Teachers learn about Illinois’ minerals during a visit to the Dept. of Natural Resources Rock Box at the Coal Education Teacher’s Conference.


Annual Coal Education Conference

​Each year educators from across the state attend the Annual Coal Education Conference at the Rend Lake Resort in Whittington, Illinois. The goal of the conference is to give teachers the knowledge and learning tools to incorporate first-hand information concerning coal mining to electric power generation, as well as other uses of coal into their energy lesson plans. After participating in the conference, teachers have overwhelmingly agreed that they have gained a greater understanding of and respect for this abundant mineral and the industry's economic impact on mining regions of the state.