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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.


2017-2018 Workshop Schedule | Summer 2017 | Fall 2017 | Winter 2018 | Spring 2018 | Summer 2018 | Fall 2018 |

Summer 2017 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Wetland Wonders
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  July 29, 2017
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. We’ll learn about their life history and identification and will put the skills to practice as we visit a wetland on the grounds of Morton Arboretum. Hands-on activities will be conducted, and you’ll receive supplemental educational resources. 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:  Forest Ecology and Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Ctr., Willow Springs
Date(s):  August 3, 2017
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Local forests are natural learning laboratories that provide a number of opportunities for observing wildlife and science in action. Ecosystem dynamics, adaptation and interdependent relationships come to life in real time. In this workshop, inquiry based activities will drive exploration and discovery about forest wildlife species from birds to mammals. Hands on activities will place you and your students in the role of a scientist, engaged in scientific practice. Although targeted to teachers of grades kindergarten 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. 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:  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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Fall 2017 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to Nature
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Heller Nature Center, Highland Park
Date(s):  October 7, 2017
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 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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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Fall
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Giant City State Park, Makanda
Date(s):  November 4, 2017
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Fall is a great season for young children to explore nature! There is so much to see and learn. Join us to discover what nature can tell us in fall. We’ll take a hike to put our knowledge to work and will feature the Field Trip Pack from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). We'll be incorporating animal tracks, animal signs, seeds and changes in leaves, too. We’ll 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. Although targeted to grades prekindergarten through two, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. You’ll take away numerous resources to use with young children when learning about nature. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the IDNR.

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Winter 2018 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Giant City State Park, Makanda
Date(s):  March 16, 2018
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 wildlife. We’ll focus on the life history of common wildlife species, and we’ll go on a hike to look for wildlife and their signs. You’ll receive training in using basic equipment. We’ll also discuss developing wildlife habitat on your school grounds. We’ll 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’ll 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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Spring 2018 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Spring
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown
Date(s):  April 7, 2018
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Spring is a wonderful season for young children to explore nature! There is so much to see and learn. Join us to discover what nature can tell us in spring. We’ll take a hike to put our knowledge to work and will feature the Field Trip Pack from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). We’ll 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. Although targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through two, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. You’ll take away numerous resources to use with young children when teaching about nature. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the IDNR.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Spring
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Giant City State Park, Makanda
Date(s):  April 13, 2018
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Spring is a wonderful season for young children to explore nature! There is so much to see and learn. Join us to discover what nature can tell us in spring. We’ll take a hike to put our knowledge to work and will feature the Field Trip Pack from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). We’ll 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. Although targeted to grades prekindergarten through two, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. You’ll take away numerous resources to use with young children when learning about nature. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the IDNR.

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Course Name:  Illinois Frogs and Toads
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  April 21, 2018
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Hop on over to The Morton Arboretum and join us for this workshop about Illinois’ frogs and toads. Designed for educators of grades prekindergarten through four, you’ll learn about these amazing creatures and receive many Illinois-specific resources. Anuran life history, identification, relationships to other organisms and adaptations will be among the topics covered. Teachers of other grades are welcome to register for the workshop but will 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 Frogs and Toads
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  April 23, 2018
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Hop on over to the Cache River Wetlands Visitors’ Center and join us for this workshop about Illinois’ frogs and toads. Designed for educators of grades prekindergarten through four, you’ll learn about these amazing creatures and receive many Illinois-specific resources. Anuran life history, identification, relationships to other organisms and adaptations will be among the topics covered. Teachers of other grades are welcome to register for the workshop but will 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:  Monarch Mania
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Giant City State Park, Makanda
Date(s):  May 12, 2018
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us to learn about the life history and conservation status of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). You will take part in many hands-on activities and will receive supplemental educational resources to help you meet several Next Generation Science Standards with your students. We'll provide options for actions that you, your students and the community can take to help monarchs, too. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through five, educators of all grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the materials and information. 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 2018 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown
Date(s):  July 18, 2018
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 wildlife. We’ll focus on the life history of common wildlife species, and we’ll go on a hike to look for wildlife and their signs. You’ll receive training in using basic equipment. We’ll also discuss developing wildlife habitat on your school grounds. We’ll 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’ll 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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Fall 2018 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Pollinators and the Prairie
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 22, 2018
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, including a visit to The Morton Arboretum's prairie and beehives. Experience hands-on activities that can be instantly implemented into your curriculum. Although targeted to teachers of grades kindergarten through four, all educators are welcome to register for this workshop but may need to adapt the materials for their students, as appropriate. Continuing Professional Development Units 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 Tree Squirrels
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Giant City State Park, Makanda
Date(s):  November 3, 2018
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 Illinois’ three species of tree squirrels. We’ll go for a hike to observe squirrels and evidence of their presence. We’ll 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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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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