Weaving Arts and Humanities into the Natural History of Minnesota’s Prairies and Potholes, Fall 2021

Are you eager to learn more about the natural lands surrounding our campus while exploring new ways of using the Carleton Arboretum in your teaching or creative research?  Please consider joining this group of faculty, staff, and community partners!

Director of the Arboretum Nancy Braker and Visiting Professor in Studio Arts Eleanor Jensen offer an exciting opportunity to connect to the natural world, colleagues, and community members through a six-week program based on MN Master Naturalist course. In addition to the Prairie and Potholes curriculum, this course utilizes drawing, nature writing, and other creative projects to explore the knowledge of Carleton faculty, staff, and local experts. 

With a requirement for 40 hours of contact time, the class will meet twice each week from September 13 to October 21, 2021 on Mondays from 6:30-8 (likely on Zoom) and Thursdays in the field from 5-7pm. There will be two all-day Saturday sessions in the field on September 25 and October 9. The final session on October 21 will include a reception at the Northfield Arts Guild to celebrate the creative work in the course’s capstone projects.

Applications are now closed.

Course Schedule

  • The course runs from September 13 to October 21 with meetings twice a week on Mondays from 6:30pm-8pm (likely on Zoom) and Thursday 5pm-7pm (in the field)
  • Two all-day Saturday field trips on September 25 and October 9
  • Final session on Thursday, October 21 will include a reception at the Northfield Arts Guild to celebrate the creative work in the course’s capstone projects

Meet the Instructors

Nancy Braker ’81, Puzak Family Director of the Cowling Arboretum and Senior Lecturer in Biology

Eleanor Jensen ’01, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

Examples of Creative Work

View some examples of nature-focused creative work below from previous iterations of the Master Naturalist Program and Carleton classes!