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/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/9226-testing-the-waters"><img src="/live/image/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1536" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9226-testing-the-waters">Testing the Waters</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Madeline Poethke ‘16 is spending a summer in the stunning landscape of Oregon, training in the kind of science that leads to environmental change.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4904-teaming-up-to-power-down"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/666,154,1487,975/38122_shore_power_speakers2_.rev.1454383129.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/666,154,1487,975/38122_shore_power_speakers2_.rev.1454383129.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/666,154,1487,975/38122_shore_power_speakers2_.rev.1454383129.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1096"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4904-teaming-up-to-power-down">Teaming Up to Power Down</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Run by the Center for Environment & Society and funded by the Town Creek Foundation, the ShorePower project will help four more Eastern Shore towns reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3427-allison-speight-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg" alt="Allison Speight '14" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1232" data-max-h="1650"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3427-allison-speight-14">Allison Speight ‘14</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Allison discusses internship opportunities after graduating from the Chesapeake Semester in 2012.</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/6822-a-transparent-future-for-sustainability"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,97,1100,1197/50299_craighanson.rev.1454395313.jpg" alt="Craig Hanson, global director of food, forests and water programs at the World Resources Institute." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,97,1100,1197/50299_craighanson.rev.1454395313.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,97,1100,1197/50299_craighanson.rev.1454395313.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1100" data-max-h="1651"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6822-a-transparent-future-for-sustainability">A Transparent Future for Sustainability</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">The World Resources Institute’s Craig Hanson will visit Washington College Feb. 5 to discuss trends in global management of the planet’s natural resources.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/8838-preserving-the-animal-kingdom"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,1280/60993_amanda_peters_with_hummingbird.rev.1459779417.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,1280/60993_amanda_peters_with_hummingbird.rev.1459779417.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,1280/60993_amanda_peters_with_hummingbird.rev.1459779417.jpg 3x" data-max-w="720" data-max-h="1280"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/8838-preserving-the-animal-kingdom">Preserving the Animal Kingdom</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Amanda Peters ’16 grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian. What she discovered at Washington College is how much broader her impact could be as a champion for global biodiversity.</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/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/7589-cess-waterfront-festival-is-now-riverfest"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/9,0,599,590/54960_leekley_with_son_at_festival_.rev.1454399419.jpg" alt="RiverFest promises plenty of family activities." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/9,0,599,590/54960_leekley_with_son_at_festival_.rev.1454399419.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/9,0,599,590/54960_leekley_with_son_at_festival_.rev.1454399419.jpg 3x" data-max-w="797" data-max-h="590"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7589-cess-waterfront-festival-is-now-riverfest">CES’s Waterfront Festival is Now RiverFest!</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">For the 2015 event, to be held September 26 during Fall Family Weekend, the Center is partnering with local nonprofit  RiverArts to add more events, including new paddle races and a floating  illuminated sculpture on the Chester River.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/6102-why-endangered-species-deserve-protection"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1098,1098/46018_sartore_photo.rev.1454390568.jpg" alt="Photojournalist and wildlife advocate Joel Sartore." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1098,1098/46018_sartore_photo.rev.1454390568.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1098,1098/46018_sartore_photo.rev.1454390568.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1098" data-max-h="1650"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6102-why-endangered-species-deserve-protection">Why Endangered Species Deserve Protection</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Wildlife photographer and author Joel Sartore will share his <em>National Geographic</em> experience and his advocacy for biodiversity when he visits the College Sept. 19 during Fall Family Weekend.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9670-bugs-theyre-whats-for-dinner"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1651,1238/66906_cricket-taco.rev.1485793584.jpg" alt="Delectable cricket tacos will be on the menu during the cooking event on Feb. 17." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1651,1238/66906_cricket-taco.rev.1485793584.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1651,1238/66906_cricket-taco.rev.1485793584.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1238"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9670-bugs-theyre-whats-for-dinner">Bugs: They’re What’s for Dinner</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">On Feb. 15-17, Washington College presents “The New Face of Farm to Table: Insects on the Menu” with documentary film screenings, cooking contests, and lectures from leaders in the field.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4783-jeff-sullivan-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg 3x" data-max-w="700" data-max-h="1050"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4783-jeff-sullivan-14">Jeff Sullivan ’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> “Washington College shows you how to see impacts in a global community.”</div></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3468-a-veteran-sculptor-jumps-into-the-sandbox"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/78,0,545,467/33305_rupperts_crucible.rev.1454378397.jpg" alt="John Ruppert's "Crucible"" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/78,0,545,467/33305_rupperts_crucible.rev.1454378397.jpg 2x" data-max-w="622" data-max-h="467"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3468-a-veteran-sculptor-jumps-into-the-sandbox">A veteran sculptor jumps into the SANDBOX</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">John Ruppert is the first visiting artist in the College’s new Program for Creativity and the Environment. A month-long exhibition of his work opens September 6 in Kohl Gallery.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9358-feeling-dedicated"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/64133_cromwell_hall_august_34.rev.1473687933.jpg" alt="Cromwell Hall" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/64133_cromwell_hall_august_34.rev.1473687933.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/64133_cromwell_hall_august_34.rev.1473687933.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9358-feeling-dedicated">Feeling Dedicated</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The dedication for Washington College’s new academic building, Cromwell Hall, is set for September 24.</p></div>

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