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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 per workshop 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.


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Course Name:  Illinois Wild Mammals
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest Office, Vienna
Date(s):  October 1, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Mammals can be found in all Illinois habitats, but what do you really know about them? We often see what they leave behind instead of seeing them. Come to this workshop to learn about the variety of mammals found in Illinois, their habits and their interactions with other organisms and the environment. We’ll show you how the Illinois Wild Mammals trunk can help you teach Next Generation Science Standards, too. Designed for educators of grades kindergarten through six, we’ll provide you with background information, hands-on lessons and supplemental resources that will let you implement this topic into your curriculum immediately. 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 CANCELED.


Course Name:  Illinois Woodland Ecology
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  October 8, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Join staff from the Chicago Botanic Garden as they teach us about the interrelationships of organisms in Illinois woodlands and the special problems associated with woodland restorations. 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’ll 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.


Course Name:  Illinois Wetland Ecosystem Organisms
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  October 18, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 We’ll make a splash as we explore the fascinating organisms that live in Illinois’ wetlands. From below the water’s surface to the treetops, wetlands teem with life. We’ll learn about the life history and identification of representative organisms and will put the skills to practice as we visit a wetland. Hands-on activities will be conducted, and you’ll receive supplemental educational resources. Although targeted to teachers of grades five through eight, 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 (IDNR) and will be presented by staff members of the IDNR and of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service staff members from the Shawnee National Forest. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016.

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Course Name:  Illinois Urban Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  November 5, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Wildlife is all around us, even in downtown Chicago! Educators of grades prekindergarten through six 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 manage nuisance species. 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016.

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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, continuing professional development units

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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