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[MARCH 9, 2005]  SPRINGFIELD -- Students from 44 Illinois schools will be able to take their learning on the road as recipients of Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

"This grant program through our Division of Education is a tremendous resource for Illinois teachers," said Joel Brunsvold, director of the Department of Natural Resources. "Through generous contributions from the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation of Skokie and the Independence Tube Corporation of Chicago, more than 3,000 students will be able to visit natural areas in our state and learn about wildlife and other topics firsthand."

The program allows Illinois teachers to apply for grants to take students to the outdoors to study some aspect of Illinois' biodiversity. The learning activities must be related to the Illinois Learning Standards from the Illinois State Board of Education. Two grant application periods are available each year, with the fall deadline on Oct. 15 and the spring deadline on Feb. 15. Funding is administered by the Illinois Conservation Foundation and covers such expenses as transportation and substitute teachers.

"Eighty-four applications were received for this grant period," said Jeff Vose, administrator of the IDNR Division of Education. "A total of $14,711 is being made available to schools from throughout Illinois, involving students from kindergarten through high school."

For the October 2005 application deadline for the program, forms may be requested by calling (217) 524-4126, by e-mail to or downloaded from

For more information about the program, contact Jeff Vose at or (217) 524-9505.

A list of the spring 2005 grant recipients follows.

Spring 2005 Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant recipients

Alexander County

Egyptian Community School, Tamms. Grades 2-10. Destination: Insect Expo in the South. Grant award: $180.

Calhoun County

Brussels Grade School, Brussels. Grades 1-4. Destination: The Nature Institute. Grant award: $183.

Cass County

Beardstown High School, Beardstown. Grades 9-12. Destination: Pond in Rushville. Grant award: $135.

Clark County

Casey-Westfield, Casey. Grades 11-12. Destination: Kaskaskia River. Grant award: $512.

Coles County

Riddle Elementary, Mattoon. Grade 5. Destination: Douglas Hart Nature Center. Grant award: $274.

Cook County

Burbank School, Burbank. Grade 6. Destination: Matthiessen State Park and Illinois Beach State Park. Grant award: $150.

Churchill School, Schaumburg. Grades 3-4. Destination: Spring Valley Nature Center. Grant award: $540.

Immanuel Lutheran School, East Dundee. Grade 6. Destination: Walcamp. Grant award: $250.

Melody School, Chicago. Grade 6. Destination: Angelic Organic Farms. Grant award: $500.

St. John Lutheran School, Chicago. Grades 3-5. Destination: Walcamp. Grant award: $200.

St. Symphorosa, Chicago. Grades 3-4. Destination: Brookfield Zoo. Grant award: $300.

Victor J. Andrew High School, Tinley Park. Grades 10-12. Destination: Orland Tract Prairie Restoration Project. Grant award: $360.

DuPage County

Glenside Middle School, Glendale Heights. Grade 7. Destination: DuPage County Forest Preserve. Grant award: $250.

Jefferson Middle School, Villa Park. Grade 6. Destination: "Learning Outdoors, Making Connections." Grant award: $810.

Oakbrook Elementary, Wood Dale. Grade 5. Destination: Lorado Taft Field Campus of Northern Illinois University. Grant award: $500.

Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, Wheaton. Grades 11-12. Destination: DuPage River. Grant award: $480.

Jefferson County

Farrington Grade School, Bluford. Grades 3-6. Destination: Earth stewardship event at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center. Grant award: $250.

Rome Community Consolidated School, Dix. Grades 3 and 6. Destination: Rend Lake. Grant award: $400.

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Jersey County

St. Francis School, Jerseyville. Kindergarten. Destination: Pere Marquette State Park. Grant award: $90.

Kane County

Dundee-Crown High School, Carpentersville. Grades 9-12. Destination: Brookfield Zoo. Grant award: $360.

Kaneland John Shields Elementary School, Sugar Grove. Grade: 4. Destination: Otter Creek. Grant award: $346.

Sheridan Elementary, Elgin. Grade: 6. Destination: Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, YWCA Camp, Elgin Historical Society and Tekakwitha Woods. Grant award: $606.

Lee County

Dixon High School, Dixon. Grades 9-12. Destination: Shedd Aquarium. Grant award: $379.

Macon County

Lutheran School Association, Decatur. Grade 6. Destination: Camp CILCA. Grant award: $500.

Madison County

Collinsville Middle School, Collinsville. Grade 7. Destination: Mississippi River at Alton. Grant award: $250.

St. John Neumann Catholic School, Maryville. Grades 5-6. Destination: Camp Ondessonk. Grant award: $568.

Triad High School, Troy. Grades 9-12. Destination: Cache River State Natural Area and Ferne Clyffe State Park. $250.

Mason County

New Central School, Havana. Grade 3. Destination: Wildlife Prairie State Park. Grant award: $250.

Peoria County

Tyng Primary, Peoria. Grade 1. Destination: Wildlife Prairie State Park. Grant award: $158.

Piatt County

Washington School, Monticello. Grade 5. Destination: Allerton Park. Grant award: $250.

Rock Island County

Logan, Washington, Roosevelt, Jane Addams and Cambridge schools, Moline. Grades 4-6. Destination: Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. Grant award: $900.

Sangamon County

Grant Middle School, Springfield. Grade 6. Destination: Camp CILCA. Grant award: $300.

Farmingdale Elementary, Pleasant Plains. Grade 4. Destination: Sangamon Valley Landfill, Carpenter Park and New Salem State Historic Site. Grant award: $508.

Tri-City High School, Buffalo. Grades 9-12. Destination: Lincoln Memorial Garden. Grant award: $235.

Scott County

Bluffs Elementary, Bluffs. Kindergarten-grade 1. Destination: Dickson Mounds Museum. Grant award: $170.

Shelby County

Main Street School, Shelbyville. Grade 3. Destination: Douglas Hart Nature Center. Grant award: $250.

Tazewell County

C.B. Smith Primary School, Pekin. Grade 2. Destination: Forest Park. Grant award: $200.

C.B. Smith Primary School, Pekin. Grade 1. Destination: Wildlife Prairie State Park and Pekin parks. Grant award: $320.

Union County

Cobden High School, Cobden. Grades 9-12. Destination: Giant City State Park and Ferne Clyffe State Park. Grant award: $192.

Jonesboro Community Consolidated School, Jonesboro. Grade 7. Destination: Giant City State Park. Grant award: $280.

Vermilion County

Jamaica High School, Sidell. Grades 9-12. Destination: Shedd Aquarium. Grant award: $160.

Jamaica High School, Sidell. Grades 10-12. Destination: Homer Lake. Grant award: $205.

Will County

St. Mary School, Mokena. Grade 6. Destination: Lake Katherine Preserve. Grant award: $210.

Walsh Elementary School, Lockport. Grade 1. Destination: Pilcher Park Nature Center. Grant award: $500.

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources news release]

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