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Midewin lecture series to begin Jan. 16

WILMINGTON – On Jan. 16, the Thursday night lecture series at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will begin with “Bringing the ‘Wild’ to the Child.” Steve Brower, landscape architect and historian, will use Aldo Leopold as a model to demonstrate how children’s time in the wild outdoors is important and positively affects their lives.

The lecture is free and will be at the Headquarters Building, two miles north of Wilmington, at 30239 S. State Route 53. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

Reservations are recommended and should be made by Jan. 16 via email at Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us or by calling 815-423-6370. Walk-ins are welcome, however seating can not be guaranteed without a reservation. Complimentary beverages will be provided by the Midewin Alliance.

Future programs in the 2014 Midewin Lecture Series include:

• Jan. 30, “Investigations at the Newton Burial Site,” Joseph Wheeler, Midewin Archaeologist.

• Feb. 6, “Can the Prairie Save Us from Global Warming?” Bill Kurtis, TV journalist, producer, narrator and news anchor. This lecture is being presented in partnership with the University of St. Francis and will be at the Sexton Auditorium of the Moser Performing Arts Center, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet.

• Feb. 13, “The Echoes of Their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon,” Joel Greenberg, research associate and author.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is at 30239 S. State Route 53, Wilmington. Call 815-423-6370 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/midewin for information.

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