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IDNR Illinois' Trees Loan Box

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Illinois' Trees Loan Box contains materials about the forest and native trees, the forestry industry and forestry careers.

Suggested Grades  Preschool– 10
IDNR Resource Trunk T29
Weight  37 lbs.
Dimensions 32" L x 16.5" W x 14" H

Standards Explored

K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
5-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
5-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS1-6 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-7 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
HS-LS4-5 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity    



Biodiversity of Illinois Video: Supplemental activities promo page
Clinometer instructions
Contents checklist
Contents checklist key
Correlation to learning standards
Datos de los Bosques de Illinois Grados K-3 activity book
"Dead and Alive" sample activity
"Design a Forest Resources Management Area" activity
IDNR Division of Education promo sheet
IDNR lending trunks promo sheets
Illinois biodiversity basics promo page
Illinois biodiversity CD-ROM activities sheet
Illinois Forest Facts Grades K-3 activity book
Illinois Trees:  An Identification and activity book
Illinois Wood Products Association promo page
Landscaping for Illinois Wildlife booklet
Los Árboles de Illinois Líbro de Identífícacíón y Actívídades activity book
Kids for Trees CD-ROM activity
Lumber samples key
Managed wildland fires activity
Native American use of fire activity
Online resources page
Plant and animal cell teacher’s guide
Southern Illinois oak-hickory forests poster guide
The science of fire activity
The True Story of Smokey Bear comic book
Unmanaged wildland fires activity
Urban forestry laboratory exercises teacher’s guide
Wildland fires near properties at risk activity
Wood Projects for Illinois Wildlife booklet

Small Container

10-meter tape
Biodiversity of Illinois CD-ROMs Volumes I, II & III
Emerald Ash Borer brochure
"Emerald Ash Borer Identification Guide" card
Exploring Illinois’ Natural Resources DVD
Eyewitness Tree DVD
Fall Color Finder book
Hand lens
Illinois Biodiversity CD-ROM
Illinois’ Natural Resources trading cards set 2-5
Illinois Report on Sustainable Forest Management CD-ROM
Kids for Trees CD-ROM
The Dynamic Forest DVD
The Right Choice DVD
Tree cookies
Wanted: The Asian Longhorned Beetle brochure
Winter Tree Finder book

Large Container

Cross section of a plant cell model
Forest Trees of Illinois book
Golden Guide Trees book
Lumber samples
One Small Square Woods book
Peterson Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs book
Peterson’s First Guide to Trees book
Plant press
Take a Tree Walk book
The Giving Tree book
Tree Homes Teacher’s Guide book
Trees, Leaves & Bark book


How a tree grows
Seed identification
Topographic map class kit
Tree biodiversity
Tree identification
Tree growth study
Tree ring dating


A to Z from a Tree
A to Z from a Tree coloring sheet
Animal Cell
Árboles de Illinois
Colores de Otoño de Illinois
Gypsy Moth
Habitats are Homes
Illinois Bryophytes
Illinois Fall Colors
Illinois’ Forestry Industry
Illinois’ Natural Resources Trading Cards Set 1-5
Illinois Trees: Seeds and Leaves
Illinois Trees:  Volume II
Plant Cell
Southern Illinois Oak-Hickory Forests
Topographic Map
What Good is a Dead Tree? coloring sheet 

Note: All activity books and worksheets should be copied before use or downloaded at