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The Division of Education is responsible for the development and dissemination of educational programs and materials and for training in their use. On this web site you will be able to find information about contests for students, educational materials for use in the classroom, teacher workshops and more.

Division of Education
Valerie Keener, Administrator
217-524-4126
dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov

Would you like to help support the IDNR Division of Education? Contributions are accepted. Make your check payable to the IDNR and mail to the IDNR Division of Education, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702.

For questions about IDNR's Safety Education Programs visit here or email dnr.safetyed@illinois.gov.

 

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Please note: If you use Internet Explorer, you must add www.idnrteachkids.com to the Trusted Sites Security Zone in Internet Options in order for the interactive sections of the Student Pages to work. To do so, go to Internet Explorer, then Tools, then Internet Options. Click on the “Security” tab. Click on “Trusted Sites” then “Sites.” Copy “www.idnrteachkids.com ” and paste it into “Add this Web site to the zone.” Then click “Add.”  

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NEW! Wildlife in the Classroom has been revised! Access the new version here.

NEW! Monarch Mania! Learn about monarch butterflies and what you can do to help them. Watch the video podcasts.

NEW! Monarch Mania! Click here to access planting instructions for milkweed seeds.

NEW! Kids for Conservation(R)! Youth in Illinois, send us your white-tailed deer digital images, stories, poems and artwork. Click here for details.

Register now for ENTICE educator workshops! Professional Development Hours are available at ENTICE workshops.

Demonstration gardens for the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program have been implemented at M. J. Rhymer Family Dry Grove Nature Preserve in Normal. Click here to follow their progress.

Download the new Project Squirrel mobile phone app from either iTunes or the Google Play Store and start participating in this citizen scientist project today!

NEW! Lessons based on the Next Generation Science Standards are being developed and posted for your use.

The new Illinois Birds: Volume IV, Sparrows, Weaver Finches and Longspurs poster is available to teachers in Illinois. Order at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Publications.

Borrow our resources trunks for your summer camp, scouting program or other youth-group activity. Field Trip Packs for loan to early childhood educators are also available.

Video podcasts provide information and instruction demonstrations. Subscribe to our podcasts through the iTunes Store (C) or watch on YouTube or our Podcasts Web page!

Learn about the materials and programs of the IDNR Division of Education from this video podcast.

Blooming Now and the progress of the prairie at IDNR headquarters.

The Field Trip Tips page provides a wealth of information to help you prepare for an outdoor field trip with your students.

Join us on Facebook for more information and resources. Go to www.facebook.com and search for "Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Education."

Wildlife in the Classroom helps Illinois teachers to learn about the laws and permits that apply to possessing wildlife and wildlife remains. If you teach in Illinois, you should be familiar with this information. Please read it and keep it handy for reference!

Are you looking for information about Illinois? Try reading our Illinois Facts pages!

Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease a supplemental educational unit about transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that can also help you to meet NGSS qualifications at middle school and high school levels. Order your copy today!

 

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