Chicago's Columbus Park:
The Prairie Idealized--
By looking at Columbus Park: The Prairie Idealized, students will learn about a famous landscape artist and his efforts to promote conservation and an appreciation for the native plant life of the United States. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.
Chicago, Illinois, Travel Itinerary
For information on other places important in Chicago’s history, visit The Discover Our Shared Heritage Chicago travel itinerary, which highlights 24 places in the city that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These include the Chicago Avenue Water Tower and Pumping Station and the Frederick C. Robie House.
National Park Service (NPS) Historic Landscape Initiative
Learn more about the National Park Service (NPS) Historic Landscape Initiative. This program promotes responsible preservation practices that protect our nation's irreplaceable legacy--designed landscapes such as parks and gardens, as well as vernacular historic landscapes such as farms and industrial sites.
Columbus Park: A Cultural Landscape
A project of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, Columbus Park: A Cultural Landscape is an interactive documentary designed to let you travel on your own through Columbus Park. Use the Visitor Guide to learn about specific topics and use the Archive to search all the material and chart your own course. The Cultural Landscape Foundation is the only not-for-profit foundation in America dedicated to increasing the publicís awareness of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of cultural landscapes.
Library of Congress
Visit the American Memory Collection Web page to search through the archives for more information about Jens Jensen, Columbus Park, the Chicago Park District, and landscape architecture. Also search for information on the industrialization of America, which spurred the city park movement that swept the nation. Of special note is the Jens Jensen studio and landscape in Illinois featured by the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record.
The Industrial Revolution
Visit the ThinkQuest Junior Web pages on the Industrial Revolution to explore the time period that initiated the park movement in America.
Columbus Park and Jens Jensen Resources:
Chicago Park District
The Chicago Park District website provides an overview of all the parks and programs of Chicago, including Columbus Park.
Jens Jensen Legacy Project
This website explores Jens Jensen's work as a landscape architect and ecologist and offers a biography and articles about Jens Jensen's life and accomplishments.
Native Plant Conservation Resources:
The California Native Plant Society
This website helps visitors learn what a native plant is, offers a guide to native plants found in the state, and has both educational projects and lesson plans that teachers may use as models.
The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois
This website of the Illinois Natural History Survey allows students in areas where there are no prairies to see the diversity of prairies and their plants. It also discusses the origins of prairies, their destruction by settlers, and efforts to restore and conserve prairies.
American Journal of Botany
Browse the American Journal of Botany, a journal devoted to the study of plants, for a variety of articles on botany.