Adult Opportunities

Bison Tales and Tallgrass Trails

Learn how bison play a role in Illinois’ cultural and ecological landscapes.

Content Detail

Join prairie steward and natural history writer Cindy Crosby in this class at The Morton Arboretum and discover the fascinating stories associated with the history of bison in Illinois’ “landscape of home.”

  • Learn how these animals have an outsized influence on the plants we know and love in the Midwest.
  • Enjoy stories about the conservation of these charismatic critters, their relationship to many Native peoples’ ways of life, and their place in literature, music, art, and popular culture.
  • Find out how nature preserves near The Morton Arboretum in Illinois are bringing bison back to roam in their original tallgrass prairies.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N628

Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist

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). She is a prairie steward at the Schulenberg Prairie and Nachusa Grasslands, and she coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at both sites. She earned a masters degree in natural resources at University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. She blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass, and she teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more on her website.

What to Know

This program meets indoors.

Program Schedule

Friday, December 1, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center


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