Join Us for Fall Prairie Studies Events
The Center for Prairie Studies offers many ways for you explore the prairie this fall, including:
- Nightfall on the Prairie
Join us at the Conard Environmental Research Area on Sept. 6 to experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets. Activities include a live-bird presentation on the owls of the prairie, poetry, and an exploration of nighttime insects, and the night sky.
- Campus Sustainability Tours
What is Grinnell College doing about sustainability? The Center for Prairie Studies and Facilities Management are partnering to sponsor a series of guided tours about sustainability on campus. Tours explore topics like greenspace and land use as well as water and rain use and reuse.
- Nature Drawing Workshop
See the details of the prairie through drawing in a one-day workshop on Sept. 14. Explore nature close up, and see a world in natural forms. You’ll focus on observing native prairie plants found at Grinnell College’s Conrad Environmental Research Area (CERA.)
- Prairie Festival
Enjoy the Prairie Festival at CERA, Sept. 21. Come for the local food and live music; stay for the art, a walk in the prairie…and to enjoy the sunshine.
The festival is held in conjunction with Iowa Prairie Heritage Week, and includes a Meskwaki drum group, group activities, and music by Dave Moore and Dustin Busch.
- Lecture Series on the "Commons"
On Oct. 28, Jack Paxton explores "Water We Doing Watering the Commons?"—the first of a year-long examination of the theme of the commons, their use, abuse, and importance, particularly with reference to regional concerns.