Schoolyard Habitat Grants available
The Schoolyard Habitat
Action Grant program from the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources Division of Education provides a funding opportunity for
educators who want to involve students in learning about their
environment. Awards of up to $600 per educator are available through
a competitive grant application process. Funds are to be used to
develop or improve wildlife habitat.
Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 15. Details on the
program and an application form can be downloaded at
Funding is provided by the Jadel Foundation and administered by
the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
For more information, contact the IDNR Division of Education by
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (217) 524-4126.
Biodiversity Field Trip Grants available
The fall application deadline is arriving soon for the popular
Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant program from the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources Division of Education. Through this
competitive grant program, teachers may apply for up to $500 to take
their class on a field trip to study aspects of Illinois' natural
and cultural heritage.
An application form with instructions may be downloaded at
education/classrm/grants.htm. Applications for the fall deadline
must be postmarked by Oct. 15. A second application period has a
Feb. 15 deadline.
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The program is made possible by the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice
Foundation and the Independence Tube Corporation. Funding is
administered by the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
For more information about the grant program, call (217) 524-4126
Openings are still available for Environment and Nature Training
Institute for Conservation Education workshops for schoolteachers
this fall. The workshop on Oct. 22, "Incorporating Nature into the
Language Arts and Fine Arts," will be at the Regional Environmental
Center at Pecatonica. The Nov. 15 session, "Illinois Birds Featuring
the Wild Turkey," is at Bass Pro Shops, Gurnee.
To obtain a registration form and to see the complete schedule
and workshop descriptions, go to
For more information, call (217) 524-4126 or e-mail
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