Adult Opportunities

Beginning Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification

Explore the fascinating world of dragonflies and damselflies in this interactive workshop.

Content Detail

Learn to identify common dragonflies and damselflies in this class at The Morton Arboretum. Dragonfly monitor Cindy Crosby will lead an interactive classroom session followed by a field study on the Schulenberg Prairie.

Explore the natural history of the dragonfly, with beautiful images and recommended tools and techniques for identification of species that are commonly found in northern and central Illinois. Enjoy an overview of the cultural history of the dragonfly—its place in art, literature, music, and even cuisine. Then put your skills to work out on the prairie. Under the guidance of your instructor, you will practice field identification and learn some advanced identification skills. You’ll never see dragonflies in the same way again.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N036


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 master’s 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 and outdoors.

Check the forecast and dress for the weather. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Bring a sack lunch, snack, and water.

Program Schedule

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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