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Friends of the Prairie Speaker Series March & April

SVCC Friends of the Prairie Speaker Series in March and April

Monarchs of the Prairie
Thursday, March 15
6:30-8:00 p.m. Room 1K4
Monarchs of the Prairie includes an informative presentation and discussion with University of Illinois Extension educator, Peggy Doty. Doty shares how science and magic met in her own backyard and her attempts to make a difference in the plight of the monarch butterfly.

Doty holds a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Education; taught environmental education for over 20 years; and is passionate about teaching children about their environment and helping people of all ages understand wildlife as it relates to their lives.

Why should we care about the Illinois prairie?
Thursday, April 5
6:30-8:00 p.m. Room 1K4
The presentation includes an informative presentation and discussion with author and Master Gardener Cindy Crosby. Crosby discusses topics from her book, The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction, and suggests ways to develop a closer relationship with the outdoors—especially the landscape that gives Illinois its nickname, "The Prairie State."

Crosby is a certified interpretive guide, certified interpretive trainer, and author, compiler and contributor to more than 20 books. Crosby holds a Master's degree in natural resources (environmental interpretation) from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Natural History in Illinois: Native Americans, Bison, and Prairie Land
Thursday, April 12
6:30-8:00 p.m. Room 1K4
Paul Rieger will discuss the natural history of Northern Illinois and examine three aspects of the history: Native Americans, Bison, and Prairie-land. His talk will provide a sense of what the landscape used to look like and what we can do today to retain some of our natural legacy.

A retired teacher and school administrator, Rieger is also a Master Naturalist who works on the prairie and gives Bison tours at the Nachusa Grasslands.

For more information and news about these or other Friends of the Prairie activities, please visit the SVCC Prairie page on Facebook, @svccprairie, or email Rachel Brunner at