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[APRIL 12, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Schools across Illinois are receiving grants for environmental field trips that put students in touch with nature, Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced Friday.

"With these grants, teachers have the opportunity to share the world with their students -- to get them out in the natural world so they can experience the great outdoors up close," Brunsvold said. "These hands-on learning experiences are just as important as what kids learn in the classroom."

Biodiversity Field Trip Grants are awarded based on learning objectives, community partner involvement and incorporation of biodiversity curriculum resources into the field trip.

More than $11,400 in grants were announced Friday. Since 2001, the Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program has been funded by donations from the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation and the Independence Tube Corporation and is administered through the Illinois Conservation Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that enhances the programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The maximum award is $500 per educator, but teachers can collaborate on trips to include multiple classes and therefore receive additional funding.

Businesses, corporations and other contributors wishing to help fund the grant program in the future can contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Educational Services Section at (217) 524-4126 or TTY (217) 782-9175.

To find out more about the grants, please call (217) 524-4126, e-mail illinoisentice@dnrmail.state.il.us or visit http://dnr.state.il.us.

Following is a list of grant recipients (school; destination; grade; award):

Little Flower School, Springfield; Wildlife Prairie State Park, Peoria; 8; $515

Glen Oak Primary School, Peoria; Wildlife Prairie State Park, Peoria; 4; $350

Edinburg CUSD 4, Taylorville; Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield; 6-8; $500


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Wolf Ridge Education Center, Bunker Hill; Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton; 2; $225

Saint Andrew School, Murphysboro; Giant City State Park, Makanda; 4; $500

Chestnut Park School, Savanna; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; 5; $700

DeWitt Clinton Elementary School, Chicago; North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago; 3-4; $1,680

Machesney Elementary School, Machesney Park; Atwood Outdoor Ed. Center, Rockford; 5; $1,000

Sparta Lincoln Middle School, Sparta; Illinois Caverns, Waterloo; 7; $500

Jane Addams Elementary, Chicago; Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield; 5; $360

Riverton High School, Riverton; Shedd Aquarium, Chicago; 9-12; $650

Sparta Lincoln Middle School, Sparta; Camp Wartburg, Waterloo; 4; $400

Warren Township High School, Gurnee; Libertyville Prairie, Libertyville; 11-12; $200

Hillsboro Junior High School, Hillsboro; Eldon Hazlet State Park, Carlyle; 6; $860

Gregory Middle School, Naperville; Tri County State Park, Bartlett; 8; $275

Fulton County CUSD 3; Emiquon Project, Lewistown; 9; $310

Dieterich Elementary School, Dieterich; Ballard Nature Center, Altamont; 2; $220

Southeast High School, Springfield; Illinois Caverns, Waterloo; 9; $350

Meissner School, Bunker Hill; Center for American Archeology, Kampsville; 7; $800

Regional Office of Education, Moline; Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, Rock Island; 4-5; $1,500

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources
news release]

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