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NAPERVILLE – Each year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources selects schools across the state to receive grants for      field trips. This year, State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) is congratulating classes at Benjamin Middle School in West Chicago and Evergreen Elementary School in Carol Stream on being selected as winners.

“This grant program will provide these students with the chance to learn about nature outside of the classroom,” Ellman said. “I’m thrilled that not one, but two classes in the 21st District were      chosen for the program.”

The program allows schools to take students to state parks, museums, and other natural resource locations to gain hands-on experience with nature and conservation in Illinois.

Benjamin Middle School’s 6th grade class will take a trip to Lorado Taft Field Campus, and Evergreen Elementary’s 4th grade class will head to The Morton Arboretum. At both locations, students have the opportunity to see first-hand some of what they are learning about in the classroom and expand their knowledge of Illinois and its natural resources.

More information about the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program is available from the IDNR Division of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 217-524-4126. The 2022 application form will be available here.