What We Do

Classes

Students in Environmental Conversation will take three courses over the course of their first year.

Students have the opportunity to participate in varied co-curricular activities to engage with topics they are interested in outside the classroom.  Examples include understanding institutional sustainability efforts, visits to local farms, student-led film festivals and climate initiatives, field trips to metro areas facing the realities of environmental racism, and enjoying and learning more about St. Olaf’s 800 acre natural lands.

Discussion-based class periods foster a community developed around students’ developing environmental ethics.

Students who complete EnCon will receive General Education credits for First-Year Writing (FYW), First-Year Religion (BTS-T), and Integrated Science Topics (IST).

2019 EnCon Farm Trip

Students have the opportunity to participate in varied co-curricular activities to engage with topics they are interested in outside the classroom.  Examples include understanding institutional sustainability efforts, visits to local farms, student led film festivals, natural tie-dye, and snow shoeing in St. Olaf’s 800 acre natural lands.

2019 EnCon Farm Trip 2

Aligning with St. Olaf’s mission, the Environmental Conversation Program provides opportunities for students to take what they are learning and use it to give back to their community.  Students will get the opportunity to serve alongside classmates, professors, and community members in events like the Canon Rivershed Clean Up and the Northfield Climate Summit. Students will also have opportunities for involvement in the care of St. Olaf’s natural lands and student-led organic farm (StOGROW).

“Learning from one another in and out of the classroom, listening to the landscape, and volunteering in the community, gives all participants a sense of shared place, a glimpse at the mysteries of the universe, and reveals the rich community we have in one another and the earth.”
Paul Jackson, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies