Experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets as you explore the College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA).
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 only the dead matter above ground. This ecosystem is responsible for creating the rich Iowa soil that agriculturalists have enjoyed for generations.
Grinnell’s student garden and local foods co-op connects students with the community.
Heating is enabled in the residence halls after October 15th and the outdoor temperature is below 58 degrees. To adjust your radiator valve, open the door and find the valve. Rotate the valve clockwise for less heat and counter clockwise for more heat. Never close the valve entirely or set it to 0, as the unit may freeze.
Grinnell College is dedicated to environmental sustainability.
With an environmental studies concentration, you explore the relationship between humans and our natural environment. Courses help you understand this relationship’s scientific, economic, political, historical, and ethical issues and challenges. You apply what you’ve learned in off-campus study, internships, and capstone projects.
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 na
Grinnell’s Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program is an outgrowth of the college’s long history of social responsibility, reflecting our belief that quality civic engagement addresses the common good while providing transformational experiential learning. This program encourages you to participate more actively in your education while making a difference in the community. You’ll enhance your overall sense of wellbeing and civic purpose, deepen your understanding of classroom learning, and develop transferrable professional skills.