Biodiversity Field Trip Grants available
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[JAN. 21, 2005]
SPRINGFIELD -- Now is the
time for Illinois teachers to apply for grants to offset the cost of
field trips. The Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant program from
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Education,
allows teachers to bring their lessons to life as they take students
to visit components of Illinois' natural heritage.
"The Illinois Biodiversity Field
Trip Grant program provides a great opportunity for all Illinois
teachers, including home-schooling teachers, to allow their students
to experience Illinois' natural resources firsthand," said Joel
Brunsvold, director of the Department of Natural Resources. "These
popular grants have funded field trips to state parks, nature
centers, museums and other sites within our state."
Awards of up to $500 per teacher are
offered. Funds can be used to pay for transportation, substitute
teachers and other qualifying field trip-related expenses.
"As school districts statewide face
financial challenges, these grants provide the means for students to
still have the sorts of experiences only available through field
trips," Brunsvold said. "Lessons learned on field trips are the
lessons students remember for life."
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Application forms may be downloaded
from the Internet at
Applications are due by Feb. 15.
A second application period for the year will have a deadline of
Please contact the IDNR Division of
firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 524-4126 with any
questions you may have.
The Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip
Grant program is made possible by generous donations from the Daniel
F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, Skokie, and the Independence Tube
Corporation, Chicago. Dispersal of the funds is through the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources news release]