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:
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.