Vision, Mission, and Values


Au Sable aspires to foster a global community equipped with environmental knowledge, skills, and ethics to faithfully pursue a Christian vision of a flourishing earth.


Au Sable Institute inspires and educates people to serve, protect, and restore God's earth.


Au Sable Institute is committed to serving, protecting and restoring God’s earth, and inspiring others to do the same.

In pursuit of these ends, Au Sable values…

Place-based environmental education

Through its belief that care for the Earth arises from care for our home places, Au Sable teaches place-based courses in higher education in partnership with accredited colleges and universities.  Au Sable provides advanced knowledge and technical skills to equip students for lifelong service in protecting and restoring the Earth. Additionally, Au Sable offers environmental education for students in the communities surrounding its Great Lakes campus, serving its neighbors by providing them with knowledge and skills needed to care for their home place.

Direct scientific investigation of the natural world

Through its dedication to engaging in primary research experiences, Au Sable pursues new knowledge of how the world works and how best to care for it, in ways that lead to accurate understanding, authentic discovery, and service to the scientific and conservation community.

The truth and wisdom of Scripture as a guide to our relationship with the Earth, each other, and God

Through its commitment to the Word of God, Au Sable values the scholarly contributions arising from the study of Scripture, theology, and Christian tradition to discover principles to guide environmental attitudes and behaviors, and to infuse such principles into its programs.

Building community for mutual support and common purpose in restoring God’s earth

Through its affirmation of the role of community in advancing God’s care for the earth, Au Sable seeks to enable people to form bonds of mutual support with one another and with the Institute, informed by biblical wisdom as we seek to follow God in our own practice of care for the Earth and its residents. To that end, Au Sable works to foster a community of common purpose and shared achievement among its alumni and supporters.