Adult Programs

Beginning Dragonfly and Damselfly ID (online)

Explore the fascinating world of dragonflies and damselflies in this online class with The Morton Arboretum.

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Explore the fascinating world of dragonflies and damselflies in this online class with The Morton Arboretum. Join dragonfly monitor Cindy Crosby for two interactive, live sessions, with an independent field study in between. 

The first session is an introduction to the natural history of the dragonfly, with beautiful images and recommended tools and techniques for identification of species commonly found in northern and central Illinois. You will then put your skills to work outside on your own during the following week in any local preserve, park, or your own backyard. The second session will help you with your field questions and offer more advanced identification skills. To conclude, enjoy an overview of the cultural history of the dragonfly—its place in art, literature, music, and even cuisine! You’ll never see dragonflies in the same way again.

Automated captioning is provided for this program.

Please check out Advanced Dragonfly and Damselfly ID (online) if you already have basic identification skills.

How do I access the program?

  • Your link to join the program will be included in the order summary email you receive after registering. Keep this email handy!
  • Click on the link at the scheduled date and time. 

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  • This program will take place on Zoom. You will need access to the internet to participate.
  • Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.
  • To ensure you receive the link, please add to your address book.
  • New to Zoom? Watch this short video to learn how to join a Zoom meeting.
  • Limit 50

Cindy Crosby, naturalist and author

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler, or contributor to more than 20 books, including The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction, co-author of Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit and author of Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural and Cultural History (Northwestern University Press, 2020). Cindy is a prairie steward at the Schulenberg Prairie and Nachusa Grasslands, and she coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at both sites. She earned a master’s degree in Natural Resources at University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. She blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrassand teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more at


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