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IDNR Illinois' Wild Mammals Loan Box

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Illinois' Wild Mammals Loan Box contains materials about native mammals of the state. 

Suggested Grades  Kindergarten– 8
IDNR Resource Trunk M29
Weight  19 lbs.
Dimensions 26" L x 16" W x 14" H

Standards Explored

K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
1-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
4-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
5-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions



A Year with Wildlife activity book
Bat finger puppet coloring sheet
Biodiversity of Illinois Video: Supplemental activities promo page
Contents checklist
Contents checklist key
Correlation to learning standards
Creatures of the Night activity book*
Criaturas de la Noche activity book promo page
Furbearers of Illinois podcast promo page
IDNR Division of Education promo sheet
IDNR lending trunks promo sheets
Illinois Biodiversity CD-ROM activities sheet
"Illinois Biodiversity Basics" promo page
Illinois Mammals activity book*
Illinois wild mammals trunk lessons promo page
Mamiferos de Illinois activity book promo page
Mamíferos de Illinois del pasado activity book promo page
Mammals from Illinois’ Past activity book*
Online resources page
"Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease" lesson descriptions promo page
"River Otter and Bald Eagle Finger Puppet" coloring sheet*
"River Otter" coloring sheet*
Stop! Look! and Listen brochure
Suggestions for use
Un Ano con la Vida Silvestre activity book promo page
"Wild Illinois History" promo page
"Wild Mammals of Illinois" unit lessons promo page
Wildlife in the classroom
Wood Projects for Illinois Wildlife booklet 

Large Container

Coyote pelt
Red fox pelt
White-tailed deer pelt

Box 1

Animal track ID key chain
Animal tracks of illinois
Bats and You and Bats and Rabies brochures
Field Manual of Illinois Mammals book
Fur Hunting and Trapping DVD
Fur Hunting and Trapping brochure
Golden Guide to Mammals book
Illinois Biodiversity CD-ROM
Illinois’ Natural Resources trading cards sets 1 - 4 & 6
Peterson First Guide to Mammals book
Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease DVD
Scat scarf
Track finder book
Track scarf 

Box 2

Mink pelt
Mink scat
Mink skull
Mink track
Mink ID card
Muskrat pelt
Muskrat scat
Muskrat skull
Muskrat track
Muskrat ID card
Squirrel ID card
Squirrel pelt
Squirrel scat
Squirrel skull
Squirrel track
White-tailed deer scat
White-tailed deer track
White-tailed deer ID card

Box 3

Beaver pelt
Beaver scat
Beaver skull
Beaver track
Beaver ID card

Box 4

Raccoon ID card
Raccoon pelt
Raccoon scat
Raccoon skull
Raccoon track

Box 5

Coyote ID card
Coyote scat
Coyote skull
Coyote track
Red fox scat
Red fox skull
Red fox track
Red fox ID card

Box 6

Striped skunk pelt
Striped skunk scat
Striped skunk skull
Striped skunk track
Striped skunk ID card
Virginia opossum pelt
Virginia opossum scat
Virginia opossum skull
Virginia opossum track
Virginia opossum ID card


Illinois Furbearers
Illinois Wild Mammals
Mammals from Illinois’ Past


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