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Learn how the land in Illinois has changed

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Submitted by Forest Preserve District of Kane County. St. Charles and Geneva park districts

Learn about the cultural and natural heritage of Illinois in a July 18 "Learn from the Experts" program titled "Voices of the Land."

In researching his 2002 book, "A Natural History of the Chicago Region," author Joel Greenberg collected accounts from a range of sources, many of which he thought would be of interest to modern readers.

He continued collecting, and the results of his efforts is the anthology "Of Prairie, Woods, and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing."

With readings and slides, this presentation tells that story of change through the words of those who were here: visitors, settlers, naturalists, hunters, poets, journalists and others.

The "Voices of the Land" program is part of the "Learn From the Experts" series. This series is co-sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, and the St. Charles and Geneva park districts.

The "Voices of the Land" program for ages 16 and older will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Registration is $10 per person. Register by phone at (847) 741-8350 or email

For a full roster of Forest Preserve District of Kane County nature programs, visit