In the Media
Illinois Botanizer in the Media
May 6, 2021 - Illinois Native Plant Society field trip report.
May 3, 2021 - Celebrating champion trees in Illinois news clip for WAND TV.
April 22, 2021 - Take a walk outside and enjoy spring flowers news clip for WAND TV.
March 4, 2021 - The Original Prairie with the Illinois Botanizer Chris Benda video for The Sun Foundation
January 12, 2021 - Illinois Pioneer Cemetery Prairies video presentation for LaSalle Public Library virtual programming.
October 8, 2020 - Real Green People: Rob Rothrock created a 15-acre prairie on his property near Pomona in The Southern newspaper.
September 16, 2020 - Wild Ones presents virtual program on cemetery prairies in northern Illinois in The Rock River Times.
May 10, 2020 - Meet the Illinois Botanizer in The Southern newspaper
April 9, 2020 - Natural History of Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers YouTube recording for Illinois Environmental Council
August 10, 2019 - wildflower walk for the 150th anniversary in the town of Riverside YouTube video "Olmsted Society: Walk with the Illinois Botanizer"
August 10, 2019 - presentation for the 150th anniversary in the town of Riverside YouTube video "Illinois Wildflowers for the Home Garden."
August 2019 - Partners (Illinois Farm Bureau magazine) "Illinois Cemetery Prairies"
January 10 & 11, 2019 - WSIU two part radio interview about hiking the River to River Trail across southern Illinois.
November 14th, 2018 - Nature in Chicagoland blog
WINTER 2018 - Illinois Audubon magazine "Creating a Pollinator-friendly Yard" (digital copy unavailable)
August 4, 2017 - Chicago Tribune: In pioneer cemeteries, a disappearing part of Illinois' landscape lives on
May 9, 2017 - The Southern: Native Plant are Vital for Wildlife
February 8, 2017 - University of Illinois Extension: LEARN HOW TO PLANT NATIVES WITH CHRIS BENDA
February 4th, 2017 - Allsup: Make plans for Home/Garden show
September 19, 2016 - Chicago Is Home To More Super-Rare Plants Than You Might Think
June 21, 2016 - Illinois Cemetery Prairies (part 2) - RFD Radio Network
June 20, 2016 - Illinois Cemetery Prairies (part 1) - RFD Radio Network
May 21, 2016 - 2016 Wildflower Walks on the Shawnee National Forest - RFD Radio Network
May 9, 2016 - Rim Rock National Recreation Trail - RFD Radio Network
April 16, 2016 - Piney Creek Ravine Nature Preserve - RFD Radio Network
March 29, 2016 - LaRue Pine Hills - RFD Radio Network
February 19, 2016 - There are many good reasons to use native plants in your landscape
February 7, 2016 - In Defense of Plants podcast, Botanizing Illinois
January 30, 2016 - Free program at Giant City State Park features wild orchids
December 31, 2015 - A Look Back at 2015: The Natural Areas of Southern Illinois
October 25, 2015 - Chicago Region Trees Initiative (Oaktober 2015)
October 23, 2015 - WSIU Almanac
July 4, 2015 - A Wildflower Hike with Chris Benda at Dixon Springs State Park
May 13, 2015 - Little Known Preserve Offers an Array of Spring Wildflowers
August 29, 2014 - Wildflowers in bloom despite stifling heat
July 14, 2014 - Wildflower Walk: Ozark Hills
Celebrating Wildflowers - Eastern Viewing Region - Ohio River National Scenic Byway
"I went to his session at the Wild Things conference last weekend. He was speaking about remnant prairies!! Very good speaker." - Pam Carrington Chism on Facebook
"Funny, wil definitely follow his blogs and website. Informative, good sense of humor. Very knowledgeable, entertaining, and inspirational." - Feedback from 2019 Illinois Association of Conservation Districts conference