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Illinois Department of Natural Resources Reminders

Posted by Ron Wolford -

1. Great Opportunity! Enroll Now. Registration is Closing Soon.
The University of Illinois' College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are working in partnership to offer Introduction to Illinois Prairies for Teachers this semester. This course can be taken for three hours of graduate-level credit or as a non-credit course for those educators who want the information but not the graduate credit. If you enroll for credit to be applied to a degree or a pay scale increase, the cost is $354 per credit hour ($1,062 total cost). If you enroll for the non-credit option (just for the information), the cost is $300 flat rate.

For more information on how to register for this course please contact: Heather Miller, Program Director College of ACES, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,<

2. Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant – application deadline – January 31
Don't wait! Submit your application now for the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) Division of Education and the Illinois Conservation Foundation. Teachers may apply for up to $500 to take students on a field trip to study some aspect of Illinois' biological or cultural diversity. The field trip destination must be in Illinois and can include state parks, museums, nature centers and forest preserves. Complete instructions and the application form can be found at Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2010.

3. Register Now for Earth Day in the Parks – application deadline: February 28

Get your students involved with natural resources stewardship through the Earth Day in the Parks program from the IDNR! Participating state parks will offer students the opportunity to get their hands dirty and experience nature as they perform duties such as removing invasive exotic plants, planting native trees and wildflowers and building and installing bird nesting boxes. The list of participating parks and their associated projects is posted at Instructions and the application form are also available at that Web address. Applications must be received by February 28, 2010. For more information, contact the IDNR Division of Education at or 217-524-4126.

4. New Web Site on Sustainability

Governor Pat Quinn's office has launched a new Green Illinois Web site at The page has sections on sustainable school programs and green project funding, including the Zero Waste Grant (

Valerie A. Keener
Administrator, Division of Education
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
Cell 217-725-9620
FAX 217-782-9552

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