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National Public Lands Day of Service

Cable, Wisconsin Cable, WI

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 student leaders from the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s Outdoor Pursuits program…  Read More


Sylvania Wilderness Canoe Camping Weekend Trip

Sylvania Wilderness Watersmeet, MI

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…  Read More

$25 – $75

Bayfield Apple Picking and Cider Pressing

Bayfield, Wisconsin Bayfield, WI

Beat the Apple Fest rush and join us at the Bayfield orchards for a day! Every fall, we take a group up to spend the crisp fall afternoon harvesting local apples and exploring the orchard, then returning to campus to press cider and cook apple-inspired goodies over the fire with our partners from the Hulings…  Read More

$10 – $30

Canoeing the Namekagon National Wild and Scenic River

Cable, Wisconsin Cable, WI

Join Outdoor Pursuits student leaders on a leisurely six-mile paddle down a quiet section of the Namekagon River and take in the striking fall colors. One of the Nation’s first eight National Scenic Riverways designated by the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Namekagon meanders through quite alder stands and past cedar and hemlock…  Read More

$10 – $30

8th Annual Starlight Ramble

Tri-County Corridor

A Northland College fall semester tradition! Join Outdoor Pursuits 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…  Read More


Technical Tree Climbing Clinic

Campus Mall

This free workshop does not require advanced registration—just drop in! Ever wondered what it would feel like to ascend into the canopy of a tree? Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits leaders for an afternoon of tree climbing here on campus! The experience will change how you see the world we all share. The leaders will introduce…  Read More


Northland Highways Field Fest Day

These outings are only open to students currently enrolled in Northland Highways. SOEI Outdoor Pursuits is offering a day of outings to Northland Highways students! Discover your sense of place in the Northwoods you’ve been studying and connecting to during your course, and spend time in nature with folks outside of your cohort. Each outing…  Read More


CAMBA Gateway Trail Mountain Biking

Hayward, Wisconsin Hayward, WI

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 the Hayward Hospital. No previous mountain biking experience…  Read More

$10 – $30

Outdoor Pursuits ‘Scenario Sunday’ Clinic

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI

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 of our clinic, we’ll enjoy ice cream sundaes and debrief. These monthly clinics are aimed at…  Read More

Free – $10

Woodscraft Skills

Cornucopia, Wisconsin Cornucopia, WI

Join SOEI Outdoor Pursuits leaders and woodscraft expert Greg Weiss. The full cost of facilitating this SOEI day outing ($75.00/person) has been largely offset by a generous grant from the Endeavor Foundation. What’s more, to meet our goal of ensuring equitable access to our experiences, students may choose from three price-point options. There will be…  Read More

$10 – $30