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/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/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/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/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/10189-think-global-act-local"><img src="/live/image/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/321,0,1416,1095/69754_tomheffernan.rev.1498664452.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/321,0,1416,1095/69754_tomheffernan.rev.1498664452.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/321,0,1416,1095/69754_tomheffernan.rev.1498664452.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="1125"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/10189-think-global-act-local">Think Global, Act Local</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px; font-family: BentonSans,serif,'EmojiFont';">For Tommy Heffernan ’18, a trip to Belize was inspiration to get involved with the environmental health of Washington College.</span></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/10330-risky-business"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg" alt="A car plows through a nuisance tide on Smith Island." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1362"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/10330-risky-business">Risky Business</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Three WC students spent the summer asking residents on some of the most vulnerable lands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore whether they were concerned about rising waters in their communities. They learned that words matter, and for many, risk is in the eye of the beholder.</p></div>
  • <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/8731-whats-the-buzz"><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/8731-whats-the-buzz">What’s the Buzz?</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Biologist Sam Droege will headline a two-part program in April to take a closer look at Maryland’s diverse population of bees.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4060-artistic-approach-to-environmental-change"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/309,18,1373,1082/34915_jody_roberts_.rev.1454379999.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/309,18,1373,1082/34915_jody_roberts_.rev.1454379999.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/309,18,1373,1082/34915_jody_roberts_.rev.1454379999.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1238"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4060-artistic-approach-to-environmental-change">Artistic Approach to Environmental Change</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Jody Roberts will speak Oct.16 about how art can alter the conversation about issues such as climate change. <br/><br/><br/><div/></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5723-college-dedicates-bold-river-project"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/450,119,1425,1094/43525_levin__slattery_aboard_callinectes.rev.1454388309.jpg" alt="Doug Levin, deputy director of the Center for Environment & Society, talks with Britt Slattery, the state Department o..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/450,119,1425,1094/43525_levin__slattery_aboard_callinectes.rev.1454388309.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/450,119,1425,1094/43525_levin__slattery_aboard_callinectes.rev.1454388309.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1096"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5723-college-dedicates-bold-river-project">College Dedicates Bold River Project</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">The Chester River Watershed Observatory will make the Chester the most studied, best understood waterway on the continent. Governor O’Malley comes to town May 30 for the dedication.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/7435-into-the-wild"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/115,0,1654,1539/53122_img_1557.rev.1454398078.jpg" alt="Amanda Peters ’16 (center) interned with NOAA at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/115,0,1654,1539/53122_img_1557.rev.1454398078.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/115,0,1654,1539/53122_img_1557.rev.1454398078.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7435-into-the-wild">Into The Wild</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> A record number of Washington College students are headed off this summer to seas, coasts, estuaries, and labs, conducting research as interns for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.</p></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/5032-getting-geo-physical"><img src="/live/image/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/2,0,263,261/38678_sarah_homepage_copy.rev.1454383679.jpg" alt="During her time as a Hodson Summer Science Research Fellow, Sarah Winters ’14 conducted experiments in the College's new..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/2,0,263,261/38678_sarah_homepage_copy.rev.1454383679.jpg 2x" data-max-w="638" data-max-h="355"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5032-getting-geo-physical">Getting Geo-Physical</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">When she volunteered to help commission the College’s new MASS Spec lab, Sarah Winters ’14 had no idea it would lead to a summer research fellowship and a trip to an international conference in San Francisco.</div>

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

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

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