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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.


2019-2020 Workshop Schedule | Fall 2019 | Winter 2020 | Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020 |

Fall 2019 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Tracks, Scats and Habitats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Starved Rock State Park, Utica
Date(s):  November 23, 2019
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 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@ILLINOIS.GOV AND ASK TO BE ADDED TO THE NOVEMBER 23 WORKSHOP WAITITNG LIST.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:  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.

| Register for this Workshop |


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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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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