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SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners • 1991. Open Spaces, Jim Dale Vickery. Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who…

SONWA Winners 2017

Honeybees and a trailblazing scientist top the 2017 SONWA book awards

…of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. “As author Suzanne Slade writes, Anna Comstock’s students ‘were fascinated by the wonders around them. . . . And the children became wild about nature!’—that’s everything we hope for in children’s literature.” Since 1991, the SONWA has honored the literary legacy of Sigurd Olson,…

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SONWA Book Awards

…your publication to: SONWA Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Northland College 1411 Ellis Avenue Ashland, WI 54806 Criteria The Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for children’s literature is given to a published book of nature writing—nonfiction or fiction—appropriate for children up to age fourteen. The book should capture the spirit…

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Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

…begins/environment and spirituality programs begin 1981: Sustainably designed Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute dedicated 1982: Memorial service to honor Sigurd F. Olson held following his death 1983: Sigurd F. Olson professorship endowed 1985: First Sigurd T. Olson Loon Research Award given 1985: First Apostle Islands School held 1987: Timber Wolf Alliance…

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2014 SONWA Winners Announced

…Engle for Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (young adult) and children’s author Phyllis Root for Plant a Pocket of Prairie for books worthy of honorary mention. Mark Peterson, executive director at the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute that oversees the awards, hopes the SONWA serves as an…

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Braiding Sweetgrass 2013 SONWA Winner

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College announced today that Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is the winner of its nature writing award. Kimmerer will receive a $1,000 cash prize and an invitation to visit Northland College next fall for…

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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…

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Eyes Wide Open Author to Speak on Going Beyond the Headlines

…suburbs, fast food, cheap prices. It’s an exciting, high-stakes moment. What better time to have our eyes wide open?” Fleischman is the recipient of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for young adult literature. He will speak at the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Tuesday, September 15 at…

SOEI Youth Programs

Youth Outreach Programs

…Learn more Apostle Islands School Apostle Islands School is an outdoor residential program for middle schools created in 1987 as a partnership between the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. National park rangers and youth outreach staff work with Northland College students to develop a three-day residential…

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SONWA 2015 Winners

Rivers, Water, and a North Woods Girl

…their field trips through the seasons. 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 who seek to carry on his tradition of nature writing. The winners will…