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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.


2018-2019 Workshop Schedule | Summer 2018 | Fall 2018 | Winter 2019 | Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019 |

Summer 2018 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Wetland Wonders
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Gardner Camp, Hull
Date(s):  July 17, 2018
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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 Gardner Camp. Hands-on activities will be conducted, and you’ll receive supplemental educational resources. Relevant correlations to Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards will be provided and discussed. 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. THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELED.


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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.


Course Name:  Using Childrens Nonfiction in PreK-Second Grade Science
Program:  ENTICE
Location: WIU Quad Cities Campus, Moline
Date(s):  July 24, 2018
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us for this workshop dedicated to showing early childhood educators (grades prekindergarten through two) how you can use children’s nonfiction to help your students learn about Illinois fish and wildlife while meeting Common Core State Standards that emphasize nonfiction. We’ll investigate field guides and incorporate resources from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) as well. We’ll spend some time outdoors learning to observe and use the field guides. Led by Dr. Laverne Logan of Western Illinois University, you’ll take away resources, ideas and experiences that can be incorporated instantly into your curriculum. Professional Development Hours are available. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for the workshop but may need to adapt the materials and information. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the IDNR. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018.

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Course Name:  Monarch Mania
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Torstenson Youth Education Center, Pecatonica
Date(s):  August 25, 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018.

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Course Name:  Asian Carps: Activities for Middle School and High School Students that Support NGSS
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  September 15, 2018
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’ll 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018.

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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. Relevant correlations to Next Generation Science Standards will be provided and discussed. 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. 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 WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Fall
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  September 29, 2018
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018.

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Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  October 6, 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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018.

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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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Course Name:  Illinois Biodiversity 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  November 3, 2018
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. Relevant correlations to Next Generation Science Standards will be provided and discussed. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. Although targeted to educators of grades kindergarten and 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.

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Winter 2019 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Starved Rock State Park, Utica
Date(s):  March 2, 2019
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.


Course Name:  Creating and Keeping Collections
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  March 9, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 For more than 160 years the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has been assembling and maintaining a variety of natural history specimens and collections. Learn about collections and why collections are important for both scientific and educational purposes. We will discuss how to build and maintain a collection, guidelines for collecting natural materials and how to use living and preserved collections in the classroom. Participate in numerous hands-on activities and take home many supplemental resources. Educators will be pinning dead invertebrates as part of this workshop. 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. This workshop is suitable for teachers of all grade levels.

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Spring 2019 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Spring
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  April 6, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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:  Teaching Young Learners about Birds
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  April 27, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 We see birds nearly every day. They are accessible to learn from and can be enticed to come to your school yard. They can instigate curiosity in young learners. How do you teach young learners to observe and learn about birds? At this workshop, we’ll provide you with activities, resources and hands-on experiences to help you teach about the birds around your school. Relevant correlations to Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards will be provided and discussed. Although targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through four, 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 Pollinators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  April 27, 2019
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. We'll take a hike to look at native plants and their pollinators in action. You'll experience hands-on activities that can be instantly implemented into your curriculum, too. 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. 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:  Meet the Mississippi
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Mississippi Riv. Visit. Ctr., Rock Island Arsenal
Date(s):  May 4, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Come to this workshop to learn about the Mississippi River and some of the wildlife species that depend on it. We will talk about the traits needed to survive in a riverine environment and show you examples from native wildlife. We will discuss wildlife diversity in and around the river, too. Physical characteristics of the river and how they are important to wildlife and people will be explained. Although targeted to teachers of grades two through five, 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. Register at https://www.enticeworkshops.com.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Summer
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  June 8, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Summer 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 summer. 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 several topics. Although targeted to grades prekindergarten through three, 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 summer 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:  Wetland Wonders Exploring the Organisms of Illinois Wetland Ecosystems
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  June 18, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 We will make a splash as we explore the fascinating organisms that live in Illinois wetlands. We will learn about their life history and identification and will put the skills to practice as we visit a wetland. Hands-on activities will be conducted, and you will receive supplemental educational resources. Although targeted to teachers of grades four 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 IDNR.

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Summer 2019 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Aquatic Ecosystems
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Ctr., Willow Springs
Date(s):  June 27 and June 28, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us for this two-day workshop that will focus on aquatic ecosystems in our state and the organisms that rely on them. We will discuss the life cycles of aquatic invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and their roles in aquatic habitats. We will spend time outdoors sampling for organisms and conducting water quality testing. Our experiences will be used to show you how to support Next Generation Science Standards developed for middle school life science topics. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the resources as appropriate. If you register for this workshop, please plan to attend both days. 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:  Asian Carps: Activities for Middle School and High School Students that Support NGSS
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown
Date(s):  July 19, 2019
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 discuss their life history and provide data to quantify their effects. Containment methods being used in Illinois to keep Asian carps out of Lake Michigan will be examined. 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:  Tree Pests
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  July 27, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Learn how insect pests have unique adaptations that can cause threats to our woodland ecosystem. We will show you how to conduct a tree inventory and risk analysis for future pest threats of trees in a given location. Identification and life history information for beneficial and invasive insects will be provided. Although targeted to teachers of grades six through eight, 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 Pollinators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  July 30, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Discover the hidden world of pollinators and their unique relationship with the plants they pollinate. Investigate native plants and their pollinators in action at the pollinator-focused planting exhibition. You will experience hands-on activities that explore how pollination works and how plants attract pollinators. 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. 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. Register at https://www.enticeworkshops.com.

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Course Name:  Illinois Bats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  August 2, 2019
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 take a short drive to watch bats emerge from their roosts at dusk, 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:  Aquatic Ecosystems: Lake Michigan Ecology II
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  September 14, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Lake Michigan is one of the greatest natural resources of Illinois. Come to this workshop and learn about the complex relationships between the lake and its inhabitants. Part of the workshop will be held indoors at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, but we will also take a hike to conduct activities on the Lake Michigan shore, weather-permitting. Supplemental educational resources will be provided. 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. 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 Spiders
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  September 17, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 The wonderful world of spiders will be explored in this workshop for educators of grades four through six. Jim Louderman of The Field Museum will lead us as we learn about the spiders found in Illinois, their habits and habitats. Go on a hike to find spiders in the wild. Take part in hands-on activities that can be instantly implemented into your classes. Numerous supplemental materials will be provided. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for 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:  Oaks and the Animals that Need Them
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 21, 2019
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 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 ecosystem health. Learn outdoor activities that focus on producers, consumers and decomposers and how species are adapted to survive in oak woodlands. Although targeted to teachers of grades three through five, all educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, as appropriate. You will take away numerous resources to use. 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:  Engineering and Life Science
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  September 28, 2019
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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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Fall
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  October 5, 2019
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 will 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 will be incorporating animal tracks, animal signs, seeds and changes in leaves, too. 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. 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 will 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 Urban Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  November 9, 2019
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:  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.

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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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