Schedule and Location
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Founders Room, Thornhill Education Center
Fees and Registration
Join the author of the new biography, Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement, and be inspired by the story of this Illinois conservation visionary.
George Fell was an unlikely hero. Shy, introverted, tenacious to a fault. But in his quiet, deliberate way, this Rockford, Illinois native protected more natural land in Illinois than anyone before or since. Even more amazingly, he was the driving force in the founding of The Nature Conservancy, the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, the Natural Land Institute and the Natural Areas Association. Arthur Pearson spent 15 years researching Fell and has chronicled his life and work in an award-winning biography, Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement. Arthur will guide us through Fell’s hero journey and his own journey to capture the complexity of the man as well as his many accomplishments to protect the natural lands we love.
Arthur Pearson was the Director, Chicago Program for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, where he overseaw the Foundation’s investments in land conservation, the arts, and archival collections. He has written about conservation issues for numerous publications, agencies and nonprofit groups. He’s a regular contributor to the Center for Humans and Nature’s City Creatures blog and his own blog about his volunteer restoration efforts at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Force of Nature recently won an Outstanding Achievement Award for Scholarly Publications from the Illinois State Historical Society.
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