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The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrasss- es (Eriophorum spp.), spikerushes (Eleocharis spp.), and in Iowa, over 160 species of grass-like, tufted plants with reduced flowers, found primarily in wetlands, but also in...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrasss- es (Eriophorum spp.), spikerushes (Eleocharis spp.), and in Iowa, over 160 species of grass-like, tufted plants with reduced flowers, found primarily in wetlands, but also in...

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This event will be organized by the Rosenfield Program and sponsored by the Chrystal Fund.

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Jon Andelson, Director, Prairie Studies/Anthropology  Toni Androski '16, Biology Abby Aresty, Music Mark Baechtel, Forensics Bob Brierly, Community Member  Jackie Brown, Biology  Rob Cabelli, CRSSJ  Doug Caulkins, Anthropology  Sam Curry '16, Anthropology, Off-campus Fall...
Center for Prairie Studies Field Guides, Video, and Collaborative Publications As part of its mission to draw attention to the natural and cultural aspects of the prairie region, the Center for Prairie Studies issues occasional publications on a variety of topics. These...
Art Projects Prairie Cairn Andy Goldsworthy: Three Cairns is the largest project in the Western Hemisphere by British artist Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956, Cheshire, England). The project spans the continent with permanent and temporary stone markers called “cairns” at sites on...
Grinnell sits in the middle of a vast and dynamic environment known as prairie. Tall grasses, flowering plants, deep root systems, soil, and fire comprise the ecosystem. The complex root system means that two-thirds of the prairie lives below ground, and that fire will destroy...

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Lecture: 7:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 18, Rosenfield Center Room 101Roundtable: 10 a.m.  Tuesday, Nov. 19, Burling Library Lounge In conjunction with the lecture series (Re) Considering the Commons, sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College Libraries will host an...
Jackie Blair ‘12 and James Yox ’12 were the two Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance summer garden apprentices, working with Center director Jon Andelson. They maintained the campus garden and community garden, worked with the Compass Plant CSA, worked with kids programs in the...
Jackie Blair ‘12 and James Yox ’12 were the two Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance summer garden apprentices, working with Center director Jon Andelson. They maintained the campus garden and community garden, worked with the Compass Plant CSA, worked with kids programs in the...
A free program of courses for adults will be available this summer through the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES), an initiative of the Community Education Council and Grinnell College. Four courses, each two session long and taught by a faculty member, will be held on...
*/ Lonnie Gamble, assistant professor of sustainable living, Maharishi University of Management, will teach the principles of ecological design and the application of permaculture principles in two related sessions. Gamble says, "the sustainability revolution, like the...
*/ Lonnie Gamble, assistant professor of sustainable living, Maharishi University of Management, will teach the principles of ecological design and the application of permaculture principles in two related sessions. Gamble says, "the sustainability revolution, like the...
*/ Two faculty members from Grinnell College will deliver presentations at the Iowa Humanities Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, April 10-11. The Iowa Humanities Festival welcomes Iowans to explore significant themes through the lens of the academic and public humanities. This year...
In conjunction with the world premiere of Cynthia Folio's "Winds for Change: Concerto for Two Flutes, Strings, and Percussion," to be performed with the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra on November 15, a panel of artists and scientists will discuss the critical challenge that...
In conjunction with the world premiere of Cynthia Folio's "Winds for Change: Concerto for Two Flutes, Strings, and Percussion," to be performed with the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra on November 15, a panel of artists and scientists will discuss the critical challenge that...
Woodland Wildflower Hike Join Elizabeth Hill, manager of Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), on a woodland wildflower hike at CERA on Thursday, May 1. Spring ephemeral wildflowers grow and flower before the forest trees leaf out and are only around for a few weeks. On the...
Woodland Wildflower Hike Join Elizabeth Hill, manager of Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), on a woodland wildflower hike at CERA on Thursday, May 1. Spring ephemeral wildflowers grow and flower before the forest trees leaf out and are only around for a few weeks. On the...
Volunteers are needed to transplant seedlings, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at Conard Environmental Research Area Greenhouse. Are you interested in learning more about prairie, savanna, and wetland plants? Do you want to spend more time with plants? Join CERA...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrassses (Eriophorum spp.), spikerushes (Eleocharis spp.), and in Iowa, over 160 species of grass-like, tufted plants with reduced flowers, found primarily in wetlands, but also in...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrassses (Eriophorum spp.), spikerushes (Eleocharis spp.), and in Iowa, over 160 species of grass-like, tufted plants with reduced flowers, found primarily in wetlands, but also in...
Biology professor David Campbell kicks off Earth Week events with his lecture, “Will China Save the World?” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21, in Noyce Science Center Room 2022. “China is the poster child for global climate change,” notes Campbell, Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations...
Biology professor David Campbell kicks off Earth Week events with his lecture, “Will China Save the World?” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21, in Noyce Science Center Room 2022. “China is the poster child for global climate change,” notes Campbell, Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations...
4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns" On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley...
4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns" On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley...
Living Sustainably in Place at Grinnell College presents a dynamic series of events developed by a partnership of environmental, food, and social justice groups, centers, and committees that will bring the Grinnell community together to express our commitment to preserving and...
Living Sustainably in Place at Grinnell College presents a dynamic series of events developed by a partnership of environmental, food, and social justice groups, centers, and committees that will bring the Grinnell community together to express our commitment to preserving and...
Grinnell College will host a series of events throughout April and early May in celebration of Earth Month. The free, public events will be focused on local food, volunteering and exploration. The events will take place throughout the city, with a focus toward "getting rooted in...
Reading: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Burling Library Lounge   Thomas Pletzinger and Simon Urban will read from their works in English and German. This public is invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the public reading, both writers will share...
Reading: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Burling Library Lounge   Thomas Pletzinger and Simon Urban will read from their works in English and German. This public is invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the public reading, both writers will share...
Take a study break to come view Growing Cities , a new award-winning documentary about urban farming in America. The screening is at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Noyce Science Center, Room 2021. The filmmakers explore how much power urban agriculture has to uplift urban communities and...
  The Center for Prairie Studies offers many ways for you explore the prairie this fall, including: Nightfall on the PrairieJoin us at the Conard Environmental Research Area on Sept. 6 to experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets. Activiteis include a...
The Grinnell Area Arts Council will present Map of My Kingdom, a one-woman play written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Loft Theatre at the Grinnell Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 and are available for purchase at the Arts Center,...
The Grinnell Area Arts Council will present Map of My Kingdom, a one-woman play written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Loft Theatre at the Grinnell Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 and are available for purchase at the Arts Center,...
Orley R. “Chip” Taylor is founder and director of Monarch Watch, and is also a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Trained as an insect ecologist, he has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization...
Orley R. “Chip” Taylor is founder and director of Monarch Watch, and is also a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Trained as an insect ecologist, he has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization...
8–10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, Conard Environmental Research AreaRain date: Sat., Sept. 7. Call 641-269-4384 for rain-call information. Experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets as you explore the College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)....
The third annual Iowa Humanities Festival, co-sponsored by Grinnell College, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 10-11, 2015. This year’s theme is “The Elusive Prairie” and the festival’s organizers are currently accepting submissions for a photo contest. They say: The...
The third annual Iowa Humanities Festival, co-sponsored by Grinnell College, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 10-11, 2015. This year’s theme is “The Elusive Prairie” and the festival’s organizers are currently accepting submissions for a photo contest. They say: The...
For many Grinnell students, the College-owned prairie down Interstate Highway 80 is much more than a place to do biological research — though plenty of that happens. It’s a place where you can write, read or paint, listen, canoe, or meditate. The 365-acre Conard Environmental...
For many Grinnell students, the College-owned prairie down Interstate Highway 80 is much more than a place to do biological research — though plenty of that happens. It’s a place where you can write, read or paint, listen, canoe, or meditate. The 365-acre Conard Environmental...
Matt Nonnenmann, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, University of Iowa, is on campus Monday, April 14 for two events: 4:15 p.m., Noyce Science Center, Room 1021 Roundtable about graduate study in the health professions at the University of Iowa and...
Matt Nonnenmann, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, University of Iowa, is on campus Monday, April 14 for two events: 4:15 p.m., Noyce Science Center, Room 1021 Roundtable about graduate study in the health professions at the University of Iowa and...
A feminist author and activist will discuss women and their connection to the land as part of a series sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies. Silvia Federici, emerita professor of political philosophy and international studies at Hofstra University, will deliver "...
A feminist author and activist will discuss women and their connection to the land as part of a series sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies. Silvia Federici, emerita professor of political philosophy and international studies at Hofstra University, will deliver "...
*/ Rural sociologist Ben Winchester, who studies positive trends happening under the radar in rural areas, will explore small-town leadership and the rural brain gain in two free public events. Winchester aims to rewrite the rural narrative that focuses on small towns getting...
*/ Rural sociologist Ben Winchester, who studies positive trends happening under the radar in rural areas, will explore small-town leadership and the rural brain gain in two free public events. Winchester aims to rewrite the rural narrative that focuses on small towns getting...
Before last summer, the only butterfly I could identify was a monarch, and the only prairie plant I knew was a coneflower. Thanks to an internship grant from the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell, I not only learned how to identify a multitude of butterflies and their...
Before last summer, the only butterfly I could identify was a monarch, and the only prairie plant I knew was a coneflower. Thanks to an internship grant from the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell, I not only learned how to identify a multitude of butterflies and their...
Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty investigates the world through its sounds. This year, she’s inviting others to share her path. October 11 marks the debut of Aresty’s The Listening Path — a creative, site-specific listening composition at Grinnell’s Conard Environmental...
Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty investigates the world through its sounds. This year, she’s inviting others to share her path. October 11 marks the debut of Aresty’s The Listening Path — a creative, site-specific listening composition at Grinnell’s Conard Environmental...
Abby Aresty’s The Listening Path II: Disparate Times and Places uses soundwalking to connect people in disparate places in a unified act of silent respect for our natural surroundings. The Listening Path II entails two short site-specific soundwalks, the first at Conard...
Abby Aresty’s The Listening Path II: Disparate Times and Places uses soundwalking to connect people in disparate places in a unified act of silent respect for our natural surroundings. The Listening Path II entails two short site-specific soundwalks, the first at Conard...
In her recent comic “The Size of Things,” Zoe Schein ’12, the creator of Z-nifty and the Funk, explains why she loves Iowa. Images courtesy of Zoe Schein. Originally published on Z-nifty and the Funk.
In her recent comic “The Size of Things,” Zoe Schein ’12, the creator of Z-nifty and the Funk, explains why she loves Iowa. Images courtesy of Zoe Schein. Originally published on Z-nifty and the Funk.
Alumni regular cite tutorials, the only required courses at Grinnell, as one of their favorite experiences. New students interested in Prairie Studies have a variety of choices this year: The Dustbowl Students investigate one of the worst environmental crises in American history...
Lisa Schulte Moore will discuss the results of her social-ecological research on innovative land management practices in “Tweak, Adapt, Transform: Building a Resilient Future for Agriculture in Iowa and Beyond.” The free public lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, in...
Lisa Schulte Moore will discuss the results of her social-ecological research on innovative land management practices in “Tweak, Adapt, Transform: Building a Resilient Future for Agriculture in Iowa and Beyond.” The free public lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, in...
Grinnell College is sponsoring a workshop featuring listening meditations of the prairie and a lecture on soundscape studies at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Faulconer Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop, titled “Prairie Listening and the...
Grinnell College is sponsoring a workshop featuring listening meditations of the prairie and a lecture on soundscape studies at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Faulconer Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop, titled “Prairie Listening and the...

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GRINNELL, IA – The agricultural commodity that has long dominated Iowa and makes the state the leading U.S. producer will be the focus of an interdisciplinary symposium at Grinnell College, Nov. 16-18. “Corn Belts: Iowa and International Agriculture” will offer a program of...

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The Center for Prairie Studies uses Grinnell’s location as a teaching and learning resource and a place to engage in service.  The Center’s diverse programs encourage the exploration of large themes as they play out in this particular setting: human interactions with nature,...

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