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Science with Heart

Emma Holtan Attends Reciprocal Healing Confluence

Emma Holtan chose to study water science because water is life. And through that lens, she has explored all that the liberal arts has to offer. In addition to working as a researcher at the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation and taking Limnology, she is pursuing a minor in women and gender studies

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A Meal to Celebrate Seasonal Abundance

Harvest Trail Dinner Scheduled for Friday

A harvest trail meal is a celebration of seasonal abundance and a way to embrace sustainable, open, and vibrant food systems that improve the overall health of communities, according to Danny Simpson, assistant manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center. And it is in this spirit that Simpson and his colleagues will be whipping up

Northland student Emma Holtan conducts research

A Chance to Speak for Lake Superior

Burke Center to Host IJC Public Listening Session Sept 25

Three years ago, I arrived at Northland College’s campus, largely because Lake Superior’s magic had long attracted me to its shores. By my first week living along Chequamegon Bay, I realized how much the lake had not only drawn me in but how being a part of this community means having a connection to the

testing on the lake

Northland-Water-Science

From the Ground Up. On a planet that is about 71% water, making water science a vital field of study that impacts people all over the world. As a water science major, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the chemistry, biology, and movement of water in the environment, all while studying how societies are connected

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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

Northland College students ride bikes past solar panels

Sustainability

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

Winning book covers of Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards

SONWA Book Awards Announced

Best in 2018 Nature Writing

For the third time in its twenty-seven-year history, Craig Childs has been awarded the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. The SONWA committee has selected Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America as the best in nature writing for 2018. Childs was awarded SONWAs in 2007 for The Animal Dialogues and in

Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator Jordyn O'Gara

O’Gara ’18 Named Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator

Wolf Awareness Week Events October 23, 25, 26

Jordyn O’Gara’s passion for wolves started as a kid when she used to draw floor plans for the animal sanctuary so she could save all wildlife. Then, when she was 10, she and her parents attended a presentation at the International Wolf Symposium hosted by the International Wolf Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. “At the…  Read More

Whole Foods Market

Pushing Sustainability at Whole Foods Market

Matthew Toavs '98

Matthew Toavs ’98 has played many roles at Whole Foods Market since he got his first position in 2001 as a bulk buyer for the Lake Calhoun store in Minneapolis. At Northland College, he studied outdoor education-natural history with minors in earth science and environmental education and worked for two summers on Lee and Judy…  Read More

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Back from the Brink of Extinction

Mexican Wolf Reintroduction and Recovery

Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) have persevered against what many might consider overwhelming odds. The 1982 recovery team saw no possibility of complete delisting of the Mexican wolf and instead established a prime objective “to conserve and ensure the survival of Canis lupus baileyi by maintaining a captive breeding population and re-establishing a viable, self-sustaining…  Read More