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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.


2015-2016 Workshop Schedule | Spring 2015 | Summer 2015 | Fall 2015 | Winter 2016 | Spring 2016 | Summer 2016 | Fall 2016 |

Spring 2015 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Butterflies and Moths
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest, Jonesboro
Date(s):  June 12, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Flutter in and join other educators of grades kindergarten through six 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. We’ll go outside to observe and identify butterflies in native habitats. 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 WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015.

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Course Name:  Illinois Reptiles and Amphibians
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  June 13, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 The slimy and scaly creatures of Illinois will be featured in this workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through eight. We’ll learn about their life history and will take a hike to look for reptiles and amphibians. We’ll 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. 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, JUNE 4, 2015.

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Summer 2015 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Spiders
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook
Date(s):  July 10, 2015
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 kindergarten through six. 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. 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 WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Summer
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  July 11, 2015
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. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015.

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Course Name:  Prying into Prions Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  July 13 - 26, 2015
Time(s):  Various

 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015.

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Course Name:  Illinois Woodlands 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest Office, Vienna
Date(s):  August 22, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Learn about the types and characteristics of Illinois' woodland habitats in this workshop targeted to educators of grades 4-12. We'll cover many topics related to the history, ecology and conservation of woodlands in the state. We’ll visit a woodland habitat, too. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. 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:  Monarch Mania
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  August 29, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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. We'll provide options for actions that you, your students and the community can take to help monarchs. 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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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to Nature
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown
Date(s):  September 12, 2015
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! We’ll show you how to use the Field Trip Pack from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and its many resources to encourage nature exploration by young children. We’ll go on a nature hike, too! Targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through three, you’ll take away numerous Illinois-specific resources. 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 Biodiversity 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  September 12, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 What is biodiversity? Why is it important? Does Illinois have much biodiversity? We’ll answer these and many other questions in this introduction to Illinois’ natural resources, including wildlife. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. Although targeted to educators of grades five through eight, 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:  Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  September 14 - 27, 2015
Time(s):  Various

 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 12 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. 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to Nature
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  September 19, 2015
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 three. 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. 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:  Tree Homes
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 19, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 From the camouflage of a walking stick insect to the nest of a great horned owl, animals of all shapes and sizes rely on the natural habitat created by trees for their daily needs. Learn about some of these amazing tree dwellers and how they use trees in a variety of ways as we explore the woodlands, wetlands and prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Although targeted to teachers of grades kindergarten through six, 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 Butterflies and Moths
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook
Date(s):  September 25, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Flutter in and join other educators of grades kindergarten through six as we are introduced to the butterflies and moths of Illinois! Butterfly life history, identification, conservation and adaptations will be discussed. Staff members from The Field Museum and Mayslake Peabody Estate will lead the workshop. 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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Fall 2015 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Prairies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  October 17, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Fall
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest Office, Harrisburg
Date(s):  October 24, 2015
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. 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. Register at https://www.enticeworkshops.com.

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Course Name:  Winter Wildlife on the Prairie
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington
Date(s):  November 14, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Join us to discover some Illinois wildlife species of the prairie and strategies they use for winter survival. We’ll talk about identification of the animals and their “signs,” and we’ll walk through the prairie looking and listening for wildlife and evidence of their presence. You’ll participate in hands-on activities both indoors and outside. We’ll discuss correlations to the Next Generation Science Standards, too. This workshop is targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through six. Educators of other grade levels 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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Winter 2016 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Prairies 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  January 11-24, 2016
Time(s):  Various

 Learn about Illinois' prairie habitats and their inhabitants in this workshop targeted to educators of grades 4-8. We'll cover many topics related to the history, ecology and conservation of prairies. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00.

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Course Name:  Illinois Aquatics 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  February 13, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Explore Illinois' freshwater environments in this workshop targeted to educators of grades 4-8. We’ll learn about the types of aquatic habitats in Illinois, their physical factors and the organisms adapted to them. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. 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:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Date(s):  February 27, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through three 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. 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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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to Nature
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest Office, Harrisburg
Date(s):  March 5, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Teaching children in nature can be challenging, but you’ll leave this workshop with the skills needed to educate them about nature indoors and outdoors. Learn how to engage children in nature, confront fears that you or your students may have and overcome space and equipment limitations. You’ll participate in and be provided with nature-based activities, lessons and resources. 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). Although targeted to grades prekindergarten and kindergarten, 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 IDNR. Register at https://www.enticeworkshops.com.

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Spring 2016 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Spring
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  April 9, 2016
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 be incorporating a variety of 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 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 Aquatics 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  April 11 - 24, 2016
Time(s):  Various

 Explore Illinois' freshwater environments in this workshop targeted to educators of grades 4-8. We’ll learn about the types of aquatic habitats in Illinois, their physical factors and the organisms adapted to them. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00.

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Course Name:  Illinois Wild Mammals
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  April 16, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Mammals can be found in all Illinois habitats, but what do you really know about them? We often see what they leave behind instead of seeing them. Come to this workshop to learn about the variety of mammals found in Illinois, their habits and their interactions with other organisms and the environment. We’ll show you how the Illinois Wild Mammals trunk can help you teach Next Generation Science Standards, too. Designed for educators of grades kindergarten through six, we’ll provide you with background information, hands-on lessons and supplemental resources that will let you implement this topic into your curriculum immediately. 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. 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:  Forest Ecology and Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest Office, Harrisburg
Date(s):  April 30, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Wildlife species are important components of forests. From their burrows in the soil to the canopy in the sky, their presence helps to determine the health and stability of the forest ecosystem. The ecosystem in turn affects all wildlife species living in it. In this workshop for teachers of grades four through 10, we will explore the life history of wildlife populations, their interactions and their important role in the forest ecosystem. All educators are welcome to register for the workshop, but the information may need to be adapted, 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:  Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  May 21, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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 12 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. 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:  Pollinators and the Prairie
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  June 18, 2016
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 five, 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 (Environmentand Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Course Name:  Wetland Wonders: Illinois Aquatic Ecosystem Organisms
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Ballard Nature Center, Altamont
Date(s):  June 20, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 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 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 Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Course Name:  Illinois Amphibians and Reptiles
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  June 21, 2016
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’ll learn about their life history and will take a hike to look for reptiles and amphibians. We’ll 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. 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: Online
Date(s):  July 11 - 24, 2016
Time(s):  Various

 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00.

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Course Name:  Forest Ecology and Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Ctr., Willow Springs
Date(s):  July 27, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Wildlife species are important components of forests. From the leaf litter on the ground to the canopy in the sky, their presence helps to determine the health and stability of the forest ecosystem. The ecosystem in turn affects all wildlife species living in it. In this workshop for teachers of grades kindergarten through eight, we will explore the life history of wildlife populations, their interactions and their important role in the forest ecosystem. 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 Amphibians and Reptiles
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Sugar Grove Nature Center, McLean
Date(s):  July 27, 2016
Time(s):  10:00 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’ll learn about their life history and will take a hike to look for reptiles and amphibians. We’ll 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. 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 Woodland Ecology
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  September 10, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Join staff from the Chicago Botanic Garden as they teach us about the interrelationships of organisms in Illinois woodlands and the special problems associated with woodland restorations. 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’ll 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:  Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  September 12 - 25, 2016
Time(s):  Various

 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 12 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. 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00.

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Course Name:  Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 17, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through three 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. 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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Course Name:  Illinois Pollinators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: University of Illinois Pollinatarium, Urbana
Date(s):  September 24, 2016
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 at the University of Illinois' Pollinatarium and a nearby prairie. You’ll experience hands-on activities that can be instantly implemented into your curriculum. Although targeted to teachers of grades kindergarten through six, 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 Wild Mammals
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest Office, Vienna
Date(s):  October 1, 2016
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Mammals can be found in all Illinois habitats, but what do you really know about them? We often see what they leave behind instead of seeing them. Come to this workshop to learn about the variety of mammals found in Illinois, their habits and their interactions with other organisms and the environment. We’ll show you how the Illinois Wild Mammals trunk can help you teach Next Generation Science Standards, too. Designed for educators of grades kindergarten through six, we’ll provide you with background information, hands-on lessons and supplemental resources that will let you implement this topic into your curriculum immediately. 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. 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:  Illinois Wetland Ecosystem Organisms
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors Center, Cypress
Date(s):  October 18, 2016
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. From below the water’s surface to the treetops, wetlands teem with life. We’ll learn about the life history and identification of representative organisms and will put the skills to practice as we visit a wetland. Hands-on activities will be conducted, and you’ll receive supplemental educational resources. Although targeted to teachers of grades five 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 Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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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.

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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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