Field Seminar: "Natural Areas of the Southern Lake Michigan Region" Class of 2019

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2020 Field Seminar/Workshop Series:
Northeastern Illinois & Northwestern Indiana.

Field dates: September 5th & 6th

Ecesis: The Process of Coming Home

If words like mindfulness, consciousness, nature, and ecology interest you, and if a chance to explore their confluence excites you, then this workshop may enlighten you. Ecesis [ih-see-sis] is the process by which a species becomes successfully established within a habitat. But it is so much more than this. It is the process of becoming part of, and interlaced within, the phenomenon of living time and living space. This necessitates not only a physical participation, but a consciousness confluence – a mindfulness. What does this ecesis, this emergent and ascendant collaboration with reality, look like?

Join Justin Thomas of NatureCITE and Gerould Wilhelm of the Conservation Research Institute as they spend two fascinating days in nature exploring and explaining the beautiful and life-affirming interrelatedness of mindfulness, consciousness, and natural integrity. Topics will include:

  • The consequences of ecological enrichment versus ecological degradation via living examples.
  • The mirroring relationships of healthy consciousness and healthy landscapes.
  • Using nature's order, balance, and beauty to gain access to our own.
  • Culturally induced reality in contrast to the functional reality of complex living systems.
  • Definition of natural remnant.

In essence, this is an exploration of our moral condition and conscious awareness along the road to human ecesis. We can only become home, we can only ecize, by exploring our consciousness in a living landscape and truly knowing it within ourselves, perhaps for the first time. The only prerequisite is an open mind.

Special Aspects: Students with a strong interest in philosophy, epistomology, and environmental pedagogy will benefit the most. The field seminar will be held entirely outdoors with a maximum of 30 people. Partici-pants may wish to bring foldable garden chairs for use during lectures, as well as snacks, water, and lunch.

Registration and payment options below:

  • Registration is on a first come/first serve basis.
  • A deposit of $150 is required at the time of registration, with the remaining balance due August 15th, 2020.
  • No one other than registered attendees can participate in the field seminar.

Cancellation Policy: Due to illness or another unanticipated personal matter, registered attendees can transfer their spot to another person at any time with no financial penalty.

Registration and Payment Options:

Although PayPal, is available below, we prefer that you send the registration form in with a check.

Mail payment and the completed form to Conservation Research Institute:
PO Box 1848, Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864.

Your registration will be acknowledged via email from Margot Mazur.

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Speaking Engagements

Gerould Wilhelm, PhD, is available for speaking engagements through Conservation Research Institute (CRI). Jerry is an internationally renowned botanist and ecologist who has been studying the Chicago region flora for over 40-years. He is coauthor, with Laura Rericha, of Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis, published by the Indiana Academy of Science in 2017.

Dr. Wilhelm has been requested to speak to many groups over the past several decades, from professional botanical societies, to workshops and seminars, conservation groups, and local garden clubs. Topics close to his heart are listed below, but presentation topics can be tailored to a specific request. The base fee-stipend for a speaking engagement is $1000, necessary to compensate Jerry for preparation, presentation, and travel (for locations within a 25-mile radius from Glen Ellyn, Illinois). Speaking engagements are approximately 2 to 3 hours in length.*

  • Floristic Quality Assessment and Species Conservatism
  • The Ecology and Culture of Water
  • Biblical Environmental Wisdom
  • School of Athens Painting by Raphael
  • Consilience
  • Other topics have included: The Dune Flora; History of Botany in Chicago Region

Book Signings: Jerry and Laura are available for book signings for the Flora, which can include a brief 35 minute presentation.*

Educational Products

The Conservation Research Institute (CRI) is proud to offer the following special educational resources that are available for purchase:

The Hidden Beauty of the Grasses of the Great Lakes Poster

Watercolors by Mary Marguerite Lowther from A Call to Beauty. The poster is 18" x 28" in size. Gift included with donations over $300 to Conservation Research Institute.

Questions? Contact Margot Mazur,


Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis by Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha (2017)

Completely updated and rewritten, the Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis is rich with new and expanded features in comparison with the 4th edition of the Plants of the Chicago Region by Floyd Swink and Gerould Wilhelm (1994). Also, it has added newly-described species and range updates; morphological descriptions; taxonomic etymology; re-evaluations of many problematic genera; an entirely new section of associate flora and fauna such as bryophytes, lichens, insects, birds, and mammals; in-depth descriptions of our region's habitats, geology, and soils; a re-evaluation of our region's coefficients of conservatism, and original illustrations for every genus. For more information, click here.

The Flora is available for purchase from the Indiana Academy of Science and the Morton Arboretum bookstore in Lisle, Illinois.


CRI is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization