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Wilderness First Responder Course

April 20, 8:00 amApril 28, 6:00 pm

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. Class runs 8 a.m. – 6…

Northland College Map and Compass

Wilderness First Responder Recertification Course

March 8, 8:00 amMarch 10, 6:00 pm

The recertification course is open to graduates of all wilderness training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications. WMA-WEMT graduates with a current EMT-B or Paramedic certificate may also recertify…

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

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…

Cori and Ryan Mattke

Living a Modern Wilderness Life

February 27, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Wilderness has influenced Cori and Ryan Mattke’s relationship as a couple, their professional lives, and their approach to building a family. Part exploration of a sense of place, part manifesto on the power of wildness, Living a Modern Wilderness Life explores what it means to carry the wild with you. Cori Mattke is a graduate…

Evan Larson

Wilderness Wrought by Man

February 13, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

The pine forests of the Great Lakes Region, predominantly born from the ashes of past fires, embody the sense of wilderness so eloquently described by conservationists like Sigurd Olson and laid down in law by the 1964 Wilderness Act. In this talk, Evan Larson will explore the potentially important influences of people on the historical…

Amy and Dave Freeman during the Year in the Wilderness Expedition

A Year in the Wilderness

January 30, 2018, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

In 2014 National Geographic named Dave and Amy Freeman Adventurers of the Year. The next year they embarked on a year-long adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to raise awareness about the threat posed by Twin Metals and other sulfide-ore copper mines being proposed near the BWCAW. In this presentation, they will share…

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…

Northland College alum Kayte Meola in warrior pose on mountain top.

Empowering Women in Developing Countries

Shout Louder, Try Harder, Never Give Up

Kayte Meola ‘90 is a sociologist, researcher, and educator focused on gender, agriculture, and natural resource management in international development.  At Northland, she studied outdoor education with a focus on naturalist studies, then worked as a forest ranger, raft guide, wilderness and international community service trip leader, and environmental educator.  Because of her interest in…

Northland College alum Audra (Jung) Willing installing solar panels on top of a roof.

Climbing roofs? No problem.

Audra (Jung) Willing '05 uses outdoor ed skills for solar design

After college, Audra (Jung) Willing ‘ 05 moved to Seattle to work for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a wilderness field instructor and later as a program supervisor for the mountaineering program. Without Northland, she says she would have likely lived a different life. “I didn’t even know what outdoor education was before Northland,…