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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.

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SOEI Receives $500K for Stewardship and Land Conservation

A retired orthodontist with a strong conservation ethic donated $500,000 to the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute to expand youth outdoor programs and forest ecosystem research and restoration. Donald Nelson of Northfield, Minnesota, had a twenty-five-year career as an orthodontist at the Mayo Clinic before moving to Northfield, Minnesota. Although he has no direct

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Outdoor Education

Backpacker Magazine ranks Northland second in a list of the nation’s best colleges for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The reasons? Our proximity to trails, rivers, forests, Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, our outdoor rec opportunities, student clubs, Outdoor Orientation, outdoor education major, and our passionate professors. In short, you will be working with…  Read More

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Saetre Awarded Doctor of Humane Letters

Northland College awarded Campus Minister David Saetre yesterday with the degree, Doctor of Human Letters, honoris causa, "for his abiding concern for others, the search for meaning in an unjust world, and his remarkable grace." The following is taken from the citation presented to Saetre at awards ceremony. David Saetre, early in your career, as…  Read More

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Op-Ed: Reinventing the Liberal Arts Model

BY Michael A. Miller, Northland College President My phone started buzzing moments after Sweet Briar College, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, announced closing its doors, closing with 700 students and an $85 million endowment. Northland College, where I am president, is a small liberal arts college located on the…  Read More

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The World and Our Place In It. Humanity and nature studies is a versatile major that allows you to customize your education experience and skills to move on to a large variety of careers across multiple fields. It mixes liberal arts studies with environmental courses to prepare you to tackle worldwide issues like climate change.

Tara Padovan

Tara Devotes Semester to Helping Refugees

National Geographic posted a photo in June of a seven-year-old Syrian refugee named Rama, who lives with her family in a camp in Athens. The photo was posted as part of series for World Refugee Day as a way to raise awareness about the plight of refugees around the world. Student Tara Padovan, who just

Northland College students ride bikes past solar panels


At Northland we live our sustainability mission every day. We consider how our actions will advance sustainability in all of its forms: health, community, culture, environment, energy,  and economy. It’s from a full-spectrum point of view that we seek to understand, develop, and respond to our institutional goals. Going green is a part of everything

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2019 Alumni Awards Announced

The Northland College Alumni Awards Program has announced the 2019 alumni awards plus the addition of one honorary alumnae. Don Chase ‘62, Lifetime Achievement Award This award was created to fit the incredible dedication and persistence of Don Chase ’62. Don has served Northland College for more than sixty years in a variety of roles.

Northland College Students at Apostle Island Ice Caves

Coolest School in the Midwest

Sierra Magazine Recognizes Northland for Sustainability Initiatives

Located at the tip of Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Superior, Northland College is literally one of the coolest schools in the nation. Now Sierra magazine, a publication of the Sierra Club, has named the College in a list of “cool schools,” for its commitment to the environment and sustainability initiatives. “We’re proud and…  Read More