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A shelf of Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award winners

From the Archives: An Award for Nature Writers

…to wild beauty, and to open those hearts which, for too many years, have been closed.” In 1994, the reading committee also cited three books for “excellence in achievement” including A Place on the Water by Jerry Dennis, who would later win the 2004 award for his book The Living…

Growing Connections

The Radical Act of Cooking Real Food

From Farm to Table and Beyond

…We made homemade soups and marveled at how easy and inexpensive it was to make a satisfying meal for a crowd. This past week we baked bread and made our own butter—it took less than ninety minutes to go from flour, yeast, water, and cream on the counter to warm…

Student and professor in wetland

Chasing Dragonflies for Science

…the National Park Service Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network, NPS Air Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, and the University of Maine. The U.S. National Park Service recently signed a five-year cooperative agreement with the College to hire students to assist in monitoring mercury trends in larval dragonfly in the…

An architectural rendering of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute building

From the Archives: A Home for the Institute

Plans for the Institute’s current home take shape.

…Day to 1990: A Look at the Environmental Movement.” As part of the ceremony, Nelson was presented the US Forest Service 75th Anniversary Award by John Wolter, superintendent of the Chequamegon National Forest, and Sigurd Olson was presented with the Wilderness Society’s Robert Marshall Award by Harold Jerry, president of…

Northland College alum Sarah Smyzniak

Lessons from Forest Lodge

…Forest. Owned by the U.S. Forest Service and operated by Northland, Forest Lodge is a historic private estate donated to the American public in 1999. Visitors can explore twelve historic buildings, 872 acres of property, and attend a myriad of environmental programming, from studying lichens, tracking wolves, or stretching their…

2019 SONWA Winning books, To Speak for the Trees and The Boy Who Grew a Forest

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards Announced

…readers on a journey from the underground mazes of the Yucatan Peninsula to the frigid waters of Antarctica. Along the way, Heinerth must ensure her survival while fighting sexism and coping with the psychological trauma of losing friends and colleagues. Fear—addressing it and moving past it—becomes a key theme of…

From the Archives: Sustaining the Brule River Ecosystem

…the edge of the Bois Brule River, one almost instantly senses something not easily described. The soothing sounds of flowing water, the beauty of black spruces pointing skyward, the lisping call of cedar waxwings flying overhead. The natural beauty of this stream is compelling . . .” and it “has…