Clair Emmons

Coordinator—SOEI Youth Programs

Clair Emmons
Office:Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
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Earned and Honorary Degrees

BS Outdoor Education, Northland College


I grew up in Andover, Minnesota, just north of Minneapolis. Much of my childhood was spent playing in the woods near my home, going on camping trips with family, and spending time on the lake at our cabin in northern Minnesota.

I started attending Camp Icaghowan in elementary school and went back to this same camp every year into my adult life. I continued there for five years as a camp counselor, and it always felt like a home away from home. Over these years, while exploring hundreds of miles of northern woods and Wisconsin rivers, and growing up spending much of my time outside, a deep love for the outdoors was fostered. Little did I know that it would have such a significant influence on where and who I am today.

I graduated from Northland College in December 2018 with a degree in outdoor education. During this time at Northland I discovered the magical places of Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and the many hidden gems of the north woods. But the real magic comes when I get to share the beauty of these special places with others. After graduating I started working with the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s Youth Outreach Programs where I get to do just that!

Student Involvement

My favorite part about working with kids might be the way their faces light up when they discover or witness something remarkable about the natural world. Developing a sense of place while igniting a spark of curiosity and wonder in a student can, in my opinion, teach them more than any classroom ever could. Not only is connecting with nature important for our own health and wellbeing, it is vital for a healthy future for our planet. How lucky am I to be able to do this in one of the most beautiful regions of the upper Midwest? Let’s get outside!


When I’m not in my office you might find me paddling, sailing, making art, watching the sunset or the moon rise, biking, and recreating on the Big Lake.