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The Art, Nature and Conservation Applied Minor is designed for students to explore the intersections of art, creativity, nature and conservation. Through a combination of coursework, hands-on and experiential learning, the designation emphasizes natural history, experiences with/in nature, and the use of artistic expression to support nature and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education.

For hundreds of years art has been used to raise awareness on environmental issues and conservation. Both art and nature have the potential of evoking similar emotional and deep personal responses that could result in actions that benefit oneself and/or the environment. For this IP students will be required to engage in the examination of the natural world through experience, careful observation, and a creative lens. Students will learn about the environment and find inspiration in nature, wildlife & natural landscapes to produce pieces of art in a medium of their interest (painting, drawing, ceramics, weaving and photography). Artistic expression can capture a wide spectrum of biodiversity and the essence of threatened habitats and ecosystems, as well as impress people about the relevance of conserving our natural heritage. This AP complements well with students interested in art, field biology, environmental sustainability, outdoor education, natural historians, among other areas.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.