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Three researchers walking through stream

Tracking Wildlife in the Tropics

…officials to monitor in their search for rare and endangered wildlife species. Park officials are currently deploying trail cameras to an area where a jaguar was seen feeding on nesting sea turtles and Olson will be returning in February to complete a follow-up wildlife survey using trail cameras. Costa Rican…

Sigurd F. Olson Journal Entries

…meantime the thing to do is to live happily, getting as much out of life as possible and not permitting the ogres of doubt and misery camp too much on your trail. It will all come out all right in the end of that I am sure. Just so that…


Discovery Southeast Honors Teacher Allie Smith

BY Lisa Phu, KTOO At least once a month, Smith takes her second grade class outside to walk on the trail behind the school. “You have eight minutes to do some observations,” Smith tells the class. “Go. Make sure you can see an adult the whole time.” Each time Smith…

Forest Lodge Woods

Forest Stewardship & Adventure Program

August 28, 1:00 pmSeptember 5, 5:30 pm

…have just completed their first year at Northland. Join us for this unique experience! You’ll spend your first week engaging in trail building and ecological stewardship projects with your leaders and Forest Service personnel. You’ll basecamp near your project site, hike to the project each morning, and then enjoy returning…

aerial view of trees

Sit Simply, Get a New Perspective

Mentoring Urban Youth for Conservation Leadership

Evan Coulson, Bro professor of sustainable regional development, tells a story worth remembering. He was managing the rock climbing and rappelling site at Bob’s Rock in the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest this past summer for a group of Chicago teens. This outing was part of a collaboration between the Sigurd Olson Environmental…

Red canoe on a lake

Fall Festival Schedule

…the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and the Harvest Trail Dinner. Then, Friday and Saturday we will celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Northland College with a convocation, tours, outings, and an all-call Alumni Reunion! There is plenty to do during the week and even some great pre-festival activities. See the schedule…

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

…and fewer than twenty percent of those hunters are successful—Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside and then raft the meat back to civilization while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. • 2008 Children. The Blind Faith Hotel, Pamela Todd. A book that paints…

Northland College alum Carl Sacks looks at GIS with students

Mapping for a Better World

Created "The Black Snake in Sioux Country" Map

…“something like twenty 1:100,000-scale USGS maps” and plastered a whole wall of the office in Mead Hall with a mosaic that showed the Gunflint Trail to Pictured Rocks. Sack earned a degree in teacher education, moved to Superior in 2006, and subbed in high schools for five years. Meanwhile, he…

Northland College alum Alex Alvarez

Climate Change and the Risk for Mass Violence

Alex Alvarez '85 leads the Genocide Resource Project

…of mountain biking and have done a number of bike packing trips in the backcountry. This summer, my youngest daughter Astrid, and I will cycle across the country on the TransAmerica trail system. For all these things, it was at Northland where I first began learning the skills sets needed…

Journal Entries Singing Wilderness

…he refers took place from July 1-14 along a 266-mile section of the historic voyageurs’ trail that formed the international boundary from Grand Portage to Fort Frances. The expedition ended up receiving extensive media coverage in Canada, and from then on Olson and his companions were known as “the Voyageurs.”]…