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Adult Opportunities

The Tallgrass Prairie in Popular Culture

Explore the prairie through music, literature, and art.

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The tallgrass prairie is more than a place for hiking and scientific research. It’s an inspiration for creativity that makes the world a richer and more interesting place. With a warm beverage in hand, join writer and prairie steward Cindy Crosby to explore this aspect of the prairie. Listen to music inspired by the prairie, from classical to country to rock and roll. Enjoy thoughtful readings from literature and poetry that pay homage to the North American grasslands. Be awed at the diverse ways artists celebrate prairie through painting, photography, metalsmithing, and textiles. Leave with a new appreciation for the tallgrass prairie, this marvelous landscape of home.

Before and after the program, enjoy viewing prairie artifacts from the Sterling Morton Library and the Arboretum’s Herbarium, which houses over 200,000 dried plant specimens from the region and around the world.

This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum.

Instructor: Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist

Age: 16 and older


Cindy Crosby, author

Cindy Crosby has authored, compiled, or contributed to more than 20 books, including The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction*. She is 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 the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. She blogs each week and teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more from her professional website.

(*These books are available at the Arboretum’s Sterling Morton Library)

What to Know

Held indoors at The Morton Arboretum.

Coffee will be served.


Program Schedule

Friday, January 20, 2023

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Sterling Morton Library, Administration and Research Center


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