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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/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/12060-the-stories-of-flight"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/307,6,2700,2400/84372_woodcock_2.rev.1556826811.jpg" alt="An American woodcock that was rescued after hitting a building in Baltimore, readied for transport to Phoenix Wildlife Cen..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/307,6,2700,2400/84372_woodcock_2.rev.1556826811.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/307,6,2700,2400/84372_woodcock_2.rev.1556826811.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/12060-the-stories-of-flight">The Stories of Flight</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">With two new tracking stations installed at the River and Field Campus, WC’s Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory joins the international Motus Wildlife Tracking System, collaborating on cutting-edge research into the lives of birds, bats, and insects.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/7248-a-river-a-bank-and-a-sense-of-place"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/463,0,1601,1138/52239_bank_chandelier.rev.1454397101.jpg" alt="A watery projection in an upper floor window of the bank throws the traditional chandelier into sharp relief." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/463,0,1601,1138/52239_bank_chandelier.rev.1454397101.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/463,0,1601,1138/52239_bank_chandelier.rev.1454397101.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1138"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7248-a-river-a-bank-and-a-sense-of-place">A River, a Bank, and a Sense of Place</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">The 2015 SANDBOX distinguished artists transform the grand former home of Chestertown Bank for three nights to evoke Chestertown’s ongoing relationship with its natural and built environments.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/8819-chesapeake-semester-spotlight-emily-harris-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg" alt="Emily paddles the Susquehanna River with Chesapeake Semester." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1360"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/8819-chesapeake-semester-spotlight-emily-harris-15">Chesapeake Semester Spotlight: Emily Harris ’15</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">When Emily Harris ’15 participated in the Chesapeake Semester Program during her sophomore year at WC, the experience ignited her passion for environmental learning.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4766-drew-hobbs-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37948_hobbs.rev.1454382943.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37948_hobbs.rev.1454382943.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37948_hobbs.rev.1454382943.jpg 3x" data-max-w="714" data-max-h="1071"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4766-drew-hobbs-15">Drew Hobbs ’15</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> “Getting to know my professors has helped me.”</div></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3755-making-the-beer-green-yearround"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/3,91,369,457/33631_vervier.rev.1454378706.jpg" alt="Jenn Vervier is the New Belgium Brewing Co.'s director of sustainability." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" data-max-w="374" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3755-making-the-beer-green-yearround">Making the Beer “Green” Year-round</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Jenn Vervier ‘90 comes back to WAC on Oct. 1 to share her success in making the New Belgium Brewing a model of sustainable business practices. <br/><br/><br/><div/></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/70-sea-member-is-udall-scholar"><img src="/live/image/gid/18/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,61,213,274/9460_jeffrey_sullivan_fossil_hunting.rev.1454358845.jpg" alt="Jeff Sullivan hunts for fossils" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" data-max-w="213" data-max-h="320"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/70-sea-member-is-udall-scholar">SEA Member is Udall Scholar</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Environmental Studies major Jeffery Sullivan ’14 won a prestigious scholarship from the Udall Foundation.</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/11971-shes-talking-trash"><img src="/live/image/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,822,616/83776_Presario.rev.1553199001.jpg" alt="Larisa Presario ’19 sorts through trash she collected at a park in Quito, Ecuador." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,822,616/83776_Presario.rev.1553199001.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,822,616/83776_Presario.rev.1553199001.jpg 3x" data-max-w="822" data-max-h="616"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/11971-shes-talking-trash">She’s Talking Trash</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> A double major in biology and environmental science, Larisa Prezioso ’19 was awarded a Cater Fellowship to focus on ecotoxicology and the impact of plastics on the marine environment.    </p></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/11638-leading-the-charge"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/1068,0,3200,2133/81110_10_26_18_EV_chargers01.rev.1540561740.JPG" alt="Greg Farley, director of sustainability, plugs in a Ford C-Max hybrid." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/1068,0,3200,2133/81110_10_26_18_EV_chargers01.rev.1540561740.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/1068,0,3200,2133/81110_10_26_18_EV_chargers01.rev.1540561740.JPG 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/11638-leading-the-charge">Leading the Charge</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Washington College’s first electric vehicle charging stations come on line this week, marking a step forward in the College’s commitment to sustainability and encouraging students, faculty, staff, and others who want to switch to electric vehicles by making charging at the College easy and affordable.</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/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>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/6846-boosting-natures-healthy-relationships"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/30,84,596,650/50308_doug_tallamy_.rev.1454395334.jpg" alt="Douglas Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home" and "The Living Landscape."" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/30,84,596,650/50308_doug_tallamy_.rev.1454395334.jpg 2x" data-max-w="657" data-max-h="684"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6846-boosting-natures-healthy-relationships">Boosting Nature’s Healthy Relationships</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">University of Delaware professor and author Douglas Tallamy will lecture on the importance of native plants in healthy ecosystems.</div>

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