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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.

Registration for 2018 summer sessions is coming soon. 

2017 Session Details

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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 SESSION CLOSED

June 19-24 Ι Outdoor Adventure Filmmaking (with with Drone Videography option)

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. Drone videography is optional, and drones are available for use. Please specify this with your registration. Lead instructor, Paulette Moore is an educator/documentary filmmaker whose clients include Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Cost: $675 SESSION CLOSED

June 26-30 Ι Shipwrecked on Stockton

Enjoy the thrill of discovery as you explore Stockton Island in Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We’ll learn about some of the great Lake Superior shipwrecks, identify woodland plants and wildlife, experience our senses during a night hike adventure, and uncover the history of the Ojibwe and French fur traders. 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 SESSION CLOSED

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 SESSION CLOSED

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) SESSION CLOSED

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) ESSION CLOSED

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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