Welcome to

Washington College

Environmental science and studies is are all about the way the world works. So, why should they be stuck in textbooks and on whiteboards? Here, we bring them to life. 

Our students get to go beyond the typical undergraduate experience. They work to restore oysters in Langford Bay. They travel to Peru to study the most productive marine ecosystem in the world. And they go on to fight for environmental rights in the nation’s top courts. 

At Washington College, environmental science and studies students can chart their own academic course. Whether they’re passionate about about fish acoustics or monitoring the travels of sea otters, they’re encouraged to make the most out of their time in and outside of the classroom. 

Get to Know Us

  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/7624-on-the-beach"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,8,1530,1538/55069_img_6328.rev.1454399485.jpg" alt="Sea turtle selfie!" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,8,1530,1538/55069_img_6328.rev.1454399485.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,8,1530,1538/55069_img_6328.rev.1454399485.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1530" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7624-on-the-beach">On the Beach</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Through her internship with NOAA, Anna Windle is researching and protecting the nests of loggerhead sea turtles and working every day in the natural beauty of a remarkable estuary.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5931-two-students-two-oceans"><img src="/live/image/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,209,1238,1447/45151_dobroski_field_work.rev.1454389846.jpg" alt="Kelly Dobroski ’16 poses with one of her research subjects in Cape Lookout Bight." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,209,1238,1447/45151_dobroski_field_work.rev.1454389846.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,209,1238,1447/45151_dobroski_field_work.rev.1454389846.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1238" data-max-h="1651"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5931-two-students-two-oceans">Two Students, Two Oceans</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> In the Atlantic and the Pacific, Washington College students are spending their summer studying sea turtles and having some serious fun doing it.</p><p>  </p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/10234-fighting-crimes-against-nature"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1300,1300/70016_kvien_headshot.rev.1500568210.jpg" alt="Allison Kvien ’13 recently earned her law degree from University of Minnesota." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1300,1300/70016_kvien_headshot.rev.1500568210.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1300,1300/70016_kvien_headshot.rev.1500568210.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1300" data-max-h="1300"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/10234-fighting-crimes-against-nature">Fighting Crimes Against Nature</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Junior attorney Allison Kvien ’13 takes on a big job in Wyoming, practicing environmental law.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3931-nature-wars-from-the-burbs"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,10,210,220/33976_sterbamugbynabokov-210.rev.1454379075.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" data-max-w="210" data-max-h="314"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3931-nature-wars-from-the-burbs">Nature Wars from the Burbs</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">In an Oct. 3 book talk, veteran journalist Jim Sterba explains how America’s suburban sprawl and the conveniences of modern life have put man and nature at uncomfortable odds.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/7681-collaboration-aims-to-clean-the-chester-and-bring"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1059,1059/55251_bobwhite_headshot.rev.1454399559.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1059,1059/55251_bobwhite_headshot.rev.1454399559.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1059,1059/55251_bobwhite_headshot.rev.1454399559.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="1058"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7681-collaboration-aims-to-clean-the-chester-and-bring">Collaboration Aims to Clean the Chester and Bring Back the Bobwhite Quail</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">WC’s Center for Environment & Society is partnering with the Chester River Association to add bobwhite buffers and wetlands on private farmlands in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9687-a-gift-from-the-past"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/66978_foremansbranch_credit_will_parsonchesapeake_bay_program.rev.1485974361.jpg" alt="Wildlife biologist Amanda Spears bands and records data about birds collected at the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory a..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/66978_foremansbranch_credit_will_parsonchesapeake_bay_program.rev.1485974361.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/66978_foremansbranch_credit_will_parsonchesapeake_bay_program.rev.1485974361.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9687-a-gift-from-the-past">A Gift From the Past</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory gets a $2,000 gift that harkens to the beginnings of bird banding in the region and Washington College’s past.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/10503-environmental-advantage"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,2048/71818__mg_7129-cc-bsp.rev.1508512791.jpg" alt="WC students getting hands-on with Chesapeake blue crabs." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,2048/71818__mg_7129-cc-bsp.rev.1508512791.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,2048/71818__mg_7129-cc-bsp.rev.1508512791.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/10503-environmental-advantage">Environmental Advantage</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Through a new dual-degree partnership with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, Washington College environmental science and environmental studies majors can now earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5958-its-a-jungle-out-there"><img src="/live/image/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/45296_equatorial_line.rev.1454389914.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/45296_equatorial_line.rev.1454389914.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/45296_equatorial_line.rev.1454389914.jpg 3x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5958-its-a-jungle-out-there">It’s a Jungle Out There</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Jungle lodges, cloud forests, colonial towns, and pristine beaches beckoned seven students on a three-week environmental studies course in Ecuador this summer.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/10420-expanding-lands-restoring-species"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/71282_nobo_male_chino.rev.1506001061.jpg" alt="A male bobwhite quail perches in the restored grasslands at the Chester River Field Research Station at Chino Farms." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/71282_nobo_male_chino.rev.1506001061.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/71282_nobo_male_chino.rev.1506001061.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/10420-expanding-lands-restoring-species">Expanding Lands, Restoring Species</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society wins a $500K grant to expand the innovative Natural Lands Project. With matching funds from donors, the NLP now has $1.3 million to bring 285 more acres of farmland into quail habitat and Bay buffers.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9660-student-environmentalist-wins-science-writing"><img src="/live/image/gid/107/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,480/63540_clarke_kailani.rev.1470686026.jpg" alt="Kailani Clarke ’20 is attending the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/107/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,480/63540_clarke_kailani.rev.1470686026.jpg 2x" data-max-w="480" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9660-student-environmentalist-wins-science-writing">Student Environmentalist Wins Science Writing Fellowship</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> What happens when you spend your early childhood traveling the seas? For Kailani Clarke ’20, who lived with her family aboard a 45-foot sailboat for five years, cruising heightened her awareness of human impact on the natural world and helped inform her decision to live her life as an environmental advocate.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9376-ecuador-summer-course-2016-andes-amazon-amp">Ecuador Summer Course 2016: Andes, Amazon, & Galapagos</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Blue footed boobies, taigas, and piranhas, oh my!</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3716-dan-danko-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/33543_danko.rev.1454378605.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/33543_danko.rev.1454378605.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/33543_danko.rev.1454378605.jpg 3x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3716-dan-danko-12">Dan Danko ‘12</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Spending the fall of 2009 as a member of the inaugural Chesapeake Semester was the most important and meaningful semester that I had at Washington College.  The structure of the program not only allowed us to venture out of the traditional boundaries of a classroom, but also opened pathways of learning with hands-on experiences and atypical assignments.  A prime example of this including foraging for our dinner early into the Mountains to Ocean Voyage.  Foraging for food options gave us opportunities to observe intricate ecological relationships, identify different types of fauna, and draw a connection between man and the land.  It also provided a stepping stone for the next voyage, which exclusively took a look at local and industrial foods (and policy).  What made the semester so special were these connections, and is the reason why I believe that it encompasses a liberal arts education from Washington College in so many ways. In the four semesters that followed the Chesapeake Semester, I was able to apply the different ways of thinking that were required along the journeys to the classrooms.  Being more open-minded and approaching problems from different ways allowed me to excel in a way that I was not capable of doing in my freshman year.  In some ways, it allowed me to become a leader in the greek communities at Washington College, and helped me towards crafting a meaningful Senior Capstone Experience.  In the long run, I was able to land a full-time position with an environmental consulting firm, which also encourages open thinking and multiple approaches to address environmental problems.  There have been many times where I have thought back to the Chesapeake Semester to draw parallels in the field and in the office to solve tasks.  For that, I am as grateful as ever for being a part of the inaugural Chesapeake Semester, and for molding me into a better student and person.Dan graduated from Washington College with an Environmental Studies major in 2012. He now works at an environmental consulting firm in the Baltimore area.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9227-environmental-change-through-communication"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/63182_img_0172.rev.1467917075.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/63182_img_0172.rev.1467917075.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/63182_img_0172.rev.1467917075.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9227-environmental-change-through-communication">Environmental Change through Communication</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">For Julia Bresnan ‘17, the result of the environmental policies she studies in class really became tangible when she attended the dedication of the Tall Pines Preserve, a brand new state park in New Jersey.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4786-katherine-wares-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg 3x" data-max-w="691" data-max-h="1036"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4786-katherine-wares-14">Katherine Wares ’14</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><div class="wc-suppress"><span class="wc-academics-major"><strong><a href="/departments/environmental-science-and-studies/">Environmental Studies</a></strong><br/><br/></span> “The internship experiences will help me get into grad school.”</div></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/8879-still-buzzing"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,653,720/60431_samdroege.rev.1458674729.jpg" alt="Sam Droege will speak on bees, habitat loss, and how we can help Maryland’s bee species thrive." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,653,720/60431_samdroege.rev.1458674729.jpg 2x" data-max-w="653" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/8879-still-buzzing">Still Buzzing</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">In Part Two of “Beeing Up Close,” biologist Sam Droege will discuss ways to support a healthy pollinator population during his lecture on April 19.</div>

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The Center for Environment & Society offers internships and fellowships in the great outdoors.

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