Upcoming Programs


(Note: We’ve started archiving some of our virtual programs here.)

Introduction to the Tallgrass Prairie

Speaker: Cindy Crosby

When: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm EST

Where: Virtual program on Zoom

Register on Zoom using this link.  (This program is co-hosted by Toledo Naturalists’ Association, and you may see their name when you register on Zoom.)

Discover the tallgrass prairie’s astonishing history, beauty, and biodiversity through colorful photographs and engaging stories of the people, plants, insects and wildlife that call it home. Learn some of the ethnobotanical uses of prairie plants by people throughout time, and the promise these plants hold for us today in our backyards, gardens, nature preserves, and in making our world a healthier place to live.

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler or contributor to more than 20 books. Her most recent book is Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History. Her recent full-color book of photographs and essays is Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit with co-author Thomas Dean (2019). She is also the author of The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction. Cindy earned her master’s degree in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is a Master Gardener, a member of Wild Ones of DuPage (Illinois) and a natural history instructor for the Illinois Master Naturalist’s program. Cindy tuis a steward for the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum and a steward at Nachusa Grasslands, a 3600-acre Nature Conservancy site with bison in Franklin Grove, IL. When she’s not out working in her garden, chasing dragonflies, or kayaking Illinois’ rivers, she speaks and teaches on natural history topics. Cindy blogs each week at “Tuesdays in the Tallgrass,” and you can find her classes and events at www.cindycrosby.com.


As with most Wild Ones programs, this one is free and open to the public, so please join us! You must register in advance using the Zoom link above.

Note: If you haven’t used Zoom before, you’ll need to download it to your computer before joining the meeting. Go to https://zoom.us/download and choose “Zoom Client for Meetings”


You can find more information about programs in our chapter newsletter and on our Facebook page.

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