INHS - Educational Materials

INHS Educational Materials were produced by the INHS Office of Outreach and Education with support from the INHS Publications Office in the areas of production, bidding, liaison with printers, and proofing. INHS educational materials include books, posters, species diagnostic field cards, educational kits, and more.

In addition to the products on this page, see our posters and educational models.

Our bug card sets have color pictures and come with a "How to Use" section and index. Each 4" × 3" card is printed on heavy stock and laminated. Sets are pre-punched and include an o-ring for ease of use when outdoors.

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INHS EM 01 E3: A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Insects of Illinois - 3rd edition  

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Authors: Michael R. Jeffords, Susan L. Post, and Tyler Hedlund

A Selection of Common, Unusual, & Rare Insects of Illinois is a 32-page booklet that features beautiful color photographs of over 250 species of insects from 19 insect orders. It is meant to be an entry point into the fascinating world of Illinois’ insects, and represents a good percentage of those species likely to be encountered on a casual walk through a forest, prairie, wetland, old field, or even a somewhat unkept backyard. Basic information is provided for each insect including its order, family, common and scientific name (if known), and where it might be found.


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A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois

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Authors:Connie Carroll Cunningham, James Ellis, Paul Marcum, Danielle Ruffatto, and Greg Spyreas, 2015, 44 pages.

The INHS Photo Guide Series are colorful booklets meant as an entry point into the world of nature. The booklets are letter sized and beautifully printed on high quality paper.


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INHS BCF: Illinois Birds - Forest Species

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Author: Beveroth, T.A.
2016. 32 Cards.

The Birds of Illinois: Forest Species Card Set is a set of 32 water proof cards with color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of 30 forest bird species in Illinois. Each card contains natural history information, description of song, and a life-size illustration of the egg.

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INHS RCS: Reptiles of Illinois - Turtles

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Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A.
2015. 16 Cards.

The Reptiles of Illinois Turtles Card Set is a set of 16 water proof cards with color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the turtle species in Illinois. This card set is a companion to the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois.


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Amphibian, Turtle, Snake Card set
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Amphibian Cards, Reptiles & Snakes, & Turtles

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Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A. 

The Reptiles of Illinois Turtles Card Set contains 16 cards, while the Amphibian and the Snake and Lizard set contain 32 cards each, for a total of 80 cards. The cards are water resistant and contain color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the species most likely to be encountered in Illinois.


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INHS RCS: Reptiles of Illinois - Snakes and Lizards

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Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A.
2015. 32 Cards.

The Reptiles of Illinois Snakes and Lizards Card Set is a set of 32 water proof cards with color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the snake and lizard species most likely to be encountered in Illinois. This card set is a companion to the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois.


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INHS AC: Amphibians of Illinois

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Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A.
2013. 32 Cards.

The Amphibians of Illinois Card Set is a set of 32 water resistant cards with color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the amphibian species most likely to be encountered in Illinois. This card set is a companion to the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois. See sample card Front and Back


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IL Landowners Guide to Conservation and 3 pack Amphibian-Turtle-Snake cards
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Illinois Landowners Guide to Amphibian Conservation and Amphibian Cards-Reptiles, Snakes, & Turtles

Authors: Szafoni, R.E., C.A. Phillips, S.R. Ballard, R.A. Brandon, and G. Kruse; 2002, 26 p.

This guide provides a brief overview of the amphibians of Illinois, including aspects of their life histories and distributions. This background information is important in helping you assess an area and determine appropriate habitat enhancement and management practices. In addition you will find guidance for resource managers, planners, restorationists, and private landowners in Illinois who wish to create, enhance, and manage habitat for amphibians. Regardless of the habitats available on your land, the management guidelines can make your area more suitable for amphibians. Authors: Mui, J.M., Dreslik, M.J., Phillips, C.A.

The Reptiles of Illinois Turtles Card Set contains 16 cards, while the Amphibian and the Snake and Lizard set contain 32 cards each, for a total of 80 cards. The cards are water resistant and contain color photos, range maps, and concise descriptions of the species most likely to be encountered in Illinois.


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Combo Rare Plants and 4 sets bug cards
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Bug Card set: Good Guys-Bad Guys 1 & 2, Ugly Guys (4 sets) and A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois 

4 sets plus a copy of A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois for one low price, $20.00!

The Good Guys! Natural Enemies of Insects that are beneficial in the home garden or landscape. The Bad Guys! Set #1 Garden Pests and set #2 Landscape Pests, and Ugly guys, household pests. Each set contains 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions. Plus A Selection of the Common, Unusual, and Rare Plants of Illinois-a 44 page color guide.


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INHS IC E2: The Good Guys! Natural Enemies of Insects

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Authors: Michael R. Jeffords, Susan L. Post, Robert N. Wiedenmann, Carolyn Nixon, and Clifford S. Sadof
2011. 32 Cards.

The Good Guys! Natural Enemies of Insects is a set of 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions of insects and other organisms that are beneficial in the home garden or landscape.

These cards are designed to help home gardeners learn to identify the good guys—natural enemies of many common garden pests. The photos and information on each card provide sight identification of the organism or group of organisms considered beneficial in controlling insect garden pests. These cards are not designed for species identification, but only to point out general categories of insects, diseases, and other animals that should be nurtured in the home garden. Note that a bar on most photographs approximates the organism's size, and the natural enemy is categorized as either a parasite, predator, or disease.



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INHS ICB: The Bad Guys! Set #1 Garden Pests

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Authors: Philip L. Nixon, Carolyn P. Nixon, Michael R. Jeffords, and Robert N. Wiedenmann
2011. 32 Cards.

The Bad Guys! Set #1 Garden Pests is a set of 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions of insects and other organisms that can cause damage in the home vegetable, fruit, and flower garden. Proper management to minimize damage is suggested.

These cards are designed to help home gardeners learn to identify the bad guys—common vegetable and flower garden pests. The photos and information on each card provide sight identification of the organism or group of organisms considered, and the type of damage it causes. Proper identification of garden pests is necessary to choose the correct management methods. Nonchemical management recommendations are provided. For proper chemical controls and timing, check with your local Extension office. Note that a bar on most photographs approximates the organism's size.



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INHS ICB2 E2: The Bad Guys! Set #2 Landscape Pests

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Authors: Philip L. Nixon, Carolyn P. Nixon, Michael R. Jeffords, and Robert N. Wiedenmann
2011. 32 Cards.

The Bad Guys! Set #2 Landscape Pests is a set of 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions of insects and other organisms that can cause damage in the home landscape. Proper management to minimize damage is suggested.

These cards are designed to help home gardeners learn to identify the bad guys—common landscape pests. The photos and information on each card provide sight identification of the organism or group of organisms considered, and the types of damage they cause. Proper identification of landscape pests is necessary to choose the correct management methods. Nonchemical management recommendations are provided. For proper chemical controls and timing, check with your local Extension office. Note that a bar on some of the photographs approximates the organism's size.



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INHS ICU: The Ugly Guys! Household Pests

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Authors: Philip L. Nixon, Carolyn P. Nixon, and Michael R. Jeffords
2011. 32 Cards.

The Ugly Guys! Household Pests is a set of 32 laminated cards with color photos and concise descriptions of insects and other organisms that can become pests in the home. Proper management to minimize damage is suggested.

These cards are designed to help residents learn to identify the ugly guys—common household pests. The photos and information on each card provide sight identification of the organism or group of organisms considered, and the types of damage they cause. Proper identification of household pests is necessary to choose the correct management methods. Nonchemical management recommendations are provided. For proper chemical controls, check with your local Extension office. Note that a bar on some of the photographs approximates the organism's size.



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INHS FQI: Forest Quality Indicators of Illinois

Authors: J. Matthew Buffington, Carolyn P. Nixon, Michael R. Jeffords

Forest Quality Indicator Sheets: are laminated sheets with color photographs, line drawings, and concise descriptions of organisms that can be used to estimate the quality of forest habitats in Illinois. These were developed for ForestWatch program of the Illinois EcoWatch Network. They are particularly popular with school teachers. The Illinois EcoWatch program has been discontinued so these cards are only available while supplies last.




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