Nature field trip packs available for loan: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Education have field trip packs available for loan to early childhood educators statewide.

The packs, available for grades pre-kindergarten through third grade, include magnifying glasses, field guides, a compass, a plant press and other items as well as suggestions for incorporating natural resources-related topics into the curriculum. The complete content list is available at

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Packs are free and available locally at the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. Call 309-523-3440 or email to make a reservation.