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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 be asked if they want to transfer their registration to another ENTICE workshop or receive a refund. Some restrictions apply.

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


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

Summer 2021 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Moths and Butterflies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside
Date(s):  August 7, 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021, OR SOONER IF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS IS ATTAINED.

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Course Name:  Observing Patterns in Nature to Support Science Education
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  September 11, 2021
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 This workshop will introduce participants to strategies and activities that assist students in developing observational skills. Through observations of plants and animals around the Chicago Botanic Garden, participants will examine how observations can lead to developing questions, interpreting signs and identifying natural patterns and phenomena. Techniques can be used when students are outdoors or observing nature through a window. Although targeted to teachers of grades PreK through 8, 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 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 WAITING LIST FOR THE SEPTEMBER 11 WORKSHOP.


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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Fall 2021 | Top of Page |

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:  Energy and Survival
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  October 30, 2021
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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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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Winter 2022 | Top of Page |

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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Spring 2022 | Top of Page |

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:  Wonders of Wetlands
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield
Date(s):  May 14, 2022
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:  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:  Teaching about Birds to Address Next Generation Science Standards
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago
Date(s):  June 21, 2022
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:  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 take 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 will discuss what wildlife conservation is, how it is implemented and how it has changed over time. We will 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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