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Prairie Ethnobotany

Schedule and location


Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center then Prairie Visitor Station (P-25)

Fees and Registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 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

Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike. The prairie once served us as pharmacy, grocery store, fuel source, fortune teller, purveyor of love charms -- and so much more! Discover a different dimension of the prairie as you enjoy  vibrant summer blooms and grasses and learn about their many historical and traditional uses.

Course number



Cindy Crosby

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler, or contributor to more than 20 books, including "The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction," co-author of "Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit" and author of the forthcoming, "Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural and Cultural History" (Northwestern University Press, 2020). Cindy is a prairie steward at the Schulenberg Prairie and Nachusa Grasslands, and coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at both sites. She earned a Master's Degree in Natural Resources at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and is a Certified Interpretive Trainer with the NAI. She blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass @Wordpress and teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more on www.cindycrosby.com

Course details

  • Notes: Held indoors and outdoors, includes light hiking on the prairie. Please dress for the weather. Limit 20
  • Supplies: A hand lens or binoculars may be useful, as will your favorite field guide.  Please bring a snack and a water bottle.

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