Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

The Au Sable Institute is a Christian institute of environmental studies whose mission is to inspire and educate people to serve, protect, and restore God's earth. Through its programs in education, research, church engagement in environmental stewardship, and development of the Au Sable community of alumni, friends, and donors, the Institute seeks to provide Christian understanding of the care of the earth manifested in teaching, research, and service.

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies offers environmental science programs for students and adults of all ages: primary and secondary school, college, and graduate school. Our academic program offers field-based, university-level courses in environmental studies and environmental science at campuses in the Great Lakes region (Mancelona, MI), Pacific Northwest (Whidbey Island, WA), South India (Thiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu), and Latin America (Vara Blanca, Costa Rica) with academic credit offered by more than 50 colleges and universities.

Our community school program provides environmental education for children in the northwest lower Michigan region, while also teaching budding environmental education teachers through our internship program.  

Our graduate fellows program supports graduate students in environmental studies by bringing Christian students at public universities together for group discussions and retreats centered around Christian environmental stewardship.