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 inquiry, providing inspiration and raw materials for artistic expression, teachings students and community members of all ages about the history and character of our past, present, and future landscape, and serving as a model for land preservation and ecological restoration. CERA is open to the public for hiking, bird watching, photography, painting, drawing, and other facets of the study and enjoyment of nature.

Winter Hours

CERA will be closed to vehicles but open to foot traffic during the College’s winter recess, December 23, 2016, through January 3, 2017.

Visitors are welcome to park at the main gate or River Trail gate in order to access CERA for hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

The Environmental Education Center will be locked during winter recess. If you have questions or concerns, please contact CERA Manager Elizabeth Hill  or Campus Safety 641-269-4600.


Grinnell College sponsors a vibrant hybrid art form in rural Kellogg, Iowa, at Conard Environmental Research Area.

The Grass Workshop at Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) will consist of intensive, hands-on learning guided by one of Iowa’s top botanists, Dr. Thomas Rosburg. Field-based identification blended with classroom lectures, guided examination of live and pressed plant specimens, and use of...