Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

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Illinois Wilds Institute 
for Nature



Come and join Illinois Natural History Survey biologists for a 3-day exploration of the landscapes and organisms of Illinois—its animals, plants, and habitats.



The courses are field experiences led by the instructors. We also have evening presentations geared toward interpreting the landscapes of the areas we visit. Course participants will discover a sampling of the diverse biological and geological wonders that make up Illinois.



Participants will receive a notebook on the area and other materials. All meals are provided. Snacks and drinksare alsoincluded on the field trips. Participants should come prepared to spend most of their time in the field hiking and exploring. The maximum walking distance during individual field trips will be approximately 1-2 miles, but we will be outdoors for most of the time (rain or shine). We will provide van transportation for many of the participants, but some carpooling will be necessary.





  • Cost: Tuition for the courses is typically about $225.00 and includes all course materials, the meals described above, and snacks. Lodging arrangements are the registrants responsibility and will not be made by IWIN staff.



No Current Classes

If you would like more information, you may contact Susan Post at

Illinois Wilds Institute for Nature Refund Policy

Refund Policy
Payments for IWIN courses are fully refundable if cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the beginning of each course. If the cancellation is received fewer than 14 days before the start of the course, 50% of the tuition will be refunded. A full tuition refund may occur if we can find a replacement participant. If the cancellation occurs the day of the class, no refund will be given, but course materials will be sent to the participant.

 Course Cancellation
A course with insufficient enrollment 7 days prior to the starting date will be canceled and a full refund issued within 30 working days. Participants will be notified by phone. 
Organizers reserve the right to cancel a course within 2 days prior to the course due to a catastrophic weather event. Participants will be notified by phone and receive a full refund within 30 working days.

Charge for Families
If spouses register, there is no price break for the second person. If a parent and child (10-18 years old) enroll, the course fee is half price for the child. However, if the child pays half price, only one set of materials( e.g. field guides, handouts, collecting supplies, etc.) will be provided.  Only one child is allowed per parent at the reduced price. If materials are desired for the child, full price must be paid. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.


Past IWIN Classes

Dragonfly Blitz IWIN of 2010 on the INHS blog.

The Natural History of Southern Illinois Spring 2011

Illinois Natural History Survey

1816 South Oak Street, MC 652
Champaign, IL 61820

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