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Film class and wild rice parching

Filmmaker, Students Document Harvest

…of the Lake Superior region’s harvest, Moore hopes all of her work at Northland College and “From Wisconsin with Love” will serve as a roadmap to humane and conscious communities, attuned to the messages of the land. “Because she (the Earth) speaks so loudly,” Moore said. Amber Mullen, a 2012…

Aquatics class electrofishing in stream

Water Science

Water is the fundamental resource for life. As it flows through the environment it connects ecosystems to the Earth and connects us to each other and the world around us. Its beauty inspires awe and the Lake Superior region is one of the most amazing water environments anywhere.

books on shelf

Madeline Jarvis Is Creating the Friendliest Library in the World.

…for the Marion Public Library. “I majored in Sustainable Community Development because I want to help communities thrive.” free time: I love gardening and canning. “I really love seed saving and food sovereignty. That drives me to can. Last year we did 60 pints of salsa for Christmas gifts. It’s…

Liz White in cap and gown

Liz White: Student Commencement Address

…was uncomfortable. I started to doubt my decision to come to Northland and I even thought about leaving. But over time things got better. Obviously, I did not leave. And here I am now as a senior, and I can say that I truly love Northland College. I love the…

Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Gifts You Bring the World

…and making again the earth. Our elders say that ceremony is the way we can “remember to remember.” In the dance of the giveaway, remember that the earth is a gift that we must pass on, just as it came to us. We forget at our peril. When we forget,…

Q & A With Robin Wall Kimmerer

…follow childhood passions and still go play in the woods, only we call it work. Stephanie: Was there any one person or experience that sticks out in your mind that really cemented your love for the outdoors? Robin: It’s hard to choose one experience or person because there were so…

For the Love of Rivers book cover

For the Love of Rivers

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute will award Kurt D. Fausch the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for his book, For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. Fausch is an ecologist who spent a career studying how fish make a living…

All of the SONWA book selections stacked to show titles.

SONWA Book Awards

On Earth Day each year, Northland College announces its choices for the best in nature writing for the previous year. Three authors are selected to receive the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) for adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Established in 1991, SONWA honors the literary legacy of…

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

…in which seeds are spread and planted. • 2012. Apocalyptic Planet, Field Guide to the Future of the Earth, Craig Childs. Childs delivers a sensual feast in his descriptions of the natural world, and undeniable science that reveals both the earth’s strengths and frailties. Bearing witness to the planet’s sweeping…

Robin Wall Kimmerer at commencement

“We can’t just change light bulbs, we have to change hearts”

…one of us, showered with daily gifts of the earth,” she said, pointing out that both commencement speakers were Native American women scientists. “Together we can be proud of this wonderful institution dedicated to liberal arts in service and sustainability, educating for the world we need and most importantly for…