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From Grief, Comes Joy

Norgaard Family Create Legacy Fund for Bjorn '10

Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow,’ and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater.’ But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. —Kahlil Gibran Eight years after twenty-three-year-old Bjorn Norgaard


Bois Blanc Island

Hidden in Plain Sight Bois Blanc Island Bois Blanc—or “Boblo” as it is known by locals—is Mackinac Island’s much larger neighbor to the east. In fact, it is the largest island in the Straits of Mackinac and is not to be confused with the Canadian island known as Boblo located in the Detroit River. The

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Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute provides leadership in citizen science, outreach, and education on regional conservation issues while fostering the next generation of environmental leaders.

Northland College Graphic of Lake Superior

7 Lake Superior Circumnavigations

Around the Largest Lake in the World by Kayak, Bike, and Foot

Circumnavigating Lake Superior is such a uniquely Northland College student experience. In addition to the Superior Connections program that includes a May trip around the lake, there are Northlanders who go on their own by kayak, bike, and even on foot. There’s no official ledger of Northlanders who have traveled around the lake under their…  Read More

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10 Things You Need to Know for Outdoor Orientation

Outdoor Orientation is a classic Northland College experience. Almost every student who walks through the Ponzio Student Center has gone hiking, biking, canoeing, or exploring in the Wisconsin north woods at the beginning of their Northland career. While we can wax prophetic about the friendships made, shooting stars seen, and s’mores eaten, read on for…  Read More

Students backpacking on a trail.

Teacher & Student Handbooks

For students, one of the awesome benefits of Northland’s Forest Lodge programs is spending time with and learning from the professionals involved. These people may inspire students as they consider their life path and career. Others will empower students to acknowledge skills, strengths, abilities, and interests. We’ll embark on these opportunities as a group, so