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Environmental Science

Environmental Biology Class at the Horicon Marsh
Horicon Marsh at sunset

At Wayland, there is more than one way to learn. We believe in the value of experiential learning.

Using nearby preserved lands and nature centers, Wayland is offering a new signature program focused on environmental science—where classroom studies are combined with field experiences. Students will have the unique and valuable opportunity to study the natural world, developing lifelong skills from hands-on research at preeminent sites—like the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center—close to campus.

The science behind our program was developed through research and leadership from: 

Will Steger—best known for his polar explorations—in Antarctica. Will testified before the U.S. Congress on polar and environmental issues and is a recognized authority on polar environmental concerns. 

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A group of paddlers at the Horicon Marsh. 

The southern 11,000 acres is designated as a State Wildlife Refuge, and, when combined with the northern section, becomes the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.

A group of Wayland students heading out on a hike at the Horicon Marsh. 

Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Among his best known ideas is the “land ethic,” which calls for an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature.

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The northern 22,000 acres of the Horicon Marsh has the designation of a National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Game & Wildlife Service.

A group of Wayland students enjoying a day out on the Marsh. 

A beaver enjoying a snack at the Horicon Marsh.

A beautiful redhead duck floating along the water at the Marsh. 

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If you would like to learn more about Wayland's new environmental science program, please contact: 

Seth Ahlborn

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation

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