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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has online resources for you to use in your classroom. Visit the IDNR links below for more information.

Wildlife in the Classroom

The IDNR has updated their regulations for wild animals and other found items when used in a classroom. Read them here to make sure you’re in compliance.

Lesson Plans and Student Activities

Lesson plans, background information, student activities, videos and other resources are part of the teaching units produces by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Aquatics, birds, wild mammals, trees and biodiversity are the topics currently available. More units are being developed.

Visit the following Web address to access this information. http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/Lessonsinfo.aspx


Various activity books and worksheets are available to order or download. (FREE orders for K-12 Illinois school districts)

Visit https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/publications/Pages/Order-Form.aspx


Webcasts produced by the IDNR Division of Education are available YouTube. There are lesson demonstrations as well as general information podcasts. The lesson demonstrations can help you preview and set up an activity. Webcasts can be used on your SMARTBoard™.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=idnr+webcasts for more information.

SMARTBoard™ Lessons

The IDNR Division of Education has prepared SMARTBoard™ lessons for you. A variety of topics are available.

You can find the information by following this link: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/SmartBoardintro.aspx