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SOEI Announces Best in Children’s Nature Books 2018

SONWA Children's Book Awards

The Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award committee has awarded author Sigrid Schmalzer and illustrator Melanie Linden Chan top prize in children’s literature for Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming. The awards, given for best nature writing in 2018, were announced today in time for Earth…  Read More

Winning book covers of Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards

SONWA Book Awards Announced

Best in 2018 Nature Writing

For the third time in its twenty-seven-year history, Craig Childs has been awarded the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. The SONWA committee has selected Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America as the best in nature writing for 2018. Childs was awarded SONWAs in 2007 for The Animal Dialogues and in…  Read More

Kids at Stockton

SOEI Receives $500K for Stewardship and Land Conservation

A retired orthodontist with a strong conservation ethic donated $500,000 to the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute to expand youth outdoor programs and forest ecosystem research and restoration. Donald Nelson of Northfield, Minnesota, had a twenty-five-year career as an orthodontist at the Mayo Clinic before moving to Northfield, Minnesota. Although he has no direct…  Read More

aerial view of trees

Sit Simply, Get a New Perspective

Mentoring Urban Youth for Conservation Leadership

Evan Coulson, Bro professor of sustainable regional development, tells a story worth remembering.  He was managing the rock climbing and rappelling site at Bob’s Rock in the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest this past summer for a group of Chicago teens. This outing was part of a collaboration between the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and The Center for…  Read More …  Read More

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…  Read More …  Read More

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 …  Read More

Happy Anniversary, LoonWatch

THE LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE

If you live on a lake, or even if you don’t, your favorite wild creature might well be a loon. I’ve often wondered: What benignly demented sort of deity would create such a thing as a loon, to captivate us with musical calls and bewitch us with glowing red eyes set in deep black? Forty…  Read More …  Read More

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 humanity’s complex relationship with them—weaving together…  Read More …  Read More

wolf laying down

WSJ: Good stewardship is key to removing wolf from endangered list

By Adrian Wydeven, Northland College Timber Wolf Advisory Council, for the Wisconsin State Journal: CABLE—Senate Bill 602, and its companion Assembly Bill712, would be a major setback in responsible wildlife conservation and proper management of the state wolf population. The lawmakers sponsoring this legislation are misusing their role and responsibility in protecting this public resource.…  Read More …  Read More

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

Birds and the Border Wall

Tiffany Kersten ’10 Tiffany Kersten first became hooked on birds at age twelve, after witnessing a flock of thousands of dancing sandhill cranes in a Wisconsin cornfield. She currently is the manager at the McAllen Nature Center in Texas and spending most of her free time fighting the proposed border wall. The current proposed border…  Read More …  Read More