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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) Division of Education sponsors educator workshops through the ENTICE program. These workshops offer Continuing Professional Development Units 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.


2014-2015 Workshop Schedule | Spring 2014 | Summer 2014 | Fall 2014 | Winter 2015 | Spring 2015 |

Spring 2014 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Urban Wildlife II
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  May 3, 2014
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Wildlife is all around us, even in downtown Chicago! Educators of grades four 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 control of nuisance species. We'll take a hike to search for urban wildlife present in spring. Receive supplemental educational materials to enhance your teaching. Continuing Professional Development Units 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 THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014, OR SOONER IF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS IS REACHED.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to Nature
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Yorkville
Date(s):  May 10, 2014
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.

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Course Name:  Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  May 31, 2014
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 kindergarten through 12 will learn basic habitat design and development techniques. We'll assess what is already on the school grounds and what might be missing. We'll discuss utilizing the habitat to the support the school curriculum. Become aware of grant opportunities and obtain supplemental materials to help you get started with your own schoolyard habitat development. 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:  Forest Ecology and Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Ctr., Willow Springs
Date(s):  June 21, 2014
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. Continuing Professional Development Units 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:  Pollinators and the Prairie
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  June 28, 2014
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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. 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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Summer 2014 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Prairies
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur
Date(s):  July 11, 2014
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Imagining the vast prairies of Illinois’ past is difficult, but you can visit an existing prairie if you join us for this workshop at Rock Springs Nature Center. 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 take 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. Continuing Professional Development Units 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:  Alien Invaders: They are Here!
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest Office, Harrisburg
Date(s):  July 18, 2014
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 What are invasive species? How did they arrive in Illinois? What are issues related to them? These and many other questions will be answered at this workshop for teachers of grades six through 12. We'll discuss numerous invasive exotic plants, insects and animals that are present in our state, including their life history, identification and control. We'll also get outdoors by taking a walk to look for invasive plants, and there will be some great hands on, engaging activities that you will be able to take back to your classroom, nature center, etc. The Illinois’ Invasive Species resources trunk and its connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will be featured. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Continuing Professional Development Units are available. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the information.

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Course Name:  Illinois Beetles
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook
Date(s):  August 1, 2014
Time(s):  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 The beetles are coming! Join us to study the amazing world of beetles in Illinois. We’ll look at their life history, habitats and importance. Identification skills will be introduced and practiced. We’ll search for beetles in a nearby prairie and woodland. Targeted to educators of grades four through eight, hands-on activities and classroom-ready materials will be provided. 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. Continuing Professional Development Units 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 2014 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Mattoon
Date(s):  September 6, 2014
Time(s):  9:30 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 kindergarten 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. 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:  Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  September 8 - 21, 2014
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 junior high 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 and helps you to meet several of the Next Generation Science Standards at the junior high and high school levels. 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00.

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Course Name:  Conserving Wildlife
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  September 13, 2014
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 What are endangered and threatened species? Why are there endangered and threatened species in Illinois? What efforts are being made to conserve species? These questions will be answered as we discuss wildlife conservation. We’ll visit a new related exhibit in the museum, too. In this year marking the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction, learn how you and your students can help to make a difference for wildlife. Although targeted to educators of grades four through 12, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to attend but may need to adapt the materials 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:  Woodland Hibernators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  September 20, 2014
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 Join us as we explore the habits of mammals and other hibernating animals at The Morton Arboretum. We’ll uncover how these animals conserve energy and prepare for the changing seasons in Illinois. We’ll participate in activities that you can use with your students, and we’ll go outside to learn more about these unique cycles. Supplemental educational resources will be provided. While all educators are welcome to participate, activities are best suited for grades two through six. 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:  Resources Trunks from the IDNR
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Cache River Visitors’ Center, Cypress
Date(s):  September 23, 2014
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offers resources trunks and packs for loan to educators statewide. These teaching tools are loaded with hands-on, supplemental, Illinois-specific items that can make your lessons come alive for students! Join us at this workshop to preview all 10 resource trunks and the Field Trip Pack, too. We’ll examine the trunk contents, discuss how they can be used in the classroom and take part in activities. You’ll receive many resources, too! This workshop is appropriate for teachers of grades prekindergarten through 12. Continuing Professional Development Units are available. Sponsored by the IDNR, this workshop is a part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) series of workshops.

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Course Name:  Illinois Pollinators
Program:  ENTICE
Location: University of Illinois Pollinatarium, Urbana
Date(s):  September 27, 2014
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. 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:  Tree Squirrels
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook
Date(s):  October 3, 2014
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. Research conducted about tree squirrels at Mayslake Peabody Estate will be discussed. We’ll look at how you can use squirrel observations to help you meet some of the 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 kindergarten 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. 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:  Wild Cats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest, Jonesboro
Date(s):  October 4, 2014
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Bobcats, mountain lions and feral cats are the subjects of this workshop. We’ll learn how to identify them and discuss their life history and management in Illinois. We’ll go on a hike to look for bobcat signs, too. Hands-on activities and resources will be provided for immediate implementation into your curriculum. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Continuing Professional Development Units are available. Although targeted to educators of grades kindergarten through eight, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the information.

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Course Name:  Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Development
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  October 6-19, 2014
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. 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. The registration fee for this workshop is $25.00.

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Course Name:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to the Nature of Fall
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  November 8, 2014
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. 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. Continuing Professional Development Units 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:  Winter Wildlife on the Prairie
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington
Date(s):  November 15, 2014
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. 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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Winter 2015 | Top of Page |

Course Name:  Illinois Woodlands 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  January 12-25, 2015
Time(s):  Various

 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. 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. Continuing Professional Development Units 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:  Animal Communities
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  February 21, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 Join us at this workshop to discover how species in Illinois can live and work together beneficially. We’ll learn about the behavior of social animals. Communication practices will be discussed, too, as will home structure. We’ll take part in hands-on activities and provide you with supplemental educational resources. Although targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through eight, teachers of other grades are welcome to attend but may need to adapt the materials 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:  Tracks, Scats and Habitats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Shawnee National Forest Office, Harrisburg
Date(s):  March 21, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Often when exploring nature, instead of seeing an animal, we find what it left behind. Join us in this exploration of animal signs and how they relate to habitats. We'll be practicing our skills on an outdoor field trip, too. We'll show you how to incorporate the topic into your lessons and provide resources to help you do so. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through six, other educators are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials 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:  Tracks, Scats and Habitats
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Sugar Grove Nature Center, McLean
Date(s):  March 31, 2015
Time(s):  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Often when exploring nature, instead of seeing an animal, we find what it left behind. Join us in this exploration of animal signs and how they relate to habitats. We'll be practicing our skills on an outdoor field trip, too. We'll show you how to incorporate the topic into your lessons and provide resources to help you do so. Although targeted to teachers of grades prekindergarten through six, other educators are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials 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:  Using Resources Trunks to Teach the NGSS
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Date(s):  April 11, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offers resources trunks for loan to educators statewide. These teaching tools are loaded with hands-on, supplemental, Illinois-specific items that can make your lessons come alive for students! Join us at this workshop to learn how the Illinois Trees and Illinois Wild Mammals trunks can be used to help you meet Next Generation Science Standards for grades kindergarten through three. We’ll examine the trunk contents and take part in activities both indoors and outside. You’ll receive many resources, too! Continuing Professional Development Units are available. Sponsored by the IDNR, this workshop is a part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) series of workshops.

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Course Name:  Illinois Biodiversity 101
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Online
Date(s):  April 13-26, 2015
Time(s):  Various

 What is biodiversity? Why is it important? Does Illinois have much biodiversity? We’ll answer these and many other questions in this introduction to the natural resources of our state. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. Although targeted to educators of grades five through eight, educators other grade levels are welcome to register but may need to adapt the materials as appropriate. Continuing Professional Development Units 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 Wetland Ecosystem Organisms
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Date(s):  April 18, 2015
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 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. 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:  Introducing Early Childhood Students to Nature
Program:  ENTICE
Location: Heller Nature Center, Highland Park
Date(s):  May 9, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Teaching preschool and kindergarten children in nature can be daunting, but you’ll leave this workshop with the skills needed to teach about nature indoors and outdoors. Learn how to engage children in nature in any season, 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 visit Heller Nature Center’s Nature Playspace, talk about how it was created and share stories of success and limitations. 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:  Aquatic Ecosystems: Lake Michigan Ecology
Program:  ENTICE
Location: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
Date(s):  May 16, 2015
Time(s):  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 Lake Michigan is one of Illinois’ greatest natural resources. Come to this workshop and learn about the complex relationships between the lake and its inhabitants. We’ll take a hike and visit the Lake Michigan shore to bring our learning to life. Hands-on activities will be conducted and supplemental educational resources will be provided. Although targeted to teachers of grades six through 12, other educators are welcome to register and attend the workshop but may need to adapt the materials 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 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. Continuing Professional Development Units are available. Teachers of other grade levels are welcome to register for this workshop but may need to adapt the materials for their students, as appropriate. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program.

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Course Name:  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. 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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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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