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Apostle Islands

Great Lakes Islands Alliance

Of the 32,000 islands in the Great Lakes, nearly twenty continue to host communities of people, typically a mix of year-round and seasonal residents and transient visitors.

Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

SOEI Interns

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute has been a part of the Northland College student experience for the last forty-six years—from speakers, conferences, and campus events in the physical building to research and internships with one of the many outreach programs. Sigurd’s wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,000 to the Sigurd F. Olson Endowment, a program to offer…  Read More

Northland College staff working in stream

Researchers Create Model for the Great Lakes

The White House Council on Environmental Quality last year identified seven important landscapes for conservation and restoration, naming among others the Hawaiian Islands, Washington’s Puget Sound, the Florida Everglades and a section of the Great Lakes — a 6.3 million-acre stretch of coastal wetlands from Saginaw Bay on southern Lake Huron to western Lake Erie.…  Read More

Winning books in grass

SONWA 2015 Winners

Rivers, Water, and a North Woods Girl

In time for Earth Day, Northland College has announced the winning 2015 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) in adult, young adult, and children’s literature. The winners include: For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey, by Kurt D. Fausch, (Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, Oregon), Water Runs Through This Book,…  Read More