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12 Personal Items of Sigurd Olson

At the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

On October 21, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act. Sigurd Olson, who attended Northland College from 1916-18, had a lifelong relationship with the Boundary Waters, celebrating his honeymoon there in 1921, guiding numerous trips on its waters, living and raising his family near its borders in Ely, writing…

Forest Lodge Great Hall

Forest Lodge Guide

You will find information to help you prepare and know what to expect. Staff will provide the daily schedule, activities, and updates. But, feel free to relax and explore for your enjoyment.

Bird on a barb fence

Ornithologist Susan Haig pioneering voice for birds on the brink

Ornithologist Susan Haig ’79 has spent more than thirty years working on avian species facing the brink of extinction and now she’s taking on one of her biggest challenges—she is leading an international team to develop recommendations for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of their efforts to enforce environmental laws in the Kingdom….

forest lodge boat house exterior

Northern Lights Winter Yoga Retreat

February 8, 2019, 7:00 pmFebruary 10, 2019, 2:00 pm

Reflect the peace of Forest Lodge’s winter landscape, stretch out your cabin fever and join us in this rejuvenating yoga retreat. Join Jane for daily yoga classes that welcome all levels of yoga practitioners.  In between classes, snowshoe the property or ski on world class trails the Cable area has to offer.  Cozy up in…

Northland College students volunteer on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin

Environmental Stewardship

Northland values sustainability. In everything we do, we consider how it will advance sustainability in all of its forms: health, community, culture, environment, energy, and economy. These mini-systems interact in a larger context. It is from a full-spectrum point of view that we seek to understand, develop, and respond to our institutional goals to support

Northland College alum Jennifer Granick

Veterinarian & Prof of Small Animal Internal Medicine

Jennifer Granick Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Majors: biology and writing with minor in chemistry ‘98 Occupation: veterinarian, assistant professor of small animal internal medicine Employer: University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine What I do: Teach medicine veterinary students, interns and residents. Perform basic science research on alternatives to antibiotic therapy and clinical research on antibiotic…

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…

Collage of historical photos of the Bro Family at Northland College

The Bro Family: A Century at Northland College 

The Bro family at Northland College spans more than a century. The Bros have a rich history of adventure, lifelong friendships, love, connections, philanthropy, service, and finding one’s true calling.  It is a story worthy of a book. Their Northland connection begins with Albin Carl Bro, the son of Swedish immigrants in Prentice, Wisconsin, whose…

Fostering the Next Generation of Stewards

By Evan Coulson, Bro Professor Conversations have been taking place across the country that question the decreasing amount of time that young people spend engaging in rich experiences in the out-of-doors. This decrease is concerning as research suggests that time spent at play in the outdoors increases a young person’s physical well-being as well as…