Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College’s Center for Prairie Studies will offer two opportunities this month to learn more about the center’s ongoing educational programming and projects. The events are intended to “help people discover the rich and changing nature and culture of the prairie region,” according to organizers Jon Andelson, director of the Center for Prairie Studies, and Larissa Mottl, manager of the Conard Environmental Research Area and outreach coordinator for the center.

On Sat., Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Drake Community Library will host an exhibit of artwork, student research posters, publications and website resources related to the center. Members of the center’s advisory board will be available to discuss the center’s activities, and drawings will be held for door prizes. The library will also host a prairie story hour and activity session for children, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the story room. At 11 a.m. in the Caulkins Community Room, Jordan Scheibel, a 2010 Grinnell graduate, will give a 30-minute slide presentation about edible wild plants found in the Grinnell area.

On Thurs., Jan. 27, the center will host a similar on-campus event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on campus. Members of the center’s advisory committee will also be available to respond to questions, and drawings will be held for books and live prairie plants.

Questions about these prairie studies events should be referred to Laureen Van Wyk at the Center for Prairie Studies,, 641-269-4720.