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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…

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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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Youth Outreach Programs

…vendors, Thursday evening reception, and Friday lunch. Register Today: $95 About the Conference Featuring authors, illustrators, and educators, the conference will focus on literature and the natural world. Highlights include: key note presentations by author Emma Bland Smith, winner of the 2017 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for children’s literature,…

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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…

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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…

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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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…

SONWA winners

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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For the Love of Rivers

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute will award Kurt D. Fausch the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for his book, For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. Fausch is an ecologist who spent a career studying how fish make a living…