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A Cultural History of the Tallgrass Prairie

Schedule and location

Two Thursdays, May 16 and 23, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Prairie Visitor Center, P. 25

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Join prairie steward and writer Cindy Crosby as we explore the history of prairie, prairie ethnobotany, and the future of tallgrass in a changing world through this two-part evening class.

Grocery store. Pharmacy. Research lab. Development site. How do you view prairie?  The tallgrass prairie has been viewed by people throughout time in many different ways. This class will explore the history of the prairie and how humans have interacted with it over time. Explore the topic through historical texts, literature, science, photographs, and more. 

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Cindy Crosby, author and prairie steward

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler or contributor to more than 20 books, including "The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and the forthcoming "Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit" (with Thomas Dean, 2019) . She is a prairie steward supervisor, a dragonfly monitor, a certified interpretive trainer with NAI, and a naturalist.

Course details

Notes: Held mostly indoors. The first class will kick off in the Schulenberg Prairie before moving to the classroom for discussion. Limit 20
Required text: The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (Northwestern University Press), is available at the Arboretum Store, at the Sterling Morton Library, or check your local library. 

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