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Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

SOEI Interns

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute has been a part of the Northland College student experience for the last forty-six years—from speakers, conferences, and campus events in the physical building to research and internships with one of the many outreach programs. Sigurd’s wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,000 to the Sigurd F. Olson Endowment, a program to offer…  Read More

High school boy looking through magnifying glass at lumber.

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 as outdoor filmmaking and aquatic…  Read More

Professor Dick Verch recorded plant taxonomy samples on Stockton Island in the early 1970s.

The Beauty and Fury of Lake Superior

Notes from the Field

Employed by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute under a contract from the National Park Service, I was part of a team of students who conducted an ecological inventory of the Apostle Islands in the summer of 1975. I believe there were five teams composed of five members each that were to conduct an ecological inventory…

Wolf Awareness Week 2020 Winning Poster Art by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Wolves and Water

2020 Wolf Awareness Week Posters Available

Deborah LaFogg Dochtery, whose paintings have won national and international awards and been displayed in art museums around the country and abroad, portrays animals caught in the moment of being themselves. A task she believes is particularly significant in regards to wolves, considering the negative connotations that often surround them in the public’s eye. “I…

Wildlife Ecology student

White River Property Creates Outdoor Classroom

Genevieve and Patrick Bradley Donated Land in 1983

On a parcel of land known as the Maxwell Nature Study Area, a dozen Northland students follow Jon Martin, associate professor of forestry, down a narrow footpath near the winding banks of the White River. These students are in the Sustainable Forest Management course and are using the bequeathed land, located ten miles south of…

Black bear on a trail cam

The Hidden Lives of Island Carnivores

Insights into Island Biogeography

Researchers placed 160 cameras on 19 of the 22 Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, near campus, to see which carnivores were living there. After taking more than 200,000 photos over a period of three years, the team discovered that several carnivores are living on various islands in this remote archipelago in Lake Superior. Reported in…  Read More

Loon and Baby

LoonWatch

LoonWatch protects common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring, and research.

wolf head

Tug of War Over Wolves

Research reveals pendulum swings have negative impacts Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson grew up in northern Wisconsin hunting, fishing, and hanging out at his family’s sugarbush. He paddled rivers, hiked trails, and watched the night sky. “That’s why I’m in this field, my strong love of the outdoors,” he said. “That and curiosity.”…  Read More