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Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, an example of sustainable design by Northland College alum and trustee.

Elevating Sustainable Design

Ben Shepherd ’00 taking design to new levels

Ben Shepherd ’00 is taking design to new levels: integrating sustainability, functionality, beauty, and community planning. He’s been working in the green building and sustainable design field since his Northland graduation, first at the non-profit, research think tank, Rocky Mountain Institute, then overseas to gain an international green perspective. For the last ten years, he’s been…  Read More

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EcoLeague: Semester Immersion

Majoring in sustainable community development Grew up in Grand Marais, Minnesota Keeps busy making wildflower bouquets, painting portraits of friends, and drinking tea at the Black Cat. Northland College junior Sophie Holz has great memories from her EcoLeague semester at Green Mountain College—one of six EcoLeague schools, including Northland College. There she lived on the…  Read More

Northland College Fall Festival 2019

Events & Awards

Here are some of the ways we celebrate and connect with our alumni on a regular basis: Ask our Alumni Showcasing individual and panel discussions around career development. Become a participant Award Winners Present In-depth chats with alumni award recipients. Northland Near You Social gatherings based on location and/or shared interests. Get Involved Fall Festival…

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Teaching In and Out of the Classroom

Kelsie Shields ’21

Anne Kriskovich ’08 knows her stuff. Just ask any Ashland High School parent about the new head coach of the men’s soccer team and they’ll tell you so. They’ll also tell you she’s passionate and competitive, and that her knowledge of the game is showing on the young team as they near the end of…

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COVID-19 Updates

Read the CARES ACT Notification. Read the Clery COVID-19 Compliance Notification. Resources It is natural to experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions in regards to the current global health crisis. Please visit our COVID-19 resource page for tips on how to take care of yourself and manage stress and anxiety. If you’re…

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Mini Adventures for Youth at Home

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Youth Outreach

How do we keep connecting with youth, especially at this time of physical distancing, when connection is most important? That is the difficult question we faced in mid-March and continue to face. The pandemic is impacting thousands of communities, human and non-human alike, helping people, comfortably or not, embody the understanding of interdependence and connectedness…

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From Grief, Comes Joy

Norgaard Family Create Legacy Fund for Bjorn '10

Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow,’ and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater.’ But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. —Kahlil Gibran Eight years after twenty-three-year-old Bjorn Norgaard…

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Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation

The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation focuses on scientific research, communication, and thought leadership on water issues in the Great Lakes region and beyond. The Burke Center specializes in “translating” science to the general public, government agencies, NGOs, agriculture, and the private sector, helping to edify water policy in a wide variety of…

Journal Entries Singing Wilderness

Sigurd F. Olson Journal Entries The Singing Wilderness. The Singing Wilderness, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1956, was Sigurd Olson’s first book, and it was immensely successful, becoming a classic of American nature writing. For Sigurd himself, it was the culmination of a long and hard-fought dream. The journal entries and letters below, along with…

Exploring Interactions Between Humans and Wildlife

Andrew East `10 Uses Northland Lessons for Science & Teaching

Then:  Andrew East graduated in 2010 with a degree in natural resources. For his capstone, he surveyed small mammals to determine the prey availability and dynamics for northern shrikes in Ashland County. Through that project and several others in the natural resources department, he and others explored physiology, behavior, and land cover influence, and overall…  Read More