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 2018 Illinois Native Plant Society Annual Gathering 

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This year's annual INPS gathering will held on the weekend of June 8th and will be hosted by the Kankakee-Torrent Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society in University Park, Illinois, here at Governors State University and at numerous field locations in Illinois.  For more information on registering click here.

After a host of activities and field trips on Saturday, June 9th, Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, principal botanist/ ecologist of the Conservation Design Forum, will be using native prairie, woodland, and riverbank landscapes to illustrate Consilience and Concinnity.  Consilience means "jumping together" and is typified when all the elements of an ecosystem are working in harmony.  Concinnity is the beautiful harmony that grows between people and place as humans understand their role in "jumping together" with ecosystems in accordance with its own unique strictures.

Some of 2018's field trips include:
Sand Ridge Nature Preserve & Powderhorn Preserves
Indian Boundary Prairies
Clark & Pine and Ivanhoe North
Thornton-Lansing and Jurgensen Woods Nature Preserves
McMahon Woods & Fen and Cranberry Slough Nature Preserves
Miller Woods and Cowles Bog
Indiana Dunes State Park