Conrad Environmental Research Area (CERA)

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In 1968, the college acquired these 365 acres and named the area to honor Grinnell botany professor Henry S. Conard. Forty-five acres of cropland were planted with prairie grasses and a laboratory, apartment for a manager, and 14-acre pond were constructed. In 1987, an...
Mission: Our mission is to preserve and, through restoration, recreate a part of Iowa's vanishing natural heritage, providing a resource for the entire college, local schools, environmental groups, clubs, and the general public.   Goals:  CERA will continue to provide high-...
Publications Refereed Research [16] Stanton-Geddes, John and Carolyn G. Anderson. 2011. Does a facultative mutualism limit species range expansion? Oecologia. [15] Brudvig, L.A., Mabry, C.M. and L. Mottl. 2011. Dispersal, not light competition, limits Iowa woodland understory...
Publications Refereed Research [16] Stanton-Geddes, John and Carolyn G. Anderson. 2011. Does a facultative mutualism limit species range expansion? Oecologia. [15] Brudvig, L.A., Mabry, C.M. and L. Mottl. 2011. Dispersal, not light competition, limits Iowa woodland understory...
CERA reaches the community beyond Grinnell College to actively engage local public school children and learners of all ages in studying all facets of prairie life. Tours are provided each year for Grinnell alumni, visiting scholars, perspective students and faculty, K-12...

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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...
On Saturday, September 20, 2008, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Grinnell's 365-acre biological field station.  Since its purchase in 1968, CERA has been an exceptional resource for engaging students in environmental inquiry, providing inspiration and raw materials for...
Learn more about Henry S. Conard at Burling Library's exhibition, “Henry S. Conard, Grinnell’s Ecologist.” Conard was a highly respected botanist and beloved teacher during his 38 years at Grinnell. The exhibit displays examples of Conard’s scientific work, photographs of him,...
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)....
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...

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The Conard Environmental Research Area, located eleven miles from the Grinnell College Campus, is a 365-acre field station used for class field trips, student and faculty research, and quiet enjoyment. CERA is an exceptional resource for engaging students in environmental...
The CERA Committee is a set of faculty, staff, and students who work with the CERA Director (a Biology faculty member) and the CERA Manager (a staff member who works for the Center for Prairie Studies and the Biology Department) to administer CERA. The Committee helps coordinate...

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Please complete ALL fields. The information that you submit will be sent to Larissa Mottl, CERA Manager.