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Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (Online)

Schedule and location

Section A: (SOLD OUT)

Monday, February 8, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live session online.

Section B: Register now

Monday, February 15, 2021, noon (Central time): Access self-paced materials online.
Tuesday, March 1, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Central time): Attend live session online.

Fees and registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Digitally explore the intricacies of the tallgrass prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems. Look at the history of this unique type of grassland from the descent of glaciers over the Midwest millions of years ago, to the introduction of John Deere’s famous plow, to where we are today. We will examine different types of prairie, explore the plant and animal communities of the prairie and discuss strategies specific to restoring prairies in this engaging online course. Come away with a better understanding of prairies, and key insights into how to restore their beauty.

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writer, natural history instructor, prairie steward

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 "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. She blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass @Wordpress and teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more at www.cindycrosby.com.

Course details


  • The course is held entirely online and is expected to take approximately four hours.
  • Registration closes at 7:00 a.m. (Central time) on the day the online materials are available. Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course.
  • Limit 25.


  • Participants must have access to the internet via a computer or mobile device.
    A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.
    Participants must participate in online discussion and submit assignments online to complete all parts of the course

Continuing education: This class fulfills the Restoration Ecology elective for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.) 

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