Cindy is the author, compiler, or contributor to more than 20 books, none self-published. New in 2020: Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History (Northwestern University Press) with 16 full-color images by Peggy Macnamara, artist-in-residence at the Field Museum of Chicago. Cindy is also the author of Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (with co-author Thomas Dean, Ice Cube Press, April 2019). Also recent: The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (Northwestern University Press).
Cindy gives natural history programs for The Morton Arboretum, Wild Ones Native Landscape groups, Sierra Club, The Illinois Extension, Illinois Garden Clubs, and other organizations. Her programs include a focus on tallgrass prairie ecology, prairie ethnobotany, dragonflies and damselflies, spring wildflowers, spring wildflower ethnobotany, the history of trees in America, the history of wilderness, gardening with native plants, and more.
Need an online speaker for your upcoming event? Cindy regularly speaks virtually to conservation groups, natural areas conferences, book groups, and gardening clubs. She can host your Zoom online program for up to 100 people. Contact Cindy for fees and details.
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Cindy graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014 with her master's degree in natural resources, with a focus on environmental interpretation. She is a Master Gardener and teaches in the Master Naturalist program. As a prairie steward, Cindy helps manage and coordinate the work of volunteers on the fourth oldest restored prairie in North America. Cindy also trains dragonfly monitors and coordinates dragonfly programs at two sites in Illinois. She is the former interpretation coordinator for The Morton Arboretum, where she developed print and digital communications, interpretive panels, and interpretive exhibits seen by more than one million visitors each year. Cindy serves on Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Science Grants committee, which helps fund research to support the tallgrass prairie. She was Artist-in-Residence for a wilderness national park, and later served as a juror for a national park artist-in-residence program for three years.