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

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.