September/October 2016

Brushwood Center is located inside the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods. Tour the historic Brushwood home. Walk the miles of trails on site. See what nature has inspired in the Brushwood gallery.  Listed here are just a few of the many upcoming events.

Art Opening / Sunday, September 11, 1 – 3 p.m. / Free

Invasive Plants in the Natural Landscape:  Introduced species and garden escapees have an impact on the natural landscape, affecting the survival of native plants, birds and other wildlife. The Reed Turner Botanical Artists exhibit depicts some of those plants in watercolor, graphite and colored pencil.

Book Discussion Ryerson Reads / Wednesday, September 14, 7:30 p.m. / $15 ($10 member)

Join our vibrant group of nature enthusiasts for lively discussions of American environmental literature led by Benjamin Goluboff, professor of English at Lake Forest College and an expert in American literature.

Art Class / Various dates, topics and times / Pre-registration required / Costs vary

This course is designed for botanical art students of all levels who are willing to make a commitment to learn and improve their drawing and painting skills. The most basic but most important techniques will be studied through the course with continuity, so that students can truly absorb the techniques and apply them intuitively.

Brushwood Bird Photography Club / Thursday, September 15 / 6:30 – 8 p.m. / Free

Emma England presents: “How to Find and Photograph Owls in the Wild.”  Emma will share details of a close encounter with a Great Grey Owl in Sweden that inspired her passion for bird photography.

Art Class / Adult Coloring with Heeyoung Kim / Third Fridays of each month / September 16 and October 21 / 5:30 – 7:30p.m. / $25 ($20 member) / pre-registration required

Join us for this unique take on an adult coloring night! Each class begins with a demonstration of colored pencil techniques and tricks by renowned artist, Heeyoung Kim.

Lecture / Field Museum at Brushwood Center / Sunday, October 16 / 1 – 3 p.m. / $7 ($5 member) 

Nigel Pitman presents: The Chicago 40: Forty iconic species that every Chicagoan (including you!) should know. Dr. Pitman is an ecologist and conservationist with a special interest in South American forests. His research focuses on Amazonian tree ecology, but he has also worked on the endemic floras of Ecuador and Peru, long-term trends in Amazonian animal abundances, and extinction risks in South American plants.

For more information on these events and others, visit or call 847-968-3343.

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