Hands and Minds at Work
Combining rigorous academics, roll-up-your-sleeves challenges, and good old hard work, you will engage with issues such as food security, climate change, agricultural sustainability, and social justice so you can drive real, profound change in how we care for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.
That’s why we offer only five hands-on environmentally focused bachelor’s degree programs—plus one you can design yourself—because at Sterling, there is nothing more important than educating well-rounded stewards of the environment. And we do it like nobody else.
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Environmental Stewardship means working in harmony with the natural world—making sustainable choices that protect the climate, water, soil and wilderness while ensuring that our food system is healthful and just. It also means fostering those ideals in other people of all ages and backgrounds.
At Sterling College we own this as the essential enterprise: To create with you an innovative education that inspires, challenges, and pushes you to discover your environmental stewardship vision, whether you’re conducting research in the arctic, growing food for yourself and others, drafting clean water legislation for your state, or leading a youth group on a wilderness canoe trip.
We believe this can’t be done in a classroom alone, but needs to happen at the junctures where humanity and nature meet. So get ready to get your hands dirty.
Dig in to learn more about Sterling’s Environmental Stewardship education.
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In a world where colleges, like big box stores, look increasingly alike, Sterling is unlike any other school in the nation. Which is why you need to visit.
Breathe the fresh, mountain air on our rural Vermont campus. Watch our draft horses at work and tour our woodlands, greenhouses, classrooms, and studios. Relish a farm-to-table lunch with Sterling faculty and students.
See for yourself that it’s possible to learn in a place where you can live your values. Schedule a visit now. (And wear your work boots.)
“Sterling College reinforced my love of hard labor and taught me to see the world with an ecologist’s eye and a naturalist’s heart.”
B.A. Ecology. Matthew is a fish biologist for Trout Unlimited, a cold-water fisheries conservation organization.
“I wouldn’t have gone to college if it weren’t for Sterling. I thought college was a sham. But here you can do your own thing and take as much initiative as you want. If you put your time in and give it a whirl, you can have an amazing experience. The people who do are top in their field where they work.”
B.A. Conservation Biology. Pittenger went on to earna master’s degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Science from Central Washington University. He works as a wetland ecologist in Fairbanks, Alaska.
“Students are able to get so much out of a course of study because of the small class sizes. With a group of five, you can all crouch around a log and minutely examine decomposition in action.”
faculty in Ecology, is a plant ecologist whose research interests focus on the interaction between plant communities and aspects of global change such as climate change and invasive species. Her research has taken her to the forests of New Zealand and the steppes of Mongolia.
“There is so much wildness here, from our setting to people who are having wild, inspired ideas everyday. There is room to roam here physically and intellectually.”
storation Ecology self-designed major
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Sterling Alumni At Work
Sterling College has graduates working all over the world, contributing to a more sustainable planet as teachers, filmmakers, authors, librarians, Antarctic researchers, clinical herbalists, farmers, professors, directors of environmental organizations, tiny home builders, hard cider purveyors, park rangers, ethno biologists, ecologists, food truck entrepreneurs, nurses, and so much more.
Five years after graduation, 98% of Sterling College alumni report that they are working full- or part-time, attending graduate school, or parenting full-time.Read More About Sterling Alumni
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