Speaking, Events & Classes

E-mail Cindy at phrelanzer@aol.com for information on in-state speaking fees, out-of-state speaking fees, and other talks and classes not listed below. Call the sponsoring organization indicated for each class or program for details such as directions, fees, time, and registration requirements. Some classes and speaking engagements are open to the public, others are for members of the organization indicated only. Hope to see you!

 

 ​2018

The Conservation Foundation  (Naperville, IL)

  Interpreter Training      January 23

 

South Barrington Garden Club  (Barrington, IL)

  Frequent Flyers of the Garden: Dragonflies and Damselflies   Feb.1

 

Leafing Through the Pages Arboretum Book Club (Lisle, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction       February 8

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

   The History of Trees (Two Nights)   ​Feb. 15 & 22

 

Tri-County Garden Club (Darien, IL)

​  The Tallgrass Prairie: Illinois' Original Garden   ​March 6

 

Prestwick Garden Club (Frankfort, IL)

    Frequent Flyers of the Garden: Dragonflies and Damselflies ​March 7

 

DuPage County Wild Ones (Downer's Grove Library)

   The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with book signing) ​March 15

 

Late Bloomers Garden Club (Elgin, IL)

  Early Bloomers with the Late Bloomers Garden Club  March 22

 

The Morton Arboretum  (Lisle, IL)

  Dragonfly Monitors Workshop  (Closed Event)  March 23

 

Nachusa Grasslands (Franklin Grove, IL)

  Dragonfly Monitors and Enthusiasts Workshop    March 30

 

Sauk Valley Community College (Dixon, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with booksigning) ​April 5

 

​Taltree Arboretum/Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest (Valparaiso, IN)

  Spring Ephemerals      ​April 14

 

College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction ​(exhibit/book signing) April 17

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Woodland Wildflowers               April 19

 

Midwest-Great Lakes Region-Society for Ecological Restoration (Steven's Point, WI)

  Don't Talk Like a Scientist               April 21

 

The Morton Arboretum

  Arbor Day: Three Trees that Changed American History (5 presentations)    April 23

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Woodland Wildflowers                  April 28

 

Nachusa Grasslands (Franklin Grove, IL)

  Bison and Wildflowers (Zygon Group, private event)  May 3

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Woodland and Prairie Wildflowers       May 4

 

​Will County Audubon

  Dragonflies and Damselflies      ​May 10

 

Plainfield Public Library  (Plainfield, IL)

   Dragonflies: The Prairie's Frequent Flyers    May 14

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

    Nature Debates: Woodlands versus Prairies   May 24

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)   

    Plein Air Painting on the Prairie      June 4

 

Downer's Grove Library and Downer's Grove Garden Club (Downer's Grove, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: Illinois' Original Garden   June 6

 

Tri-Village Garden Club at Poplar Creek Library (Streamwood, IL)

  Frequent Flyers of the Garden: Dragonflies and Damselflies  July 18

Fermilab Art Gallery (Batavia, IL)

  Seeing Prairie Exhibit    July 27 through Sept.28 (Wilson Hall, Free to the public)

 

Fermilab Art Gallery (Batavia, IL)

  Seeing Prairie: Artist's Reception   July 27  (Wilson Hall)


​The Morton Arboretum

   Prairie Ethnobotany: People and Plants      ​July 28

 

The Morton Arboretum

  Dragonflies and Damselflies: An Introduction August 3

 

The Morton Arboretum

  Great Hikes in Literature   August 5

 

​Darien Garden Club (Darien, IL) 

  Frequent Flyers of the Garden: Dragonflies and Damselflies    August 6

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)-National Association for Interpretation

  Certified Interpretive Guide Training August 20-23

 


Fermilab (Batavia, IL)

  Seeing the Prairie  September 5, 4 p.m

  (Free and open to the public, in conjunction with Art Gallery Exhibit, Wilson Hall)

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

    Prairie Habitats and Their Wildlife   September 8


National Garden Clubs (Naperville, IL)

   Land Ecology      September 12


Nachusa Grasslands (Franklin Grove, IL)

    Dragonflies and Wildflowers Walk: Autumn on the Prairie   September 15

 

Illinois Extension-Master Naturalists (Yorkville, IL)

   Tallgrass Prairie Ecology     October 3


The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  A Cultural History of Trees in America October 4 & 11 (evening, part 1 of a 2-part class)


Taltree/Gabis Arboretum (Valparaiso, Indiana)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction ​(with book signing)    October 6

 

Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary (Schaumburg, IL)

   Dragonflies and Damselflies: The Prairies' Frequent Flyers  October 10

 

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

   A Cultural History of Trees in America October 4 & 11 (evening, part 2 of a 2-part class)


DuPage Forest Preserve, DuPage Monarch, Wild Ones, Sierra Club (Wheaton, IL)

   Keynote: Creating Healthy Landscapes: Planting for Pollinators    October 17

 

The Wild Ones (Rockford, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with Book Signing)  ​October 18


The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (online)  begins October 24 

 

​Northern Kane County Wild Ones (Elgin, IL)

   The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with Book Signing)  October 25

College of DuPage  (Glen Ellyn, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with Book Signing)   October 31

 

College of DuPage  (Glen Ellyn, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with Book Signing)   November 1


Prestwick Garden Club (Frankfort, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: Illinois' Original Garden (with Book Signing)   Nov. 7


Note: Cindy will be on speaking and teaching break from November 8 through February 1, 2019 in order to write her new book!

Forthcoming in 2019!

Violet Garden Club (Glen Ellyn, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with book signing)    February 12


The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Stained Glass Stories   February 16


Wetlands Restoration Science Conference (Madison WI)  February 20

  Don't Talk Like a Scientist  (preregistration for this workshop and conference registration required)


​The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  A Brief History of Wilderness in America   (one class, two evenings, February 21 and February 28)


Wild Things (Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, IL)

  The Tallgrass Prairie: Grocery Store, Apothecary, and Love Shop  February 23

  (With books and book signing)


 Pleasantdale Garden Club (Burr Ridge, IL)
 
The Prairie's Frequent Flyers: Dragonflies and Damselflies       March 13

Lombard Garden Club (Lombard IL)

   Frequent Flyers of the Garden: Dragonflies and Damselflies   March 22


The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

   Tallgrass Prairie Ecology (online only)     March 27


LaGrange Garden Club (LaGrange, IL)

  Frequent Flyers of the Garden: Dragonflies and Damselflies   April 1


The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Woodland Wildflowers ​   April 18


The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Woodland Wildflowers    ​April 27


The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Early Spring Prairie and Savanna Wildflowers   May 3

 

Wild Ones (Normal, IL)

   Prairie Ethnobotany: People and Plants       May 13


Ikebana Annual Conference (Ohara Teachers Association) (Lisle, IL)

  Introduction to the Tallgrass Prairie and its Plant Stories     June 9


The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)

  Dragonfly and Damselfly Natural History and ID      June  14  


Previous events in 2017 
​The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
   A Short History of Trees January 18
Nachusa Grasslands (Franklin Grove, IL)
  Dragonfly Workshop  March 17
The Morton Arboretum  (Lisle, IL)
  Beyond Brushcutting: Interpretation for Natural Resource Leaders 
The Morton Arboretum  (Lisle, IL)
  Spring Wildflowers  April 22, 26, and May  6
The Late Bloomers Garden Club (Elgin, IL)
  The Prairie's Frequent Flyers: Dragonflies and Damselflies  April 27
Books/Nature Lovers (Private Event --Glen Ellyn, IL)
  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction   May 6
​​The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
  Steward's Brown Bag Lunch: The Schulenberg Prairie   ​May 9

The Morton Arboretum  (Lisle, IL)
  Advanced Prairie ID: The Schulenberg Prairie May 13

Downer's Grove Garden Club (Downer's Grove, IL)
  The Prairie's Frequent Flyers: Dragonflies and Damselflies   ​May 15
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
 Prairie Wildflowers    June 10

Flewellin Memorial Library (Shabonna, IL)
  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (talk/book signing) June 13
The Morton Arboretum
  Steward's Brown Bag Lunch: Dragons and Damsels ​  June 20

Aldo Leopold "Building a Land Ethic" Conference  (Baraboo, WI)
  Writing for Natural Areas Managers and Volunteers    June 22-24

DuPage River Prairie Sierra Club (DuPage County, IL)
   Nachusa Grasslands' Bison and Wildflowers   June 25

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
  The Schulenberg Prairie: Past, Present, and Future  June 28
SOLD OUT ​The Morton Arboretum  (Lisle, IL)
  Dragonflies and Daiquiris   August 1
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
​  Prairie Ethnobotany   August 11
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL) 
  NAI: Certified Interpretive Guide Workshop  (SOLD OUT)   Aug 21-24
The Morton Arboretum/Nachusa Grasslands
  Nachusa Grasslands' Bison and Wildflowers   August 26
Tyndale House (Carol Stream, IL)
  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction           August 31
Plainfield Public Library (Plainfield, IL)
  Autumn on the Prairie (with booksigning)       September 11
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
  Walk with a Naturalist: Autumn on the Prairie    September 15
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
   The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction  (Zygon Center, am)   Sept.16
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction   (Wheaton College, pm)  Sept.16
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
   The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction   (Wheaton College)   Sept. 17
Taltree Arboretum (Valparaiso, IN)
   The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with book signing)        Sept 20
Nachusa Grasslands (Franklin Grove, IL)
  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (Zygon Center)  Sept. 28
Watermark Bookstore (Wichita, Kansas) 
  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with book signing)    Sept.29
​The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL) 
  Communication Skills for Outdoor Professionals*   October 28
  (*note--Society for Ecological Restoration Continuing Education Course -- four credits)
​College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)   
   The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with book signing)     Oct. 30
College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
   The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with book signing)   Oct. 31
The Sierra Club (River-Prairie Chapter, Glen Ellyn, IL)
  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (with book signing)    Nov. 8
​The Morton Arboretum
  The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (staff event, w/ book signing)   Nov. 14
​National Association for Interpretation (Heartland Region)  (Lisle, IL)   Nov. 19

   Schulenberg Prairie Hike (Closed Event)  
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
  A Brief History of Wildflowers  (register now!)    December 2

 

 

 

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Cindy is the author, compiler or contributor to more than 20 books, none self-published. They include:

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  Contributor to

The Tallgrass Prairie Reader Edited by

John T. Price, University of Iowa Press, 2014

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Cindy Crosby

 

Certified Interpretive Guide

Certified Interpretive Trainer

Master Gardener

​Master Naturalist Program Instructor

Master's Degree in Natural Resources,

(Environmental Interpretation) 

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


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​​   The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction

  Northwestern University Press  2017

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