Home » Center for Prairie Studies

Center for Prairie Studies

Nature: A Walking Play

Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA).

TigerLion Arts will present the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. Grounded in the story of their friendship, the production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple. 

A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth

August 17 – October 11, 2015
Burling Gallery

At one time prairie dominated the Iowa landscape.  Now, less than 0.1% of the original Iowa prairie remains. Justin Hayworth’s macro photographs invite viewers to take a closer look at the beauty of prairie plants, celebrate the intricate aesthetics of prairie life, and teach about the unintended consequences of development.

Gallery Talk & Reception: Justin Hayworth and Jon Andelson—A Closer Look
September 2, 4:00 p.m. 
Burling Gallery

CYPERACEAE WORKSHOP

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 prairies, savannas, and woodlands. While identification of these species can be difficult, knowledge of diversity within the Cyperaceae family is critical for assessing habitat floristic quality, collect- ing seeds for restoration projects, and documenting distributions of common and rare plants.