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Unearth Science Festival

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Featured Expert Topic:
Restoring the prairie and celebrating science

Pati Vitt

Pati Vitt
As a conservation scientist, Pati Vitt, Ph.D., has studied how management of our local natural areas increases the abundance of native prairie plants. In Illinois, there were once 20 million acres of prairie; currently we have 0.01 percent left. Vitt’s work focuses on the reproductive ecology and population biology of rare and endangered species. As the director of the Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank, Vitt maintains an important resource in the fight to bring the prairie back to the Midwest.
Vitt’s work – as well as the work of four other Garden scientists – will be celebrated on Friday, April 20 at Experimental Words, a spoken word performance combining science and poetry. Experimental Words is the kick-off event for the Unearth Science festival, a new Garden event on Earth Day weekend.

Watch video of Pati Vitt collaborating with poet Michael Garza

Find out more about Experimental Words and the Unearth Science festival