University of Illinois Extension

Activity: Learn About "State" Animals and Plants

Illinois has several animals and plants that have been designated the "official" animal or plant for the state. Many of these were selected by school children that voted from several choices.

From the listing below of state plants and animals, select one to study. Find out what type of food, water, and shelter it needs. Describe what it looks like. Report on the living habits of your selection. Also try to find out about when it was designated as a "state" animal or plant.

State Bird
Northern Cardinal
State Fish
Bluegill

State Animal
White Tailed Deer


State Tree
White Oak
State Flower
Violet
State Prairie Grass
Big Bluestem

State Insect

Monarch Butterfly