2020 Licenses Available Beginning Mar. 1: 2020 Illinois Hunting, Fishing and Sportsman Combination licenses will go on sale beginning Mar. 1 at 8 a.m., and those 2020 licenses will be valid through Mar. 31, 2021. (Note: Illinois 2019 licenses are valid through March 31, 2020. Licenses purchased prior to Mar. 1, 2020 are 2019 licenses that will be valid only through Mar. 31, 2020. 

Camping Reservations: It is time to make 2020 reservations for campsites and shelters for many Illinois state parks and other IDNR sites. Reservations can be made online through the Reserve America website at www.reserveamerica.com.

Hunter and Boating Safety Education Courses: Register now for Hunter Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR. Spring classes are being scheduled.  Check the IDNR website for class dates and locations: https://bit.ly/2S6FQWb.

Earth Day in the Parks: Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28 for 2020 Earth Day in the Parks events from the IDNR in which students and their teachers conduct natural resources stewardship activities, such as planting native wildflowers and grasses, building bird nesting boxes and removing invasive exotic plants at participating Illinois state parks. Participants are selected through an application process. The application form is available at https://bit.ly/31bqxQ6.

Conservation Achievement Scholarship Program: Applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) for the 2020 Conservation Achievement Scholarship program. The ICF annually awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who demonstrate effective, voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection or enhancement of the state’s natural resources. Four scholarships of $2,000 each are available for the current school year. One of the scholarships is earmarked for a qualified applicant who is a dependent of a current employee of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Applicants must be an Illinois resident and a senior in an Illinois high school. Applications must be received by the ICF by Mar. 1. Detailed instructions and the 2020 application form can be found on the ICF website at https://ilconservation.org/. Contact the ICF at 217-785-2003 or dnr.icf@illinois.gov for more information or to make a donation to support the Conservation Achievement Scholarship program.