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Outdoor Orientation

Welcome to Northland’s Outdoor Orientation. Our program is made up of an outdoor orientation (OO) experience and an on-campus orientation. All new students must participate in both the on-campus portion and an OO experience as part of First-Year Experience graduation requirement. Transfer students arriving with less than 24 credits are…

Northland College Food Center Director Todd Rothe stands in front of the composting machine.

Northland College Wants Your Leftovers

Community Compost Program

…college can produce. The answer, Northland Food Systems Manager Todd Rothe said, is to open the composting program to the entire Ashland community. “The new machine that we installed here two years ago is big enough for us to put in one ton of material a day,” he said. “It…

Cameron Jaeger ’23 and Liam Jansen ’23 canoeing through the ravine on campus as Bay City Creek is high with snow melt.

[CANCELLED] Wolf River Intermediate Whitewater Paddling Adventure

April 22April 26

This event has been cancelled. Outdoor Pursuits has partnered with Lost Creek Adventures to offer an extended adventure trip over spring break! Join us on the Wolf River with top-notch whitewater instructor Greg Weiss, who will lead and instruct you over the course of five days on the Wolf River….

[CANCELLED] McNair Scholars Program Info Drop-in: Graduate and Professional School Support

October 17, 2023, 11:30 am1:30 pm

This event has been cancelled. You can still connect with Aaron Wainman, the assistant director of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s McNairs Scholars Program, by scheduling an appointment at Calling all sophomore and junior students considering pursuing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree! Would wrap-around supports, guidance, skill development, mentorship,…

Aerial shot of campus and surrounding region

Northland receives $1 million for grad programs

Northland College in Ashland, Wis., recently received $1 million from the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation to establish a graduate degree program. The gift is intended to fund all facets of development until the program can support itself. The College is currently working with a consultant to…

Students stand with award

Northland College education program recognized

…national conference in Tampa, Florida. This national award recognizes the community collaboration between Northland College and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Hayward, Wisconsin, and their work to advance the Future Indian Teachers Program through advancement and extension of the Training Exceptional Educators Clinical Residency Program. This partnership directly…

Forest Lodge Educational Campus Takes Shape

In 1999, Mary Griggs Burke conveyed her family’s Forest Lodge estate to the USDA Forest Service via the Trust for Public Lands. Situated on 872 forested acres along the southern shore of Lake Namekagon east of Cable, Wisconsin, the estate includes fifteen log buildings that are listed on the National…

Red canoe on a lake

Keep Wilderness Act's Flame Burning Bright

…by visionary Minnesotans. In an era when extraction of forest resources was the dominant paradigm, Arthur Carhart, a U.S. Forest Service employee working in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, challenged this view. His 1921 recreation plan recognized an area called the Boundary Waters could become, in time, “as priceless as Yellowstone…

Apostle Islands

Stewards of Tomorrow: Island Adventures

June 19, 2023June 23, 2023

Stewards of Tomorrow: Island Adventures is for participants 14–17 years of age interested in sailing, stewardship, hiking, and beachcombing. We will be living aboard a tall ship and also making stops to explore various island trails, forests, and beaches throughout the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (always weather dictated and dependent)….