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A celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie
Sterling Morton Library, October 12 – 16

Join us for a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie as we present “Seasons of the Schulenberg”, a photographic tribute to the Schulenberg Prairie, at the Sterling Morton Library from October 12th through 16th. All the photographs were captured by MAPS members, whose special 60th Anniversary Project this year has been to highlight with their photographs the beauty and transformation of the Schulenberg Prairie in every season.

The exhibit features 50 matted photographic prints of the Schulenberg Prairie (including images of the prescribed burn in April), native wildlife, bloom succession, plants, flowers, the savanna, Willoway Brook, and trees throughout all four seasons. A slide show of 75 additional prairie images will be continuously displayed on a large monitor in the library.

Exhibit hours are 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on October 12th, 13th, and 14th, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on October 15th and 16th. Admission is free with The Morton Arboretum entry fee or membership.

See the Exhibits page for more information about the exhibit, the history of the Schulenberg Prairie, and the Sterling Morton Library. You will also find a downloadable promotional postcard to share with friends, family members, and social media contacts. Participating photographers should take note of the deadline for submitting their prints.

Upcoming MAPS Programs

October 10, 2022 – David Akoubian
Photographing Wildlife

Join Professional Nature and Wildlife Photographer David Akoubian, as he shares tips for photographing wildlife, primarily bears in Alaska. David leads tours and photographs Alaskan Brown Bears during the spring, summer and fall, and will share some of his favorite locations as well as equipment and tips to increase your success when visiting. David will also discuss wildlife photography in general sharing tips on how he attracts wildlife, primarily migratory songbirds, to his yard, which is a Certified Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. David hopes to not only educate, but inspire as well with his images. Check out some of David’s work in the gallery on his website:


We are taking a hybrid approach to our monthly programs. This means you can attend in-person or by using Zoom. The Zoom link is emailed to all MAPS members before every program. If you are new to Zoom, take a look at our Zoom web page. Most important: however you choose to participate, don’t pass up this great benefit of your MAPS membership.

If you are looking for past programs, go to Programs. This web page includes a write up and a few images from each monthly program. When possible, we also post a recording of the monthly program for a few months.

MAPS Photo Outings

Watch this space for the next photo outing. In the meantime, check out the images from the last outing.

MAPS Photo Workshops

There are no workshops scheduled at this time. However, there’s never a bad time to review the handouts and notes from the many past workshops. You may find just the workshop that covers a skill you know you need to learn or touch up.


The Schulenberg Prairie 60th Anniversary Project Album
To help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Schulenberg Prairie, MAPS members accepted the challenge to build a set of images that capture the beauty of the Prairie during the four seasons of an entire year. See the result of their work at Schulenberg Prairie 60th Anniversary Project.

Planning a trip? Visit Destinations to view beautiful images and information about many locations our members have visited.

MAPS Membership – If you are looking for information about MAPS membership, visit our About page. This page also includes other administrative information you might be looking for.

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