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Environmental Studies

Prairie flowers in bloom

The Department of Environmental Studies at Lake Forest College gets students out of the classroom and into the field. Students are immersed in an interdisciplinary conversation with their local and global environments, and discover their place within them. Whether it’s on-campus initiatives like composting research on behalf of the the campus garden, or interning with community organizations like the Lake Forest Open Lands Association, students develop the knowledge and skills to engage with current environmental opportunities and challenges. 

Our Department

Our Department of Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that looks at the environment from a diversity of disciplinary perspectives. The environment can be studied as the set of natural systems that determines the health of the planet, or as the variety of ways humans have influenced the environment around them. Our program values the perspectives of many different disciplines from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and guides students through an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing and addressing environmental issues. Its majors also learn the value of using an interdisciplinary approach to understanding issues in the environment. Majors are encouraged and given the flexibility to develop their individual interests as they can be applied to efforts in environmental studies.  

Learning in and out of the Classroom

The Environmental Studies program provides opportunities for students to learn in the classroom and in the field.  We currently have students volunteering at several organizations in Chicagoland—including the Wildlife Discovery Center and the Lake Forest Open Lands Association—as well as on campus, including the Lake Forest College Student Garden at Glen Rowan restoration projects. 

Field Research
  • Local Ecosystems Restoration
  • Flora of the Great Lakes Region
  • Urban Studies in Chicago
Internships and Practica
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Lake Forest Open Lands
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Center for Conservation Leadership
  • Midwest Pesticide Action Center
  • City of Lake Forest
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards
  • Wildlife Discovery Center
  • YMCA-Outdoor Education Special Needs Camp
Student Garden

Check out The Lake Forest College Student Garden’s Facebook and Instagram to learn what is being planted and harvested:
Garden Facebook
Garden Instagram

Explore the Outdoors

Want to explore the outdoors, but don't know where to go? Check out the Openlands Get Outside Map!

What Our Professors Have Been Up To
Social Media
Department Instagram

Check out the Environmental Studies Instagram to stay updated on current happenings within the department:
Environmental Studies Instagram

Restoration Instagram

Check out our restoration Instagram to keep up with current restoration projects:
Restoration Instagram

Revery Prarie

Also, check out our new hashtag on Instagram #whatsinflowerinrevery to discover what plants are in flower in Revery Prarie. 

Meet Our Students and Alumni

Lana Panitch

Lana Panitch

Senior Program Support Associate, Elevate Energy

Employers are impressed that I can speak Spanish in addition to my other hard and soft skills.
Lana Panitch ’14

Related Programs

Contact Us

Benjamin Goluboff
Professor of English
Chair of Environmental Studies
Carnegie Hall 203