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EarthWalk Group Reflection

November 3, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


To recognize Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, we are bringing back the popular “EarthWalk Trail” for the month of November. We invite you to explore our prairie trail to find 15 EarthWalk stops where you’ll be able to read and ponder our favorite quotes from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. We hope you’ll be inspired by Robin’s wise words and insights into the natural world. EarthWalk stops will be installed on a 1/2 mile trail. This is a free ongoing activity through November 29th.

About Braiding Sweetgrass: In this inspirational book Robin draws on her life as an Indigenous woman and scientist, to show how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. Robin is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants” and “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses”. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

What Is Sweetgrass? Sweetgrass is one of the most important Native American ceremonial plants, used by many tribes as an incense and purifying herb. Sweetgrass symbolizes healing, peace, and spirituality in many Native cultures, and braids of sweetgrass are sometimes left as offerings at graves and sacred sites. Sweetgrass is one of the four sacred medicinal plants (sweetgrass, tobacco, sage, cedar). Sweetgrass is sometimes called the hair of Mother Earth and is considered a gift. We have Sweetgrass planted near the “Ke-Chunk Ciporoke” sculpture by Ho-Chunk artist Truman Lowe.


November 3, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Nature At The Confluence
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