The Greater DuPage chapter of Wild Ones is holding a special event to highlight unique treasures of the Chicago region. It is well known that the region is one of the most biologically diverse locations in North America. Only by exploring these beautiful places, can we learn to love, restore, and protect them, and develop what Leopold called a “land ethic”. We have two great speakers sharing their passion and knowledge about the beautiful habitats, plants and animals of our region, encouraging us to experience Chicago’s Wild Beauty.
8:00 – Check-in, Exhibits, Continental Breakfast
8:50 – Welcome
9:00 – “Visiting Nature” by Jack MacRae
10:15 – Break, Exhibits
10:45 – “Rare and Showy Plants of the Chicago Region, and the Habitats that Support Them” by Chris Benda
12:00 - End
Jack MacRae focuses on the cultural and natural history of the Chicago Region. He has worked at Field Museum, Will County Forest Preserve, Naper Settlement Museum Village, and The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Jack is currently the Curator of The Museum of Wonder and Awe, a traveling 19th century dime museum.
Topic: Visiting Nature - Highlights of our public areas and and the plants and animals that make them special. Decades of habitat improvement have increased ecosystem health in our public lands and accessible wildlife viewing opportunities.
Chris Benda is a botanist and president of the Illinois Native Plant Society. He has worked on various projects for the Illinois Natural History Survey. Chris teaches the Flora of Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois University in the summer and a variety of classes at The Morton Arboretum. He is an accomplished photographer and author of several publications about natural areas in Illinois.
Topic: Rare and Showy Plants of the Chicago Region, and the Habitats that Support Them - Discover the many rare plants and showy wildflowers found in the wide variety of natural communities: prairie, savanna, woodland, and wetlands.