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[NOV. 4, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently made special resources available for Illinois teachers conducting lessons involving trees and forests. Teachers can use lesson plans, visual aids and obtain other items from the Department of Natural Resources to enhance existing curricula.

"Illinois has dozens of varieties of native trees," said Joel Brunsvold, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. "These programs help Illinois' younger residents appreciate the inherent beauty and wonder of our state, while at the same time, the children grow intellectually."

Programs available include Project Learning Tree, with supplemental hands-on activities for students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight, and the Illinois Tree Trunk, a storage container filled with instructional items, such as books, videos, posters, tree seeds, lumber samples, rubber leaves and suggested lesson plans and activities.

Project Learning Tree workshops are conducted statewide and offer continuing professional development units for teachers.

The "Kids for Trees" CD-ROM, for grades kindergarten through three, contains videos, student activities, background information and more forest-related resources. Teachers may obtain a copy of "Kids for Trees" by submitting a written request on school letterhead to the IDNR Division of Education at the address listed below. Posters and an activity book about native Illinois tree species can be ordered online at

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"These are programs that can help students succeed on state-administered exams," said Jeff Vose, IDNR Division of Education administrator. "We have looked at areas of key learning and designed lessons that can enhance the education process."

All lessons are designed to meet Illinois Learning Standards.

For more information about any of these materials or programs, contact the IDNR Division of Education at (217) 524-4125 or

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources news release]

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