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The M.Ed. in Environmental Education is a challenging, quality program.  It is unique in several ways.  First, the physical size of the UMD campus allows easy access and interaction with faculty across the campus. Our students work with faculty from various departments, which makes our program truly interdisciplinary. In addition, we have outstanding facilities to support your academic learning.

Other links

M.Ed. EE Theses List
Center for Environmental Education
Wolf Ridge ELC

Second, we strongly encourage our graduate students to interact beyond the classroom. We offer regular meetings where students can interact with each other as well as with undergraduates, faculty members, and students from other universities. We accomplish this through monthly seminars, attendance at conferences, cooperative work with local school districts and environmental education centers, and social gatherings.

Third, students have the opportunity to participate in the Outdoor Program. The Outdoor Program is a "non-academic" department that provides a wide array of environmental education opportunities to the university community, K-12 students, institutionalized youth, and the general public. The Outdoor Program serves as a powerful focal point to apply classroom learning and to interact with your peers.

Finally, the geographic location of the UMD campus on the shores of Lake Superior, our close proximity to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and surrounding wildland areas, and the abundance of environmental education agencies and institutions in the Northeast region of Minnesota provides a strength to our overall academic training. Because of these reasons, we attract high quality students from around the world who have diverse backgrounds in their training and experience toward the environment.

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Some students choose to complete the first year of this degree while working as a student naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN.  Through a unique partnership between UMD and Wolf Ridge, the student naturalist positions at Wolf Ridge offer students the opportunity to take UMD course work which, upon acceptance into the graduate program, can count toward the student's master's degree requirements.  For information on applying to the Wolf Ridge Student Naturalist position, see the Wolf Ridge site.