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Lake Superior near Madeline Island

Researchers Monitoring Wildlife On Madeline Island


Researchers in northern Wisconsin have placed 25 trail cameras on Madeline Island to gather a better picture of the diversity of wildlife on Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands. “We kept looking to Madeline Island with this big question mark,” said Erik Olson, leader of the Wild Madeline research project and natural…

This is how we do natural resources. Woman with fish.

Natural Resources

…streams, tagging fish, and researching plants and climate change in the Apostle Islands—and then teach you how to analyze the data back at the lab. You will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively, manage resources, and solve problems. Classes are small enough for in-depth field activities, data…

Northland College faculty Jesse M. Caskey and Franklin C. Lane

Before the Beginning

Fifteen years before the Apostle Islands became a park, faculty and students established a field laboratory on Rocky.

Northland College student Abby Keller and National Park Service mentor Caroline Twombly stand outside the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Women in Outdoor Leadership

…working. Northland College student Abby Keller recently completed the inaugural Women in Leadership internship at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. “I’ve made some great connections and gained invaluable knowledge and experience within the federal job realm,” Keller said. “Being able to observe all of these amazing women serving as strong…

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…

Northland College President Mike Miller and Professor Emeritus Bruce Goetz

Goetz awarded Professor Emeritus status

…love of geology and passion for teaching through Reel Island Adventures, which Goetz co-owns and operates with Scott Braden. Reel Island Adventures offers guided fishing trips, water taxi services and custom tours throughout the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior. To learn more visit them online at or like…

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…

Kids at Stockton

Better than Xbox: the Apostle Island School

Sixty middle school students participated last summer in the Northland College Apostle Island School, held on Stockton Island. The twenty-eight-year-old outdoor and environmental residential program is a partnership between the Northland College Outdoor Education Department and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with participating middle school teachers and parent volunteers. The…

Northland art student


You will have the chance to explore ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design. You will be encouraged to build a strong foundation and then explore your own interests to their fullest. We strive to foster creativity and critical thinking through studio arts and graphic design. You will develop…