Illinois Department of Natural Resourses (IDNR) - Workshops

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 ( 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.

2016-2017 Workshop Schedule | Fall 2016 | Summer 2017 |

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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 IS CLOSED. TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST, SEND A MESSAGE TO DNR.TEACHKIDS@iILLINOIS.GOV.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to Nature
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown
Date(s):  September 9, 2017
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 You can make a lifelong difference with your early childhood students by introducing them to the wonders of the natural world! How do you do it? Where should you go? What tools do you need? What are the liability issues? These questions and many more will be answered during this workshop targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through one. We’ll go on a nature hike and will feature the Field Trip Pack from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). You’ll take away numerous resources to use with young children when learning about nature. We’ll discuss correlations with several Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards in science and Next Generation Science Standards. Professional Development Hours are available.

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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

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 or 217-524-4126.


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