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Fall Festival

Related Fall Festival: Northland’s 130th Anniversary, SOEI’s 50th Sep 21–24, 2022. Fall Festival 2022 Schedule Registration Conference Presenters Party Packs Who’s Coming? Where to Stay After three years of being apart we are delighted to gather with alumni and friends at Fall Festival again! This year is extra special as…

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Forest Lodge Educational Campus

Related The historic Forest Lodge estate is located eight miles east of Cable, Wisconsin, in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. Nestled among old growth forest, this unique north woods retreat is situated along two-plus miles of Lake Namekagon’s pristine southern shoreline. Lake Namekagon is the headwaters of the…

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David Backes: “The Challenge of the New Frontier” Fifty Years Later

October 20, 2022, 7:00 pm7:35 pm

In celebration of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s 50th anniversary, David Backes, Sigurd Olson’s biographer, will be discussing Sigurd Olson’s keynote speech dedicating the Institute on October 20, 1972. This virtual event is free for all to attend, but registration is required. Register Now David Backes is the author of…


Wolf Ecology & Conservation Certification Weekend

August 19, 2022, 7:00 pmAugust 21, 2022, 12:00 pm

Join Timber Wolf Alliance Chair Adrian Wydeven and TWA Advisory Council members for this wolf ecology volunteer certification course. Learn about wolf ecology, wolf monitoring techniques, and the latest wolf issues from biologists and educators immersed in this field. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the field…

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Student projects save USFS $100,000, receive recognition

Northland College President Michael Miller, left, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education Evan Coulson, middle, and Supervisor of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Paul Strong accept the Accessibility Accomplishment Award at a ceremony at Forest Lodge. In an unprecedented move, the USDA Forest Service for the second year in a row awarded…

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Wolf Conservation in America’s National Parks

One Hundred Years of Learning By Bill Route, National Park Service In 2016 we celebrate one hundred years of the National Park Service (NPS), an agency born in 1916 and charged with managing select areas to preserve and commemorate nationally significant natural and cultural resources. National parks play an increasingly…

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Center for Rural Communities Releases First Opinion Poll: CAFO

Almost two-thirds—63.3 percent—of Ashland and Bayfield county residents said they are opposed to the proposed Badgerwood LLC Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Bayfield County, according to the Northland College Public Opinion Poll released today. The Northland College Center for Rural Communities (CRC) conducted telephone interviews with a random sample…

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Changing Lives

By MaryJo Gingras, Outreach Program Coordinator The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s outreach programs instill a sense of wonder and inspire youth and adult participants through outdoor experiences. A million acres of forest and the largest freshwater lake in the world serve simultaneously as our classroom and playground. Campus-based sessions such…

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Doug Smith: Lessons from Yellowstone

Twenty Years of Wolf Recovery By Douglas A. Smith, wildlife biologist at Yellowstone National Park From Yellowstone National Park’s start in 1872, policy reflected cultural norms and allowed for the killing of wolves, cougars, coyotes, and other predators. The last surviving wolf was killed in 1926 and cougars were eliminated…

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7 Fun Facts About Earth Day

1. Anti-communist crusaders and the John Birch Society called foul on the proposed date for Earth Day—April 22, 1970—because, they discovered, it coincided with the 100th anniversary of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. As a result, some conservative public officials refused to sanction April 22 events. In truth, the…