State Representative Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) is joining with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to remind the teachers who are interested in applying for the “Biodiversity Field Trip” grants that they have until January 31. Teachers of grades pre-kindergarten through 12 in Illinois, including home-schooling teachers, may apply to the IDNR through the Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education (ENTICE) program to receive funding for natural resources-related field trips. Funding priority is given to single-day, outdoor field trips.
Grants are only available for the purpose of studying some aspect of Illinois’ biodiversity. “Biodiversity” refers to the variety of life in an area. The field trip should support Illinois natural resources topics currently being taught in the applicant’s curriculum. The field trip site must be in Illinois.
Grants of $500 may be used for things such as transportation compensation for substitute teachers for those teachers participating in the field trip and must be used by December 31, 2020.
If you are unsure that your field trip topic qualifies for a grant, please contact the IDNR Division of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org 217-524-4126. More information may also be found on IDNR’s website by clicking HERE.