MidLL On Site: Chicago & Tallgrass Prairies
MidLL On Site is a rotating field trip series integrated into the MLA curriculum. Each year, graduate students are invited to travel to a significant Midwestern ecosystem to experience the landscape directly. While on site, students engage in a variety of learning formats including field analysis, creative documentation and field sampling.
The 2022 iteration of the On Site series took MLA students to the prairie landscapes of northern Illinois. Students spent three days exploring landscapes at a variety of scales, histories, and intensities of design/intervention. Collection, visual research, and close engagement with these sites afforded students to better understand the conditions and curiosities of the prairie landscape.