Emiquon Corps of Discovery

Emiquon Corps of Discovery Mission: The mission of the Emiquon Corp of Discovery is to tell the story of Emiquon through the observation and creative documentation of the changes in its landscape, "analyzing with the mind of a scientist, seeing with the eyes of an artist, and speaking with the words of a poet" and by sharing that documentation with others.

Background: The Emiquon Corps of Discovery was created in 2005 to document the Nature Conservancy's wetland restoration project located near Dickson Mounds Museum and Havana. Created in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Illinois Natural History Survey and Dickson Mounds Museum, the Emiquon Corps of Discovery is a group of volunteers who have engaged with Emiquon in ways that go beyond the scientific documentation of the wetland restoration. They are writers, artists and photographers who commit their time and talents to documenting, in very personal ways, the restoration experience at Emiquon.

The Emiquon Corps of Discovery group met at Dickson Mounds throughout the winter and spring of 2005 and summer of 2010, where skill-building workshops in nature photography, drawing, watercolor painting, and creative writing were presented. Using these skills and others, members of the Corps of Discovery are actively compiling a body of "creative data" such as journal entries, poetry, wood carvings, sketches, paintings, artistically composed photographs, and other  materials that offer impressions of the landscape from non-scientists.

Emerging from Emiquon Corps of Discovery members is an artistic record of the restoration that is as intimate as it is thorough. Journal entries and essays speak of the hoarse cries of snow geese at twilight and paintings capture the beauty of morning light that turns the still waters of the Illinois River to polished bronze. These are the personal stories of Emiquon told by people who are learning to see themselves connected to the land through their knowledge of its natural rhythms and their experience of its change.

Emiquon Property Access and ECD Membership: As an Emiquon partner, ECD members have permission to make their observations on The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve by annually submitting a completed and signed waiver to the TNC office and by meeting all membership requirements.

Click here to view a copy of the Emiquon Corps of Discovery Brochure.

For more information on the Emiquon Corps of  Discovery and activities contact Michelle Quinones at mcquinones13@gmail.com.