CELA 2015 Conference, March 24-28, 2015

Field Trips

All conference attendees will receive a boxed lunch to be enjoyed on campus or on your field trip. Please note that there will not be time to go back to the hotel at the conclusion of the morning sessions. Bring all necessary items with you needed for the field trips.

Bleeding Kansas *FULL*

Kansas history is a battle ground for the civil rights movement. From the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church to the Brown v. Board of Education historic site this coach tour brings participants in touch with historians and community members with deep knowledge of Kansas Civil Rights history. This tour will link the events of Kansas’ Free State heritage starting with the Abolition Movement through the Civil Rights movement across key sites in northeastern Kansas.

Departs Manhattan at 12:30 pm and will end in Manhattan around 5 pm.

Led by:

  • Associate Professor La Barbara Wigfall’s research acknowledges the dynamic role and service cultural landscapes have performed in our nation’s history. Wigfall’s ongoing engagement with Nicodemus, Kansas contributed to the town’s recognition as a national historic site, the only remaining African-American settlement west of the Mississippi established after the Civil War.
  • Associate Professor Lorn Clement’s scholarship focuses on design language, including formal and metaphorical ideas of landscape, landscape analysis and visualization. He lives within the Kansas prairie on a farmstead located near signficant Abolitionist history sites.

Price – $40.00

Cowboy Culture *FULL*

The Flint Hills of Kansas hold two thirds of the remaining tallgrass prairie on earth. Since the late 1800’s this has been ranch country with cowboys working the pastures and open range. Experience this unique landscape and its Cowboy Culture, past and present, on a 10,000 acre working cattle ranch; listen to stories from an English Professor who is a third-generation Flint Hills Cowboy; and ponder it all over a chuck wagon dinner while surrounded by the beautiful ridges and open pastures of the tallgrass prairie.

Departs Manhattan at 12:30 pm and will end in Manhattan around 7:30 pm.

Led by:

  • Professor Tim Keane’s research deals with stream morphology and process, as well as urban stormwater management. Keane is the 2014 recipient of the Cowboy Poetry Governor’s Buckle, making him one of two champions in the statewide cowboy poetry competition.

Price – $60.00

Visionary Agriculture *FULL*

Come explore the Land Institute, a living laboratory of people, ideas and prairie landscape which have been brought together to change the face of agriculture. The Land Institute is aiming to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie that can produce grain yield comparable to traditional annual crops. Since 1976 staff have been working to ensure food security by replacing the current extractive and chemically intensive model for agriculture with a sustainable model inspired by nature. Learn more about The Land Institute.

Departs Manhattan at 12:30 pm and will end in Manhattan around 5 pm.

Led by:

  • Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain’s research spans a variety of topics, focusing mainly on developing geospatial and geovisualization tools and information to improve environmental landscape planning through more informed knowledge. Chamberlain’s research, teaching and passion converge in sustainable landscape planning.

Price – $40.00

Tallgrass Ecology

Join us for a guided hike focused on the ecology of the tallgrass prairie, arguably the most endangered ecosystem on the planet. The Konza prairie is an 8600 acre Long Term Ecological Research site owned by the Nature Conservancy and managed by Kansas State University. These upland prairies have never been tilled and this tour will offer a glimpse of the unique ecological relationships of the tallgrass prairie and the research that is being conducted to further our understanding of place.

Departs Manhattan at 12:30 pm and will end around 4 pm.

Led by:

  • Konza Prairie Biological Station Docents are trained to interpret the geology,vegetation, fauna, and cultural history of the prairie.

Price – $20.00

Walking Tours

Greening Campus

K-State’s landscape architecture faculty and students are engaged in research and creative activities on campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore projects led by our program’s faculty including green roofs, a rain garden, campus creek and the Meadow.

Departs Alumni Center at 1 pm.

Led by:

  • Associate Professor Lee Skabelund leads community service-learning projects focused upon the construction of sustainable stormwater management demonstration sites. Manhattan, Kansas is home to many of Skabelund’s design-build projects including sites at the Sunset Zoo and K-State campus. Skabelund’s current research focuses upon the monitoring of green roofs planted with native species.

Price – $10.00

Sketch Crawls

Crawl the Tallgrass

Take a walking tour of the Konza Prairie. Sketchbooks will be provided; bring your own pens or pencils and spend a few hours exploring the walkable Tallgrass Prairie, with plenty of opportunities to draw/stop to capture the staging of the landscape, which is comprised of the layers that build, one upon another, to express a complete physical, temporal, sensual, and emotive landscape. An exhibit of sketchbooks is planned at the Wareham theater downtown prior to (and during) the film screening.

Departs Alumni Center at 1 pm returns to K-State Campus before 5pm.

Led by:

  • Associate Professor Jon Hunt is the 2013-2014 Mary K. Jarvis Scholar of Distinction recipient. With financial and research assistance support from this award, he is creating a body of work “Poetics of the Konza Prairie: Bound Images and Writings.” Hunt’s artistic practice includes printmaking and drawing.

Price – $20.00

Crawl Manhattan

Take an urban walking tour with stops at the K-State Meadow, Beach Museum of Art, Aggieville Pubs and Downtown Manhattan. Sketchbooks will be provided; bring your own pens and pencils. Spend a few hours exploring the walkable community of Manhattan, with plenty of opportunities to draw/stop at sidewalk cafes and beer gardens. An exhibit of sketchbooks is planned at the Wareham theater downtown prior to (and during) the film screening.

Departs Alumni Center at 1 pm returns to K-State Campus before 5pm.

Led by:

  • Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page’s scholarly work focuses upon art and humanities knowledge applied through design outreach with learning and restorative landscapes. Currently, she is collaborating with K-State’s Beach Museum of Art on the Meadow, a project bridging art and science research occurring at the university. Kingery-Page’s artistic practice includes drawing and site sculpture.

Price – $10.00