Carleton Connects: Nancy Braker ’81, Dir. of Cowling Arboretum

11 June 2013

This program took place on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Each year during Reunion we host tours of the Arboretum.  The most common remark we hear from alumni is something like “I feel disoriented – what used to be here?” The Arboretum has undergone vast changes in the past 20 years since the first Arboretum Manager was hired. In the past five years these changes have accelerated as the College has provided additional levels of support and grant funding has been available.  This presentation will provide information on the over-all goals of the Arboretum, recent restoration and management activities, faculty research and class use.  While some of your favorite places in the Arb may look different we hope you will find new or additional favorite places as you hear about how our students are learning and benefiting from this important College resource.


Nancy Braker (BA Carleton; MS University of Minnesota – Entomology) is a conservation biologist.  She has 20 years of experience working for The Nature Conservancy in land management, conservation planning, and monitoring of rare species populations, specializing in management of fire adapted natural communities.  Nancy oversees all aspects of management of the Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie, and works with faculty, students and outside users on research and use of the properties.

Carleton Connects: Nancy Braker ’81, Puzak Family Director of the Cowling Arboretum

Missed Carleton Connects: Nancy Braker ’81, Puzak Family Director of the Cowling Arboretum?  You can experience it here! Each year during Reunion we host tours of the Arboretum.  The most common remark we hear from alumni is something like “I feel disoriented – what used to be here?” The Arboretum has undergone vast changes in the past 20 years since the first Arboretum Manager was hired. In the past five years these changes have accelerated as the College has provided additional levels of support and grant funding has been available.  This presentation will provide information on the over-all goals of the Arboretum, recent restoration and management activities, faculty research and class use.  While some of your favorite places in the Arb may look different we hope you will find new or additional favorite places as you hear about how our students are learning and benefiting from this important College resource. Nancy Braker (BA Carleton; MS University of Minnesota – Entomology) is a conservation biologist.  She has 20 years of experience working for The Nature Conservancy in land management, conservation planning, and monitoring of rare species populations, specializing in management of fire adapted natural communities.  Nancy oversees all aspects of management of the Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie, and works with faculty, students and outside users on research and use of the properties.