Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (Online Only)

Schedule and Location

  • Registration closes 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Online class begins Thursday, March 28, 2019

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

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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Cindy Crosby, author, steward, and naturalist

Course Details

  • Notes: The course is held entirely online and is expected to take approximately four hours. Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course. Limit 50.
  • Requirements: Must have access to the internet and provide an email address at registration.  Must know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) and how to send and receive email.
  • Prerequisite: Ecosystem Concepts (W040)
  • Continuing education: This class can be used to fill the “Pick one: Woodland, Wetland, or Prairie Ecology” requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program.

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