Adult Programs

Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (Online)

Digitally explore the intricacies of the tallgrass prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems.
February 14, 2022, noon Central time: Registration closes.

Content Detail

Digitally explore the intricacies of the tallgrass prairie landscape and learn how to restore these signature American ecosystems. Look at the history of this particular type of grassland from the descent of glaciers over the Midwest millions of years ago to the introduction of John Deere’s famous plow to where we are today. We will examine different types of prairie, explore the plant and animal communities of the prairie, and discuss strategies specific to restoring prairies in this engaging online course. Come away with a better understanding of prairies and key insights into how to restore their beauty.

How do I access the program?

  • Your access information for the online materials will be included in the order summary email you receive after registering. 
  • Log in to with the access information provided after the start date of the class.   

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  • The course is held entirely online and is expected to take approximately four hours. 
  • Registration closes five hours before online materials become available. Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course. 
  • Automatically generated captions will be available during the live Zoom session.
  • Limit 25.


  • Participants must have access to the internet via a computer or mobile device.
  • A unique email address for each participant is required at registration. 
  • Participants must participate in online discussion and submit assignments online to complete all parts of the course

Continuing education:

This class fills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.)

Cindy Crosby, author, steward, 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). Cindy is a prairie steward at the Schulenberg Prairie and Nachusa Grasslands, and 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 teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more on


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