About Cindy



Cindy is the author, compiler, or contributor to more than 20 books, none self-published. Just released: Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (with co-author Thomas Dean, Ice Cube Press, April 2019). Recent: The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (Northwestern University Press). Forthcoming: Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History (Northwestern University Press, Spring 2020). 


Cindy teaches natural history subjects for The Morton Arboretum, TalTree/Gabis Arboretum, The Illinois Extension, Illinois Garden Clubs, and other organizations. Among her classes are tallgrass prairie ecology, prairie ethnobotany, dragonflies and damselflies, spring wildflowers, spring wildflower ethnobotany, history of trees in America, history of wilderness, and more. 


Need a speaker for your upcoming event? Cindy regularly speaks to conservation groups, natural areas conferences, book groups, and gardening clubs  in the Midwest. Contact Cindy for fees and details.


Cindy is accredited with the National Association for Interpretation to certify natural history and cultural history interpreters. Contact Cindy for training fees and details.


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 Certified NAI Trainer with NAI for interpreters in natural and cultural history. 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; she also worked as a park volunteer, guide and ranger.