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Braiding Sweetgrass 2013 SONWA Winner

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College announced today that Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is the winner of its nature writing award. Kimmerer will receive a $1,000 cash prize and an invitation to visit Northland College next fall for…

American Kestrels in Northern Wisconsin

January 30, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

American kestrels are amazing critters with wings. In this public lecture, Associate Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson will introduce local efforts to conserve and monitor kestrels. He will also explore how his recent research findings have shed new light on this falcon that he has been fascinated by since…

Forest Lodge Annual Spring Clean-up

May 18, 9:00 am12:00 pm

Join the USDA Forest Service for the annual spring clean-up at Forest Lodge in Cable, Wisconsin! Activities will include, but are not limited to: Thorough cleaning of the boat house Fire pit preparation Trail and yard clean up This event will be held rain or shine. A tour of Forest…

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners • 1991. Open Spaces, Jim Dale Vickery. Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who…


Safety and Security

Campus Safety works to promote and provide a safe living, learning, and working environment for the Northland community. Campus safety is provided by Securitas and is located on the second floor of Mead Hall. Services include: Provides 24 hour walking escort service Provides campus-wide security services Responds to all on-campus…

Professor Sarah Johnson holds measuring tape at Stockton Island

Monitoring Vegetation in the Apostle Islands

Student-Faculty Research

Stockton Island is one of twenty-two Apostle Islands in Lake Superior near Northland College. The second largest island, Stockton, has many noteworthy characteristics—diverse plant life, including prolific blueberries, the highest concentration of black bears in the world, and a long stretch of “singing sand” that squeaks underfoot. At Julian Bay,…

Northland College alum Dan Norris at the Bridgeton Landfill site in St. Louis

Monitoring Atomic City

Environmental Specialist Dan Norris '05 on Bridgeton Landfill

As an environmental specialist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources 2007 to 2014, Dan Norris ’05 directed over $1 million of long-term air sampling of the Bridgeton Landfill in St. Louis, Missouri—a long, complicated, and continuing environmental story outlined in the 2018 HBO documentary, “Atomic Homefront.” Filmmakers interviewed Norris,…

kids make soda bottle structure

A Highway, or Muddy Path, Shall Be There!

Guest column by almnus Max Metz ’10, for the alumni enewsletter As you approach the small roofed structure you’re not quite sure what is going on. You stumble a bit as you descend a narrow path more frequented by horses than human feet, being wary of snakes, dodging rocks and…

Forest Lodge Guesthouse Great Hall

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Daily Rental Gatehouse $75/day (capacity 25) Boathouse $150/day (capacity 29) Guesthouse Great Hall $150/day (capacity 46) Overnight Gatehouse Lodging Northland Affiliated Programs Overnight Facility Use $20/person/24-hr use Gatehouse Rental $200 per night Organization, Business, Individual, Private Group Overnight Facility Use $30/person/24-hr use Gatehouse Rental $300/night Rental inquiry emails should be…