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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.


2015-2016 Workshop Schedule | Summer 2016 | Fall 2016 |

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Course Name:  Prying into Prions Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  July 11 - 24, 2016
Time(s):  Various

 THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELED.


Course Name:  Forest Ecology and Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Ctr., Willow Springs
Date(s):  July 27, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Wildlife species are important components of forests. From the leaf litter on the ground to the canopy in the sky, their presence helps to determine the health and stability of the forest ecosystem. The ecosystem in turn affects all wildlife species living in it. In this workshop for teachers of grades kindergarten through eight, we will explore the life history of wildlife populations, their interactions and their important role in the forest ecosystem. 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. REGISSTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. THE WORKSHOPS IS BEING RESCHEDULED FOR 2017. THE REVISED DATE WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE.


Course Name:  Illinois Amphibians and Reptiles
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Sugar Grove Nature Center, McLean
Date(s):  July 27, 2016
Time(s):  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELED.


Course Name:  Illinois Native Bees
Program:  ENTICE
Location: University of Illinois Pollinatarium, Urbana
Date(s):  August 27, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Native bees are vital components of our ecosystem, but what do you know about them? Can you recognize native bees? Do you know where they live? Do you know why they are important? This workshop will answer these questions and provide more information and resources for you. We値l learn how to make a native bee nesting structure. You値l experience hands-on activities that can be instantly implemented into your curriculum, including observational drawing and creating sketch journals, that address learning standards. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through six, 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.

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Course Name:  Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  September 12 - 25, 2016
Time(s):  Various

 How痴 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 12 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. 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00.

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Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 17, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through three will provide you with the information and resources that you need to successfully teach about and observe wildlife. We値l focus on the life history of common wildlife species, and we値l go on a hike to look for wildlife and their signs. You値l receive training in using basic equipment. We値l also discuss developing wildlife habitat on your school grounds. You値l 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:  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値l 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:  Illinois Pollinators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: University of Illinois Pollinatarium, Urbana
Date(s):  September 24, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Explore the hidden world of pollinators and their unique relationship with the plants they pollinate. This workshop will give you a hands-on look at plants and pollinators in action at the University of Illinois' Pollinatarium and a nearby prairie. You値l experience hands-on activities that can be instantly implemented into your curriculum. Although targeted to teachers of grades kindergarten through six, 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 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値l 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値l 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. 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:  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値l make a splash as we explore the fascinating organisms that live in Illinois wetlands. From below the water痴 surface to the treetops, wetlands teem with life. We値l 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値l 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.

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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.

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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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