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Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (Online)

Schedule and location

Please note: Early online registration is open Nov 24-30 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members December 1. 

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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.

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.

Course number

W305

Instructor

writer, natural history instructor, prairie steward

Cindy Crosby is the author, co-author, or contributor to more than 20 books; her most recent is "Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit" (with Thomas Dean). She is also the author of "The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction" (Northwestern University Press). Cindy received her Masters in Natural Resources from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014, and  is a trainer for the National Association of Interpretation, helping naturalists and cultural history interpreters become certified as guides. She is the steward for the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum, and coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at the Arboretum, and Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, IL. Cindy blogs weekly at "Tuesdays in the Tallgrass at Wordpress", and speaks and teaches in the Midwest on natural history subjects. Read more at www.cindycrosby.com.

Course details

Notes:

  • 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.

Requirements:

  • 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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