Knox College Annual Prairie Burn

Knox College lit up the spring sky with its annual prairie burn at the Green Oaks biological field station.


“I’m going to count on the fact that the timber is really wet, and just stand back and let it go,” Allison said. “Usually people line up to prevent the fire from getting into the woods, but I’m not worried about that today.”

Knox senior Zarir De Vitre helped Allison start the fire along the gravel road. Both used long torches to light the fire’s path across the prairie.

De Vitre was familiar with the landscape after spending 10 weeks at the field station during 2006 as part of Green Oaks Term.

During the term students go to classes and live at Green Oaks for an interdisciplinary, residential experience. The program began in 2002 and is offered every other year. It is led by faculty members from various departments and includes studies center on the exploration of the cultural, ecological, historical and aesthetic qualities of Green Oaks. The program is offered to Knox students in all disciplines.

“It’s really a living experience,” De Vitre said. “It’s considered an off-campus program, so even though it’s not far from campus we didn’t really leave.”

De Vitre, an environmental studies major from India, said the Green Oaks Term was part of the reason he chose to attend Knox.

“I really love this place,” he said. “It’s one of the best experiences ever.”

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