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In summer, we invite high school students entering grades 9-12 to explore and experience Northland College. It’s a great way to develop adventure and leadership skills while getting a taste of college life.

Register now for 2017 summer sessions. 

If you are already registered, you must print out and mail us your registration packet before your registration is complete.

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Sessions are open to any students entering grade 9 through 12, except when noted.

June 12-16 Ι Sail the Apostle Islands

Board the Abbey Road for three days of sailing and taking in the splendor of Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Sail and sleep under star-filled skies aboard this 52’ fiberglass, cruising boat—a perfect environment to learn about the northern sky through constellations and astronomy instruction. Boys and girls have separate sleeping areas and bathrooms. Develop sailing skills, enjoy campfires, outdoor cooking, and camaraderie with your crew.  Note: Participants should understand the rustic nature of the accommodations and the potential for challenging weather conditions. There is no shower onboard and all hot water must be heated on the stove. The Abbey Road is a spacious 52’ yacht, however, students have limited personal space. Temperatures on land may be in the 60’s and 70’s, but temperatures on the water can easily dip into the low 40’s and even 30’s due to the cold lake temperature in June. Proper clothing is a must. Cost: $700 Register now!

June 12-16 Ι Apostle Islands Kayaker

Learn how to kayak and gain confidence on the water in this introductory sea kayaking trip through the Apostle Islands. This four day route connects the forests and beaches of Oak, Stockton, and Hermit islands. You’ll learn basic paddling skills and rescue techniques on Lake Superior. Along the way you’ll be introduced to the flora and fauna of the region and discover some of Lake Superior’s great history. No previous experience or personal equipment is required, although students may bring their own gear. Cost: $700 Register now!

June 19-24 Ι Outdoor Adventure Filmmaking 

Create your own dynamic video while you explore waterfalls, rocky shoreline, and forests along Lake Superior. Trek with a GoPro, capture footage, test camera angles, layer audio, edit, and perfect your post-production skills. This session culminates with a mini film fest at Northland College. Equipment includes Canon Vixia, GoPro, and Adobe Premiere Pro software. No previous experience or personal equipment is required, although students may bring their own gear. Lead instructor, Paulette Moore is an educator/documentary filmmaker whose clients include Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Cost: $650 Register now!

June 26-June 30 Ι Shipwrecked on Stockton

Enjoy the thrill of discovery as you explore Stockton Island in Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We’ll uncover the history of the Ojibwe and French fur traders, learn about some of the great Lake Superior shipwrecks, identify woodland plants and wildlife, and experience our senses during a night hike adventure. We’ll also get to know the National Park Service and discover what National Park status means and why protection of public land is so important to our lives. Gain leadership and outdoor skills, camp in the wilderness, and swim in one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes. (This session has a check out time of 4-4:30 pm) Cost: $650 Register now!

July 3-7 Ι Go with the Flow River Expedition

Explore the hidden life below the surface of the Namakagon on this beginner three-night canoe trip. Practice paddling skills on Lake Namakagon while learning about water quality, natural history, and loons. Experience nocturnal birds of prey in the north woods during an owl prowl. We’ll also run a few rapids on the Namakagon River and spend an afternoon with the National Park Service to investigate aquatic invasive species. Gain teamwork and outdoor cooking and camping skills all while having loads of fun. No experience necessary.  Cost: $600 Register now!

July 3-7 Ι Sustainable Living (grades 10-12)

Examine what sustainable decision-making means and how you can apply practices in your own life. Take a look at examples of sustainability on Northland’s campus and throughout the region including local food, recycling, energy use, economics, and planning. Visit local farms, tour wind and solar energy systems, gain hands-on gardening skills, and develop mindfulness on how to sustain a healthy you. We’ll look at Northland’s new food systems facility and state-of-the-art compost facility. Learn what it takes to practice sustainability and why it matters. Hone your leadership skills and enjoy outdoor adventures along Lake Superior. Come with an open mind and leave with a plan. Cost: $600 (without credit) $875 (1-credit, SCD 100) Register now!

July 10-14 Ι Backpacking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Practice wilderness travel and outdoor skills as you traverse sandstone bluffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, and forests overlooking the spectacular, aquamarine waters of Lake Superior.  You’ll see dramatic multicolored cliffs and unusual geologic formations such as Miner’s Castle in Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on a twenty-mile trek. Learn to navigate, set-up camp, cook, stay dry, administer basic first aid, and properly load your pack as we travel on the North Country Trail, America’s longest National Scenic Trail. By the end of the trip, you’ll have the skills necessary to plan and enjoy a backpacking trip of your own. Cost: $700 Register now!

July 17-21 Ι All Girls Mountain Biking

Be inspired, challenge yourself, gain courage, and have some hardcore fun during this women specific session. Spend your days participating in small group skills clinics coached by local experts. Learn basic bike maintenance and ride some of the best mountain bike trails in the Midwest. Discover the practice of yoga and healthy nutrition for athletes. We’ll even be making healthy snacks and sending you home with the recipes. Mountain biking can be a great way to build confidence and believe in yourself. This camp also includes many other evening recreation activities. No previous experience or personal bike gear required. Cost: $600 Register now!

July 24-28 Ι Aquatic Ecology Field Academy (grades 10-12)

This fun and intensive field program offers hands-on experience in water resource management through Northland’s Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation. Northland’s faculty and research interns will train you to use professional water testing equipment, and conduct stream measurements. We’ll also discuss ecological climate change adaptations and watershed restoration. Get ready to wade into inland waters to investigate lake ecology and identify macro invertebrates. Develop leadership, teamwork, and boat safety skills, and learn laboratory safety procedures in Northland’s Applied Research and Environmental Lab. Cost: $600 (without credit) $875 (1-credit, NRS 106) Register now!

July 24-28 Ι The Art of Adventure: Inspired by Nature

Get inspired by exploring the north woods and Lake Superior, then share your story of this unique environment through the lens of art.  Each day starts with an adventure designed to inspire and fuel your creative fire. We’ll be exploring the rushing waterfalls of Copper Falls State Park, Madeline Island beaches and lagoon, and hiking the mossy magic of Houghton Point. Led by artist and instructor Janet Moore, you will learn and practice techniques in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor, so you can experience a deeper connection with nature and communicate your vision of this beautiful place. To learn more about instructor Janet Moore, visit her website$650 (without credit) $900 (1-credit, ART 100) Register now!

July 31-August 4 Ι Natural Resources at Forest Lodge

Launch into a natural resources exploration 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 shore of Lake Namekagon. Explore the old growth forest, investigate loon habitat and water quality on Lake Namakagon, 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. $600 Register now!

Contact Us

For more information about Northland’s high school summer program, contact MaryJo Gingras, Outreach Program Coordinator at 715-682-1392 or via email.

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