2019 Classes and Events

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February

February 12 -The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction

Glen Ellyn Garden Club 

6:30-8 pm

Faith Lutheran Church

41 North Park Blvd

Glen Ellyn, IL

Book signing follows

Free and open to the public; no registration required

February 16 --Stained Glass Stories

The Morton Arboretum

10:30am-noon, Founders Room

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Register Here

February 20--Don't Talk Like a Scientist

Wisconsin Wetlands Association

1:30-3:10 pm

Middleton, WI


Conference Registration Here

February 21&28--History of Wilderness in America

Two consecutive Thursday evenings

6:30-9 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Register Here

February 23--Wild Things Conference

The Tallgrass Prairie: Grocery Store, Apothecary, and Love Shop

11:15am-noon

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, IL

Free with conference registration

Conference registration here
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February 26--Nature Writing

Discover your writing potential in this blend of online and three in-person evening classes. See website for all dates (through April 2)

Register Here

March

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March 2--Dragonfly Monitoring Workshop

Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m.

Nachusa Grasslands

Franklin Grove, Illinois


Open to new or experienced dragonfly monitors, stewards, or members of the public interested in knowing more about dragonfly monitoring. Free, but you must pre-register by February 25: Email phrelanzer@aol.com and details will be sent to you.


March 8--Dragonfly Monitoring Workshop

Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Open to new or experienced dragonfly monitors only. You must pre-register by emailing Cindy by February 25 at phrelanzer@aol.com. Details will be sent by e-mail.

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March 13--Dragonflies and Damselflies--Frequent Flyers of the Garden

Pleasantdale Garden Club

Burr Ridge, IL


(closed event)

March 22--Dragonflies and Damselflies: Frequent Flyers of the Garden

Lombard Garden Club

Lombard, IL


(closed event)

March 27--Tallgrass Prairie Ecology Online

The Morton Arboretum

Online course (available to work at your own pace over 60 days)


Register Here

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April

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April 1--Dragonflies and Damselflies: Frequent Flyers of the Garden

LaGrange Garden Club

LaGrange, IL


(closed event)

April 18--Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Thursday, 8:30-11 a.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL


Learn stories and ID tips of spring woodland wildflowers.

Click to Register Here

April 22-Prairie Lights Bookstore

Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit

7-9 p.m.

Prairie Lights Bookstore

Iowa City, IA

Talk and booksigning with co-author Thomas Dean

Free and open to the public


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April 23-TallGRASS CONVERSATIONS

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Villa Park Garden Club

320 East Wildwood Street

Villa Park, IL


Free and open to the public!

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April 26--Spring Wildflowers

Friday, 8:30-11 am

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Learn stories and ID tips for spring woodland wildflowers.

Click to Register Here

April 27-Frequent Flyers: Dragonflies and Damselflies

360 Blue Financial Strategies

Saturday, 11 a.m.

Oak Brook Terrace, IL

(closed event)


May

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May 4: Spring Wildflowers of Woods and Prairie

Saturday, 8:30-11 a.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL


Register Here

MAY 9--Dragonflies and Damselflies

Hilltop  Garden Club

Thursday, 10-11 am

Oswego Public Library

32 W Jefferson St.

Oswego, IL


Free and open to the public!

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May 13--Prairie Ethnobotany

7-8 p.m.

Wild Ones Native Plant Chapter

Normal, IL

Open to the public (Free)


May 16 & May 23--Cultural History of the Tallgrass Prairie

Two evenings 6:30-9 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Discover the history and ethnobotany of the tallgrass prairie, and explore how people have viewed it over time.

Click to Register Here

May 21-Dragonflies and Damselflies

Tuesday, 7-8 p.m.

Bloomingdale Garden Club 

St. Paul Evangelical Church

118 First Street

Bloomingdale, IL


Free and open to the public

June

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Special Event At Nachusa Grasslands

Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit
Cindy Crosby Book Talk and Signing

Saturday, June 1, 2019
1 to 4 pm
Nachusa Grasslands Headquarters Barn

On Saturday, June 1, Cindy Crosby, co-author of Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit, will give a talk and sign books at the Nachusa Grasslands Headquarters (8772 S Lowden Road, ​Franklin Grove, IL 61031), followed by optional bison-viewing tours.

Cindy is the author, contributor to, or compiler of more than twenty books as well as the dragonfly steward coordinator at Nachusa Grasslands.

  • The doors will open at 1 pm, and Cindy's talk will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
  • Optional bison-viewing tours for those who purchase books will follow at 2:45 pm for 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Books will be for sale for $24.95 before and after Cindy's presentation and after the tours. You can also purchase copies for the same price at Books on First, 202 West First Street, Dixon, Illinois.
  • This is a free event, but attendees must buy or bring a copy of Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spiritto take a bison tour; one book per individual or couple. 
  • Children who purchase a book may also take a tour.
  • A reservation by May 25 is required, as both barn seating and tour capacity are limited.

June 2--Tallgrass ConVersations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit

Dinner, talk and book signing (Closed Event) Glen Ellyn, IL

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June 6--The Tallgrass Prairie: A Conversation

Pied Beauty Farm

1390 Washington Road

Stoughton, Wisconsin

Social at 6 p.m. (bring a picnic dinner)

Lecture at 7:30 pm

Free and Open to the Public


Details Here
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June 9--Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie

Ikebana Ohara Teachers Association

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL


(closed event)

June 14--Dragonfly and Damselfly ID

Friday, 8-11:30 a.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Click to Register Here
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June 20-Prairie Ethnobotany

Thursday, 7-8 p.m.

Wild Ones Rock Valley Chapter

Rockford, IL

Free and open to the public

June 21-Tallgrass Conversations

Northern Kane Book Club

Friday, 6 p.m.

Elgin, IL

(closed event)

June 26-Prairie Ecology Online

Offered through 

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Learn more about the history, ecology, and restoration of the tallgrass prairie through this interactive online class. Work at your own pace.


Click to Register Here
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June 27-Dragonflies and Damselflies

Children's Garden Training

(closed event for staff)



June 28--Dragonfly and Damselfly ID

8-11:30 a.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Click to Register Here



August

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August 29--Tallgrass Conversations

AUGUST 29--Tallgrass Conversations: On the Prairie with Author Cindy Crosby


7-8:30 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Lecture and booksigning for "Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit"  on the Schulenberg Prairie, the world's fourth oldest tallgrass prairie restoration. Bring a friend!

Register Here

September

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September 7--TALLGRASS CONVERSATIONS: IN SEARCH OF THE PRAIRIE SPIRIT--

2-4 p.m. Talk and Hike

Lost Valley Nature Center

McHenry County Conservation District

Glacial Park

Ringwood, IL

Free and Open to the Public

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED -- WATCH FOR NEW DATE!



SEPTEMBER 17--TALLGRASS PRAIRIE ECOLOGY ONLINE

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Learn more about the history, ecology, and restoration of the tallgrass prairie through this interactive online class. Work at your own pace.

Register Here

October

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OCTOBER 5--PRAIRIE HABITATS AND THEIR WILDLIFE

8:30-11:30 am
The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, IL
Split between classroom work and field time, you'll discover the amazing community of the tallgrass prairie; its insects, mammals, amphibians, birds, and more!

Register Here
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OCTOBER 5--WEEKEND NATURE RETREAT

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Journaling, hikes, and plenty of s'mores for adults!

Cindy is teaching the journaling component.

Register here:

https://www.mortonarb.org/courses/weekend-nature-retreat




OCTOBER 16--NATURE WRITING ONLINE and IN PERSON

Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Online component begins

In-person on three alternate Wednesdays, October 23, 11/ 6, and 11/20, 6:30-9:00pm

In-person classes meet at The Morton Arboretum's Thornhill Education Center in Lisle, IL

Learn  the nuts and bolts of excellent nature writing and improve your  wordsmithing skills in this blended online and in-person course.

Whether you’re a blogger, a novelist, a poet, or simply enjoy keeping  a personal journal, writing is a fun and meaningful way to deepen your  connection to the natural world. In this class, you will:

  • Learn from the masters by reading classic nature  writing--non-fiction, fiction, poetry and more--and dig into it to see  what makes it work.
  • Learn to engage  your audience through your choices as a writer and develop your personal voice.
  • Hone your writing skills by  practicing a variety of nature writing techniques.
  • Cultivate the habit of writing regularly.
  • Learn how to give and receive constructive critique.

The same qualities of good writing apply to everything from  blogs to books. No matter your background or interest, join us, and  become the writer you always dreamed you could be!


Register Here

October 9 and October 16--A Cultural History of Trees in America

9:30am-noon (two-part class)

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of  the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to  culture and literature. Trees are an indispensable part of America; they  were critical components of ships, railroads, rifles, wagons, and  planes. Trees were symbols of liberty and resistance. They did inspire  and continue to inspire literature, art, and American poetry.  Learn  about orange groves, the American chestnut tree, and the ginkgo--the  Arboretum's symbolic tree!  Weather permitting, each class will begin in  the collections, to see and interact with the trees that have shaped  us. Then return to the classroom to enjoy lively discussion. Come and  see American history through its trees!

REGISTER HERE

October 11--Frequent Flyers of the Garden: Dragonflies And Damselflies

Cress Creek Garden Club

Naperville, IL

Dragonflies and Damselflies

(Closed event)


October 19-- Illinois Dragonfly Conference

Two Workshops--

1) Resources for Dragonfly Monitors

2) Readings from the forthcoming Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History (Northwestern University Press 2020)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Chicago, IL

(Closed event)


 Need a speaker or adult natural history instructor for your event or class? Contact Cindy for speaking fees and availability at phrelanzer@gmail.com