Exploring Illinois – The Greater Prairie Chicken

Our trip started on Friday at 4:00 p.m., April 1, when we headed toward Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in Illinois. We briefly stopped in Terre Haute to have dinner, and we arrived at our lodging facilities at about 9:00 p.m. After settling in our ‘camp,’ we did a night hike in search of amphibians (where we had a close encounter with many Honey Locust trees), we did some stargazing and we gathered around a bonfire to talk about prairie conservation and many of the organisms that depend on this fragile and threatened ecosystem. …”

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I am so grateful for the opportunity to go with students and colleagues, many of whom are trained naturalists, to see a stunning migration in my own state. My husband and I commented again and again on our way home how lucky we were to see the variety of flora and fauna, to learn from students and colleagues, to meet the range of students including international students. We are happy to see so many international students take this opportunity to learn more about the natural life of the US.”

— KARI & FAMILY

INTERESTED IN OTHER OFF-CAMPUS EXPERIENCES?

The Vicki Penziner-Matson Greater Prairie Chicken Field Trip in Illinois is just one example of the off-campus experiences available to Earlham College students.