We usually think of the Indiana Dunes as a spot for recreation or artistic inspiration…but can we think of them as a lab, too? The pioneering botanist Henry Chandler Cowles discovered many new plant species and proved the theory of ecological succession at the Dunes. That makes the Dunes one of Indiana’s most important places of scientific inquiry and investigation.
On this QL Field Trip, we’ll explore the Dunes and consider how Cowles’s ideas—the interconnectedness of all living things—have shaped not only scientific but also humanistic thinking over the last century. Along the way, we’ll help present-day scientists collect samples and learn about trail monitoring, before gathering around a campfire for beers, food and discussion