U.S. Military Veteran photographs of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie showcased in 2021 Date Planners and in virtual celebration on Veterans Day

Release Date: Oct 29, 2020

Contact(s): Veronica Hinke


Spotlight: 2021 At Ease Planner

U.S. Navy Veteran Angela Walker will open Veterans Day program singing

“America The Beautiful”

 

WILMINGTON, Ill. (Oct. 29, 2020) – U.S. Military Veterans’ photographs of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will be showcased in a 2021 Date Planner and in a special virtual celebration on Veterans Day. U.S. Navy Veteran Angela Walker will open the Veterans Day program singing “America the Beautiful.” The program will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11.

 

U.S. Military Veterans and their families took the photographs as participants in the “At Ease” Nature Platoon at Midewin NTP. The program is intended to encourage U.S. Military veterans to connect with natural resources and for people everywhere to experience the prairie through the lens of their cameras. The project is through a community partnership with the USDA Forest Service and Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. Staff with Brushwood Center began the “At Ease” program six years ago.

 

“Spending time in nature is a powerful practice for mental and physical well-being,” said Brushwood Center Executive Director Catherine Game. “These photographs document the beauty of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, as experienced and captured by U.S. Military Veterans and their family members.”

 

Fifteen photographs of nature scenes at Midewin NTP are featured in a Date Planner for 2021 that highlights key dates in conservation and natural resources. The Date Planner was produced by the USDA Forest Service. The Date Planner is available on the Brushwood Center and Midewin NTP websites.

 

The USDA Forest Service features the photographs in an online photo album created especially for Veterans Day 2020:  www.flickr.com/photos/usfs_eastern_region/albums/72157716650460151.    

 

“It has been exciting to see the photographs that have resulted from the program,” said Midewin Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang. “Now, others can experience Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie through these photographs.”   

 

U.S. Military Veterans and their family members who participated in the program will share their Midewin NTP stories during the program on Veterans Day. To register for the program, visit: www.BrushwoodCenter.org/VeteransPhotoReception.html.

 

U.S. Military Veterans and their families are welcome to participate in At Ease programs. For more information, email: info@brushwoodcenter.org.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: U.S. Navy Veteran Greg DuBois experiences the Henslow Trail at the USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Photographs taken at Midewin NTP by Dubois and other U.S. Military Veterans will be featured in a virtual Veterans Day program on November 11 at 4 p.m. and in a Date Planner for 2021 that is available for download from the Brushwood Center and Midewin NTP websites. Photo by U.S. Navy Veteran Ed Ross.





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