Explorations

Get to know each other, and have fun!

Learn to ski. Take a hike. Join staff and students on field trips to explore history, nature—or both. Michigan Tech International Programs and Services organizes and hosts events all year long to help you adjust to life at Michigan Tech and get to know the area. It is also a wonderful way to make friends. Check out some of the most popular events we typically offer each year. We are always coming up with new ideas, so stay tuned to our IPS Facebook page (and follow us on Instagram) for the latest happenings. 

Keep an eye on your inbox, too. When field trip details are ready, we will email you. 

Event Calendar

Waterfall TourStudents in front of a waterfall

A Michigan Tech Outdoor Adventure Program guide takes us on an all-day trip around the Keweenaw Peninsula. We hike to local waterfalls, and make a Lake Superior beach stop where you can practice skipping stones or dip your toes in if you’re brave! Lunch provided.

The tour usually takes place on a Saturday or Sunday in September. Watch for details on our Facebook Page.


Student at the ski hillInternational Ski Day

Every January IPS teams up with Mont Ripley staff and Graduate Student Government to help international students learn how to ski, tube, or snowboard. Low-cost equipment rentals and lessons are available at two different times during the day—usually a Saturday or Sunday in early January. The cost of lift tickets is included in your Experience Tech fee.

As with all winter activities, be sure to dress warmly: Warm socks, gloves or mittens, a hat, and jacket. No matter which sport you choose, falling is a sure thing, so wear snowpants. Jeans will just get wet. Join IPS in the warming shack for snacks and beverages. If you need a heartier meal, you can buy food at the chalet.

Watch the video to see what happens at International Ski Day.


We also host outings and events like:

The Copper Dog 150 Race that starts each year in early March in downtown Calumet with food and fireworks.

Snowshoe excursions on Nara Nature Trail just east of campus—there's a warming chalet with restrooms.

Tours of historic Keweenaw Peninsula locations, like Calumet, which during the copper-mining boom was so populated it was almost named the capital of Michigan.

Do you have a field trip suggestion? Email us at ips.mtu.edu or stop by Administration Building 200.

To find more about hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, and other Keweenaw excursions (including rentals, maps, and lessons), visit Michigan Tech's Outdoor Adventure Program.