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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 receive a credit certificate toward registration at another workshop of the same type (on site or online). Some restrictions apply.

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


2020-2022 Workshop Schedule | Winter 2020 | Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020 | Winter 2021 | Spring 2021 | Summer 2021 | Fall 2021 | Winter 2022 | Spring 2022 | Summer 2022 | Fall 2022 |

Winter 2020 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Giant City State Park, Makanda
Date(s):  March 14, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Protein synthesis is a topic that many students will not be interested in studying, yet you can make it relevant by using this unit. Prion diseases are caused by errors in protein synthesis. One of those diseases, chronic wasting disease, is affecting the white-tailed deer population in Illinois. During this workshop for middle school and high school teachers, you will preview the six lessons and activities, video and other materials in the unit, Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease. You will receive this DVD unit and other supplemental materials. The information from this workshop can be used in teaching about protein synthesis, genetics, DNA replication, wildlife management and other topics. 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020.

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Course Name:  Illinois Butterflies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  March 14, 2020
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. Supplemental educational resources will be provided. 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, SEND AN EMAIL MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV STATING THAT YOU WANT TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST FOR THE MARCH 14 BUTTERFLIES WORKSHOP.


Spring 2020 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Starved Rock State Park, Utica
Date(s):  March 21, 2020
Time(s):  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 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 wildlife. We will focus on the life history of common wildlife species, and we will go on a hike to look for wildlife 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020.

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Course Name:  Asian Carps: Activities for Middle School and High School Students
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton
Date(s):  April 18, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Asian carps are nonnative fishes that have invaded the waterways of Illinois and many other states. These species are responsible for enormous economic, recreational and environmental impacts. At this workshop, we will provide an introduction to their life history as well as data to quantify their effects. Containment methods being used in Illinois to keep Asian carps out of Lake Michigan will be discussed. Student lessons relevant to Next Generation Science Standards MS-LS2-4 and HS-LS2-7 will be incorporated. Although targeted to middle school and high school educators, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to attend 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020.

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Course Name:  Illinois Tree Squirrels
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kennekuk Environmental Education Center, Danville
Date(s):  April 25, 2020
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 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 and will introduce you to Project Squirrel, a citizen science program that can be incorporated into your teaching. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten, kindergarten, one, two and 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020.

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Course Name:  Learning about Birds for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  May 2, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 For this workshop in the Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators series, we will focus on learning about common birds that you and your students can easily see and learn about. We will teach basic facts about birds and will learn how to identify birds. We will discuss different types of field guides and how to use them so you can chose the best one for your purposes. We will learn proper techniques for using binoculars. Our new skills will be tested with a hike on the grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden to observe birds. Information regarding plants for your school grounds that can help you attract birds will be provided, too. We will provide you with activities, resources and hands-on experiences to get you started when you return to the classroom. Although targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through two, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register but may need to adapt the materials 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS WORKSHOP, SEND AN EMAIL MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV STATING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE MAY 2 WORKSHOP WAITING LIST.


Course Name:  Illinois Prairies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  June 6, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Imagining the vast prairies of Illinois' past is difficult, but you can visit a restored prairie if you join us for this workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Designed for educators of grades kindergarten through eight, you'll learn about prairie ecology as well as the history of the prairie in Illinois and how humans have affected prairies. We'll talk a walk through the prairie and discuss the prairie plants that we find. Illinois-specific educational resources will be provided and suggestions will be given for using the prairie and prairie-related resources from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 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. 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2020, OR SOONER IF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS IS ATTAINED.

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Course Name:  Illinois Raptors
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Illinois Raptor Center, Decatur
Date(s):  June 13, 2020
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 at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur. Life history and identification information will be provided. Staff from the Illinois Raptor Center will have live raptors 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020, OR SOONER IF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS IS ATTAINED.

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Course Name:  Illinois Turtles
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River State Natural Area, Cypress
Date(s):  June 16, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us for this workshop as we learn about the life history and identification of the 17 species of turtles of Illinois. We will take a hike to look for turtles, and you will participate in hands-on, educational activities. Resources will be provided to help you incorporate the topic into your curriculum. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information and activities, as appropriate. Correlations to relevant Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards will be provided and discussed. 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020, OR SOONER IF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS IS ATTAINED.

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Course Name:  Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development
Program:  ENTICE
Location: IDNR Headquarters, Springfield
Date(s):  June 17, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 How's your habitat? Join us to learn how you and your students can take action to improve wildlife habitat on your school grounds. Educators of grades prekindergarten through middle school will learn basic habitat design, development and maintenance techniques. Become aware of grant opportunities and obtain supplemental materials to help you get started with your own schoolyard habitat development. Staff from the University of Illinois Extension Horticultural Program at the Logan-Menard-Sangamon unit office will be featured. 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2020.

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Summer 2020 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford
Date(s):  June 26, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Protein synthesis is a topic that many students will not be interested in studying, yet you can make it relevant by using this unit. Prion diseases are caused by errors in protein synthesis. One of those diseases, chronic wasting disease, is affecting the white-tailed deer population in Illinois. During this workshop for middle school and high school teachers, you will preview the six lessons and activities, video and other materials in the unit, Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease. You'll receive this DVD unit and other supplemental materials. The information from this workshop can be used in teaching about protein synthesis, genetics, DNA replication, wildlife management and other topics. 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020.

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Course Name:  Ecosystems: Producers, Consumers, Decomposers, Oh My!
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  July 18, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Crawl, slither, hop or branch out to The Morton Arboretum and join us for this workshop about the plants and animals that make up an ecosystem. Designed for educators of grades pre-kindergarten through four, you will learn about the flora and fauna of Illinois ecosystems and receive many Illinois-specific resources. Habitat studies, identification, relationships and interdependence will be among the topics covered. Professional Development Hours are available. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information, as appropriate. 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: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  July 25, 2020
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 tree squirrels of Illinois. 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 and will introduce you to Project Squirrel, a citizen science program that can be incorporated into your teaching. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten, kindergarten, one, two and 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:  Illinois Bats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Beall Woods State Park, Mt. Carmel
Date(s):  July 30, 2020
Time(s):  5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 The only true flying mammals will be examined at this workshop for educators of grades one through four. Work with resource professionals as you learn about the life history of bats and their relationships to other species in the environment. Experience hands-on activities that can be instantly implemented into your curriculum. We will go outdoors at dusk to observe bats, too. Take home many Illinois-specific supplemental materials. Professional Development Hours are available. Educators of other grade levels are welcome to attend the workshop, but they will need to adapt the materials to the grade levels taught, as appropriate. 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 Moths and Butterflies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside
Date(s):  August 22, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Flutter in and join other educators of grades prekindergarten through eight as we are introduced to the butterflies and moths of Illinois! Jim Louderman of The Field Museum will teach about butterfly and moth life history, identification, conservation and adaptations. Learn about Monarch Watch and other butterfly conservation programs. We will go outside to observe and identify butterflies and moths. 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. Professional Development Hours are available. Educators of other grade levels are welcome to attend the workshop, but they will need to adapt the materials to the grade levels taught, as appropriate. 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:  Introduction to Illinois Arthropods
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford
Date(s):  August 29, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 What animals are invertebrates, have a segmented body, an exoskeleton and paired, jointed appendages? They are arthropods! They include insects, crustaceans, spiders, centipedes, millipedes and their relatives. Join us for this introduction to the types of arthropods present in Illinois. We will discuss their diversity, classification, life cycles, adaptations and importance to other organisms. Learn how to incorporate them into your lessons to support the teaching of Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and take part in hands-on activities. Supplemental educational resources will be provided. Although targeted to grades prekindergarten through four, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, 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:  Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton
Date(s):  September 12, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Protein synthesis is a topic that many students will not be interested in studying, yet you can make it relevant by using this unit. Prion diseases are caused by errors in protein synthesis. One of those diseases, chronic wasting disease, is affecting the white-tailed deer population in Illinois. During this workshop for middle school and high school teachers, you will preview the six lessons and activities, video and other materials in the unit, Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease. You'll receive this DVD unit and other supplemental materials. The information from this workshop can be used in teaching about protein synthesis, genetics, DNA replication, wildlife management and other topics. 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 Reptiles and Amphibians
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  September 12, 2020
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 take a hike to look for reptiles and amphibians. 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 Aquatic Insects
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  September 15, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Aquatic insects are easily found and information about them can be incorporated into lessons on water quality, insects, ecology, survival adaptations/needs, biodiversity, life cycles and other topics. Join us for this workshop and learn to identify adult and immature forms of common aquatic insects. We will discuss their ecological importance, too. Take part in hands-on activities indoors and at the wetlands. Illinois-specific supplemental materials will be provided. Professional Development Hours are available. Although targeted to teachers of grades kindergarten through four, educators of other grade levels are welcome to attend the workshop, but they may need to adapt the materials to the grade levels taught, as appropriate. 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:  Energy and Survival
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 19, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Bring your sunny disposition to The Morton Arboretum to learn how energy moves through an ecosystem and what plants and animals need to survive. Energy, cycles, producers, consumers, decomposers and adaptations will be among the topics covered. Designed for teachers of grades five through eight, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information, as appropriate. Illinois-specific 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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Fall 2020 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Data Collection Methods for Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  September 26, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Scientific research requires standardized techniques that can be used to collect, analyze and share data. You can learn about some of these techniques and how to implement a few of them with your students to study local wildlife and wildlife habitats. Targeted to grades three through eight, the information and activities will assist you in meeting several Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to attend but may need to adapt the information and resources. 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:  Asian Carps: Activities for Middle School and High School Students
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Starved Rock State Park, Utica
Date(s):  November 7, 2020
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Asian carps are nonnative fishes that have invaded the waterways of Illinois and many other states. These species are responsible for enormous economic, recreational and environmental impacts. At this workshop, we will provide an introduction to their life history as well as data to quantify their effects. Containment methods being used in Illinois to keep Asian carps out of Lake Michigan will be discussed. Student lessons relevant to Next Generation Science Standards MS-LS2-4 and HS-LS2-7 will be incorporated. Although targeted to middle school and high school educators, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to attend 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:  Wildlife Conservation
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  November 14, 2020
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'll 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:  Winter Nature Phenomena
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  January 23, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Winter provides many opportunities for learning about and observing seasonal changes and how nature is affected, especially as winter weather becomes increasingly unpredictable. Join us as we discuss winter-based phenomena to drive student investigations around topics like tracking weather changes, observing animal signs and interactions, and examining adaptations and methods for surviving the winter. We will take a hike to test our observational skills, too. You will receive many resources to support teaching this topic. Although targeted to teachers of grades kindergarten 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:  Illinois Amphibians
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  March 6, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us for this workshop as we learn about the life history and identification of Illinois amphibians. We will take a hike to look and listen for amphibians, and you will participate in hands-on, educational activities. Resources will be provided to help you incorporate the topic into your curriculum. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information and activities, as appropriate. Correlations to relevant Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards will be provided and discussed. 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:  Creating and Keeping Collections
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  March 13, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 For more than 160 years the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has been assembling and maintaining a variety of natural history specimens and collections. Learn about the Museum?s collections and why collections are important for both scientific and educational purposes. We?ll discuss how to build and maintain a collection, guidelines for collecting natural materials and how to use living and preserved collections in the classroom. Participate in numerous hands-on activities and take home many supplemental resources. Educators will be pinning dead invertebrates as part of this workshop. 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. This workshop is suitable for teachers of all grade levels.

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Course Name:  Pollinator Gardens
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  March 20, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Pollinator populations are in decline, but you and your students can take actions to help them. By planting a native pollinator garden at your school, you can provide food and shelter for pollinators and a place of learning for students of all ages. We will discuss what makes a successful pollinator garden and how to maintain it. Connections to learning standards will also be provided. We will show you how to apply for an Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant to help fund your project, too. This workshop is targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through 12. 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:  Comparing the Biodiversity of Aquatic Habitats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia
Date(s):  May 1, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us for this workshop that will have you sampling and observing the components of four aquatic habitats at Red Oak Nature Center: river; lake; stream; and spring. We will discuss what the results show and talk about how to incorporate this type of activity into your curriculum to support Next Generation Science Standards. Although targeted to teachers of grades five through eight, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for 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:  Wonders of Wetlands
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield
Date(s):  May 22, 2021
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:  Insects, Arachnids, and Isopods: Oh My!
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  June 5, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 What animals are invertebrates, have a segmented body, an exoskeleton and paired, jointed appendages? They are arthropods! They include insects, crustaceans, spiders, centipedes, millipedes and their relatives. Join us for this introduction to the types of arthropods present in Illinois. We will discuss their diversity, classification, life cycles, adaptations and importance to other organisms. Learn how to incorporate them into your lessons to support the teaching of Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and take part in hands-on activities. Supplemental educational resources will be provided. Although targeted to grades prekindergarten through four, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, 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: Schoolyard Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  June 12, 2021
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 wildlife species at your school. We will focus on the life history of common wildlife species that you might see, and we will go on a hike to look for wildlife 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 and plants 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:  Illinois Birds for Junior High School and High School Teachers
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Date(s):  June 18, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Bring the biodiversity of Illinois birds into your classroom. Targeted for educators of junior high school and high school, this workshop will focus on the ecology of birds. We will spend time in the field studying avian behavior and participating in a bird banding demonstration. We will also provide bird banding data sets for two species of birds to take back to your classroom for students to analyze and interpret. You will leave feeling confident leading students in observing and interpreting birds while meeting Next Generation Science Standards. Educators of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, 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 24, 2021
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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Course Name:  Hine's Emerald Dragonfly
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Urban Stream Research Center, Warrenville
Date(s):  July 9, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 Join biological field staff from the Forest Preserve District of Du Page County who will teach us about the efforts being undertaken by their organization to save the endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly. We will go on a guided tour of the state-of-the-art Urban Stream Research Center and take part in activities to use in the classroom. We will see dragonflies and crayfish and participate in hands-on field work. Participants should dress for being outdoors. Although targeted to educators of grades five through 12, all educators are welcome to register for this workshop but may need to adapt the materials for their students, 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 Moths and Butterflies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kennekuk Environmental Education Center, Danville
Date(s):  July 10, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Flutter in and join other educators of grades prekindergarten through eight as we are introduced to the butterflies and moths of Illinois! Jim Louderman of The Field Museum will teach about butterfly and moth life history, identification, conservation and adaptations. Learn about Monarch Watch and other butterfly conservation programs. We will go outside to observe and identify butterflies and moths. 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. Professional Development Hours are available. Educators of other grade levels are welcome to attend the workshop, but they will need to adapt the materials to the grade levels taught, as appropriate. 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:  Marvelous Mussels
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery, Topeka
Date(s):  July 20, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Did you know that mussels are not just found in the ocean and the grocery store seafood case? Join Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff members for this hands-on workshop about freshwater mussels. Participants will learn the biology behind these bioindicators and the human activities that made these livers of the river largely disappear from American waters. Educators will also get a chance to handle live specimens while learning how to identify both native and invasive species of mollusks. It is sure to be a shell of a good time! Although targeted to teachers of grades four through middle school, educators 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:  Animal Investigators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  July 24, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Be on the lookout for animals all around you at this workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Designed for educators of grades prekindergarten through four, you will learn how to spot animals all around by finding evidence, identifying homes and learning how animals survive through winter and through time. 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:  Insects: Bugs and Plants
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 18, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Plant your roots at The Morton Arboretum for an engaging workshop on Illinois' bugs and plants. Designed for educators of grades prekindergarten through three, you will learn about how bugs and plants are classified and how they survive, adapt and work together. 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 Urban Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  September 25, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Wildlife is all around us, even in downtown Chicago! Educators of grades prekindergarten through four are invited to participate as we learn where to look for urban wildlife, what you can expect to find, how to identify species and how to improve urban wildlife habitat at your school. Natural resources professionals and educators will instruct about these topics and more, including how species adapt to the urban environment, how humans affect urban wildlife and how to use urban wildlife topics as the foundation for locally relevant, place-based teaching. Receive supplemental educational materials to enhance your teaching. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available.

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Course Name:  Wildlife through the Year
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  October 9, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us for this workshop targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through middle school. We will show you techniques and options for observing wildlife throughout the year and collecting data from these observations. We will demonstrate how to use these data sets to help your students meet relevant learning standards in science. Local, abundant wildlife species that can easily be observed throughout the year will be used as examples. 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 Biodiversity 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  October 23, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 What is biodiversity? Does Illinois have much biodiversity? How are plants and animals adapted for survival in the four major habitat types in the state? Can some species live in all of these habitats? We?ll answer these questions and provide much more information about aquatic, woodland, wetland and urban habitats and their inhabitants in this introduction to the natural resources of our state. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. Although targeted to educators of grades kindergarten through three, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register but may need to adapt the materials 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. Register at https://www.enticeworkshops.com.

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Course Name:  Tracks, Scats and Habitats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Starved Rock State Park, Utica
Date(s):  November 6, 2021
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:  Trees Create Habitats for Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  November 6, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us at this workshop to discover how trees provide important habitats for many wildlife species. We will discuss common trees in the area and how they provide benefits to specific animals. Learn how you can use trees on your school grounds to help you study wildlife with your students. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through four, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the information and activities, as appropriate. Correlations to relevant Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards will be provided and discussed. 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:  Forest Habitats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria
Date(s):  November 13, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Educators will learn about forest types in Illinois and the animals that inhabit them. The focus of this workshop will be on the interconnectedness of forest creatures and the trees and other plants that provide their home. Teachers will receive activities and lesson plans to use both inside and outside of the classroom, as well as gaining hands-on experiences. Although targeted to teachers of grades one through three, 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:  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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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:  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:  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 talk 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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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:  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?ll discuss what wildlife conservation is, how it is implemented and how it has changed over time. We?ll 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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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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