Resources for Illinois Educators

Wild Illinois History is for educators and students studying Illinois' rich cultural and natural history.

The online interactive student activity is designed to supplement Illinois history instruction by focusing on information regarding early French exploration and settlement, riparian and settlement geography, and the uses of wildlife by Native Americans and early settlers compared with wildlife uses today. The activity highlights the conservation movement and how it affects views and use of wildlife today.

Students are guided through activities by Toussaint Bouchard (Toos-on Boo-shard), a French "coureur de bois" (runner of the woods) who travels and trades in the 18th century Illinois Territory. Students completing the voyage with Toussaint receive instructions on how to make their own "possibles bag," a small, easy-to-make leather pouch.

Illinois Learning Standard Correlations

The Wild Illinois History game and the lesson plans/activities on this site are correlated to Illinois Learning Standards.

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Lesson plans/activities

Lesson plans and activities are designed to supplement state history curriculum. Use them alone or jointly with the online "Wild Illinois History" activity.

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Game passwords

Navigate quickly through the game to review the activity, or advance your students through the game to the activities most important to you.

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Student flier

Download, print and distribute this flier to your students as an encouragement or assignment to complete the Wild Illinois History online activity.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources logo

Wild Illinois History is presented by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.