The Tallgrass Prairie: ApothEcary, GrocERy Store & Love Shop

January 9

Thursday, 7-9 p.m.

Bolingbrook Garden Club

1251 Windham Parkway

Romeoville, IL

Free and Open to the Public! (see how to join below)

Sterling Stories From the Arboretum Stacks

January 19

Sunday, 2 p.m.

With co-presenter Rita Hassert, Library Collections Manager (The Morton Arboretum)

Lisle Heritage Society

Location: The Lisle Library

777 Front Street

Lisle, IL

(Open to the public. Click below to see how to join!)


January 30

Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

Curtis Prairie Visitor Center--Auditorium*

Madison, WI



The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction

February 10

Monday, 11:30am-12:30pm

Village Gardeners of Hinsdale

Hinsdale Public Library

Hinsdale, IL

(Closed Event)

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

February 13

Thursday, 8-9pm

Park Ridge Garden Club

Centennial Activity Center

100 South Western Avenue

Park Ridge, IL

Open to the Public!

Nature Writing And Art Retreat

February 22

Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Spend a day immersed in nature with guided writing and art workshops.  Set aside time to disconnect from the day-to-day and focus on connecting  with the natural world through writing and art. Morning and afternoon  sessions will explore nature journaling, sketching, paying attention,  creative writing skills, and more. Choose the sessions that interest you  most! Throughout the day, you will learn from professional writers and  artists, enjoy lunch (included in the cost of the program), take in the  wintery surrounds of the Arboretum, cozy up by the fire with a warm  beverage, and explore nature with fellow creatives.

(Update: Sold Out! Click below and then call to be put on the waiting list). 


The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction

February 29


10-11 a.m.

Aurora Public Library

101 South River

Aurora, IL

Open to the Public

Join Cindy Crosby, author of The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction and co-author of Tallgrass Conversations, to discover the  history of the tallgrass prairie, explore the stories of its amazing  creatures, and learn about native prairie plant uses.




Nature Writing Workshop

Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Online component begins

in-person; Three Tuesdays, March 10, 24, and April 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

NOTE: This is a six-week course in which you will both complete assignments online and attend in-person class sessions. You  will receive a course link on the first day of class, at which point  you will log in to begin coursework before coming to the Arboretum for  your first in-person class meeting. Additional online coursework will  follow to supplement your in-person class sessions.

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. Through weekly online assignments and  in-person class sessions, 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! 

Wild, Wonderful, Wicked Wildflowers

March 4

Barrington Garden Club

Details Coming Soon!

The Tallgrass Prairie: A Conversation

March 12

Thursday, 10am-12noon

Leafing Through the Pages Book Club

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Free and Open to the Public

Dragonfly Monitors REfresher

March 13

Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

(Open to Morton Arboretum Dragonfly Monitors Only)

For more information, contact Cindy at phrelanzer@aol.com

Dragonfly Workshop

March 14

Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m.

Nachusa Grasslands

Franklin Grove, IL

Open to new and experienced dragonfly monitors, prairie stewards, and the public, but you must register by March 1. Contact phrelanzer@aol.com for more information. 

Nature as a Spiritual Window

March 15 & March 22

Sunday, 9-10am

Faith Lutheran Church

Glen Ellyn, IL

Free and Open to the Public

Tallgrass Prairie Ecology Online

 Begins online March 26

Through The Morton Arboretum

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.





Spring Wildflower Hike in the Woods

April 23

Thursday, 8:30-11 a.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Enjoy a walk in the woods, learning ID tips and stories of spring wildflowers with Cindy.


Spring Wildflower Hike in the Woods

April 25

Saturday, 8:30-11am

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Enjoy a walk in the woods, learning ID tips and stories of spring wildflowers with Cindy. 








Spring Wildflower Hike on the Schulenberg Prairie And Savanna

May 7

Thursday evening, 5:30-8 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Enjoy a walk on the Schulenberg Prairie and savanna with Cindy, learning stories and ID tips for the early spring wildflowers.

The Illinois Tallgrass Prairie

 May 14


Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area

(Closed event)