Front Page News

Welcome to the Front Page News, the home page of MAPS. This is where we publish current events, and have links to other organizational information. Make sure you check back frequently!

Important News!

MAPS celebrated its tenth anniversary last month! In those ten years we have had high quality presentations, photo outings, exhibits, and parties because there have been members willing to work to make those things happen. Now we need more members to step up to help MAPS continue these activities by joining the MAPS Board of Directors or the committees that organize those activities.

We will be holding an election for MAPS officers this year at the December MAPS meeting. Multiple positions on the MAPS Board of Directors are open. Follow this link for all the details.

Upcoming Programs

We are holding our monthly programs using Zoom, and all members are invited! Check out our Zoom web page to prepare for the monthly program meetings and for tips & tricks we might have.

If you are looking for past programs, please 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.

  • December 13, 2021 – Bonita Palma – Creative Perspectives

    Composites.  Abstracts.  Impressions.  Anything that bubbles up from the unlimited well of your imagination.  Bonita will share some of her creative visions, motivations and processes to help inspire your own creative artistry.
  • January 10, 2022 – Rad Drew – What Makes a Great Landscape Photograph

    Being out and photographing expansive landscapes is for many of us one of the great joys of photography. But, regardless of the camera you’re using, how do we bring home images that convey the grandeur, the mood, and the feeling of our outdoor experience? Join photographer, Rad Drew, for a look at what makes a great landscape photograph. Rad will share his images created in locations around the world to illustrate many of the techniques that help us create impactful landscape photographs.

2022 MAPS Capturing Nature Photography Exhibit

The MAPS Exhibit Team is thrilled to inform MAPS Members of the upcoming In-Person Exhibit which will be held in the beautiful Gallery of the Tall Grass Arts Association.

Visit Exhibits for all the details.

Schulenberg Prairie Anniversary Project

2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie! To help celebrate this occasion, a request to monitor the prairie in photographs was accepted by MAPS. MAPS members will be able to capture images for an entire year and post them on the MAPS website.

Visit Schulenberg Prairie 60th Anniversary Project for all the details.

MAPS Photo Outings

  • Fullersburg Woods – October 22 Outing Continues though November

    The members who participated in the Fullersburg outing experienced a fantastic day for hiking and some great fall color. Since the color may not peak until the middle of November, we are encouraging everyone to spend a few hours on your own in Fullersburg Woods photographing nature at its finest and afterward to post your best photos on our website. Quite a few impressive photos have already been posted. No advance sign-up is required. Go to Photo Outings for directions to Fullersburg Woods and posting information.
  • Winter Prairie WondersFriday, December 3, 2021, 10-11:30 A.M.

    A virtual interactive online immersion.

    See the aesthetic beauty of the snow-covered grasses and wildflowers in cold weather through colorful images of winter on the prairies and much more. This video will help you when the time comes for the Winter Schulenberg Prairie photo outing.

    Cost $10 Arboretum Members, $17 guests.
    More info click here.  Then click on the “Register now” button.
    Also read “Program Notes” and “Instructor Bio”.
    There are only 3 dozen tickets available, so register early!!!

MAPS Photo Workshops

  • Winter Creativity Workshop – November thru January

    Would you like to broaden your photographic horizons this Winter?  Building on last year’s fun and successful creativity workshop, here is an opportunity to have your horizons expanded, your creativity challenged, to learn and be inspired, as well as to have a lot of fun.

    Visit Photo Workshops for more information.

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.

If you have any comments or feedback on the MAPS website, please feel free to email us at:

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