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January 28, 2012 / Mark Largent

Spend a Week on Wolf Island!

Wilderness Ethics, Nature Writing, and Place-based Ecology in Isle Royale National Park

Course dates and logistics: One pre-course meeting in East Lansing in April, assigned reading/writing between April-June, then we will meet in Grand Portage, MN on June 22th to travel by ferry to the island from 6/236/30 (tentative until ferry is confirmed). A final course project will be due in mid-July.

On the island: We will basecamp in a wilderness campsite in Isle Royale National Park and spend the week hiking, discussing, exploring, learning with the naturalist rangers and the predator/prey researchers who study the wolf/moose populations on the island, writing, sharing, and developing relationships with people, place, and the ideas of wilderness ethics, environmental literature, land management, traditional ecological knowledge, and place-based ecology from multiple lenses

To apply: By February 1st, please submit a 1-page essay explaining your interest in the course and experiential environmental learning; your related learning goals; your experience living, learning, or participating in groups; and any camping or general outdoor experience by email to Lissy Goralnik ( No experience is necessary, just curiosity and openness.  Enrollment is limited to 6 students, so please approach these applications thoughtfully. Interviews will follow in mid-February.

Cost: A course fee of $475, in addition to the 4-credits of MSU tuition, covers food for the entire week, group gear, ferry tickets, and park fees. Students will also be responsible for expenses related to travel to/from Grand Portage, MN and basic camping gear.

Questions: Please email Lissy Goralnik ( with any questions



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