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Prairie Ethnobotany (Online)

Schedule and location

Two Fridays, July 31 and August 7, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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 virtual exploration with The Morton Arboretum. The prairie once served us as pharmacy, grocery store, fuel source, fortune teller, purveyor of love charms -- and so much more!

Over the course of two live online sessions, you will investigate the human dimension of the prairie. Learn about the historical and traditional uses of many vibrant summer blooms and grasses.

Online sessions are highly engaging, with the opportunity to interact with your instructor and classmates.bIn between class meetings, continue your learning with an independent assignment that can be done from home or in nearby nature.

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


  • This program will take place using Zoom video conferencing. You will need access to the internet using a computer or mobile device. 
  • New to Zoom? Watch this short video to learn how to join a meeting.
  • Plan to join 5 to 10 minutes before the program’s start time. Have a pen and notebook handy.
  • A link will be provided to all registrants by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.
  • Registration closes five hours before class begins.
  • Limit 50

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