SOEI News

High school boy looking through magnifying glass at lumber.

Changing Lives

By MaryJo Gingras, Outreach Program Coordinator The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s outreach programs instill a sense of wonder and inspire youth and adult participants through outdoor experiences. A million acres of forest and the largest freshwater lake in the world serve simultaneously as our classroom and playground. Campus-based sessions such as outdoor filmmaking and aquatic…  Read More …  Read More

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In Wildness and Wonder

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Looks to the Future By Alan Brew, Executive Director of the SOEI Over the past year, in anticipation of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s fiftieth anniversary in 2022, the staff of the Institute have reflected on its history and deliberated about its future. We have shared with one another our…  Read More …  Read More

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The Uncommon Lives of Common Loons

By Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch Coordinator Despite the many presentations that I’ve given over the past six years, it always gives me a thrill when I hear the “oohs” and “aahs” of an audience learning something new about loons, reacting in amazement to what our Wisconsin colleagues and researchers have unraveled about the mysteries of loons.…  Read More …  Read More

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Students Howl with Wolves

Howling with Wolves Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson serves on the board of the Timber Wolf Alliance and has conducted and collaborated on research regarding wolf-human interactions, landscape predictors of wolf attacks on bear-hunting dogs, and how pendulum swings in wolf management lead to conflict, illegal kills, and a legislated wolf hunt. He…  Read More …  Read More

Literature and the natural world: a conference for educators

Northland College will be hosting the second annual Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference November 9-10 for educators of all types — including librarians, teachers, childcare providers, parents, and college students in education-related fields. This conference focuses on the connections between literature and the natural world for children and young adults. Presentations and session topics…  Read More …  Read More

2nd Annual CYA Lit Conference Nov. 9-10

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute will host its second annual Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference November 9-10. The Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference is a symposium for educators, including public librarians, teachers, child care providers, parents, and college students enrolled in fields related to education. Held at Northland College, the conference will…  Read More …  Read More

Fostering the Next Generation of Stewards

By Evan Coulson, Bro Professor Conversations have been taking place across the country that question the decreasing amount of time that young people spend engaging in rich experiences in the out-of-doors. This decrease is concerning as research suggests that time spent at play in the outdoors increases a young person’s physical well-being as well as…  Read More …  Read More

Isle Royale

Isle Royale Wolves, Another Perspective

By Adrian Wydeven, TWA Coordinator Isle Royale National Park wolves are doing poorly. This year only two highly inbred wolves inhabit the wilderness island in Lake Superior. To determine what should be done, the National Park Service (NPS) has developed a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and recently collected comments on the options presented in…  Read More …  Read More

2017 Loon poster Photo by Lorna Rohloff

Foot Waggling Loon Dad Cover of 2017 Loon Poster

A photograph of a loon dad and his chick won the hearts and minds of  judges of the 2017 Loon Appreciation Week poster photography competition. Photographer Lorna Kane-Rohloff from Glover in northern Vermont, captured the photo during a mid-afternoon rowboat ride on a nearby lake. The judges said they appreciated the educational value and the beauty of the photo. What set it…  Read More …  Read More