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May T. Watts, The Morton Arboretum, and the Origins of the Illinois Prairie Path

May 16, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Presented by Will Barnett, Professor of History at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois

May Theilgaard Watts was a beloved naturalist at Chicago’s Morton Arboretum and her grassroots campaign established the Illinois Prairie Path in three years. She represented a distinctly Midwestern set of ideas, linking earlier conservationists and 1960s environmentalism with a strong focus on nature study and a deep concern about suburban sprawl and the loss of farms and prairies.

Luncheon-Lectures are held in the Arboretum Visitor Center Auditorium. A buffet lunch is followed by the educational presentation.  Each lecture costs $40.

This popular series fills up quickly, so register as soon as you can. Registration closes May 1. Online registration is faster. Vegetarian meal requests can be accommodated.  Check the vegetarian option box during registration.

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If registering by mail, please be sure the registration form and payment arrive by May 1.

A registration confirmation will be sent to you by email or mail. If a program you request is full, you will be contacted promptly. Reservations are transferable. If you give away your reservation, please send an email to staff@foamadison.org call us at 608-890-2555 and let us know the name of the attendee. You also may cancel a reservation and request a refund at least 2 weeks ahead of the event.  If you are unable to attend, please let us know, as there may be others on a waiting list.




May 16, 2023
11:30 am - 1:30 pm


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