Prairie Steward, Author Presents Tallgrass Prairie Talk Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

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By Mike McKissack

Local author Cindy Crosby will discuss the history of the prairie and key plants and their uses Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Tuesday, Nov. 1, as part of the College of DuPage Tallgrass Prairie Talks.

Talks are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. The Oct. 31 talk is held in the Health and Science Center, Room 1301, and the Nov. 1, talk in the Health and Science Center, Room 1135. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Crosby will present a brief history of prairie, the different ways people have viewed prairie over time, and some of the key prairie plants and their uses by native people and early settlers. She will also suggest ways to develop a closer relationship with the natural world, particularly tallgrass prairieland.

Author of “The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction,” Crosby is a steward supervisor for the Schulenberg Prairie at the Morton Arboretum and a steward at Nachussa Grasslands. She is a writer, teacher and lecturer on the tallgrass prairie and nature conservation, and is the author, compiler or contributor to more than 20 books. In addition, she runs Tuesdays in the Tallgrass, a weekly blog exploring exterior and interior landscapes through the tallgrass prairie. Her new book, “Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit” with Thomas Dean, will be published in spring 2019.

For more information about this event, contact COD Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler at, (630) 942-3919, or COD English Professor Danica Hubbard at, (630) 942-2101.

COD maintains three natural areas on the Glen Ellyn campus: the Russell R. Kirt Prairie, featuring approximately six acres of marsh, a one-acre retention pond, 11 acres of reconstructed prairie and savanna, a quarter mile of seed production beds and more than a half-mile of trails, including a 1/6-mile wheelchair accessible stretch; the Ecological Study Area, featuring three acres of marsh, four acres of successional woodland and eight acres of reconstructed prairie; and the B.J. Hoddinott Wildlife Sanctuary, a nine-acre natural area comprising marsh and wetland.

Click here for more information about the natural restoration areas at College of DuPage.

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