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A Cultural History of Wilderness in America

Schedule and Location

Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

What exactly is wilderness? In America, it's been a threatening frontier to be conquered; a place where timber and minerals lay ready for extraction; a refuge for wildlife; a home for indigenous people; a retreat for city folks to retreat from the hustle and bustle of civilization; and a "untrammeled, unspoiled cathedral" which inspires art, poetry, and transcendent thought. In two evenings together, writer and former wilderness National Park Ranger Cindy Crosby will look at how people have interacted with wilderness over time, and examine some ways we think about wilderness today, using the book Wilderness and the American Mind as our guide.

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Cindy Crosby, naturalist and former wilderness park ranger

Course Details

Notes: The book Wilderness and the American Mind, 5th Edition, is required for this course.  You can find this book at most libraries, online, or at the Arboretum Store. Limit 20

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