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Epic of Chicago Bioregion

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The Epic of the Chicago Bioregion  click here  for a PDF file

A Wild Things 2019 Conference Performance by members of Small Waters Education: Greg Rajsky, Jack Speer, Judy Speer, Holly Stephenson

We have been celebrating the Epic of the Chicago Bioregion since 1999 when we collaborated with Rael Bassan, leading a walk through time in the restored prairie at Fermilab in Batavia, IL. His account is at the core of our Epic, and has been updated and amended over the years. Below are some resources for exploring your own version of the story… – A website dedicated to telling the scientific story of the universe as a tool to assist humanity in living harmoniously with the larger body of life. The cosmic walk, a ritual based on the Universe Story, developed by Miriam Therese MacGillis


The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era, A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. Harper San Francisco

Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History by David Christian, University of California Press

A Natural History of the Chicago Bioregion by Joel Greenberg, University of Chicago Press

Geology Underfoot in Illinois by Raymond Wiggers, Mountain Press

Books for Children:

The Universe Series– 1) Born With a Bang; 2) From Lava to Life; 3) Mammals Who Morph, by Jennifer Morgan, Dawn Publications

High School Curriculum:


Journey of the Universe

Cosmic Voyage

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