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September 2021

Canoeing the Namekagon River

September 18, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Cable, Wisconsin Cable, WI 54821 United States
$10 – $30
Northland students in canoes

Join SOEI student leaders on a leisurely 6-mile paddle down a quiet section of the Namekagon River to take in the striking fall colors. One of the nation’s first eight Wild & Scenic Rivers to be designated with the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Namekagon meanders through quite alder stands and past cedar and hemlock groves on its way to the St. Croix River. Paddlers often enjoy glimpses of migratory songbirds, beaver, river otters, deer, raptors, and a…

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National Public Lands Day of Service

September 25, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Cable, Wisconsin Cable, WI 54821 United States
Free
Volunteers build new trail on the Firth Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. Join SOEI student leaders in a day of caring for and giving back to the local public lands that help make the Northland way of life so wonderful. We’ll be partnering with regional federal land managers and…

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Outdoor Pursuits Scenario Sunday Clinic

September 26, 12:00 pm2:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Free – $10
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits as we focus on reviewing and then practicing responses to a specific aspect of wilderness medicine to keep your wilderness medicine skills sharp. Patient Assessment Drills! Backcountry Illness Round Robins! Splinting Workshops! At the end, we’ll eat ice cream sundaes and debrief. These monthly clinics are aimed at providing students, faculty, and staff who have previously completed a Wilderness First Aid or a Wilderness First Responder course with a continuing education opportunity for keeping skills honed…

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Reel Rock 15 Film Screening

September 30, 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Free

Reel Rock 15 is coming to Northland! The Reel Rock 15 Tour premiered last fall and was completely virtual, so we are excited to host a small screening here at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. You won’t want to miss this stellar film lineup: Action Directe, Deep Roots, Black Ice, and First Ascent Last Ascent. Check out the trailer here. If you’re as hooked as we are by the diverse world of climbing, come join us for community, popcorn, and…

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October 2021

Bayfield Apple Picking and Cider Pressing

October 2, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Bayfield, Wisconsin Bayfield, WI 54814 United States
$10 – $30
apples

Join SOEI student leaders in celebrating the ‘good life’ in our Chequamegon Bay region by harvesting local Bayfield apples and then returning to campus to learn how to press cider and make an array of apple-inspired goodies around the campus fire ring using camp stoves and Dutch ovens. Transportation, experienced instructors, lunch, and all equipment provided. The full cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($95.00/person) has been largely offset by a generous grant from the John C. Bock Foundation.…

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Ice Age Trail Alliance Service Trip

October 8, 4:30 pmOctober 10, 5:30 pm
Wausau, Wisconsin Wausau, WI 54403 United States
$10 – $50
Ice Age Trail marker

Join SOEI student leaders (and guest leader Professor Dave Ullman!) on a weekend trip to participate in the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Annual Reconnect Trailbuilding and Stewardship event. Learn the art and science of trail building. Connect with a community of like-minded trail enthusiasts. Eat good food, and enjoy great conversations around the fire. Get to know one of the coolest professors at Northland! Get incredible sleep each night after fulfilling days of giving back to one of the most…

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7th Annual Starlight Ramble

October 8, 6:00 pm11:30 pm
Free
Bike in the moonlight

A Northland College Fall Semester Tradition! Join SOEI student leaders and other bicycling enthusiasts for a twenty-six-mile bike ride along the Tri-County Corridor (an old railroad grade with a smooth, crushed lime surface) by moonlight, starlight, or headlamp-light. This annual ride takes place the night before Ashland hosts its annual WhistleStop Marathon, tracing the route that runners will experience the next morning. SOEI Outdoor Pursuits will provide aid stations with snacks, hot cocoa, and good cheer every 10 miles along…

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CAMBA Gateway Trail Mountain Biking

October 16, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Hayward, Wisconsin Hayward, WI 54843 United States
$10 – $30
Mountain bike forest ride

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits staff for a fun getaway to enjoy the award-winning Hayward Hospital Gateway Trail. Part of a larger community wellness initiative, CAMBA’s Gateway trail consists of ‘flowy’ dirt single track trails winding through the forests and around streams and lakes in the vicinity of Hayward Area Memorial Hospital. No previous mountain biking experience necessary; this award-winning trail was built with families and beginning bikers in mind. Experienced riders will find the trail engaging and interesting, and the…

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Technical Tree Climbing at the Maxwell Nature Study Area

October 16, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Mabel Cora Maxwell Nature Study Area, 60393
State Highway 118, WI United States
$10 – $30
Northland College Professor Erik Olson standing on a fallen white pine tree.

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits leaders (and guest instructor Professor Jon Martin!) for an adventurous day of exploring the large white pines that grace the bank of the White River on Northland’s Maxbel Cora Maxwell Nature Study Area just south of campus. Learn technical rope ascension techniques. Learn about ongoing research projects currently being conducted by Northland natural resources faculty and students. Get to know one of the coolest professors at Northland! No technical tree climbing experience necessary. Transportation, experienced instructors,…

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Outdoor Pursuits Scenario Sunday Clinic

October 17, 12:00 pm2:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Free – $10
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits as we focus on reviewing and then practicing responses to a specific aspect of wilderness medicine to keep your wilderness medicine skills sharp. Patient Assessment Drills! Backcountry Illness Round Robins! Splinting Workshops! At the end, we’ll eat ice cream sundaes and debrief. These monthly clinics are aimed at providing students, faculty, and staff who have previously completed a Wilderness First Aid or a Wilderness First Responder course with a continuing education opportunity for keeping skills honed…

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Sylvania Wilderness Canoe Camping

October 22, 4:30 pmOctober 24, 5:30 pm
Sylvania Wilderness Watersmeet, MI 49969 United States
$25 – $75
Red canoe on a lake

Considered by many to be a ‘miniature Boundary Waters’, the Sylvania Wilderness in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s Ottawa National Forest is without a doubt one of the most spectacular hidden gems in our region. Only two hours from campus, you’ll find yourself enjoying a chill weekend canoeing and camping getaway that will rival any Boundary Waters trip. Join SOEI student leaders for a weekend getaway during the best time of year for outdoor adventures—fewer people, no bugs, crisp evening…

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November 2021

Forest Lodge Wellness Retreat

November 12, 4:30 pmNovember 14, 5:30 pm
Forest Lodge, 22230 Garmisch Road
Cable, WI 54821 United States
$25 – $75

You’ve worked hard this semester—it’s time to take a deep breath before finals. Join SOEI student leaders for a relaxing weekend getaway at Forest Lodge. Nestled on the south shore of Lake Namekagon, you’ll enjoy leisurely walks through the Forest Lodge Nature Trail, lounging in the Boat House overlooking Champaign Island, and eating hearty home-cooked meals before settling in around the fireplace for evenings of board games and crafts.  This weekend is all about returning to campus well-rested and ready…

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Outdoor Pursuits Scenario Sunday Clinic

November 14, 12:00 pm2:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Free – $10
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits as we focus on reviewing and then practicing responses to a specific aspect of wilderness medicine to keep your wilderness medicine skills sharp. Patient Assessment Drills! Backcountry Illness Round Robins! Splinting Workshops! At the end, we’ll eat ice cream sundaes and debrief. These monthly clinics are aimed at providing students, faculty, and staff who have previously completed a Wilderness First Aid or a Wilderness First Responder course with a continuing education opportunity for keeping skills honed…

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January 2022

Cross-Country Skiing at the ABR Trails

January 15, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Ironwood, Michigan Ironwood, WI 49938 United States
$10 – $30
Aerial view of winter ski trails on Northland College campus.

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits for a day of Nordic skiing at the Adventure Backwoods Retreat (ABR) trails. With a mix of trails for all skill levels, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to glide through varied terrain of the Montreal River valley. No gear or previous experience necessary; our leaders can share pointers, and the SOEI Nordic Ski Center will outfit you with all the equipment needed for the day. Transportation, experienced instructors, lunch, and all equipment provided. The full cost of…

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Snow Trekking in the Moquah Pine Barrens

January 22, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Moquah Barrens, Forest Road 236
Mason, WI 54856 United States
$10 – $30
Northland College students snowshoeing

Located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Moquah Pine Barrens is known as a hidden gem to many Northland students—a place to camp, hike, or marvel at the northern lights. Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits in getting out to enjoy exploring this local treasure on snowshoes or trekking skis, and embrace the joys of Winter. Transportation, experienced instructors, lunch, and all equipment provided. The full cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($85.00/person) has been largely offset by a generous grant…

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Outdoor Pursuits Scenario Sunday Clinic

January 23, 2022, 12:00 pm2:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Free – $10
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits as we focus on reviewing and then practicing responses to a specific aspect of wilderness medicine to keep your wilderness medicine skills sharp. Patient Assessment Drills! Backcountry Illness Round Robins! Splinting Workshops! At the end, we’ll eat ice cream sundaes and debrief. These monthly clinics are aimed at providing students, faculty, and staff who have previously completed a Wilderness First Aid or a Wilderness First Responder course with a continuing education opportunity for keeping skills honed…

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Snow Trekking in the Porcupine Lake Wilderness

January 29, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Porcupine Lake Wilderness Grand View, WI 54839 United States
$10 – $30
winter landscape of trees and sky

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits for a backcountry trek along the North Country National Scenic Trail through the Porcupine Lake Wilderness area. Enjoy silently gliding down rolling hills as we ski through the ungroomed backcountry. No experience necessary. Come spend the day with us in a winter wonderland! Transportation, experienced instructors, lunch, and all equipment provided. The full cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($90.00/person) has been largely offset by a generous grant from the John C. Bock Foundation. What’s…

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February 2022

Ice Climbing

February 5, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Sandstone, Minnesota Sandstone, MN 55072 United States

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits (and guest instructor, Professor Mike Riley!) for a day on the ice. No experience necessary; you’ll learn the basics of crampon and ice tool use, body positioning, and movement at one of the north woods’ premier ice-climbing destinations! Transportation, experienced instructors, lunch, and all equipment provided. The full cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($155.00/person) has been largely offset by a generous grant from the John C. Bock Foundation. What’s more, to meet our goal…

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1st Annual Northland College Candlelight Ski

February 12, 2022, 4:30 pm7:30 pm
Northland College Nordic Ski Trail System, 1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806 United States
Free

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits in our newest campus tradition! Come explore our newly developed campus Nordic ski trail system by candlelight and then enjoy treats and hot drinks by the warming fire. Use your own equipment or head down to the SOEI Nordic Ski Center (in the Lumber Jack Lounge in the lower level of the Ponzio Campus Center) to rent boots and skis for a modest fee. The cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($45.00/person) has been fully…

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Double-O Trail Cross-Country Skiing

February 19, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
$10 – $30
Northland College students ski on campus trails.

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits on the ‘Double-O’ Trail, part of the Birkebeiner route, for a day of Nordic skiing and relaxing by the fire in the chalet. No experience necessary! Your experienced instructors will be there to offer tips, and the SOEI Nordic Ski Center will provide all gear needed. Transportation, experienced instructors, lunch, and all equipment provided. The full cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($155.00/person) has been largely offset by a generous grant from the John C.…

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Outdoor Pursuits Scenario Sunday Clinic

February 20, 2022, 8:00 am5:00 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Free – $10
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits as we focus on reviewing and then practicing responses to a specific aspect of wilderness medicine to keep your wilderness medicine skills sharp. Patient Assessment Drills! Backcountry Illness Round Robins! Splinting Workshops! At the end, we’ll eat ice cream sundaes and debrief. These monthly clinics are aimed at providing students, faculty, and staff who have previously completed a Wilderness First Aid or a Wilderness First Responder course with a continuing education opportunity for keeping skills honed…

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Drummond Trails Cross-Country Skiing

February 26, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
$10 – $30
snow on trees

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits for a day on the Drummond Ski Trails, a beautiful Nordic ski area which winds through a scenic stretch of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. No experience necessary! Your experienced instructors will be there to offer tips, and the Nordic Ski Center will provide all gear needed. Transportation, experienced instructors, lunch, and all equipment provided. The full cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($85.00/person) has been largely offset by a generous grant from the John C.…

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March 2022

CAMBA Gateway Trail Fatbike Outing

March 19, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Hayward, Wisconsin Hayward, WI 54843 United States
$10 – $30
Fatbiking in the winter woods

Who says you can’t bike with snow on the ground? With a fatbike, you can traverse snowy terrain unavailable to bike enthusiasts before! Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits for a winter ride on the award-winning CAMBA Gateway Trail. No winter biking experience or gear necessary. All bikes and helmets will be provided by New Moon Bike & Ski Shop, a wonderful shop operated by Northland alumni located in Hayward, Wisconsin. All participants must be able to balance on a moving bicycle…

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Copper Falls State Park Hike

March 26, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
Copper Falls State Park, 336683 Copper Falls Road
Mellen, WI 54546 United States
$10 – $30
Copper Falls

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits in exploring the early spring trails by foot or snowshoe to view the many waterfalls to be found in one of the most popular state parks in the north woods. Transportation, experienced instructors, and lunch provided. The full cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($80.00/person) has been largely offset by a generous grant from the John C. Bock Foundation. What’s more, to meet our goal of ensuring equitable access to our experiences, students may choose…

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Outdoor Pursuits Scenario Sunday Clinic

March 27, 2022, 12:00 pm2:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Free – $10
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits as we focus on reviewing and then practicing responses to a specific aspect of wilderness medicine to keep your wilderness medicine skills sharp. Patient Assessment Drills! Backcountry Illness Round Robins! Splinting Workshops! At the end, we’ll eat ice cream sundaes and debrief. These monthly clinics are aimed at providing students, faculty, and staff who have previously completed a Wilderness First Aid or a Wilderness First Responder course with a continuing education opportunity for keeping skills honed…

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April 2022

Morgan Falls & St. Peter’s Dome Recreation Area Hike

April 9, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
$10 – $30
trail signs for morgan falls

Morgan Falls & St. Peter’s Dome Recreation Area has the best of both worlds: a magnificent waterfall and a phenomenal overlook. Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits and discover the beauty that is spring in the north woods. Find out which flowers and animals have emerged and which are still sleeping. Enjoy looking out over the early spring landscape of the Chequamegon Bay region from the top of St. Peter’s Dome. Take a deep breath before finals while listening to the sounds…

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August 2022

Forest Stewardship & Adventure Program

August 14, 2022, 1:00 pmAugust 26, 2022, 5:30 pm
Free
Forest Lodge Woods

Attention rising sophomores! SOEI Outdoor Pursuits is offering a free stewardship and adventure opportunity for students who have just completed their first year at Northland. Join us for this unique two-week experience! You’ll spend your first week engaging in trail building and ecological stewardship projects with your leaders and Forest Service personnel. You’ll basecamp near your project site, hike to the project each morning, and then enjoy returning to camp for dinner and campfire conversations each evening. Develop skills and…

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