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Northland student portaging canoe

Outdoor Education

Backpacker Magazine ranks Northland second in a list of the nation’s best colleges for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The reasons? Our proximity to trails, rivers, forests, Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, our outdoor rec opportunities, student clubs, Outdoor Orientation, outdoor education major, and our passionate professors. In short,…


Alumnus Karl ’04 oversees outdoor therapeutic program

Healing Through a Lense

…time between western Norway and the Apostle Islands, guiding kayaking, mountain trips, and whitewater rafting, teaching environmental education, and spending the winters as a carpenter, ski instructor, and ski patroller. In 2010, he started his job at Northwest Passage. In a New Light Northwest Passage Program Development Coordinator Ben Thwaits…

Northland College student collects data for bat research

Monitoring Bats by Sound

The Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network Employs Students for Bat Research

…Taylor Pichler was one of them. Focused on fisheries and wildlife ecology at Northland, he surveyed over twenty sites, located in corridors of bat travel like streams, creeks, trails and other clearings throughout the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. “I got to travel by boat, to go hike on an island,…

Student holding turtle


…experience are the hallmark of the biology major. Working closely with faculty, you’ll be netting trout, tagging deer, surveying plants, as well as linking modern molecular techniques with environmental and conservation issues. You might be analyzing growth patterns of juniper bushes in the Apostle Islands or you might be identifying…

Northland College alum Don Chase

Don Chase Alumni Relations Internship Endowment

…Don Chase Alumni Relations Internship. Give now and double your money! The Alumni Relations Internship was created in 2013 to support communications with alumni by Craig Mullenbrock ’77 when he was a member of the alumni board. Under the leadership of Nancy Franz ’81 the effort to endow the internship

Zebra mussel

Surveying Mussels in the Apostle Islands

Discovery of First Invasives

…Lafrancois picked it up, he and the team suspected they had found the first invasive zebra mussel situated in the Apostle Islands. The University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center confirmed their finding. This discovery resulted in the first survey of the Apostle Islands mussel communities since 1991, when…

Lake Superior near Madeline Island

Researchers Monitoring Wildlife On Madeline Island


…wildlife would be impacted by some of the island’s characteristics … and also how human development and road networks might also influence the wildlife ecology of these systems,” Olson said. By Mary Kate McCoy, Wisconsin Public Radio RESEARCHERS HOPE LAKE SUPERIOR’S APOSTLE ISLANDS PROVIDE KEY TO QUESTIONS ABOUT WILDLIFE ECOLOGY…

Northland College student Gretchen Hamernik-Winters dogsledding as part of internship.

Working with Animals

…a minimum of two-hundred recorded hours of hands-on time with animals. Gretchen has accomplished this and beyond through internships—at a zoo, a sled dog kennel, and a veterinarian office. In addition to these internships, she carries a full course load, makes the dean’s list every semester, works at Kwik Trip,…

Northland student stands in Lake Superior

Kert's Most Awesome Weekend Adventures

…nation, and I wanted to visit as many as possible over two weekends. I hiked around epic deluges such as Potato Falls and Copper Falls, and ended up seeing nine different waterfalls. Every one of them had their own personality. 3. Sea Kayaking on the Apostle Islands Lakeshore and Chequamegon…

Research in lake

Q & A with Water Researcher Randy Lehr

…you most so far? A. I have been most surprised by how diverse and complex the nearshore of Lake Superior is. The idea that the Chequamegon Bay and Apostle Islands ecosystem is a mosaic of water quality conditions that is constantly shifting in response to the wind, waves and tributary…