You can go home again — A Midwesterner returns to (and restores) the prairie

You are here

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ben Reynard's office is not climate controlled. In winter, wind howls through the prairie environments where he plants native species, and the mercury drops below zero. In summer, as he plants willow stakes to control erosion, the temperatures often get up to over 100 degrees. But Ben isn't looking for a water cooler and a thermostat. In his work as an eco-contractor with Applied Ecological Services, he's protecting the Midwestern environment he's valued since growing up in Oklahoma.

Ben grew up under big skies in Tulsa, working on a farm throughout high school. At Macalester College, he majored in international studies and environmental economics with a focus on ecotourism. "I studied how natural services were valued," Ben says. "In a study abroad program in Baja, Mexico, I learned how to protect the environment as part of a green business model." After graduation, Ben spent 10 years in the corporate housing and hospitality fields, but kept his environmental experience in the back of his mind — "I knew I wanted to do that kind of work down the road."

Read More >

Important Dates and Deadlines

Academic Calendar

The LPS Academic Calendar provides important information around deadlines and dates.

See Academic Calendar >

Visit Campus

Directions and Maps

Get directions and campus maps for your visit to Penn.

See Directions and Maps >

Cheers to 20 Years!

Program Resources

Penn’s Master of Environmental Studies program is commemorating its 20th anniversary.

Join the Celebration >

Penn LPS

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Telephone: (215) 898-7326
Fax: (215) 573-2053

Facebook   Twitter   YouTube