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Online Courses and Workshops from Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Posted by Ron Wolford -

1. Fall Semester Online Courses for Graduate or CPDU Credit

The IDNR's Division of Education and the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) are offering online courses for graduate credit (4 hours) or Continuing Professional Development Units (60 CPDUs) during Fall Semester 2007 through the UIS Master of Teacher Leadership program.

EDL 560 Introduction to Illinois' Natural Resources for Teachers will include the examination, research and practical application of Illinois natural resources information with the goals of understanding location, composition, utilization, conservation and issues.

EDL 587 Introduction to Illinois' Woodland Ecology for Teachers will include the examination, research and practical application of Illinois' woodland resources information with the goals of understanding location, composition, utilization, conservation and issues.

To be eligible to register, students must first contact UIS admissions at 1 888 977 4847. Once students have been admitted to UIS, they may contact Raelynne Kynion at 1 217 206 7516 or rkyni1@uis.edu to receive permission to register for the classes.

2. Illinois' Natural Resources Trading Cards Set #2

Sixty three Illinois species are highlighted on the second set of Illinois' Natural Resources Trading Cards and their accompanying poster from the IDNR Division of Education. The two-sided poster depicts the entire set of cards on the front, while the reverse side contains suggestions for using the cards to support teaching of the Illinois Learning Standards. One set of cards and one poster per teacher may be requested in writing on school letterhead. Send requests to: IDNR Education, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702 1271. No phone, fax or email requests will be accepted. If you don't have Illinois' Natural Resources Trading Cards Set #1 and poster, be sure to request them as well. Please indicate which set of cards you are requesting.

3. Register Now for Upcoming ENTICE Professional Development Workshops

Join us for an enlightening ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) teacher workshop from the IDNR! ENTICE workshops provide background information, lessons, supplemental resources and Continuing Professional Development Units. To see complete workshop descriptions and/or to register, visit http://www.ilcf.org/Workshop/Courses.asp.

Upcoming workshops include the following titles:

Illinois' Insects, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, September 8, 2007

Illinois' Spiders, Giant City State Park, Makanda, September 14, 2007

Illinois River Fishes, Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, September 14, 2007

Illinois' Spiders, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Mattoon, September 21, 2007

Illinois' Butterflies, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, September 22, 2007



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