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[SEPT. 17, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced the 2004-2005 workshop schedule for Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education. The workshops are free and provide supplemental educational materials and continuing professional development units.

Workshop calendar

FALL 2004

"Illinois Mammals"
Sept. 20, 4-8 p.m., Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur

Resource professionals and educators will provide a general introduction to the mammals of Illinois as well as a look at the effect furbearing mammals had on the settlement and history of the state. This hands-on workshop is targeted for educators of grades 4 to 6. Classroom-ready materials will be provided.

"Illinois Insects"

Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia

Educators of grades K to 6 are invited to investigate insects! We'll spend the day learning about insects: what they are; their characteristics; where they live; how to identify some common insects; why they are so successful; and more! Weather permitting, we'll take a short hike to find some insects in the wild. Classroom-ready materials will be provided.

"Illinois Birds"
Oct. 18, 4-8 p.m., Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur

Do you teach about birds? If so, you'll want to attend this workshop. Educators of grades 4 to 6 will learn general information about Illinois bird species, including their life history and roles in the ecosystem. Identification skills discussed will be put into practice on the bird observation hike (weather permitting). A large variety of classroom materials and resources will be provided.

"Illinois' Urban Wildlife"
Nov. 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago

Wildlife is all around us, even in downtown Chicago! Educators of grades 4 to 6 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. Receive supplemental educational materials to enhance your teaching.

"Illinois' Forest Resources"
Dec. 4, time to be determined, Morton Arboretum, Lisle

Participants will explore Illinois' forests while learning tree anatomy, tree identification skills and other forestry topics. Targeted for teachers of grades K to 3, the workshop will help you discover the many resources available to help you teach about trees. Classroom-ready materials will be provided.

WINTER 2005

"Illinois' Geological Resources"
Illinois State Geological Survey, Urbana, date and time to be determined

Join scientists from the Illinois State Geological Survey as they enlighten us about the physical features of Illinois. Targeted to educators of grades 7 to12, this workshop will include discussions about such topics as plate tectonics and using rock sequences and fossils to interpret changes in the earth. Free supplemental educational materials will be provided.

"Illinois Birds"
Feb. 26, time to be determined, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown

SPRING 2005

"Illinois' Urban Wildlife"
April 2, 2005, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago

"Illinois Mammals"
April 30, 2005, time to be determined, Wildwood Girl Scout Camp, Mount Sterling

"Biodiversity 101"
April 18, 2005, time to be determined, Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur

This introduction to Illinois' natural resources is designed for educators of grades K to 6. Discover Illinois' biodiversity and trace its natural progression through time. Participants will explore aquatic, woodland and prairie ecosystems while learning how to bring nature into the classroom. Classroom-ready materials will be provided.

"Illinois Birds"
Giant City State Park, Makanda, date and time to be determined

 

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SUMMER 2005

"Lake Michigan Ecology"
Date, time and location to be determined

Come aboard with other educators of grades 4 to 6 to learn about the ecology of Lake Michigan. Natural resources experts will conduct the workshop in classrooms both on shore and in a boat. We'll take a cruise on Lake Michigan to search for species firsthand. Find out about the natural web of life in the lake and how invading species have disrupted it. Receive supplemental educational materials to use with your students.

"Mississippi River Ecology"
Date, time and location to be determined

The Mississippi River will be used as an ecological laboratory in this workshop. Educators of grades 4 to 6 are invited to participate and learn about the river and its inhabitants from natural resources professionals. We'll spend time on shore and in boats exploring this fascinating habitat. Classroom-ready materials will be provided.

"Schoolyard Habitat Development"
St. Clair County Regional Office of Education, Belleville, date and time to be determined

How's your habitat? Join us for this session devoted to presenting ideas to help you and your students take action to improve wildlife habitat on your school grounds. Educators of grades K to 12 will be shown examples of current schoolyard habitat sites and will work with resource professionals to learn basic habitat design, development and maintenance techniques. Become aware of grant opportunities and obtain free supplemental materials to help you get started with your own schoolyard habitat development.

"Native Americans and Nature"
Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, date and time to be determined

In an interactive workshop, learn about Native American peoples and how they used environmental resources. Targeted to educators of grades 4 to 6, this workshop will include hands-on activities, and classroom-ready materials will be provided. Workshop materials are relevant to Native American history throughout the state.

"Illinois Insects"
June 22, 2005, time to be determined, Ballard Nature Center, Altamont

"Illinois' Aquatic Resources: Lake Shelbyville"
Lake Shelbyville, date and time to be determined

Educators of grades 4 to 6 are invited to learn about the ecology of Lake Shelbyville. Natural resources experts will conduct the workshop in classrooms both on shore and in boats. We'll take a cruise on Lake Shelbyville to search for species firsthand. Find out about the natural web of life in the lake. Receive supplemental educational materials to use with your students.

To register, please send the following information to teachkids@dnrmail.state.il.us:

  1. Name

  2. E-mail address

  3. Home address and phone number

  4. Place of work, work address and phone number

  5. Whether you are a formal educator (list grades and subjects taught) or a non-formal educator

  6. Which of the workshops you wish to attend

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their registration.

For more information, contact Beth Pearson at teachkids@dnrmail.state.il.us or (217) 524-4127.

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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