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[AUG. 23, 2004] 

New Illinois Wild Mammals Trunks

Illinois educators teaching about mammals can borrow an Illinois Wild Mammals Trunk to supplement their classroom lessons. Developed by the Educational Services Section of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, these supplemental kits are available for loan to educators statewide. Each trunk, an easy-to-transport plastic container, is filled with field guides, CD-ROMs, a DVD, fur samples, skulls, track and scat replicas, lessons, activity sheets, posters, and other items. Suggested loan time is two weeks.

Lending locations are listed at
. For more information, contact the IDNR Division of Education at or (217) 524-4126.


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Free resources for teachers include videos and more

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Educational Services Section has six CD-ROMs and one DVD available for teachers. These resources contain lessons, student activities, videos, sounds and more and are compatible with both Windows and Macintosh formats. The DVD contains five videos taking students on a tour of Illinois' natural heritage without leaving the classroom. The materials are free, but note appropriate grade levels before ordering. The CD-ROMs are "Career Opportunities in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources," intended for grades 7-12; "Kids for Trees," grades K-3; "Wild Mammals of Illinois," grades 4-6; "Illinois Birds," grades 4-6; "Aquatic Illinois," grades 5-9; and "Illinois Biodiversity," grades 5-10. The DVD is "Exploring Illinois' Natural Resources," for grades K-12.

Send requests by title on school letterhead to: IDNR Education, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271. For more information, contact the IDNR Division of Education at or (217) 524-4126.

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources
news release]


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