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Wheeler Bridge

Bridging a Passage

…Bridge began in my childhood in Ashland. Friends and I used to sled beneath the bridge in the depths of northern Wisconsin winters. The narrow, snow-covered ravine cutting through tall trees proved an irresistible challenge to young adventurers equipped with saucer sleds and toboggans. A student crosses a snowy Wheeler…

Northland College annual fall Everybody Party, celebrating the Northland community.

Get Involved

…get involved. Welcome Home Leadership The Northland College Student Association (NCSA) is our centralized student government organization. Founded in 1970, NCSA is the only student-run campus government in the state of Wisconsin that independently drafts their own budget and manages their own finances. We think that’s pretty cool. NCSA…

Northland College Women's Hockey Tam Group Selfie

October Visit Day

…World Our location in Ashland, Wisconsin, a small, safe community of just over 8,000 tucked along the south shore of Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and over a million acres of national forest, creates truly unique educational and recreational experiences. Work with the Best & Brightest Our…

Ponzio Campus Center

COVID—What You Need To Know

…Office of Health Services for assessment and arrangements for testing. If you need a test for other reasons, we encourage you to consider the free home tests that are available through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services ( or testing available at community locations, including: MainStreet Clinic (Ashland) • 715-682-5601…

Northland College student collects water sample.

Researchers Tracing Bacteria to Source

Burke Center and City of Ashland team up to solve the case.

…is causing this—seagulls, geese, aging sewer pipes? Where is the bacteria coming from? The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) has awarded the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation and the City of Ashland $28,058 to find the answer. Starting July 1, the Burke Center will begin a beach and…

Carol and Monroe Sprague

A Family Tradition of Knowledge and Self-Discovery

The Spragues continue to support scholarship.

The Spragues continue to support scholarship. Carol and Monroe Sprague In 1932, Milton Sprague had only two ways to get from his home in Washburn, Wisconsin, to Northland College. Milton either hopped aboard a train or took a narrow dirt road thirteen miles to Ashland. The Spragues were a timber…

Negaunee, MI downtown

Rural Livelihood Initiatives

Related The Region We Serve Rural communities are at the frontier of ecological and economic transformation, making them sites for sustainable innovation. The north woods region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has an abundance of natural resources and is undergoing major social, economic, and ecological transformations….

Student squatting in the grasses


…News and Weekly World Report’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation, the North American Alliance for Green Education, the EcoLeague, and more. The students and faculty at Northland College are passionate about making a difference in the area of sustainability. Our location in the safe community of Ashland, Wisconsin,…

Northland College student Andy Kasun conducts water research.

Five Years at the Burke Center

Andy Kasun plays critical role in multiple research projects.

…similar to sonar to measure the speed and direction of suspected particulates in water currents. The project, which concluded this year with an informational video, will be used by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program as well as the DNR to better understand the movement of water in the bay as…


Creating a Special Musical Instrument in Madison

Jenny Robinson '07 owns Isthmus Instruments

Gayle Worland, Wisconsin State Journal Jenny Robinson ’07 owns Isthmus Instruments Though Jenny Robinson is only 31, her resume has a long list of former jobs: invasive species control with the National Park Service, package handler at UPS, engraver at a sign shop, a stint as a machinist and work…