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2016 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners

Northland College announces Book Awards for Earth Day

Northland College has announced the winning 2016 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) in adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Since 1991, the SONWA has honored the literary legacy of Sigurd Olson, who attended Northland College, and is the namesake of the College’s environmental institute, by recognizing and encouraging contemporary writers…

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Sigurd Olson Legacy

Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) was acknowledged during his lifetime as a leader of the American environmental movement, an emblematic figure for a generation of activists.

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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.

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…

Happy Anniversary, LoonWatch

THE LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE

If you live on a lake, or even if you don’t, your favorite wild creature might well be a loon. I’ve often wondered: What benignly demented sort of deity would create such a thing as a loon, to captivate us with musical calls and bewitch us with glowing red eyes set in deep black? Forty…

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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

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In Wildness and Wonder

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Looks to the Future By Alan Brew, Executive Director of the SOEI Over the past year, in anticipation of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s fiftieth anniversary in 2022, the staff of the Institute have reflected on its history and deliberated about its future. We have shared with one another our…

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…

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School Group Programs

The Forest Lodge Academies provide unique educational opportunities for high school groups during the summer. These place-based, environmental education programs immerse 9-12 grade students in the fantastic wild landscapes, culture, history, and outdoor adventures of the Lake Superior region. Program activities foster leadership, team building, and outdoor skills in a fun, structured, and experiential environment.