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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...
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...
  Dan Kittredge is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply.   For the past half century at least, the goal of most plant breeders and agricultural practices has been to improve traits in our fruits and vegetables such as size, productivity, growth...
  Dan Kittredge is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply.   For the past half century at least, the goal of most plant breeders and agricultural practices has been to improve traits in our fruits and vegetables such as size, productivity, growth...
  How do you create a local food system?  On August 31, in JRC 101, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m., two speakers will share their experiences creating local food systems in two very different locations: the Bay Area of San Francisco and the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama County, Iowa.  More...
  How do you create a local food system?  On August 31, in JRC 101, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m., two speakers will share their experiences creating local food systems in two very different locations: the Bay Area of San Francisco and the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama County, Iowa.  More...
4:00 p.m., Roundtable discussion, SCI 1022, Soil and Soil Health 7:30 p.m., Public Talk, JRC 101, Capitalism and Agriculture Numerous social and ecological problems arise from the way that agriculture functions within capitalist economies. These include hunger in the midst of...
4:00 p.m., Roundtable discussion, SCI 1022, Soil and Soil Health 7:30 p.m., Public Talk, JRC 101, Capitalism and Agriculture Numerous social and ecological problems arise from the way that agriculture functions within capitalist economies. These include hunger in the midst of...
Grinnell College will host a series of events throughout April and early May in celebration of Earth Month. The free, public events will be focused on local food, creativity, volunteering and exploration. Monday, April 11 Fred Magdoff4:00 PM Roundtable - Noyce 10227:30 PM Public...
Grinnell College will host a series of events throughout April and early May in celebration of Earth Month. The free, public events will be focused on local food, creativity, volunteering and exploration. Monday, April 11 Fred Magdoff4:00 PM Roundtable - Noyce 10227:30 PM Public...
Room 1023 Liz Queathem, Senior Lecturer in Biology, will deliver a public lecture on the current state of climate change and the prospects for progress at the United National Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Queathem...
Room 1023 Liz Queathem, Senior Lecturer in Biology, will deliver a public lecture on the current state of climate change and the prospects for progress at the United National Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Queathem...
Seeking dancers of all ages! No previous dance experience necessary! Come learn a simple dance phrase to be performed as part of the National Water Dance at CERA on Saturday, April 16th at 3:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to bring attention to the pressing water issues in...
Seeking dancers of all ages! No previous dance experience necessary! Come learn a simple dance phrase to be performed as part of the National Water Dance at CERA on Saturday, April 16th at 3:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to bring attention to the pressing water issues in...
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...
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...
Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician, writer and associate professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up” on Thursday, March 10, at Grinnell College. Her lecture will start at 7:30 p.m. in...
Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician, writer and associate professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up” on Thursday, March 10, at Grinnell College. Her lecture will start at 7:30 p.m. in...
Panel of writers, thinkers, environmentalists to discuss fracking on April 19 Conversation will be based on first anthology of creative writing that explores fracking A panel of four Iowa-based writers, editors, thinkers and environmentalists will discuss "Fracture: Essays,...
Panel of writers, thinkers, environmentalists to discuss fracking on April 19 Conversation will be based on first anthology of creative writing that explores fracking A panel of four Iowa-based writers, editors, thinkers and environmentalists will discuss "Fracture: Essays,...
  Hydro-science and Engineering Expert Hagen to Speak on Climate Change, Midwestern Agriculture, and the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico There is growing awareness that climate change constitutes the environmental threat of our time, and that wrapped up in it are enormous...
  Hydro-science and Engineering Expert Hagen to Speak on Climate Change, Midwestern Agriculture, and the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico There is growing awareness that climate change constitutes the environmental threat of our time, and that wrapped up in it are enormous...
Leonard Kurz ’75, History Mr. Kurz serves as a director and officer of the Kurz Family Foundation. Leonard is making a feature length documentary on Free the Children, is a co-producer of Maangamizi: The Ancient One, the first film from Tanzania to be considered for an Academy...
  Daniel Perlstein, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education Graduate School of Education University of California, Berkeley Laura Ingalls Wilder claimed to have written her beloved Little House novels in part to teach American children about the New...
  Daniel Perlstein, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education Graduate School of Education University of California, Berkeley Laura Ingalls Wilder claimed to have written her beloved Little House novels in part to teach American children about the New...
The mission of Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki indigenous knowledge and life-ways. Join MFSI staff and volunteers on tours of the Red Earth Gardens, Meskwaki Elder Garden, Meskwaki Settlement...
The mission of Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki indigenous knowledge and life-ways. Join MFSI staff and volunteers on tours of the Red Earth Gardens, Meskwaki Elder Garden, Meskwaki Settlement...
  Exhibition: August 25 - October 15 Opening Reception: Friday, September 2, 4:00 p.m., Burling Gallery “Nature photography is my passion,” says Ken Saunders II, who retired from a long career with the College’s Facilities Management in 2015.   Looking at his photographs, one...
  Exhibition: August 25 - October 15 Opening Reception: Friday, September 2, 4:00 p.m., Burling Gallery “Nature photography is my passion,” says Ken Saunders II, who retired from a long career with the College’s Facilities Management in 2015.   Looking at his photographs, one...
  Timothy Knepper, Professor of Philosophy, Drake University While Christianity may be the most common religion practiced by Iowans, it is not the only one.  Drake University’s “Religions of Des Moines Initiative” is exploring, documenting, and placing Christianity in dialogue...
  Timothy Knepper, Professor of Philosophy, Drake University While Christianity may be the most common religion practiced by Iowans, it is not the only one.  Drake University’s “Religions of Des Moines Initiative” is exploring, documenting, and placing Christianity in dialogue...
Featuring live music from the Pioneer String Quartet, dance performance by Ivy Kuhn and Ensemble, Tai Chi Women's Group, and the Grinnell Community Ensemble. Over 100 sites in 35 states are coming together to bring attention to the pressing issues of water in the United States...
Featuring live music from the Pioneer String Quartet, dance performance by Ivy Kuhn and Ensemble, Tai Chi Women's Group, and the Grinnell Community Ensemble. Over 100 sites in 35 states are coming together to bring attention to the pressing issues of water in the United States...
The sustainability revolution, like the agricultural, scientific, industrial, and communications revolutions that preceded it, will change the relationship of people to nature and to each other. This workshop will give you basic tools that you can use to start to make the...
Women and the Regenerative Agriculture of the Future Denise O’Brien, farmer and community organizer, Atlantic, IA Tuesday, September 15, Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101 4 p.m. – Panel Discussion – Wisdom of the Elders: Mentoring Beginning Farmers Additional panelists:...
Women and the Regenerative Agriculture of the Future Denise O’Brien, farmer and community organizer, Atlantic, IA Tuesday, September 15, Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101 4 p.m. – Panel Discussion – Wisdom of the Elders: Mentoring Beginning Farmers Additional panelists:...
  Join CERA Manager Elizabeth Hill on a 1.5 mile spring ephemeral wildflower hike at CERA. Wear sturdy walking shoes and long pants to explore the spring ephemeral wildflowers at CERA! Van leaves from Rosenfield Center drop-off zone at 4:15 p.m. Hike starts 4:45 p.m. at CERA,...
  Join CERA Manager Elizabeth Hill on a 1.5 mile spring ephemeral wildflower hike at CERA. Wear sturdy walking shoes and long pants to explore the spring ephemeral wildflowers at CERA! Van leaves from Rosenfield Center drop-off zone at 4:15 p.m. Hike starts 4:45 p.m. at CERA,...

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Mission The Center for Prairie Studies promotes understanding of and connection to our place and its people. The Center’s mission is to stimulate a broad understanding of nature and culture in the tallgrass prairie region, of how and why the region has changed over time, and of...
Jon Andelson, Director, Prairie Studies/Anthropology Mark Baechtel, Forensics Chris Bair, Environmental & Safety Manager Sydney Bergman ’18, Undeclared Bob Brierly, Community Member Liana Butchard ’18, French/History Rob Cabelli, CRSSJ Gwenola Caradec, French Doug Caulkins,...
Prairie Cairn Andy Goldsworthy: Three Cairns is the largest project in the Western Hemisphere by British artist Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956, Cheshire, England). The project spans the continent with permanent and temporary stone markers called “cairns” at sites on the two coasts...
As part of its mission to draw attention to the natural and cultural aspects of the prairie region, the Center for Prairie Studies issues occasional publications on a variety of topics. These publications are available free of charge through the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce...
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...
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...
Art Projects Prairie Cairn Andy Goldsworthy: Three Cairns is the largest project in the Western Hemisphere by British artist Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956, Cheshire, England). The project spans the continent with permanent and temporary stone markers called “cairns” at sites on...
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...

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Lecture: 7:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 18, Rosenfield Center Room 101Roundtable: 10 a.m.  Tuesday, Nov. 19, Burling Library Lounge In conjunction with the lecture series (Re) Considering the Commons, sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College Libraries will host an...
Jackie Blair ‘12 and James Yox ’12 were the two Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance summer garden apprentices, working with Center director Jon Andelson. They maintained the campus garden and community garden, worked with the Compass Plant CSA, worked with kids programs in the...
Jackie Blair ‘12 and James Yox ’12 were the two Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance summer garden apprentices, working with Center director Jon Andelson. They maintained the campus garden and community garden, worked with the Compass Plant CSA, worked with kids programs in the...
A free program of courses for adults will be available this summer through the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES), an initiative of the Community Education Council and Grinnell College. Four courses, each two session long and taught by a faculty member, will be held on...
"A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth" is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library. Prairie dominated the Iowa landscape when the first white settlers arrived in 1833. Now, less...
"A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth" is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library. Prairie dominated the Iowa landscape when the first white settlers arrived in 1833. Now, less...
Grinnell students are helping to launch an online journal at the College while also experiencing what it’s like to be entrepreneurs. Titled Rootstalk, the interdisciplinary journal focuses on the prairie — the ecosystem and the region as a whole, including its architecture, art...
*/ Lonnie Gamble, assistant professor of sustainable living, Maharishi University of Management, will teach the principles of ecological design and the application of permaculture principles in two related sessions. Gamble says, "the sustainability revolution, like the...
*/ Lonnie Gamble, assistant professor of sustainable living, Maharishi University of Management, will teach the principles of ecological design and the application of permaculture principles in two related sessions. Gamble says, "the sustainability revolution, like the...
*/ Two faculty members from Grinnell College will deliver presentations at the Iowa Humanities Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, April 10-11. The Iowa Humanities Festival welcomes Iowans to explore significant themes through the lens of the academic and public humanities. This year...
In conjunction with the world premiere of Cynthia Folio's "Winds for Change: Concerto for Two Flutes, Strings, and Percussion," to be performed with the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra on November 15, a panel of artists and scientists will discuss the critical challenge that...
In conjunction with the world premiere of Cynthia Folio's "Winds for Change: Concerto for Two Flutes, Strings, and Percussion," to be performed with the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra on November 15, a panel of artists and scientists will discuss the critical challenge that...
How do you create a local food system? Two speakers will answer that question on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. They have experience in creating local food systems in two very different locations: the Bay Area of San Francisco and the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa’s Tama County....
How do you create a local food system? Two speakers will answer that question on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. They have experience in creating local food systems in two very different locations: the Bay Area of San Francisco and the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa’s Tama County....
Woodland Wildflower Hike Join Elizabeth Hill, manager of Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), on a woodland wildflower hike at CERA on Thursday, May 1. Spring ephemeral wildflowers grow and flower before the forest trees leaf out and are only around for a few weeks. On the...
Woodland Wildflower Hike Join Elizabeth Hill, manager of Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), on a woodland wildflower hike at CERA on Thursday, May 1. Spring ephemeral wildflowers grow and flower before the forest trees leaf out and are only around for a few weeks. On the...
Grinnell College will host a series of events throughout April and early May in celebration of Earth Month. The free, public events will be focused on local food, creativity, volunteering, and exploration. The events will take place throughout the campus and city, with a focus...
CERA will be closed to the public during our annual managed deer hunt December 12-20, 2015. Please contact Elizabeth Hill, (641) 260-6942 with questions. 
CERA will be closed to the public during our annual managed deer hunt December 12-20, 2015. Please contact Elizabeth Hill, (641) 260-6942 with questions. 
Volunteers are needed to transplant seedlings, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at Conard Environmental Research Area Greenhouse. Are you interested in learning more about prairie, savanna, and wetland plants? Do you want to spend more time with plants? Join CERA...
Liz Queathem, senior lecturer in Biology and co-chair of the Sustainability Planning Committee, will deliver a public lecture on the current state of climate change, and the prospects for progress at the United National Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris Nov...
Janet Schlapkohl, author and performer of “Coming of Age in Chore Boots,” will read from her play and discuss the experiences of women during the 1980s farm crisis when she visits Grinnell College on Thursday, Feb. 18. “Chore Boots – Women Experienced the Farm Crisis of 1980”...
Janet Schlapkohl, author and performer of “Coming of Age in Chore Boots,” will read from her play and discuss the experiences of women during the 1980s farm crisis when she visits Grinnell College on Thursday, Feb. 18. “Chore Boots – Women Experienced the Farm Crisis of 1980”...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrassses (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...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrassses (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...
Biology professor David Campbell kicks off Earth Week events with his lecture, “Will China Save the World?” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21, in Noyce Science Center Room 2022. “China is the poster child for global climate change,” notes Campbell, Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations...
Biology professor David Campbell kicks off Earth Week events with his lecture, “Will China Save the World?” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21, in Noyce Science Center Room 2022. “China is the poster child for global climate change,” notes Campbell, Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations...
4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns" On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley...
4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns" On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley...
Living Sustainably in Place at Grinnell College presents a dynamic series of events developed by a partnership of environmental, food, and social justice groups, centers, and committees that will bring the Grinnell community together to express our commitment to preserving and...
Living Sustainably in Place at Grinnell College presents a dynamic series of events developed by a partnership of environmental, food, and social justice groups, centers, and committees that will bring the Grinnell community together to express our commitment to preserving and...
Grinnell College will host a series of events throughout April and early May in celebration of Earth Month. The free, public events will be focused on local food, volunteering and exploration. The events will take place throughout the city, with a focus toward "getting rooted in...
“Nature photography is my passion,” says Ken Saunders II, who retired from a long career with the College’s facilities management department in 2015. “Looking at his photographs, one is compelled to add that nature photography is also his forte,” says Jon Andelson, professor of...
“Nature photography is my passion,” says Ken Saunders II, who retired from a long career with the College’s facilities management department in 2015. “Looking at his photographs, one is compelled to add that nature photography is also his forte,” says Jon Andelson, professor of...
From a young age, Ami Freeberg ’10 was in touch with where her food came from. “I grew up in Fairfield, Iowa, and there were a lot of people running sustainable farms there,” says Freeberg. “My mom fed us organic food from our garden and my sister, my mom, and I even set up a...
A panel of four Iowa-based writers, editors, thinkers, and environmentalists will discuss Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America, the country's first anthology of creative writing that explores hydraulic fracturing, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in Joe...
A panel of four Iowa-based writers, editors, thinkers, and environmentalists will discuss Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America, the country's first anthology of creative writing that explores hydraulic fracturing, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in Joe...
On Monday, April 11, Fred Magdoff, emeritus professor of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont, will discuss capitalism, agriculture, soil, and soil health in two event. He will give a talk, “Capitalism and Agriculture” at 7:30 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center,...
On Monday, April 11, Fred Magdoff, emeritus professor of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont, will discuss capitalism, agriculture, soil, and soil health in two event. He will give a talk, “Capitalism and Agriculture” at 7:30 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center,...
There is growing awareness that climate change constitutes the principal environmental threat of our time, and that wrapped up in it are enormous threats to the global economic and social order as well. Climate change belongs to the category "wicked problems,” difficult or even...
There is growing awareness that climate change constitutes the principal environmental threat of our time, and that wrapped up in it are enormous threats to the global economic and social order as well. Climate change belongs to the category "wicked problems,” difficult or even...
Reading: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Burling Library Lounge   Thomas Pletzinger and Simon Urban will read from their works in English and German. This public is invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the public reading, both writers will share...
Reading: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Burling Library Lounge   Thomas Pletzinger and Simon Urban will read from their works in English and German. This public is invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the public reading, both writers will share...
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...
Take a study break to come view Growing Cities , a new award-winning documentary about urban farming in America. The screening is at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Noyce Science Center, Room 2021. The filmmakers explore how much power urban agriculture has to uplift urban communities and...
Dan Kittredge, an organic farmer and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association, advocates improving the nutritional quality of our food supply by improving the health of our soils. He will bring his message to Grinnell College on Wednesday, Nov. 18, when he presents...
Dan Kittredge, an organic farmer and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association, advocates improving the nutritional quality of our food supply by improving the health of our soils. He will bring his message to Grinnell College on Wednesday, Nov. 18, when he presents...
  The Center for Prairie Studies offers many ways for you explore the prairie this fall, including: Nightfall on the PrairieJoin us at the Conard Environmental Research Area on Sept. 6 to experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets. Activiteis include a...
Daniel Perlstein, a leading scholar of American education, will give a talk on Monday, Nov. 9, titled "Little House in the Empire: Imperialism on the Literary and Educational Frontier."  The talk, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:30 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '...
Daniel Perlstein, a leading scholar of American education, will give a talk on Monday, Nov. 9, titled "Little House in the Empire: Imperialism on the Literary and Educational Frontier."  The talk, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:30 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '...
The Grinnell Area Arts Council will present Map of My Kingdom, a one-woman play written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Loft Theatre at the Grinnell Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 and are available for purchase at the Arts Center,...
The Grinnell Area Arts Council will present Map of My Kingdom, a one-woman play written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Loft Theatre at the Grinnell Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 and are available for purchase at the Arts Center,...
The mission of Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki indigenous knowledge and life-ways. Join MFSI staff and volunteers at the Red Earth Gardens on the Meskwaki Settlement, located 25 miles north of...
The mission of Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki indigenous knowledge and life-ways. Join MFSI staff and volunteers at the Red Earth Gardens on the Meskwaki Settlement, located 25 miles north of...
Orley R. “Chip” Taylor is founder and director of Monarch Watch, and is also a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Trained as an insect ecologist, he has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization...
Orley R. “Chip” Taylor is founder and director of Monarch Watch, and is also a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Trained as an insect ecologist, he has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization...
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...
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...
8–10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, Conard Environmental Research AreaRain date: Sat., Sept. 7. Call 641-269-4384 for rain-call information. Experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets as you explore the College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)....
The third annual Iowa Humanities Festival, co-sponsored by Grinnell College, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 10-11, 2015. This year’s theme is “The Elusive Prairie” and the festival’s organizers are currently accepting submissions for a photo contest. They say: The...
The third annual Iowa Humanities Festival, co-sponsored by Grinnell College, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 10-11, 2015. This year’s theme is “The Elusive Prairie” and the festival’s organizers are currently accepting submissions for a photo contest. They say: The...
For many Grinnell students, the College-owned prairie down Interstate Highway 80 is much more than a place to do biological research — though plenty of that happens. It’s a place where you can write, read or paint, listen, canoe, or meditate. The 365-acre Conard Environmental...
For many Grinnell students, the College-owned prairie down Interstate Highway 80 is much more than a place to do biological research — though plenty of that happens. It’s a place where you can write, read or paint, listen, canoe, or meditate. The 365-acre Conard Environmental...
Matt Nonnenmann, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, University of Iowa, is on campus Monday, April 14 for two events: 4:15 p.m., Noyce Science Center, Room 1021 Roundtable about graduate study in the health professions at the University of Iowa and...
Matt Nonnenmann, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, University of Iowa, is on campus Monday, April 14 for two events: 4:15 p.m., Noyce Science Center, Room 1021 Roundtable about graduate study in the health professions at the University of Iowa and...
A feminist author and activist will discuss women and their connection to the land as part of a series sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies. Silvia Federici, emerita professor of political philosophy and international studies at Hofstra University, will deliver "...
A feminist author and activist will discuss women and their connection to the land as part of a series sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies. Silvia Federici, emerita professor of political philosophy and international studies at Hofstra University, will deliver "...
Timothy Knepper, professor of philosophy at Drake University, will discuss religious diversity in Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The free, public lecture, titled "Religious Diversity in the Heart of Iowa," will explore dialogues...
Timothy Knepper, professor of philosophy at Drake University, will discuss religious diversity in Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The free, public lecture, titled "Religious Diversity in the Heart of Iowa," will explore dialogues...
*/ Rural sociologist Ben Winchester, who studies positive trends happening under the radar in rural areas, will explore small-town leadership and the rural brain gain in two free public events. Winchester aims to rewrite the rural narrative that focuses on small towns getting...
*/ Rural sociologist Ben Winchester, who studies positive trends happening under the radar in rural areas, will explore small-town leadership and the rural brain gain in two free public events. Winchester aims to rewrite the rural narrative that focuses on small towns getting...
Birds captivate us through color, song, and flight. Where have they been? Where are they going? Will they return? A partnership between Grinnell College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) and experienced bird bander Robert Van Ersvelde will help answer these questions...
Before last summer, the only butterfly I could identify was a monarch, and the only prairie plant I knew was a coneflower. Thanks to an internship grant from the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell, I not only learned how to identify a multitude of butterflies and their...
Before last summer, the only butterfly I could identify was a monarch, and the only prairie plant I knew was a coneflower. Thanks to an internship grant from the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell, I not only learned how to identify a multitude of butterflies and their...
Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty investigates the world through its sounds. This year, she’s inviting others to share her path. October 11 marks the debut of Aresty’s The Listening Path — a creative, site-specific listening composition at Grinnell’s Conard Environmental...
Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty investigates the world through its sounds. This year, she’s inviting others to share her path. October 11 marks the debut of Aresty’s The Listening Path — a creative, site-specific listening composition at Grinnell’s Conard Environmental...
Abby Aresty’s The Listening Path II: Disparate Times and Places uses soundwalking to connect people in disparate places in a unified act of silent respect for our natural surroundings. The Listening Path II entails two short site-specific soundwalks, the first at Conard...
Abby Aresty’s The Listening Path II: Disparate Times and Places uses soundwalking to connect people in disparate places in a unified act of silent respect for our natural surroundings. The Listening Path II entails two short site-specific soundwalks, the first at Conard...
Ivy Kuhn ’16 and an ensemble will perform a dance as part of the National Water Dance project at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Kuhn organized the event and choreographed the community-dance project as part of a Mentored Advanced Project with Celeste Miller, assistant professor...
Ivy Kuhn ’16 and an ensemble will perform a dance as part of the National Water Dance project at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Kuhn organized the event and choreographed the community-dance project as part of a Mentored Advanced Project with Celeste Miller, assistant professor...
In her recent comic “The Size of Things,” Zoe Schein ’12, the creator of Z-nifty and the Funk, explains why she loves Iowa. Images courtesy of Zoe Schein. Originally published on Z-nifty and the Funk.
In her recent comic “The Size of Things,” Zoe Schein ’12, the creator of Z-nifty and the Funk, explains why she loves Iowa. Images courtesy of Zoe Schein. Originally published on Z-nifty and the Funk.
Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician, writer, and associate professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. She will...
Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician, writer, and associate professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. She will...
Alumni regular cite tutorials, the only required courses at Grinnell, as one of their favorite experiences. New students interested in Prairie Studies have a variety of choices this year: The Dustbowl Students investigate one of the worst environmental crises in American history...
Lisa Schulte Moore will discuss the results of her social-ecological research on innovative land management practices in “Tweak, Adapt, Transform: Building a Resilient Future for Agriculture in Iowa and Beyond.” The free public lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, in...
Lisa Schulte Moore will discuss the results of her social-ecological research on innovative land management practices in “Tweak, Adapt, Transform: Building a Resilient Future for Agriculture in Iowa and Beyond.” The free public lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, in...
Savanna Restoration and Greenhouse Work Day​ Join Grinnellians and other volunteers on Saturday, February 20, 2016, for a volunteer work day at  Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA).  The group will be working on two projects: savanna restoration mop-up (making piles and...
Savanna Restoration and Greenhouse Work Day​ Join Grinnellians and other volunteers on Saturday, February 20, 2016, for a volunteer work day at  Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA).  The group will be working on two projects: savanna restoration mop-up (making piles and...
It is difficult to know what Iowa agriculture will look like in the future, but almost certainly it will not look like today’s agriculture. It cannot. There are too many things about current farming and food production methods that increasing numbers of people are questioning...
It is difficult to know what Iowa agriculture will look like in the future, but almost certainly it will not look like today’s agriculture. It cannot. There are too many things about current farming and food production methods that increasing numbers of people are questioning...
Grinnell College is sponsoring a workshop featuring listening meditations of the prairie and a lecture on soundscape studies at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Faulconer Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop, titled “Prairie Listening and the...
Grinnell College is sponsoring a workshop featuring listening meditations of the prairie and a lecture on soundscape studies at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Faulconer Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop, titled “Prairie Listening and the...

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GRINNELL, IA – The agricultural commodity that has long dominated Iowa and makes the state the leading U.S. producer will be the focus of an interdisciplinary symposium at Grinnell College, Nov. 16-18. “Corn Belts: Iowa and International Agriculture” will offer a program of...

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The Center for Prairie Studies promotes Grinnell’s location as a teaching and learning resource with special attention to themes of community, sustainability, and place. The Center’s diverse programs encourage the exploration of links between the local and the global in this...

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