Northwoods Field Station
The Northwoods Field Station at Hiram College's Hiawatha Campus is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Built by a group of Hiram students and faculty in the 1970s, this rustic camp is in the Hiawatha National Forest, just minutes from Lake Superior. It is an ideal location to develop a strong sense of community and interdependence, qualities that are essential to making visits to Northwoods successful. The camp is a unique place to take a class and visit.
Location: Northwoods is near Wetmore, Michigan, twelve miles from Lake Superior and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The camp is on the shore of Cherry Lake and is surrounded by 100,000 acres of National Forest wilderness, meadows, bogs, rivers and more than a dozen other undeveloped lakes, all within a two-mile hike.
Facilities: At Northwoods, the emphasis is on living in harmony with nature and a low-consumption lifestyle. Solar panels provide limited electricity and running water is supplied by hand-pumping from a well. The camp has a beautiful lodge with a full kitchen, meeting space, bathroom and shower. There are six comfortable sleeping cabins and composting outhouses.
Courses: 2013 course offerings include
Spring 3-Week, 2013
- Environmental Education (April 17-May 8, 2013)
- Creative Writing at Northwoods (July 7-16, 2013)
- The Creative Life: A Journey of Self-Discovery (July 28-August 4, 2013)
Previous courses have included field biology, field botany, geology, environmental studies, natural history, storytelling, creative writing, and more.
Northwoods Experience: A five-day adventure for incoming Hiram College students to experience wilderness and build a sense of community with future classmates.
- Adventure 1: July 2-7, 2013
- Adventure 2: August 15-20, 2013