Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is an Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) lending location and has FREE field trip packs and trunks available for educators, scouts, and homeschool groups to check out for up to two weeks at a time. If you are interested in checking out IDNR field packs or trunks from Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, please call 847-531-7055, or contact Naturalist Corey Zak at email@example.com.
Field packs are backpacks with resources to support learning outdoors. Resource trunks are large plastic containers filled with Illinois-specific, hands-on items to supplement your lessons in science and social science. The trunks are available on 10 topics and are targeted to specific grade levels, but many of the materials can be adapted for use at other grades. The contents include laminated posters, field guides, equipment, lesson plans, student activities, hands-on materials, CD-ROMs and DVDs, books, and other Illinois-specific resources. All contents are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards and other Common Core Standards. Click on this link (https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/education/Documents/TrunkPromoSheet.pdf) to view the different types of resource trunks and field packs as well as their suggested grade levels, or refer to the table below. Watch IDNR video podcast to see descriptions of each trunk/pack.