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Robin Wall Kimmerer at commencement

Funding a New Northland: Letter of Support from Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the New York Times bestseller and Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award-winning Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, wrote a powerful letter of support for Northland College. Dear colleagues, I recently learned of Northland College’s financial emergency that was announced on March 11, 2024.…

Our Stories: Kelby Youngberg ’25

Hi! My name is Kelby Youngberg, and I’m a junior at Northland studying outdoor education. I love Northland’s community. During my adventures and learning here, I’ve felt connected and known for who I am. And during the points when I have felt sad and scared, the community has been there for me. I always will…

Our Stories: Jim Quinn ’73

Northland College, in short, is why my professional life was so rewarding. The best decision I made in the spring of 1969 was to attend Northland College. That decision afforded me the chance to become a successful educator, both in the classroom and as an administrator. Without the professors and fellow students, I firmly believe…

A Message from the Board of Trustees

Dear Northland Community, Northland College has always been rooted in the belief that individuals can make a meaningful difference in their communities. Over the past two weeks, this spirit has shone brighter than ever before. The enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment to safeguarding and advocating for Northland’s future has been truly extraordinary. While the Board has…

Northland College, focusing on the environment and sustainability. Ashland, Wisconsin. Earn a green, liberal arts degree.

Northland Community Rallies to Support Sustainable Future

On Monday, March 11, The Northland College Board of Trustees launched an urgent fundraising appeal to raise $12 million by April 3, 2024 to avoid closure of the nation’s first environmentally-focused liberal arts institution and reimagine its future. In response, Northland community members have asked questions, shared stories, made donations, and provided input—all in an…

Northland College Seeks $12 million to Avoid Closure, Reimagine its Future

[Ashland, WI, March 11, 2024] – The Northland College Board of Trustees has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to raise $12 million by April 3, 2024 to save the nation’s first environmentally-focused liberal arts institution and support its evolution. If the funding goals are not met, the College will be forced to begin the closure…

Northland College Yearbooks on a shelf

Carrying Northland With You

Oral history project volunteer editor finds a beautiful similarity to all our stories.

When Jackie Moore ’05, executive director of institutional advancement, asked me to help read and edit the stories collected for Northland’s oral history book, I had no idea how many great memories they would trigger. So many of us have similar stories of finding “home” at Northland, a purpose in life, and lifelong friends. As…

Humanities Quotient Magazine Spread

The Humanities Quotient

In climate science courses, students learn how climate change and global warming impact ecosystems, as well as how to advance local and global climate solutions. In forestry classes, they study the science and practice of sustainable resource management. Geology, natural resources, fisheries, and wildlife ecology – all of these degree paths at Northland have a…

Burke center staff on boat place buoys into Lake Namakagen.

Listening to the Lake

On a bright August day, Lake Namekagon is alive with sound. Standing on the shores in the early morning, three Northland student scientists and I hear the call of a loon, the splash of a fish, and the buzz of dawn insects. As we prepare our research equipment at the Forest Lodge Boathouse, these murmurs…

Two students take a selfie with a nice scenic view behind them.

Bushwhacking for Science

It was day two in Isle Royale National Park, and the GPS wouldn’t cooperate, leaving us disoriented in the wilderness. Just keep truckin’ quickly became our motto as we tripped over logs and got whipped by twigs, hoping the coordinates in the GPS brought us back to the Greenstone Ridge Trail after our visit to…