Green Oaks Biological Field Station is a unique resource for learning across the curriculum. And, as evidenced by the sculptures, nature writing, and conservation and restoration projects conceived there, it is indeed a fitting environment for learning in the arts and humanities as well as the sciences.
With a bit of creativity, courses in nearly every discipline can lend themselves to learning at Green Oaks: environmental ethics, regional history, painting and photography, to name a few.
Green Oaks often serves as a site for community-building gatherings of students and faculty. Every spring, students and faculty from various disciplines take part in one of Knox's most valued traditions, the annual Prairie Burn, which plays a significant role in the protection of prairie grasses.
The Green Oaks Term, held in the spring, brings together as many as 12 students and three faculty members from different disciplines for a 10-week interdisciplinary and residential term.
Green Oaks provides a site for field study ranging from day trips to months-long research projects, allowing unique hands-on learning experiences that often lead to Honors projects and excellent preparation for graduate study.
Some recent examples of independent student research conducted at Green Oaks include:
Music and writing students collaborated and performed with renowned bassist and composer Ben Allison, as jazz fans got a live, free preview of Allison's new album, during Knox's inaugural Mirza Jazz Residency.
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
Finals and term projects can be more than tests and papers, as Knox College faculty make engaging assignments and exams -- including design your own superhero -- to evaluate student academic achievements.