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At Northland, the study of history is more than just memorizing a string of names and dates; it’s the study of life. We like to treat history a bit like detective work, bringing in primary documents for you to analyze—to piece together clues about how people who lived in different…

SONWA Winners 2017

Honeybees and a trailblazing scientist top the 2017 SONWA book awards

  Northland College has announced the winning 2017 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA). The SONWA committee awarded Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field by author Heather Swan the top prize in nature writing. “Swan takes an innovative look at the wonders of honeybees and…

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Research Oversight

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research studies to protect the rights of participants. The Northland College IRB requires that all investigators conducting research with human participants complete training with the National Institute of Health. If you have questions, please email the IRB….

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Researchers Prep region for Climate Change

…area prepare for future conditions, which include increased temperature and rainfalls, Lehr and his team are developing computer models of the bay that focus on water circulation and the interactions between physical, chemical and biological processes. They are “ground-truthing” the models with measurements of temperature, nutrients, phosphorus, nitrogen, oxygen, etc.,…


Alumnus Karl ’04 oversees outdoor therapeutic program

Healing Through a Lense

Give a teen a camera, lead her or him into nature, and you could change a life—and maybe help save the planet at the same time. At least that’s been the experience of Northland College alumnus Ian Karl ’04, experiential programming coordinator at Northwest Passage. Karl oversees outdoor and experiential…

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Conf to Highlight The Power of Story

…finds for her artwork in nature. She illustrated Bissonette’s North Woods Girl, and received a SONWA honorable mention for My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure. “That connection between nature and literature imparts to kids the role nature plays in our lives,” says McGehee. “The more you see, the more you understand….

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

…comprehensive book on the history, nature, and science of these remarkable lakes at the heart of North America. Jerry Dennis grew up in rural northern Michigan and has earned his living since 1986 writing about the places where nature and human culture meet. His essays and short fiction have appeared…