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A Great Celebration: Au Sable Community Honors Founding Executive Director Dr. Cal DeWitt

Sep 20, 2017

Many talented and dedicated women and men have contributed to making the Au Sable Institute what it is today, beginning with the transforming vision of Au Sable’s Founder, Dr. Harold Snyder, who first purchased the land that would become the Au Sable campus in 1956 for... Read More

Registration Open!

Sep 14, 2017

Registration for the 2018 College Program is now open. Start your application today, so that you can be sure to get a spot in your selected courses next summer. Some classes will fill up quickly so be sure... Read More

The Face of the Fish: Au Sable’s Lindsay Barden Chosen to Create Logo for Grayling Reintroduction

Jun 16, 2017

Today in the beautiful streams of northern Michigan, anglers fish for species like brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout in the cold, clear waters of Blue Ribbon Trout Streams like the Manistee and Au Sable Rivers. But none of these species, for all their attributes,... Read More

Constructive Collaboration in Creation Care: A New Contribution to Amphibian Conservation

Jun 16, 2017

As a group, they are among the most difficult to study, living life in two different worlds of land and water. They are among the most colorful, beautiful, and vocal, but also among the most sensitive to environmental changes in climate, landscape structure, and habitat fragmentation.... Read More

Intentionally Creating Community: Jon Terry Joins Au Sable Staff

Jun 16, 2017

  Au Sable inspires and educates people to serve, protect, and restore God’s earth. It’s a great mission, constantly advanced through our college courses, our Environmental Education Program (EEIP), and the Au Sable research program to reclaim abandoned oil pads, protect the endangered Kirtland’s warbler, and... Read More

2017 Dave Mahan Fellowship - JD Golden and Rachel Pigden

Jun 16, 2017

In this year of 2017, the Au Sable Institute celebrates the inauguration of the David C. Mahan Fellowship, an award commemorating the life and legacy of former Associate Executive Director Dr. Dave Mahan. Known for his warmth, humor, and relational skills that made hundreds of friends... Read More

Meet Lindsay Mouw – 2017 Cal DeWitt Fellowship Winner

May 31, 2017

The Au Sable Institute is pleased to announce the 2017 recipient of the Calvin DeWitt Leadership Fellowship, Lindsay Mouw of Dordt College. The DeWitt Fellowship, an award of US $5100, is given annually to a student who embodies the leadership spirit and qualities of the award’s... Read More

Harold Snyder 2017 Fellowship – Benjamin VanDyke

May 30, 2017

Congratulations to Benjamin VanDyke the 2017 recipient of the Harold Snyder Fellowship which was created in 2014, the 50th anniversary of when Dr. Snyder, Au Sable’s Founder first brought college students from Taylor University to Au Sable, which was then a Trails Camp for Boys. The... Read More

Partners Without Borders! Trinity Western Joins Sustaining Partner Family!

May 17, 2017

  The Au Sable Institute is pleased to announce and welcome the addition of Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley, British Columbia to its family of Sustaining Partners. Sustaining Partner colleges and universities make direct financial contributions to the... Read More

Meet Au Sable’s 2017 Grayling Research Team!

May 05, 2017

The Arctic Grayling, a blue-grey fish characterized by its large, often rainbow colored dorsal fin, is the subject of Au Sable’s newest research study. This fish is iconic in northern Michigan where even a town (Grayling) bears its name. Yet the Grayling has not inhabited the... Read More

Trumpeter Swans on Louie’s Pond - April 20, 2017

Apr 20, 2017

For the past several years, the northeast quarter of Kalkaska County, Michigan, has been blessed by early spring and late autumn visits of both native species of North American swans, Tundra Swan,... Read More

Meet Au Sable’s 2017 Kirtland’s Warbler Team!

Mar 07, 2017

Endangered species become endangered for at least one of three reasons: (1) they have small populations everywhere they occur; (2) they have a very limited geographic range; or (3) they are extreme habitat specialists, only able to use very specific types of vegetation. It’s little wonder... Read More

Meet Au Sable’s 2017 Oil Pad Reforestation Team!

Feb 27, 2017

It takes a long time to grow a tree. That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise that a study about how trees grow takes a while to complete. 2017 marks the third consecutive year that the Au Sable Institute will be working with the Michigan Department... Read More

How Au Sable Trails Became Au Sable Institute: A Weekend with Cal DeWitt

Feb 24, 2017

Au Sable’s 2017 Alumni Reunion will be a unique and one of a kind event as the Institute celebrates the Au Sable Community through a weekend of honoring its founding Director, Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt. Professor at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University... Read More

Welcoming Dr. Eric Nord to the Costa Rica Team!

Feb 14, 2017

When it comes to college faculty, hiring a one-year replacement doesn’t always create cause for celebration. But at Au Sable, that’s exactly the way things are as we find ourselves celebrating the appointment... Read More

Show Off Your Creative Side, With Au Sable’s Bumper Sticker Design Contest!

Feb 01, 2017

Decal, bumper sticker, adhesive printed graphic or whatever you choose to call it, Au Sable Institute is having a design contest for just that, our next sticker! ... Read More

Au Sable Teams with MDNR, Michigan Tech and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Grayling Research

Jan 27, 2017

In any place or part of the world, species loss is a sad event. Once a native species has been extirpated from an area, it is very... Read More

Barricade Placement at Research Site Supports Homeschool Sports

Dec 14, 2016

Earlier, in the summer of 2016, summer researchers were active in their field work for the Reforestation Management study of abandoned oil pads with the Au Sable Institute (ASI). It became evident that off-road vehicles were driving through the designated study area and if not remedied,... Read More

A Season of Opportunity

Oct 17, 2016

Here in northern Michigan, hearing the phrase, "Open Season" in October makes most residents think of deer, ducks, and grouse. At Au Sable, we are also declaring "Open Season" now, but of a different kind.... Read More

Earthkeeping Across the Curriculum: Au Sable Celebrates 2016 Academic Council

Oct 04, 2016

This year’s Au Sable Academic Council; celebrated each year on Au Sable’s Great Lakes (Michigan) Campus, explored the theme “Earthkeeping Across the Curriculum: Broadening the Appeal of Environmental Studies in the Christian Liberal Arts... Read More

Creating Opportunity: Au Sable Opens New Position for Environmental Education Program Assistant

Aug 26, 2016

Au Sable has created and is now actively seeking to fill a new staff position, that of EEIP Program Assistant Intern. The Program Assistant Intern will enjoy a... Read More

A Good Man is Hard to Find: After Five Years as Chair, Ben Lowe Steps Down from Au Sable Board

Aug 19, 2016

It is bittersweet that Au Sable bid ‘adieu’ to Ben Lowe, Chair of Au Sable’s Board of Trustees in June of this year of 2016. For the past 6 years, Ben has been a valued trustee on... Read More

Au Sable Institute Recognized for Efforts in Environmental Education by Norwex Corporation

Aug 17, 2016

Recognition of excellence in Au Sable’s programs is always a welcome event, especially when that recognition is from outside sources who learn from others about Au Sable’s work, and, along with their recognition,... Read More

A New Place For New Tasks - Au Sable Welcomes Director of Educational Development

Aug 12, 2016

As the Au Sable Institute begins an organizational era of new and revitalized approaches to its work to inspire and educate people to serve, protect, and restore God’s earth, new tasks... Read More

Jonathan Calderon of Geneva College Named 2016 Calvin DeWitt Leadership Fellow

May 03, 2016

In this year of 2016, Au Sable is pleased to name and honor Mr. Jonathan Calderon of Geneva College (Pennsylvania) as our Calvin B. DeWitt Fellowship winner. Jonathan... Read More

Introducing the 2016 Harold Snyder Fellow: Adrienne Funderburg of Huntington University

Apr 29, 2016

The Institute is pleased to present the 2016 Harold Snyder Fellowship to Ms. Adrienne Funderburg of Huntington University (Indiana). With a curiosity for all areas of study, a passion for talking... Read More

Success of Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Effort Opens Door for New Research by Au Sable and MDNR

Apr 22, 2016

Hard work, for the right goals, pays off. Forty-two years after its first appearance on the US Endangered Species List, the Kirtland’s Warbler, once considered North America’s rarest songbird, is... Read More

Au Sable Partners With Michigan DNR, Fish and Wildlife Service and Trout Unlimited in New Research

Apr 18, 2016

The signs of spring are now clear at Au Sable’s Great Lakes campus. Birds which had migrated south for a warmer winter are beginning to return and young green shoots are... Read More

New Courses Added to Au Sable’s Academic Offerings in 2016

Mar 07, 2016

The face and work of creation care is changing. This means that people working or planning to work in the field of environmental conservation are going to need new arrays... Read More

A Warm Welcome to Au Sable’s New Faculty for 2016

Feb 09, 2016

It’s a bright new year in 2016 for Au Sable’s College Academic Program, and the Institute welcomes eight new faculty members, including four teaching in brand new courses. Au Sable’s fresh faces are... Read More

A Life and Legacy: Au Sable Prepares for Departure of Dave Mahan, Associate Executive Director

Feb 05, 2016

Thirty years. Thirty years of service, influence, leadership and stewardship. Three decades of Au Sable’s history have been indelibly marked, and blessed, by the work of Dr. David C. Mahan, Associate Executive Director of... Read More

A Giving Community

A Giving Community

Dec 04, 2015

A Giving Community: Institute Sets New Records in Donor Giving as Alumni and Friends Reconnect with Au Sable                “It’s a remarkable development,” says Dr. Fred Van Dyke, Executive Director of the Au Sable Institute. “For most of its institutional... Read More

Au Sable, MDNR, and FWS Team to Begin New Research on Kirtland’s Warbler

Au Sable, MDNR, and FWS Team to Begin New Research on Kirtland’s Warbler

Oct 20, 2015

          The endangered Kirtland’s warbler, one of North America’s rarest songbirds whose populations are concentrated in northern lower Michigan, has long been considered an extreme habitat specialist, using only 5-15 year old jack pines in dense stands as suitable nest habitat. As... Read More

North Park University Joins Sustaining Partners

North Park University Joins Sustaining Partners

Sep 09, 2015

Au Sable is pleased and honored to announce the completion of a new Sustaining Partner Agreement with North Park University. A long-time member of Au Sable’s family of Participating Colleges, North Park University, located in Chicago, Illinois, has now joined another important group of Au Sable’s... Read More

Au Sable Welcomes New Board Members Dave Lamb and Robert Zwier

Au Sable Welcomes New Board Members Dave Lamb and Robert Zwier

Jul 22, 2015

As part of its ongoing commitment to grow its Board of Trustees in number, professional skill, and Christian ministry, the Au Sable Institute is pleased to welcome its two newest members, Dave Lamb and Dr. Robert Zwier, increasing the number of active Trustees from eight to... Read More

Au Sable Director to Speak at North American Lausanne Conference

Au Sable Director to Speak at North American Lausanne Conference

Jun 18, 2015

Dr. Fred Van Dyke, Au Sable Institute’s Executive Director, has accepted an invitation to speak at the 2015 Lausanne North American Conference, “Hope for a Time of Crisis: Creation Care and the Mission of the Church.” Held in Wenham, Massachusetts on the campus of Gordon College,... Read More

Au Sable Teams with Michigan DNR and Private Energy to Reforest Abandoned Oil Pads

Au Sable Teams with Michigan DNR and Private Energy to Reforest Abandoned Oil Pads

May 20, 2015

Since the 1970s, northern lower Michigan has been a region of intense exploration for and recovery of oil and natural gas, placing wells on private, state, and federal lands.  A number of these well sites have been abandoned.  Efforts to revegetate the sites have had mixed... Read More

Kyla DeHaan Awarded 2015 Calvin B. DeWitt Fellowship

Kyla DeHaan Awarded 2015 Calvin B. DeWitt Fellowship

Apr 16, 2015

Kyla DeHaan of Redeemer University College (Ontario) is Au Sable’s Calvin B. DeWitt Leadership Fellowship recipient for 2015. DeWitt's visionary leadership led Au Sable from its inception, and called upon the wider Christian community to care for the earth out of joy for God’s gift of... Read More

2015 Snyder Fellowship Produces Co-winners from Wayland Baptist and Cornerstone Universities.

2015 Snyder Fellowship Produces Co-winners from Wayland Baptist and Cornerstone Universities.

Apr 09, 2015

The Harold Z. Snyder Fellowship commemorates the vision, life and legacy of Dr. Harold Snyder, Au Sable’s founder. Using a small amount of land purchased in northern Michigan in 1956, Harold had, by 1958, begun a summer outdoor science camp for boys he called Au Sable... Read More

Catching a Rising Star - Au Sable Welcomes Rachel Lamb to 2015 Faculty

Catching a Rising Star - Au Sable Welcomes Rachel Lamb to 2015 Faculty

Apr 02, 2015

Faculty of the Au Sable Institute include numerous individuals with long careers covering many years of distinguished service and achievement in science and education. But the Institute can also claim the honor of having many rising scholars, teachers and practitioners now joining its work, who are... Read More

State of Michigan Honors Au Sable Institute Water Monitoring Program

State of Michigan Honors Au Sable Institute Water Monitoring Program

Feb 18, 2015

Au Sable Institute’s Volunteer Stream Water Monitoring efforts were recognized by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) during the MiCorps stream monitoring conference held annually at the Ralph A. MacMullan conference center in Roscommon.  Paul Steen, MiCorps Program Manager stated,“The... Read More

Old Stream, New Stream - Au Sable Research Takes the Plunge in 2015

Old Stream, New Stream - Au Sable Research Takes the Plunge in 2015

Jan 23, 2015

Like a bride’s dress, Au Sable research in northern Michigan streams will be something old and something new in 2015. For the eighth consecutive year, Institute faculty, staff and students will continue... Read More

New Kids on the Faculty Block: Au Sable Welcomes New Professors for 2015

Jan 16, 2015

The Au Sable Institute has long been blessed with exceptional faculty in all of its college courses, as well as with exceptional faculty loyalty. Professors who teach here often like it so much they never want to leave, which results in low turnover. This year, however,... Read More

Au Sable Teams with Manistee Lake Improvement Board to Continue Research on Eurasian Watermilfoil

Dec 29, 2014

The Au Sable Institute is pleased to announce its latest research partnership, a joint effort between the Institute and the Manistee Lake Improvement Board to continue a study, begun in 2013, of the effects of the Milfoil Weevil on the control of the aquatic invasive species,... Read More

Au Sable and Pacific Rim Institute Finalize Sale of Whidbey Island Campus

Au Sable and Pacific Rim Institute Finalize Sale of Whidbey Island Campus

Dec 19, 2014

After lengthy discussion and negotiation, The Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship purchased 175 acres on Central Whidbey Island from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.  The Whidbey Island campus, a gateway to the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, is composed of forest, rare prairie,... Read More

Au Sable Joins Calvin College in Continuing Research on Effects of Noise Pollution

Au Sable Joins Calvin College in Continuing Research on Effects of Noise Pollution

Dec 15, 2014

For the second consecutive year, the Au Sable Institute will join Calvin College Associate Professor of Biology Darren Proppe in an ongoing investigation of the response of forest bird species to noise pollution associated with oil and natural gas drilling in northern Michigan. Returning for his... Read More

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders - Competition opens for DeWitt and Snyder Fellowships

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders - Competition opens for DeWitt and Snyder Fellowships

Dec 11, 2014

Many of the Au Sable Institute’s more than 4,000 alumni work throughout the world today in leadership positions in environmental science, teaching, and activism to effectively care for God’s creation and inspire others to do the same. As part of its intentional effort to shape and... Read More

Au Sable Launches the Manistee River Stream Team with MDEQ Grant

Au Sable Launches the Manistee River Stream Team with MDEQ Grant

Jun 18, 2014

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies has received a two-year grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for its new citizen science initiative to empower local citizens to collect information on water quality to monitor and protect the Upper Manistee River. The Upper Manistee... Read More

Summer Spotlight: Effectiveness of Weevils on Eurasian Watermilfoil in Manistee Lake

Summer Spotlight: Effectiveness of Weevils on Eurasian Watermilfoil in Manistee Lake

May 23, 2014

Throughout April and May, we'll be releasing our 'Summer Spotlight' series featuring the research projects and teams that will be tackling some of the big questions in conservation and restoration in Northern Michigan and around the country.  Background On a summer day in 1996, the Au... Read More

New Research Aims to Study Impact of Noise Pollution on Songbird Communication and Establishment

New Research Aims to Study Impact of Noise Pollution on Songbird Communication and Establishment

May 05, 2014

Throughout April and May, we'll be releasing our 'Summer Spotlight' series featuring the research projects and teams that will be tackling some of the big questions in conservation and restoration in Northern Michigan and around the country. We started with our Boardman River Restoration Project, now... Read More

Summer Spotlight: Boardman River Restoration Research Enters its 7th Year

Summer Spotlight: Boardman River Restoration Research Enters its 7th Year

Apr 21, 2014

Throughout April and May, we'll be releasing our 'Summer Spotlight' series featuring the research projects and teams that will be tackling some of the big questions in conservation and restoration in Northern Michigan and around the country. We start with our Boardman River Restoration Project, now... Read More

New Faculty Bring Passion, Expertise to Institute Courses

New Faculty Bring Passion, Expertise to Institute Courses

Apr 13, 2014

Au Sable welcomes four new faculty members to their posts this summer. Dr. Darren Proppe (Calvin College) brings a passion for wildlife and a background in bird and research to our Animal Ecology course. Proppe will also be directing a new research project on bird behavior at the... Read More

The King’s University College Becomes Newest Au Sable Sustaining Partner Institution

The King’s University College Becomes Newest Au Sable Sustaining Partner Institution

Apr 10, 2014

The King's University College (Edmonton, Alberta) has officially become a Sustaining Partner college of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Au Sable Executive Director Fred Van Dyke visited King's this week to celebrate the new partnership. The agreement deepens a relationship with King's that began over... Read More

Wildlife Ecology Professor Co-Authors Most Read Paper of 2013

Wildlife Ecology Professor Co-Authors Most Read Paper of 2013

Apr 08, 2014

Au Sable Wildlife Ecology Professor, Dr. Tim Van Deelen, has co-authored the most read paper of 2013 in the Canadian Journal of Zoology. Van Deelen is Associate Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaches Wildlife Ecology during Au Sable's Summer... Read More

A Passion for Transforming Agriculture Motivates 2014 Calvin DeWitt Leadership Fellowship Recipient

A Passion for Transforming Agriculture Motivates 2014 Calvin DeWitt Leadership Fellowship Recipient

Apr 03, 2014

Plump tomatoes, juicy sweet peppers, tangy jalapenos, biting arugula. Ian Gallo sees bountiful richness when he lays eyes on a beautiful garden. Gallo is Au Sable’s Calvin B. DeWitt Leadership Fellowship recipient this year, and like the fellowship’s namesake, his motivation in caring for creation is... Read More

Snyder Fellowship Recipient Following Au Sable Founder’s Footsteps

Snyder Fellowship Recipient Following Au Sable Founder’s Footsteps

Mar 26, 2014

North Park student Katie Patterson is one of the many students indebted to the legacy of Dr. Harold Snyder, and now it’s her hope to follow in it.   Patterson is the first recipient of the Harold Snyder Fellowship, established on the 50th year since Dr.... Read More

New Archway Gives Nod to Past While Welcoming Future

Mar 17, 2014

The man who built Au Sable and welcomed its initial students is at it again. Au Sable founder, Harold Snyder, has led efforts to build a gateway to welcome new students and visitors to the Institute's 120-acre campus. Au Sable has often been an entry point... Read More

Wayland Baptist University Joins the Ranks of Au Sable Participating Colleges

Wayland Baptist University Joins the Ranks of Au Sable Participating Colleges

Feb 24, 2014

Wayland Baptist University (WBU) in Plainview, Texas has become the latest college to join the consortium of 59 Christian colleges and universities that participate with Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, giving its students access to Au Sable's twenty-two field-intensive courses, restoration and conservation research program,... Read More

Au Sable Graduate Fellows Conference Features Writer, Farmer Wendell Berry

Au Sable Graduate Fellows Conference Features Writer, Farmer Wendell Berry

Jan 15, 2014

The Au Sable Graduate Fellows will open their annual conference this January with “A Conversation with Wendell Berry,” held just outside of Berry’s home town of Port Royal, Kentucky. In its largest conference to date, thirty-one graduate fellows will have opportunity to dialogue with one of... Read More

Founder Harold Snyder Honored with New Student Fellowship Established by Former Students and Friends

Founder Harold Snyder Honored with New Student Fellowship Established by Former Students and Friends

Dec 18, 2013

Au Sable Institute is proud to honor the lifelong legacy of Dr. Harold Snyder by creating and endowing the Harold Snyder Fellowship for future students. Dr. Snyder’s vision of teaching “God’s word in God’s world” became reality through the Au Sable Trails Science Camp for Boys... Read More

Research Students Present at Ecology Conferences Around the Country

Research Students Present at Ecology Conferences Around the Country

Nov 27, 2013

Three months after completing their research projects, Au Sable summer research assistants have been presenting their fresh findings at regional conferences across the United States. Kendra Antonides and Casey Shoaff presented posters at the West Michigan Undergraduate Science Research Conference held at the Van Andel Institute... Read More

Nationally-Recognized Environmental Education Certifications to Come for Future Au Sable Interns

Nationally-Recognized Environmental Education Certifications to Come for Future Au Sable Interns

Nov 20, 2013

Au Sable Environmental Education Coordinator Paul Wiemerslage will spend this week learning how to facilitate Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, and Project Flying Wild environmental education curricula. At the end of the week, Wiemerslage will have the requisite training to teach and certify others in these... Read More

Institute Launches Au Sable Professional Network (ASPN) Mentoring for Alumni

Institute Launches Au Sable Professional Network (ASPN) Mentoring for Alumni

Oct 09, 2013

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies has launched the Au Sable Professional Network (ASPN), a professional mentoring program that connects Au Sable alumni with accomplished, Christian environmental professionals who can provide them guidance as they enter the environmental field. “We see so many students develop their... Read More

Au Sable Launches New Adopt-a-Class Program with Grant from United Way

Au Sable Launches New Adopt-a-Class Program with Grant from United Way

Oct 03, 2013

The Au Sable Environmental Education Program has received a grant from United Way of Northwest Michigan to provide support for classrooms at low-income schools to attend Au Sable environmental education programs. The grant comes as part of a new Au Sable initiative, the Adopt-a-Class program. Adopt-a-Class... Read More

Au Sable Receives Grant to Build Outdoor Teaching Shelters

Au Sable Receives Grant to Build Outdoor Teaching Shelters

Sep 17, 2013

The Au Sable Institute Environmental Education Program has received a grant for $21,000 to build five outdoor teaching shelters at its lake, pond, bog, and forest ecosystems and achieve one of its top programmatic goals: to have students’ entire learning experience at Au Sable be outdoors.... Read More

Dr. Dorothy Boorse Joins Au Sable Board

Dr. Dorothy Boorse Joins Au Sable Board

Jul 16, 2013

Dr. Dorothy Boorse, Professor of Biology at Gordon College, will join the Au Sable board as its newest member. Boorse has been involved with Au Sable since 1985, when she attended as a student, taking classes in ornithology, land use practicum, and insect biology (her humorous... Read More

Embodiment of Place: Bob Barr Retiring

Embodiment of Place: Bob Barr Retiring

Jul 02, 2013

After 36 years of service and 47 years since he first set foot on the Au Sable campus, Bob Barr has announced that he will be retiring from his position as Director of Support Services at the Institute at the end of this year.   Bob’s... Read More

Au Sable Receives Grant to Improve Trail System

Au Sable Receives Grant to Improve Trail System

Jun 24, 2013

Au Sable has received a grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund to update the trail system that runs through the Institute's 120-acre campus. Staff will begin working on the trails in the next month to prepare them for late summer visitors to northwest lower... Read More

Au Sable Supports New Ecology Emphasis at Azusa Pacific University

Jun 21, 2013

Azusa Pacific University’s (APU) is beginning a new Ecology emphasis within their Biology program, and Au Sable Institute courses are helping to make it both an enticing new program of study and a world class education. Au Sable courses are considered part of the science curriculum... Read More

Au Sable Starts Up Water Quality Monitoring Program

Au Sable Starts Up Water Quality Monitoring Program

Jun 06, 2013

Au Sable has received a MiCorp Start-up grant to begin a voluntary water quality monitoring program in the next year. The grant will allow Au Sable to organize a group of committed local volunteers to collect macroinvertebrate data at locations along the Upper Manistee River (see... Read More

Missionary Earthkeeping Scholarship Recipient Discovers Her Passion At Early Age

May 20, 2013

For many people in the church, the idea of an environmental missionary would be somewhat perplexing. For Au Sable Missionary Earthkeeping scholarship recipient 2013, Nicole Stinchcomb, she attended church with one. Scott Sabin, Executive Director for Plant with Purpose, calls Stinchcomb's church home as well, and... Read More

Au Sable Faculty Member Presents at Alabama Water Policy Symposium

Au Sable Faculty Member Presents at Alabama Water Policy Symposium

May 19, 2013

Au Sable 'Watershed Stewardship' Professor, Bill Deutsch, recently presented on his work as Director of Alabama Water Watch (AWW), a citizen science water quality monitoring program for the State of Alabama, at the Alabama Water Policy Symposium 2013. Bill's presentation highlights how local citizens can monitor... Read More

Graduate Fellows Active Around the Globe This Summer

May 16, 2013

The 2012-13 academic year is wrapping up and Au Sable Grad Fellows are heading into a variety of adventures, many overseas or involving face-to-face encounters of the natural kind.  Here's a run-down of Fellows activities for Summer 2013. Heather Lumpkin (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) is finishing her Masters... Read More

Au Sable Receives Grant to Continue Boardman River Restoration Research

Au Sable Receives Grant to Continue Boardman River Restoration Research

Apr 22, 2013

Au Sable Institute (ASI) has received a $10,000 grant from the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Boardman River Dam Removal Implementation Team to continue its study of the effects of dam removal and modification on large stream invertebrates (“macroinvertebrates”). One of the most significant... Read More

Au Sable Executive Director, Fred Van Dyke, Contributes to Book on Sustainable Development

Au Sable Executive Director, Fred Van Dyke, Contributes to Book on Sustainable Development

Apr 22, 2013

Au Sable Institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Fred Van Dyke, has contributed a chapter to a new book on sustainable development  titled, 'Values in Sustainable Development,' soon to be published by Routledge as part of their Studies in Sustainable Development Series. The book's editor, Jack Appleton, a... Read More

Au Sable Conservation Biology Professor Studies Native Plant Use in Livestock Foraging

Mar 26, 2013

Sam Riffell, Mississippi State University Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management and Au Sable Conservation Biology and Research Methods Professor, was recently featured in the Mississippi Agricultural News for his research that native grasses have ecological benefits for livestock foraging. The study indicates that native... Read More

Opening for Research Assistant at Au Sable Institute - Summer 2013

Opening for Research Assistant at Au Sable Institute - Summer 2013

Mar 14, 2013

The Au Sable Institute seeks a highly motivated and well qualified undergraduate student to join its current research effort on wetland vegetation recovery and effectiveness of herbicide treatments on Phragmites australis, an invasive grass which harms native wetland plant communities. This research is a long-term controlled... Read More

Opening for Teaching Assistant in Environmental Chemistry - Summer 2013

Opening for Teaching Assistant in Environmental Chemistry - Summer 2013

Mar 14, 2013

The Au Sable Institute seeks a highly motivated and well qualified undergraduate student to serve at a Teaching Assistant in its course in Environmental Chemistry taught by Dr. Scott Carr of Anderson University during its Second Summer Session 2013. Demonstrated past success as a student in... Read More

Opportunity Knocks: Undergraduate Summer Research

Feb 21, 2013

The Au Sable Institute is now accepting applications for openings in its 2013 Summer Research Program. We seek 3-5 highly qualified students desiring experience in environmental and conservation research under the direct supervision of a distinguished faculty mentor. Accepted students take a one-credit course in Research... Read More

Messiah and Roberts Wesleyan Join ASI as Sustaining Partner and Participating College

Jan 28, 2013

Au Sable is pleased and honored to announce the completion of Sustaining Partner and Participating College agreements with two institutions, Messiah College (Pennsylvania) and Roberts Wesleyan College (New York). A long-time member of Au Sable’s family of Participating Colleges, Messiah College, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, has... Read More

Au Sable Graduate Fellows 2013 Conference Features Dr. Loren Wilkinson

Au Sable Graduate Fellows 2013 Conference Features Dr. Loren Wilkinson

Jan 21, 2013

Twenty-eight Au Sable graduate fellows traversed the country to gather at the Great Lakes Campus for their annual conference from January 18-21. The graduate fellows conference provides an opportunity for fellows that hail from chapters across the country -- Cornell University, University of California Berkley, University... Read More

Meet the New Au Sable Graduate Fellows 2012-2013

Meet the New Au Sable Graduate Fellows 2012-2013

Dec 31, 2012

Au Sable Institute welcomes ten new graduate fellows to its Au Sable Graduate Fellows program for 2012-2013. New Graduate Fellows enter a community of 28 Christian graduate students spread across five chapters at Cornell University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and University of... Read More

Au Sable Research Student Wins Best Paper at Oklahoma Academy of Science

Au Sable Research Student Wins Best Paper at Oklahoma Academy of Science

Dec 19, 2012

Summer 2012 research student Opeoluwa (Ope) Oyewole has received the award for Best Student Paper in the Environmental Sciences Division at the 2012 meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science in Edmond, Oklahoma. Ope, a student at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, won the award... Read More

Dr. Mark Gathany to Teach New Course in Geographic Information Systems

Dec 17, 2012

Au Sable Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Mark Gathany, Assistant Professor of Biology at Cedarville University (Ohio) and an Au Sable alumni from 2000, as the newest member of its distinguished teaching faculty for 2013.  Dr. Gathany will teach Au Sable’s newest course, Applied Geographic... Read More

Missionary Earthkeeping Conference: Speakers List Announced

Missionary Earthkeeping Conference: Speakers List Announced

Dec 10, 2012

Au Sable Institute has confirmed a full slate of speakers and sessions for its upcoming 'Missionary Earthkeeping' mini-conference for missions and development faculty directors from Christian colleges and universities. The Institute will be hosting the faculty-focused conference within the larger, student-run Faith and International Development Conference... Read More

Annual Au Sable Community Christmas Party 2012

Annual Au Sable Community Christmas Party 2012

Dec 07, 2012

Join us at the Au Sable Lodge from 7 PM-9PM on Tuesday, December 11th, for the Annual Au Sable Community Christmas Party. We hope to see you... Read More

Dr. Noah Toly, Global Environmental Law and Policy Expert, Joins Au Sable Faculty

Dr. Noah Toly, Global Environmental Law and Policy Expert, Joins Au Sable Faculty

Dec 05, 2012

Au Sable Institute is pleased and honored to announce the addition of Dr. Noah Toly, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College, to its 2013 faculty. Dr. Toly will team teach, with Dr. Ralph Stearley and Dr. Jason VanHorn of... Read More

Au Sable Partners with Faith and International Development Conference at Calvin College

Au Sable Partners with Faith and International Development Conference at Calvin College

Nov 28, 2012

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies will partner with the Calvin College 2013 Faith and International Development Conference (FIDC) this February to introduce students and faculty to the concepts and practices of missionary earthkeeping and environmentally sustainable development. Au Sable will lead a new faculty component... Read More

Au Sable Offers New Course in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Oct 17, 2012

During Summer Session II 2013, Au Sable will offer a new course in the theory and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing. The new course will introduce students to the hardware and software technology of GIS programs and their most common applications in... Read More

New Prof on Au Sable’s Block: Dieter Bouma to Teach Ecology of the Indian Tropics

Oct 11, 2012

The Au Sable Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of its newest faculty member, Dieter Bouma, who will be teaching the 2012-2013 offering of Ecology of the Indian Tropics. Taught for many years by Orin Gelderloos of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Orin stepped down as... Read More

Environmental Education Program Receives $20,000 Grant for New Supplies to Revamp and Expand Program

Environmental Education Program Receives $20,000 Grant for New Supplies to Revamp and Expand Program

Sep 20, 2012

The Au Sable Institute Environmental Education Program has received a grant for over $20,000 to replace and revamp its scientific resources, costumes, and supplies.  The grant will allow Au Sable to refine and expand its nineteen Day, Residential, and In-class programs for students throughout Northwest Lower... Read More

A Lifetime Legacy of Service and Leadership at Au Sable

A Lifetime Legacy of Service and Leadership at Au Sable

Sep 10, 2012

As of June 30, 2012, Dr. Orin Gelderloos, then Chair and long-time member of the Au Sable Board of Trustees, completed his tenure and officially stepped down from the Au Sable Board. Stated Gelderloos, “It has been an honor to have been associated with an organization that... Read More

Same Mission, New Statement: Au Sable Board and Staff Unveil New Mission Statement

Same Mission, New Statement: Au Sable Board and Staff Unveil New Mission Statement

Aug 28, 2012

After many months of work, deliberation, and consideration from many sources, the Au Sable Board of Trustees has approved a new mission statement for the Au Sable Institute: Au Sable inspires and educates people to serve, protect, and restore God’s earth. A concise but powerful declaration,... Read More

Watershed Stewardship Students Recognized by US EPA and Global Water Watch

Watershed Stewardship Students Recognized by US EPA and Global Water Watch

Aug 10, 2012

Jonathan Naritoku (Biola University), Jennifer Cobb (Cornerstone University), Diane Harris (Calvin College), Kelsey Piepkorn (Bethel University), Rebecca Wadman (Cedarville University), and Savhannah Harris (Geneva College) of Au Sable's 2012 Watershed Stewardship class completed requirements for two nationally and internationally recognized programs during the course of their... Read More

Au Sable Receives Grant to Train Missionary Earthkeepers

Au Sable Receives Grant to Train Missionary Earthkeepers

Jun 25, 2012

Au Sable has received a grant from the Crowell Trust to provide scholarships for students called into missionary earthkeeping and to host a conference for Missions and Development directors at participating... Read More

July Community Days at Au Sable

July Community Days at Au Sable

Jun 20, 2012

Want to explore the natural world this summer? Join us for July Community Days at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies every Thursday night at 7 PM. ... Read More

Au Sable Institute 2011 Annual Report

Au Sable Institute 2011 Annual Report

Jun 08, 2012

With the 2012 academic year upon us, we are taking an opportunity to look back on the accomplishments of 2011. The Au Sable Institute 2011 Annual Report (click on link to view the report) highlights the various ways in which the Institute continues to be a leader... Read More

Graduate Fellows Summer Excursions

Graduate Fellows Summer Excursions

Apr 09, 2012

Everything about the Au Sable Graduate Fellows summer plans is far and wide-ranging: their travels, their research, their internship areas, their educational opportunities, and their service projects. We caught up with each of them to find out more about their summer arrangements and how they will... Read More

Steven Bouma-Prediger Leads Talks on “Earthkeeping as Homemaking” at Annual Grad Fellows Conference

Steven Bouma-Prediger Leads Talks on “Earthkeeping as Homemaking” at Annual Grad Fellows Conference

Feb 10, 2012

A weekend of seminars, discussion, recreation, and relaxation at the Au Sable Great Lakes Campus made the annual conference a time to connect and reflect for the Au Sable Graduate Fellows. ... Read More

Students Explore South India’s Ecological Diversity and Conservation

Students Explore South India’s Ecological Diversity and Conservation

Feb 06, 2012

Dr. Orin Gelderloos recounts his latest foray into South Indian ecosystems with fourteen Au Sable students, three Indian students from Bishop Heber College, and his long-time co-teachers, Dr. A. Relton and Ms.... Read More