"LARCP is a partner in the K-State Prairie Studies Initiative that brings disciplines in the arts and sciences together to explore cultural and ecological dimensions of the prairie, understand challenges to sustaining grassland ecosystems, and envision the future of these important landscapes. The public kickoff for the initiative is a March 11 screening of a segment of nature photographer Michael Forsberg's "Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild" series, 6-8 p.m. in 101 Bluemont Hall. The screening, themed "Water", will be followed by discussion with Tim Keane, LARCP, and Elizabeth Dodd, university distinguished professor of English, writer and poet. The event continues on March 12 from 6-8 pm in the UMB Theater at the Beach Museum of Art. The second evening will include a screening of a second segment of Michael Forsberg's "Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild" series, followed by discussion with Director of Research and Ecologist at the Land Institute, Dr. Tim Crews, KSU faculty member and visual artist, Shreepad Joglekar, and Director of Konza Prairie Biological Station, Dr. John Briggs. See Katie Kingery-Page or Stephanie Rolley if you would like more information about the Prairie Studies Initiative and read here.
Upcoming Events:Prairie Studies Initiative kick-off events, Mar. 11 & 12:Water (Mar. 11, 6pm): Screening of a segment of Michael Forsberg's "Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild" series, followed by discussion with KSU Urban Water Institute affiliate faculty, Dr. Tim Keane, and writer and poet, Elizabeth Dodd.March 11, Tuesday, 2013, 6pm-8pm, Bluemont Hall Room 101Land (Mar. 12, 6pm): Screening of a second segment of Michael Forsberg's "Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild" series, followed by discussion with Director of Research and Ecologist at the Land Institute, Dr. Tim Crews, KSU faculty member and visual artist, Shreepad Joglekar, and Director of Konza Prairie Biological Station, Dr. John Briggs.March 12, Wednesday, 2013, 6pm-8pm, UMB Theater at the Beach Museum of ArtThe "Great Plains: America's Living Wild" documentary series follows nature photographer Michael Forsberg as he examines the remaining "wildness" in the Great Plains of North America. Featuring stunning imagery, the documentary is based on Forsberg's book of the same name. The Prairie Studies Initiative at K-State is using this documentary in two kick-off events intended to stimulate appreciation for prairie landscapes, conversations about their importance, and dialog among scholars and students to better understand prairies.Prairie Studies InitiativeDescriptionThe Prairie Studies Initiative is a collaborative venture of K-State faculty, staff, and students to explore the cultural and ecological dimensions of the prairie, challenges to sustaining grassland ecosystems, and envisioning new futures for these unique and important landscapes. The initiative explores themes of wildness, managed landscapes, human culture, and creativity.MissionThe Prairie Studies Initiative aims to strengthen dialogue and inspire creative scholarship among those engaged in understanding the natural ecosystems, history, culture, and livelihoods of the prairie, and to employ the arts to make this research meaningful to a wide public.ActivitiesThe Initiative organizes both professional and public events that pair leaders in the arts with leaders in natural and social sciences and the humanities to stimulate communication and creative research among scholars. Broadly, the Initiative fosters greater understanding on the part of the public of complex issues central to the health of the prairie.ImpactThe Prairie Studies Initiative aspires to catalyze diverse modes of inquiry and cross-disciplinary perspectives in place-based research by faculty, staff, and students at K-State. Through actively engaging the arts with science, the Initiative aims to reveal both shared modes of inquiry and the value of the differences that shape these perspectives."
"Think you've got the skills to go pro? Football is a 3,000 sq ft exhibit that introduces visitors to the science, math and technology behind the game and how they relate to our everyday lives. Test your throwing skills in the Passing Cage area. Try to match the speed of an NFL running back. Learn the trajectory for kicking a field goal. This highly interactive exhibit brings all the excitement and experience of playing football while also revealing the science that makes it all possible." (Flint Hills Discovery Center)
Miss football season? Then don't miss this exciting exhibit being hosted at the Flint Hills Discovery Center! It will be on display from January 18, 2014 to June 1, 2014.
Don't miss out! Thursday, March 6, 2014, the Flint Hills Regional Council will be hosting a meeting in Council Grove covering housing needs in Morris County. This meeting will be apart of a FHEA/RAI process that will look at impediments in housing for the region. To learn more about this process we invite you to attend and contribute your thoughts on the housing conditions in Morris County.
"A new trail spanning 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington — and running through Ottawa — could use some local residents’ input.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and Kanza Rails to Trails Conservancy are planning a design workshop 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., to discuss the new Flint Hills Nature Trail. The trail is expected to connect six counties and numerous communities along the way, according to a press release from the state agencies."
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