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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/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/7145-all-in-a-years-work"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/220/height/140/crop/1/51828_cover.rev.1454396784.jpg" alt="CRFRS 2014 Annual Newsletter" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/125/width/220/height/140/crop/1/51828_cover.rev.1454396784.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/125/width/220/height/140/crop/1/51828_cover.rev.1454396784.jpg 3x" data-max-w="663" data-max-h="869"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7145-all-in-a-years-work">All In A Year’s Work</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Lots of things took place at the Chester River Field Research Station in 2014 and our newsletter sums them all up in one place.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/6788-ces-spring-2015-internships"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/50178_maddie_with_ysfl.rev.1454395198.jpg" alt="Maddie Zins '15 holding a Yellow-shafted Flicker" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/50178_maddie_with_ysfl.rev.1454395198.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/50178_maddie_with_ysfl.rev.1454395198.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1238" data-max-h="1651"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6788-ces-spring-2015-internships">CES Spring 2015 Internships</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">CES announces the postings for three spring positions. Two positions at the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory and one position at the Sassafras River Association</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4789-maddie-zins-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37973_zins.rev.1454382975.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37973_zins.rev.1454382975.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37973_zins.rev.1454382975.jpg 3x" data-max-w="713" data-max-h="1070"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4789-maddie-zins-15">Maddie Zins ’15</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><div class="wc-suppress"><span class="wc-academics-major"><strong><a href="/departments/english/">English</a></strong> and <strong><a href="/departments/environmental-science-and-studies/">Environmental Studies</a></strong><br/><br/></span> “A holistic and well-rounded, cohesive education.”</div></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/6522-recounting-a-legacy-of-overfishing"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,2,350,352/48033_bolster_pic.rev.1454392549.jpg" alt="Mariner and historian Jeffrey Bolster." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="490"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6522-recounting-a-legacy-of-overfishing">Recounting a Legacy of Overfishing</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Maritime historian Jeffrey Bolster, author of The Mortal Sea, shares lessons from his research during a talk Saturday night in downtown Chestertown as part of the schooner Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4387-long-way-home"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/547,0,1641,1094/36204_dsc_0034.rev.1454381484.jpg" alt="Captain Mike Gosman steers the Callinectes down the Chester River." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/547,0,1641,1094/36204_dsc_0034.rev.1454381484.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/547,0,1641,1094/36204_dsc_0034.rev.1454381484.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1096"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4387-long-way-home">Long Way Home</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">After thousands of sea miles and more than 20 years in the Coast Guard, the captain of Washington College’s research vessels still loves his home river, the Chester.</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/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/4768-amanda-kloetzli-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37950_kloetzli.rev.1454382946.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37950_kloetzli.rev.1454382946.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37950_kloetzli.rev.1454382946.jpg 3x" data-max-w="687" data-max-h="1030"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4768-amanda-kloetzli-14">Amanda Kloetzli ’14</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><div class="wc-suppress"><span class="wc-academics-major"><strong><a href="/departments/anthropology/">Anthropology</a></strong> and <strong><a href="/departments/environmental-science-and-studies/">Environmental Studies</a></strong><br/><br/></span> “The summer of my freshman year I went to Bermuda.”</div></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/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/7948-a-seabound-summer"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/257,0,1796,1539/56307_small_boat_operations.rev.1454399982.jpg" alt="Erika Koontz uses a downrigger to lower gear during small boat operations from the NOAA research vessel Nancy Foster." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/257,0,1796,1539/56307_small_boat_operations.rev.1454399982.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/257,0,1796,1539/56307_small_boat_operations.rev.1454399982.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7948-a-seabound-summer">A Seabound Summer</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Working as a NOAA intern, Erika Koontz helped map a national marine sanctuary and gained deeper insight into the relationship between research and resource management. </p></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/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>

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