Sneed Prairie

“Trees were so rare in that country, and they had to make such a hard fight to grow, that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons.”

– Willa Cather, My Antonia

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In 1984 Clinton and Edith Sneed donated their 100-acre property to Austin College; it is located approximately 15 miles from our campus and now serves as a home for a growing list of educational and locally enriching purposes.

Since 1996, Austin College students and faculty have been restoring the native Blackland prairie to the former Sneed family farm. We manage ten fields with various combinations of fire, mowing, and carefully managed cattle grazing, comparing them against our nearby Garnett Prairie, the best local example of intact native prairie, in order to define and provide a restoration model to other ranchers and landowners. Thus far over 800 people have assisted with this restoration.

Several students – from biology, physics, and environmental studies classes – use the site for independent studies or classroom labs. However, the site is also used by students outside of the Austin College community; student leaders working with the Center for Environmental Studies host frequent field trips for local elementary students, engaging them in activities and lessons to teach the importance of prairie ecosystems and the processes of science and restoration. In the Fall of 2016, we welcomed our 10,000th child to this program.

For more stories from Sneed Prairie, navigate your way through our Sneed Blog posts.

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Sneed Prairie Restorers

All of these people have contributed to the prairie restoration
LIStED alphabetically by first name

(Please let pschulze@austincollege.edu know if your name is missing)

A.K. Windham – Aaron Pierce – Aaron Reinert – Aaron Scott – Abbey Cohen – Abbey Payne – Abby Hagan – Abby McClean – Abe Monido – Abhilasha Patel – Adam Critchfield – Adam Narrel – Adam Olivares – Adam Spore – Adham Saad – Aditya Misra – Adrian Ruiz – Ashley Rice – AJ Horton – Akaash Singh – Akash Patel – Akshay Jaipuria – Alan Cheng – Alan W. Radke – Albert Kim – Albie Kim – Alden McCall – Alex Brown – Alex Cuareia – Alex Decrescenzo – Alex Feghali – Alex Garcia – Alex Morano – Alex Ocanas – Alex Rangel – Alex Silen – Alexandra Eastes – Alexandra Jegrali – Alexandra McLenan – Alexandre Feghali – Alexie Hart -Aley Zachary – Ali Center – Alice-Anne Thompson – Alicia Houser – Alicia McClung – Alicia Neeley – Alina Shrestha – Alison Gooch – Allie Bordini – Allison Bollard – Allison Bordini – Allison Lees – Allison M.Ball – Allison McBee – Aly Tharp – Alyce Martindale – Alyson Buick – Alyssa Condon – Alyssa Fillbeck – Alyssa Sandersen – Amanda Benavidez – Amanda Gross – Amber Hardy – Amber Pei-En Yen – Ambily Mathew – Amelia Fendley – Amer Joshi – America Vallejo – Amy Evans – Amy Scull – Ana Espinosa – Anabelle Wille Dunn – Anamariia Khevali – Anastasia Krisen – Andi Taylor – Andrea Blanchard – Andrea Hernandez – Andrea Lerner – Andrew Jaremski – Andrew Johnson – Andrew McColloch – Andrew McMillan – Andrew Mobley – Andrew Sanford – Andrew Young – Andy French – Aneesa Vaidya – Angela Collins – Angela Conway – Angela Pelaez – Angelicia Valdez – Angelo Papastiros – Angelo Winings – Angie Oberg – Angus Evans – Anitha Ezekiel – Anjana Raghunath – Ann Fisher – Ann Huston – Ann Melton – Anna Kuznetsova – Annalecia Holman-Franco – Anne Packard – Anne Peeples – Annie Scruggs – Annie Solano – Annie Wilson – Anthony Swift – Antonia Arias – Antonio Ruiz – April Splare – Aron Kay – Aryn Hays – Ashantia McChist – Ashley Darby – Ashley Fiamengo – Ashley Hummel – Ashley Joshi – Ashley Leison – Ashley Mullings – Ashley Partain – Ashley Perumbilly – Ashlyn Conrad – Ashwini Reddy – Astrid Grouls – Aubrey Jones – Audrey Porter – Austin Covey – Austin Gay – Austin Grob – Austin McBee – Autumn Aekart – Autumn Pickard – Bailey Woods – Bao Tran – Barron Henderson – Baylee Locker – Ben Boerner – Ben Bosell – Ben Boucher – Ben Lehman – Ben Schulze – Beth Terpolli – Beth Thompson – Betsy Williams – Bianca Banek – Bill Powell – Billy Kerr – Blaine Carnes – Blake Robbins – Bob Taylor – Brad Buck – Brady Lee – Brandi Veazey – Brandie Gould – Brandon Boster – Brandon Genzer – Brandon Herman – Brandon Locke – Brandon Mooney – Breanna Sylvester – Brenna Shay – Brette Grieder – Brian Ford – Brian Segrest – Brian Watkins – Brit Taylor – Brittany Eubanks – Brittany Lobaugh – Brittany McKibbin – Brittany Moorehead – Brittany Todd – Brittnay Connor – Brittney Eubanks – Brooke Stahl – Brooke Wehner – Bryan Slontty – Brynn Breimeyen – Caitlin Larson – Caitlin Tabor – Caitlyn Brugger – Caitlyn Larsen – Caleb Smith – Cameron Kubacki – Cameron Meyer – Candace Horney – Candace W.Homey – Cara Chrimes – Cara Marusak – Cara Patel – Cara Substeen – Cari Wilson – Carlye Lide – Carmen Allcock – Caroline Guinn – Caroline Her – Caroline Williams – Carolyn Wilson – Carrie Tibbals – Casey Check – Cassie Beane – Cassie Cockrum – Cassie Ensminger – Cate Williams – Catherine Chang – Catherine Phillips – Catherine Thorsen – Catherine Webb – Catie Lee – Catie Musgrave – Cayce Tabar – Chad Bailey – Chad Burns – Chad Carpender – Chad Leslie – Chandler Jorns – Chandler Solomon – Chanel Youssef – Charisse Estess – Charles Eneh – Charles Rambo – Charles Reynolds – Charlie Skaggs – Chelsea Chappel-Cox – Chelsea Steelman – Chitra Kavouspour – Chris Cottrell – Chris Donovan – Chris Eckert – Chris Harris – Chris Meishyov – Chrissie Middleton – Christen Currie – Christen Reamy – Christie Denison – Christin Preslar – Christina Babu – Christina Warner – Christine Rottler – Christine Soliva – Christopher Burke – Christopher Mullins – Christy Lee – Cierra Wieghat – Cindey Moore – Cindy Alaniz – Cindy Martinez – Circe Torosian – Claire Beos – Claire Chanyon – Clay “Frank” Payne – Clayton Peters – Clayton Sublett – Cleo Almond – Cleveland Powell – Clife Davis – Cody Hensen – Cody Sanford – Cody Uni – Cody Wood – Coby Kelton – Colin Graham – Conrad Osborn – Cory White – Courtney Goldstein  – Cresanda Allen – Dakota Baugus – Dan Vogel – Dana Crites – Dang Lee – Daniel Ahle – Daniel Bemenderfer – Daniel Medford – Daniel Yo – Daniela Chavez – Danielle Rogan – Danna Charles – Darian Griffin – Dave Meacham – Dave Shahan – David Anderson – David Gooden – David Hall – David Head – David Shanafelt – Debra Pang – Deepa Shridhar – Delynn Nicole Davidson – Desirae Castaneda – Devanie Emms – DeVincent Martin – Devon Dunn – Dhanvil Thakor – Diana Garcia – Diana Nguyen – Diane Jackson – Diego Maltez – Doan Vuong – Don Kelly – Drew Rayburn – Dustin Barett – Dusty Cowman – Dusty Jacobs – E. Don Williams – Edgar T.Araiza – Elise Clupper – Elise Collins – Elizabeth Arias – Elizabeth Gonzales – Elizabeth Kubacki – Elizabeth Rankul – Elizabeth Rowls – Ellen Currey – Ellen Currie – Elliot Parr – Elton Skipper – Emi Kurihara – Emil Anastas – Emily Adams – Emily Atkins – Emily Broker – Emily Coufay – Emily Neimen – Emily R. Stahs – Emily Smith – Emily Stanton – Emily Webb – Emma Treston-Wilson – Eric Dean – Eric Pope – Eric Richter – Erica Fine – Erik Gentzel – Erika Spuhler – Erika Valek – Erin Kaitlyn – Erin Kostos – Erin Moler – Evan Harper – Evan Walker – Evy Mitchell – Fatima Sheikh – Flo Meza – Flora Pula – Florencia Janicke – Frank II McStay – Frida Alexandra – Gabby Mavelian  – Gabe McCarthy – Gaston Gonzalez – Gavin Williams – Genny Richards – Geoffrey Nesy – George “Kolme” Ray – George Cates – George Diggs – George Jacob – Gigi Privitera – Grace Knott – Grace Ortiz – Greg Bishop – Greg Fife – Greg Maness – Gregory – Whiteside – Gunnar Bishop – Gwen Seale – Hanaro Yoon – Hannah Cleveland – Hannah Poenisch – Hannah Teipen – Hao-Yu “Howard” Ren – Harogh Samar – Hayley Gillespie – Heather Goodrum – Heather Stack – Heliang Gao – Henna R. Patel – Henry Gorman – Herman “Vic” Moellenhoff – Holly Sample – Hope Sheppard-Mahaffey – Huma Bulta – Hunter Burkett – Hyang Mok “Cedar”Baik – Ian Allison – Ian Giles – Ian Moreau – Isaac Lynch – Jack Owens – Jack Pierce – Jackie Kuyrondall – Jaclyn Jones – Jacob Herbert – Jacob Huston – Jacob Kolman – Jacob Leatherwood – Jade Rutledge – Jadi Sylsa – Jainee Boucher – Jake Abrahams – Jake Diehl – Jake Nolte – Jaliesin Souquin – James Hill – Jamee Bouchen – James Arno – James Covey – James Dickey – James Pegg – Jamie Berger – Jamie Jenkins – Jamie Peel – Jamie Willoughby – Jan Beckert – Jana McIntyre – Jane Jennings – Jannica Schmoecker – Jaqueline Sanchez – Jared Weaver – Jason McCall – Jason Means – Javier Berrones – Javier Reynoso – Jeff Goldsmith – Jeff Kubena -Jeff Milam – Jen Cary – Jen Duncan – Jen Hoga – Jen Thompson – Jenn T Lopez – Jenna Chan – Jenna Wilson – Jennie Kilarr – Jennie Knapp – Jennifer Hauge – Jennifer Krauland – Jennifer Michelle Miller – Jennifer Tran-Lopez – Jeremiah Banek – Jeremiah Payton – Jeremy Scheidt – Jerry Walkup – Jess Redman – Jessi Snyder – Jessica Cainase – Jessica Gleghorn – Jessica Healy – Jessica Shook – Jessica Smith – Jessie Tully-Mitchell -Jill Maguire – Jill Zrey – Jim Yang – Jimmy Nai – Jimmy Tai – Joan Youngblood – Jodi Lubbers – Joe Brewer – Joe Bryant – Joe Navark – Joe Sanders – Joel Massey – John Chesser – John Ngo – John Ockles – John Stout – Jonathan Lane – Jordan DiBona – Jordan Ghez – Jordan Jones – Jordan Meredith – Jordin Agent – Josh Dubose – Josh Flores – Josh Kraus – Joshua Cohen – Joy Nassiri – Juan Cabrera – Julia Cotter – Julia Pfeffer – Julia Rollman – Julia Schlueter – Julia Smith – Julianne Hoofard – Julie Bollman – Julie DeSousa – Julie Kim – Julie Lobrecht Crownover – Justin Allmand – Justin Caruthers – Justin Coppedge – Kaiti Martinez – Kaliy Grimland – Karen McPherson – Kari Kelley – Karisma Sheth – Karissa Norfleet- Karl Haiti – Kat McClure – Kate Cornwell – Kate Currie – Kate Harkey – Kate Marshall – Katherine Everett – Katherine Masucci – Kathryn Beverly – Kathryn Haggerty – Kathryn McClure – Kathryn McKenzie – Katie Batlaia – Katie Boster – Katie Burgoon – Katie Collins – Katie Connek – Katie Heath – Katie Johnson – Katie Masucci – Katie O’connell – Katie Olsen – Katie Prater – Katie Teplon – Katy Cummins – Kayla Cook – Kayla Jo – Kayla Michela – Kayla Smiley – Keaton King – Keirsten Scheider – Keith Kisselle – Kellen Silva – Kelley Eidt – Kelli Sleeth – Kellie Wilcox ññ – Kelly Butler – Kelly Lewis – Kellyn Peel – Kelsey Coleman – Kelsey Dodson – Kelsey Hizzouse – Kelsey House – Kendall St. Romain – Kevin G. Engleberg – Kevin Hubbard – Kim Freeman – Kim Higgins – Kimberly Weiser – Kirby Cone – Kirk Lipsitz – Kitty Kay – Kole Roybal – Krista Welch – Kristan Murphy – Kristen Driver – Kristen Johnson – Kristina Karganova – Kurt Ridlageorge – Kurt Spurrier – Kyle Tunnell – Kyle Vannguyen – Kylie Peterson – Ladina Kisnast – Laramie Bradford – Larry Bargu – Latricia Wilson – Laura Bray – Laura Brule – Laura Caprez – Laura Langham – Laura Varnell – Lauren Ice – Lauren Levine – Lauren Whittle – Laylee Ghafar – Laynie Abraham – Lea Munoz – Leah Peterson – Leanna Nash – Lee A Knox – Lee Cowan – Lee Williamson – Leena Chacko – Leeta Britton – Leige Dnhe – Leigh Wisner – Lenee Brown – Lenora Henley – Lesha Moore – Lexi Levy – Lily Van – Lima Cates – Lindsay Autumn – Lindsay Phillips – Lindsey Drake – Lindsey Jenkins – Lindsey St. Clair – Lindsey Stratton – Lindsey Washington – Linnea Burke – Lisa Holloway – Lisa McCaghren – Lisa O’Neil – Liz Hoffman – Liz Varner – Liz Wilson – Lizzy Wilson – Llan Barkley – Logan Bell – Logan Harper – Lora Smith – Louisa Bell – Lt. Kriss Kerr – Lucas Grape-Krueger – Luke Brewer – Luke Campbell – Luke Clark – Lydia Bean – Lyndon Gerron – Lyndsey Kramp – Macey Pierce – Madeline Akers – Madiha Chaudhry – Madison Watt – Maggie Marshal – Maggie Rush – Maheshi Rathayoke – Mallory Duesman – Mana Blao – Manasa Kurcham – Mand Hill – Mandy Hollander – Mandy Norris – Manfred McCoy – Manuel Loben – Marc Olivier – Margaret K. Turner – Mari Elise Ewing – Maria E. Hays – Marie McClean – Marisa Hesse – Marissa Rodriguez – Mark Hamilton – Marley McClean – Marsha – Mary Carrier – Mary Favia – Mary J.Bollman – Mary Katherine Bond – Mary Mitchell – Mary Paggi – MaryBeth Miller – Masha So – Mason Sellers – Matt Helder – Matt Holdea – Matt Russell – Matt Schulze – Matt Steidle – Matthem Lu – Matthew Cabrera – Matthew Gilbert – Max Garcia – Maxine Zhou – Meethen Martinez – Megan Brogan – Megan Durham – Megan Hensen – Megan Malone – Megan McCarty – Megan McRee – Megan Slaughter – Megan Sublett – Megan Yerger – Meghan Wasson – Meghan White – Meghan Wilson – Melissa Grubbs – Melissa Ross – Melissa Stone – Melissa Yerger – Menissa Ross – Meryl Davis – Michael Alfoyo – Michael Bean – Michael Luk – Michael Mortenson – Michael Tapscott – Michael Winterrowd – Michaela Moden – Michel Alford – Michella Davis – Michelle Howard – Michelle Lee – Michelle Pel – Michelle Samadzada – Miguel Lopez-Barco – Mike Crsey – Mimi Nguyen – Mina Chatman – Mindalena Adams – Mital Shah – Mitchelle Rod – Mohammmed Allawala – Molly Banas – Molly O’Farrell – Molly Ofavrel – Montse Munoz – Morgan Beeman – Morgan Carroll – Morgan Guptill – Nagasri Shankar – Nando Rios – Natalie Plourde – Natalie Readnoor – Natalie Woods – NC Askwt – Nesh – Nicholas Cunningham – Nicholas Juan – Nick Ivan – Nick Johns – Nicole Cangan – Nicole Christy – Nicole Corrigan – Nicole Kuiper – Nicole Muill – Nicole Orogbu – Nicole Sciortino – Nicole Senchack – Nikhil Jangeti – Nikita Patel – Nikitha Murugesan – Nikk Evans – Nilay Mehta – Nita Kavouspour – Noelle Low – Noelle Warren – Noem Wong -Nolan Moser – Nycole Orogbu – Olivia Carleo – Olivia Lewis – Olivia Melito – Osiel Rodriguez – Padma Swamy – Pamela Sieja – Parin Garg – Parsa Azam – Pat Lynn – Patrick Dempsey – Patrick Elliot – Patrick Johnson – Patrick Linhey – Patrick Masucci – Paul Hoffmeyer – Paul Rabek – Pavla Decker – Peedle Weddle – Pete Dunn – Peter Donovan – Peter Keene – Peter Schulze – Pharrah Phill – Phavani Thokor – Philip Friedman – Phillip Manning – PJ Maslanka – Plyssa Zacy – Pranav Sheth – Prateek Shukla – Puja Desai – Racheal Bird – Rachel Beaty – Rachel Erb – Rachel Rosen – Rachel Sims  – Rachel Thompson – Rachel Vy – Rachel Wortham – Rajal Goswami – Randi Le Fevre – Randi Riggs – Randy Bryant – Randy Ham – Randy Rountree – Randy Tea – Randy Tim – Rashan Baun – Raymond Hall – Reba Cunningham – Rebecca Glorek – Rebecca Grover – Rebecca Kim – Rebecca Pense – Rebecca Stephens – Rebekah Horner – Rechma Veoughses – Regina Floyd – Reid Kunde – Renekah Lorna – Rey Aviles – Richard Reyes – Rindcy Davis – Robbie Sanchez – Robert Hutton – Robert Reilly – Robyn Gorton – Ronak Assadi – Ronak Patel – Ronda Reynolds – Ronnie Aycock – Ronny Drake – Rose Clarice Massey – Ross D. Allen – Ross Dalle – Ruba Sarris – Rupesh Pancholi – Russ Womble – Russell Heddin – Ry Becca – Ryan Kaufman – Ryan Moorehead – Ryan O’Conner – Ryan Patrick – Ryanne Dalton – Sadaaf Tanvir – Saher S. Merchant – Sally Altland – Sally Kate Humphries – Sam Licata – Sam Spillyards – Samantha Curran – Samantha Kannenberg – Samantha Rhyne – Samantha Sands – Samir Akhtarkhavari – Samuel Jones – Sandra Muokojae – Sara Fesperman – Sara Nik – Sarah Arnold – Sarah Buhidma – Sarah Gilbert – Sarah Hague – Sarah Johnson – Sarah McIver – Sarah Oliveri – Sarah Oltiz – Sarah Rush – Sarah Russel – Sarah Somers – Sasha Labute – Saul Petty – Savannah Murphy – Savohna Brown – Scotie McGary – Scott Cooper – Scott Grantham – Scott Meara – Sdayal Vilekar – Seffen Ngo – Seth Goodwyn – Seth Windsor – Shabnam Shahparasti – Shanequa Hambrick – Shannon Furness – Shannon Graves – Shannon Schabert – Shannon Staton – Shannon Torrence – Sharon Beth – Shelbie Monkres – Shelby Bauman – Shelley Casey – Shukan Patel – Sweta Jain – Siera Krueger – Simmer Greway – Simone Patel – Simone Silva – Siobhan Smith – Skyler Flask – Sophie Higgs – Sophie McDonald – Spencer Gander – Spencer Hankins – Spencer Williams – Stechanie Kutler – Stefany Cruz – Stephanie Montanez – Stephanie Ray – Stephanie Stalr – Stephen Moore – Steve Goldsmith – Steve Sprague – Steven Bender – Steven Zhao – Sual Arnold – Susan Arnold – Susan Keeling – Suzanne Beltran – Suzanne Price – Swathi Anantha – Sydney Johnson – Sylvia Mendoza – Tal Kinser – Taleisin Kinser – Tanya Eustace – Tara O’bannon – Tariqul Islam – Taylor Morris – Taylor Ryan – Teju Koka – Thao Pham – The Megster – Thomas Boyanton – Thomas Piecke – Thomas Rhodes – Thomas Riecke – Tiffany Collins – Tim Clark – Tom Hull – Tom Samonig – Toni Arias – Tonya Meadors – Toria Flores – Trenton Symmonds – Trey Fletcher – Trish Holland – Trisha Marusak – Trisha Patel – Tyler McCain – Tyler Milandre – Tyson Worley – Vanessa Bruno – Vanessa Tosi – Veronica Stephens – Veronica Velasquez – Victor Lohla – Victoria Quill – Victoria Rutherford – Virick Kuppergan  – Vivek Hagard – Vivek Nagaraj – Vy Do – Walker Putnam – Wayne Meyer – Wes Nichols – Whitney Russell – Will Shelton – William Phillips – Yanela Montoya – Yanela Montoya – Yasir Hashim – Yassi Payma – Yasuf Khan – Yeesoo Lee – Yesha Patel – Zach Kaplan – Zach Miles – Zachary Owens – Zareen Malik – Zarnab Butta – Zerlina Fung

If you have helped at Sneed and your name is not on this list, please let us know. Contact pschulze@austincollege.edu

Yellow and pink sunset over pond at Sneed prairie