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Adult Opportunities

Spring Wildflower and Ethnobotany Walk (in person)

Wander through the ever-changing array of native wildflowers on a guided walk.

Content Detail

Explore the ephemeral flowers of spring as you walk The Morton Arboretum’s trails with a natural history writer and master gardener. In this program, you will:

  • learn basic tips to identify wildflowers, such as trillium, hepatica, and dog-tooth violet.
  • hear the folklore and uses of a variety of wildflowers.
  • discover how wildflowers inspire literature, poetry, and art.

Spring wildflowers are a fleeting pleasure, with new species revealing themselves each week. Take the time to get to know them on this guided walk.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Cindy Crosby

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Age: 16 and older


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 outdoors.

Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Program Schedule

Section A: Thursday, April 20, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

P-8 (Gateway to Tree Science)

Section B: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

P-8 (Gateway to Tree Science)

Section C: Thursday, May 4, 2023, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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