• Northland students in canoes

The Forest Lodge Academies provide unique educational opportunities for high school groups during the summer. These placed-based, environmental education programs immerse 9-12 grade students in the fantastic wild landscapes, culture, history, and outdoor adventures of the Lake Superior region.

The programs focus on building connections to, and strengthening relationships with, the natural world. Program activities foster leadership, team building, and outdoor skills in a fun, structured, and experiential environment. The learning objectives for the academies are consistent with common education standards, and can be modified to meet the needs of individual schools.

The Forest Lodge Academies either take place at, or depart from, Forest Lodge.  Situated on the shore of Lake Namekagon in northern Wisconsin, Forest Lodge is a century-old historic estate nestled among 872 acres of old growth forest in the heart of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Explore the Forest Lodge Academies below!

Natural Resource Academy

Explore old growth forest and loon habitat, and investigate water quality on Lake Namekagon. Practice paddle skills and cook over an open fire. Listen for the call of the timber wolf, take your turn at owl calling, and be watchful for the northern lights at nightfall. Hike the North Country Trail, practice wilderness navigation, and discover exciting career opportunities as you meet talented natural resource professionals.

This program takes place at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres of majestic forest in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and situated along the pristine shores of Lake Namekagon.

Dates: M-Th; July & Aug
Grades: incoming 9-12
Location: Forest Lodge, Cable, WI
Activities: loon ecology, wolf howling, canoeing, outdoor skills, campfires, swimming
Cost: $230 per student (minimum 10 students)

For more information, please contact the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Outreach Programs at 715-682-1264 or SOEI@northland.edu.

Namekagon River Academy

Explore life hidden below the surface of Lake Namekagon on this beginner canoe adventure. Practice paddle skills and camp for three nights on a river where mornings sparkle with dew and nights are captured by the wild call of loons. Fall into the trance of the fire at camp but remain watchful for the glow of the Aurora Borealis.

Be mesmerized by songs at dusk of the north woods hermit thrush and take your turn to call in the barred owl during an owl prowl. Run a few rapids, practice your fly fishing cast, and spend an afternoon with the National Park Service to investigate aquatic invasive species. Gain teamwork and outdoor skills all while having loads of fun. No experience necessary.

Dates: M-Th; July & Aug
Grades: incoming 9-12
Location: Forest Lodge, Cable, WI; Namekagon River
Activities: canoeing, camping, owl calling, river ecology, fly fishing, swimming
Cost: $195 per student (minimum 10 students)

For more information, please contact the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Outreach Programs at 715-682-1264 or SOEI@northland.edu.

Life of the Ojibwe and Voyageurs Academy

Explore traditional crafts and life ways of the Ojibwe people including beadwork, basketry, quillwork, traditional plants, and storytelling. Participants are also introduced to the history of the fur trade. And through travel by voyageur canoe, experience first-hand the waterways, trade activities, and cultural exchanges that were central to this transformational period in our country’s history. Interactions with tribal representatives and living-history interpreters are an integral component of this academy.

This program takes place at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres of majestic forest in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and situated along the pristine shores of Lake Namekagon.

Dates: M-Th; July & Aug
Grades: incoming 9-12
Location: Forest Lodge, Cable, WI
Activities: canoeing, history, traditional skills, art, culture, language, campfires, swimming
Cost: $245 per student (minimum 10 students)

For more information, please contact the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Outreach Programs at 715-682-1264 or SOEI@northland.edu.

North Country Trail Backpacker Academy

Practice wilderness travel and outdoor skills while backpacking the North Country Trail. Join Northland College instructors on this trek through the Porcupine Wilderness by clear lakes and through hemlock forests. Learn to navigate, set up camp, cook, stay dry, administer basic first aid, and properly pack your backpack as we travel a 10-mile section of the longest National Scenic Trail in America.

By the end of the trip, you will have the skills you need to plan and enjoy a backpacking trip of your own. Spend your last night camping at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres of majestic forest in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and situated along the pristine shores of Lake Namekagon.

Dates: M-TH; July & Aug
Grades: incoming 9-12
Location: Forest Lodge, Cable, WI
Activities: backpacking, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking, ecology, swimming
Cost: $175 per student (minimum 10 students)

For more information, please contact the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Outreach Programs at 715-682-1264 or SOEI@northland.edu.

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Outreach Programs at 715-682-1264 or SOEI@northland.edu.

Teachers must submit participant registration forms two weeks prior to the academy to SOEI@northland.edu or by mail to:

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
Northland College
Attn: Outreach Programs
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806