Whether you're managing land in the country or you're an avid supporter of green spaces in urban areas, interest in expanding our understanding of the natural environment has never been higher. With an increased focus on sustainability, safety, and innovation, what we know about shepherding our energy and environmental resources has evolved rapidly in the past decade.

If you have questions about best practices in environmental stewardship, you'll appreciate that our information is based on peer-reviewed science - the gold standard in determining the credibility and reliability of information.

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Insects, Plants, and Wildlife

  • Emerald Ash Borer: Learn how to identify ash trees and spot possible Emerald Ash Borers and then explore options for controlling the problem. Available in Spanish.
  • Living with Deer in Illinois: This website provides residents of Illinois with information about how to coexist with Illinois deer.

Educational lessons

  • I Think Green: Youth investigate how living things interact with each other and with their environment.
  • Natural Resources and the Environment: Explore how plants, animals, and humans interact within ecosystems and how they each influence one another.
  • Trees are Terrific: Designed to help children ages 5 to 8 gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their everyday lives and develop an interest in learning more about trees. Available in Spanish.