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Northland College alumnus Matt Claybaugh directs Merimed in Hawaii

Ocean Wilderness Model Transforms Lives

Matt Claybaugh ‘87 (above center) is the co-author of a chapter in Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy, and the president and CEO of Marimed Foundations, an organization that has changed the lives of at-risk Hawai`i youth, the majority of whom are native Hawaiian, through ocean wilderness therapy for the last twenty-four…

Gooseneck campaign

Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness

September 16, 2015, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

The Northland College Outdoor Education Program is hosting “Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness,” with speaker Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance The program includes “Wild Utah,” a multi-media slideshow. This fifteen-minute journey through red rock splendor, narrated by Robert Redford invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect…

Red canoe on a lake

Keep Wilderness Act's Flame Burning Bright

By Mark Peterson and David Zentner Lake Superior Wilderness Conference | September 5-6 | Duluth, MN Rarely is federal legislation passed today with such unanimity as happened with the Wilderness Act 50 years ago this week. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Act 373-1. The Senate approved it 73-12. President Lyndon Johnson signed the…

Sigurd Olson leaning on tree

12 Personal Items of Sigurd Olson

At the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

On October 21, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act. Sigurd Olson, who attended Northland College from 1916-18, had a lifelong relationship with the Boundary Waters, celebrating his honeymoon there in 1921, guiding numerous trips on its waters, living and raising his family near its borders in Ely, writing…

Outdoor Orientation gear

10 Things You Need to Know for Outdoor Orientation

The Outdoor Orientation trip is a classic Northland College experience. Almost every student who walks through the Ponzio Student Center has gone hiking, biking, canoeing, or exploring in the Wisconsin north woods at the beginning of their Northland career. While we can wax prophetic about the friendships made, shooting stars seen, and s’mores eaten, read…

TWA Wolf Awareness Week poster by Bateman

TWA Selects Artwork for 2018 Wolf Awareness Week Poster

Canadian Artist Robert Bateman Featured

The Timber Wolf Alliance has selected Sierra Evening—Mexican Wolfby Canadian artist Robert Bateman for the 2018 Wolf Awareness Week poster, to be released later this year. This is Bateman’s second time as the featured artist; his painting, New Territory, was chosen for the 2008 poster. The Mexican Wolf was reintroduced in 1998 for the first…

Northland College graduation cap decorated with solar panels

A Future in Solar

Loucks '18 to hold first sustainability internship for City of Ashland

Name: Laura Loucks ‘18 Major: Sustainable Community Development Hometown: Eagle, Wisconsin Q. How did you find Northland? A. My path to Northland started in middle school, where I learned about the Conserve School, a semester school in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. During high school, I spent a semester of my junior year at Conserve, during…

The cover of Northland College alum Alex Alvarez's book, Unstable Ground

Climate Change and the Risk for Mass Violence

Alex Alvarez '85 leads the Genocide Resource Project

Alex Alvarez ’85 majored in sociology and outdoor education at Northland College and went on to pursue sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He is a professor at Northern Arizona University in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and from 2001 until 2003 was the founding Director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching…

Northland College alum Jason Luthy on a climb

Empowering Communities, Individuals

Outdoor Ed Alum Started Longleaf Wilderness Medicine

After Hurricane Katrina, the medical director of the Alabama Outward Bound School approached Jason Luthy ’06, who was working at the school, about developing a wilderness medicine training program to prepare coastal communities in how to respond during natural disasters, when emergency medical personnel are delayed. The two started Longleaf Wilderness Medicine as a way…

Northland College alum Rocky Barker's photo of the house that sunk on Lake Superior

The House that Kicked Off a Career

As a cub reporter at the County Journal in Washburn, Rocky Barker ’75 found himself at the right place at the right time on March 2, 1977. There were plans to move a seven-room, fully furnished house using a thirty-ton truck, across the ice from Port Superior to LaPointe on Madeline Island. They were moving…