course Name:  Wonders of Wetlands
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield
Date(s):  May 14, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Wetlands are habitats for a wealth of animals. At this workshop, we will visit the swamp and marsh habitats at Brookfield Zoo as we learn about adaptations, movement of matter in wetlands and interactions of organisms in a wetland. We will discover how humans are impacted by wetlands and how humans can also help maintain biodiversity in wetlands. Developed for teachers of grades four through middle school, other educators are welcome to register but may need to adapt the information and activities, 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.

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Course Name:  Illinois Woodlands
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  May 21, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 At this workshop, we will learn about the interrelationships of organisms in Illinois woodlands and the special problems associated with woodland restorations. Targeted to educators of grades four through 10, we will include discussions of species adaptations, relationships of woodland organisms to each other and the physical environment, invasive species and much more. We will take a tour to see how these topics relate to the Chicago Botanic Garden and will do some hands-on sampling. Supplemental educational materials and activities will be provided and demonstrated throughout the day. 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.

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Course Name:  Climate Change and the Effects on Native Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield
Date(s):  June 11, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Learn what climate change is and how it is changing the behaviors of some native wildlife species in the state. We will discuss developing action plans, too, and how they can be implemented to help species survival. Correlations to middle school Next Generation Science Standards will be provided. Although targeted to teachers of middle school students, other educators are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information and resources, 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.

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Course Name:  Fossil Fishes
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery, Topeka
Date(s):  June 15, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 They are toothy! They are tenacious! They are as old as the Triassic! Join Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff members for this engaging workshop on the fascinating fossil fish species of Illinois. At this workshop we will discuss the ecological importance, natural history and public persecution of prehistoric predators including catfish, bowfin and gar. Participants will gain valuable insight into the biology, behaviors and evolution of these living fossils while developing ideas for elementary level lesson plans correlated to Next Generation Science Standards. A field trip to a local waterway will complete the day. Developed for teachers of grades four through middle school, other educators are welcome to register but may need to adapt the information and activities, 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.

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Course Name:  Teaching about Birds to Address Next Generation Science Standards
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago
Date(s):  June 21, 2022
Time(s):  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.

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Summer 2022 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Dragonflies and Damselflies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Date(s):  June 22, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us for this workshop about the dragonflies and damselflies of Illinois! We will be working in the field and in the lab as we discuss the identification, life history and behaviors of these fascinating invertebrates, both as aquatic nymphs and as adults. We will also discuss the interrelationship between the state-endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly, the devil's crayfish and local geology. Come dressed ready to walk in a creek and to take a 1.5-mile round-trip hike. Although targeted to educators of grades six through 10, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted as appropriate. You'll be provided with several resources to use with your students. 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.

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Course Name:  Oaks and the Animals that Need Them
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  July 16, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Wander down the path to The Morton Arboretum and learn about the interdependence between oak trees and the native Illinois species that rely on them. Discover dynamic interactions that play a vital role in an ecosystem's overall health. Gather outdoor activities that focus on producers, consumers, decomposers and how species are adapted to survive in oak woodlands. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. You'll take away several resources to use in your classroom! 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.

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Course Name:  Illinois Prairies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Forest Glen Preserve, Westville
Date(s):  August 27, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Imagining the vast prairies of Illinois' past is difficult, but you can visit an existing prairie if you join us for this workshop. Designed for educators of grades kindergarten through eight, you will learn about the organisms of the prairie and how they interact. We will take a walk through the prairie and discuss the animals and plants that we find. Illinois-specific educational resources will be provided, and suggestions will be given for using them to help you meet Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the information, as appropriate. 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.

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Course Name:  Illinois Butterflies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  September 10, 2022
Time(s):  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! Butterfly life history, identification, conservation and adaptations will be discussed. Information on developing butterfly habitat will also be included. Learn about Monarch Watch and other butterfly conservation programs. Correlations between the information presented and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and Next Generation Science Standards will be addressed. 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.

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Course Name:  Pollinators on the Prairie
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 17, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Buzz over to The Morton Arboretum to learn about pollinators on the prairie. We will look at how plants and animals have adapted to survive in this harsh ecosystem, collect and analyze data to determine how humans impact ecosystem balance and see how bees see when learning about energy transfer within the prairie. Although targeted to teachers of grades four through eight, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. You will take away several resources to use in your classroom! 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.

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Fall 2022 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators: Insects
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  September 24, 2022
Time(s):  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 insects. We will focus on the life history of common insect species, and we will go on a hike to look for insects 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.

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Course Name:  Tracks, Scats and Habitats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles
Date(s):  October 1, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Often when exploring nature, instead of seeing an animal, we find what it left behind. Join us in this exploration of animal signs and how they relate to habitats. We will be practicing our skills on an outdoor field trip, too. We will show you how to incorporate the topic into your lessons and provide resources to help you do so. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, other educators are welcome to register 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.

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Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators: Amphibians
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  October 8, 2022
Time(s):  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 amphibians in your community. We will focus on the life history of common amphibian species, and we will go on a hike to look for amphibians. We will show you how to use the topic of Illinois amphibians to support the teaching of several of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for science and Next Generation Science Standards with your students. 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.

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Course Name:  Illinois Woodlands
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kennekuk County Park, Danville
Date(s):  October 15, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join staff members from the Vermilion County Conservation District as they teach us about the interrelationships of organisms in Illinois woodlands. Targeted to educators of grades four through 10, this workshop will include discussions of species adaptations, relationships of woodland organisms to each other and the physical environment, invasive species and much more. We will take a tour to see examples of these topics and will do some hands-on sampling. Supplemental educational materials and activities will be provided and demonstrated throughout the day. 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.

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Course Name:  Winter Birds of Illinois
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria
Date(s):  November 5, 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Educators will learn birding basics such as how to use binoculars and field guides and how to incorporate these skills in the classroom. They will also receive ideas for activities and lesson plans about birds that are present year-round or as migrants to the area. We will go on a hike to observe birds in their natural habitats and learn how technology can be used in the classroom to learn about migration patterns. Although targeted to teachers of grades six through eight, other educators are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information and resources, 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.

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Course Name:  Wildlife Conservation
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  November 5. 2022
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us for this exploration of wildlife conservation practices in the state. We will discuss what wildlife conservation is, how it is implemented and how it has changed over time. We will 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.

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Course Name:  Tracks, Scats and Habitats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Starved Rock State Park, Utica
Date(s):  November 12, 2022
Time(s):  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Often when exploring nature, instead of seeing an animal, we find what it left behind. Join us in this exploration of animal signs and how they relate to habitats. We'll be practicing our skills on an outdoor field trip, too. We'll show you how to incorporate the topic into your lessons and provide resources to help you do so. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, other educators are welcome to register 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.

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Course Name:  Birds of Illinois
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Carlyle Lake Visitors Center, Carlyle
Date(s):  February 4, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Fly into this workshop and take a closer look at how birds use their physical characteristics to adapt to the environment and how each species has a unique niche in the ecosystem. Many visual aids as well as mounted bird specimens will be on hand for observation. Come dressed to take a walk along the Kaskaskia River identifying birds in their natural habitat. Educators will learn first-hand by participating in educational activities related to birds and will receive many resources to incorporate into the curriculum. Although targeted to teachers of grades three through six, other educators are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials as appropriate. Supplemental 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

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Course Name:  Illinois Wild History
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Red Oak Nature Center
Date(s):  February 18, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Wild Illinois History is a self-contained teaching unit for educators of grades four through eight. The online interactive student activity and lessons are designed to supplement Illinois history instruction by focusing on information regarding early exploration and settlement, riparian and geography in what was to become Illinois and the uses of wildlife by indigenous peoples and the trappers who came from Europe. The activity also highlights the conservation movement and how it affects views and uses of wildlife today. Educators of other grade levels are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials as appropriate. Supplemental 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.

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Course Name:  Wildlife Basics: Illinois Wild Mammals
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Camp Wartburg, Waterloo
Date(s):  March 4, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through 12 will provide an introduction to and educational resources about the wild mammals in our state. We will focus on the life history of these species, and we will go on a hike to look for mammals and their signs. We will show you how to use the topic of ?Illinois wild mammals? to support the teaching of several of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for science and Next Generation Science Standards with your students. 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.

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Spring 2023 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Wildlife Basics: Illinois Wild Mammals
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Giant City State Park, Makanda
Date(s):  March 25, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through 12 will provide an introduction to and educational resources about the wild mammals in our state. We will focus on the life history of these species, and we will go on a hike to look for mammals and their signs. We will show you how to use the topic of ?Illinois wild mammals? to support the teaching of several of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for science and Next Generation Science Standards with your students. 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.

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Course Name:  Illinois Frogs and Toads
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  April 15, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Hop on over to The Morton Arboretum and join us for this workshop about Illinois? frogs and toads. Designed for educators of grades prekindergarten through four, you?ll learn about these amazing creatures and receive many Illinois-specific resources. Anuran life history, identification, relationships to other organisms and adaptations will be among the topics covered. Teachers of other grades are welcome to register for the workshop but will need to adapt the information, as appropriate. 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.

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Course Name:  Wildlife Basics: Illinois Wild Mammals
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles
Date(s):  April 29, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through 12 will provide an introduction to and educational resources about the wild mammals in our state. We will focus on the life history of these species, and we will go on a hike to look for mammals and their signs. We will show you how to use the topic of ?Illinois wild mammals? to support the teaching of several of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for science and Next Generation Science Standards with your students. 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.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Summer
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  May 20, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Summer is a great season for young children to explore nature! There is so much to see and learn. Join us to discover what nature can tell us in summer. We will take a hike to put our knowledge to work and will feature the Field Trip Pack from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). We will be incorporating several topics. Although targeted to grades prekindergarten through three, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. You will take away numerous resources to use with young children when learning about summer nature. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the IDNR.

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Course Name:  Coyote Track
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Giant City State Park, Makanda
Date(s):  June 3, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Coyote Track is a standards-based, educational program developed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources? (IDNR) Division of Wildlife Resources with assistance from the IDNR Division of Education. The program is centered around coyote ecology and behavior related to data collected from radio-collared coyotes in urban and rural areas of Illinois. This workshop will guide participants through the visualization data tool and lessons that support the unit. The workshop is for teachers of Illinois high school and middle school students. Professional Development Hours are available. Sponsored by the IDNR, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program.

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Course Name:  Illinois Pollinators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Carlyle Lake Visitors Center, Carlyle
Date(s):  June 17, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 They buzz, flutter and crawl and play a critical role in maintaining ecosystems and human food supply. Educators of grades kindergarten through eight are invited to register for this workshop to learn about the importance of pollination, the identification of Illinois pollinators and the challenges they face in the modern world. Educators will view an observation hive and take a walk to a pollinator garden on the visitors center grounds. You will participate in activities and take home many resources to add to your curriculum. 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.

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Course Name:  Illinois Tree Squirrels
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles
Date(s):  September 16, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 How much do you really know about squirrels? Come to this workshop and learn about the life history of Illinois tree squirrels. We will go for a hike to observe squirrels and evidence of their presence. We will look at how you can use squirrel observations to help you meet some of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards in science and Next Generation Science Standards. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, all educators are welcome to register for this workshop but may need to adapt the materials for their students, as appropriate. Supplemental 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.

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Course Name:  Tree Homes
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 23, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 From the camouflage of a walking stick insect to the nest of a great horned owl, animals of all shapes and sizes rely on the natural habitat created by trees for their daily needs. Learn about some of these amazing tree dwellers and how they use trees in a variety of ways as we explore the woodlands, wetlands and prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, other educators are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials as appropriate. Supplemental 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.

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Course Name:  Illinois Wild History
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Starved Rock State Park, Utica
Date(s):  November 11, 2023
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Wild Illinois History is a self-contained teaching unit for educators of grades four through eight. The online interactive student activity and lessons are designed to supplement Illinois history instruction by focusing on information regarding early exploration and settlement, riparian and geography in what was to become Illinois and the uses of wildlife by indigenous peoples and the trappers who came from Europe. The activity also highlights the conservation movement and how it affects views and uses of wildlife today. Educators of other grade levels are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials as appropriate. Supplemental 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.

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS
ENTICE workshops provide natural resources information, instructional methods and supplemental educational materials. When incorporated into lessons with students, the materials provided encourage and promote stewardship of our state’s natural resources. ENTICE also offers participants the opportunity to network with other educators in a friendly, cooperative, learning environment.

Illinois ENTICE provides the following items for participants.

  • free workshop/resource materials
  • meals during the workshop
  • opportunities to connect with natural resources and education professionals
  • lesson plans and activities correlated to the Illinois Learning Standards
  • for teachers, Professional Development Hours.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Workshops are open to all educators and are designed for targeted grade levels. Maximum enrollment for each course is 30 participants.


Have questions? Contact the IDNR Division of Education at dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov or 217-524-4126.

 

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