Adult Opportunities

Poetry on the Prairie

Explore the prairie landscape through poetry.

Content Detail

Join writer and former prairie steward Cindy Crosby for a morning of inspiration on the Schulenberg Prairie.

  • Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the early August prairie as you listen to stories about plants, animals, and other members of the tallgrass community.
  • Watch the prairie come to life around you through the words of both famous and little-known prairie writers.
  • Then find your own words to celebrate this amazing landscape by experimenting with different poetry forms and prompts.

See the Illinois landscape with fresh eyes, and leave with new ways to share about it through poetry. Beginning writers and experienced writers are welcome!

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N220


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 outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the class will meet indoors with visuals.

Dress for the weather.

Bring sun and insect protection.

Bring a notebook and pen and something to drink. Wear close-toed shoes.

Program Schedule

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Prairie Visitor Station (Parking Lot 25), West Side


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