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Professor Stuart Allison checks the wind with a student before the annual Green Oaks Prairie Burn.

Daily Life and Recreation


Stuart Allison

Watson Bartlett Professorship of Biology and Conservation, Director of Green Oaks Biological Field Station

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The Green Oaks Term is truly an "off-campus" program. Students do not commute to Knox or Galesburg, and are more like students in a study abroad program, with nearly all their time spent at Green Oaks for the ten-week duration of the program.

In addition to academic requirements, students are responsible for structuring and carrying out the necessary tasks of daily living, and service projects to benefit the Green Oaks facility are a must. Program students must adjust to living simply and cooperatively in a small community closely attuned to nature, foregoing many accustomed comforts.

But life at Green Oaks isn't all work. Students have some free time to spend as they wish. Green Oaks offers a variety of opportunities -- library browsing, shop projects, boating, fishing, bird watching, hiking, and the like. Students are welcome to invite friends from campus and can even enjoy an overnight campout with friends. Camping gear from the program is available for student use. The last night of the program traditionally features a picnic and barn dance with live old-time music, to which members of the Knox community and their families are invited.

Although the Green Oaks Term consists of normal "school work" including classes, papers, assignments, and presentations, much of the learning also takes place through trips, hiking in the woods, group activities, informal discussions, campfires, music sessions, guest performances, service projects, and other experiences.

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