Northland College continues to innovate, expand, and adapt as the world grows more complex. In order to better understand and address environmental and legislative challenges affecting freshwater quality, agriculture, rural economics, and access to natural spaces, the College has established four centers of excellence.
Northland takes its location in the Mississippi River and Lake Superior watersheds as a responsibility. The Burke Center’s work focuses on scientific research that informs the public, government agencies, and policy makers on issues facing fresh water. As we enter an era of increased tension over water resources, it is critical to disseminate accurate information and increase water literacy. Learn more.
Rural areas and small towns in the United States are grappling with social and economic challenges resulting from deindustrialization, environmental regulation, population loss, and a declining tax base. The Center for Rural Communities provides north woods communities—both thriving and distressed—the opportunity to imagine, research, and implement strategies for a more sustainable and resilient future. Learn more.
The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute connects students and adults to wilderness experiences through outdoor education, academic programs, lectures, and events. SOEI coordinates several well-established programs: LoonWatch, Timber Wolf Alliance, Apostle Islands School, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Awards, while also creating new opportunities for people to engage with nature. Learn more.
The Hulings Rice Food Center is the focal point on campus for food-related courses, programming, composting, campus gardens, and community outreach. The Food Center provides both academic foundation and real world experiences in growing and processing food, feeding communities, and managing food waste. The Center also serves as a business incubator for food product development and recipe development. Learn more.