Orientation Trips

Orientation Trips are a great way to explore the opportunities available to you as a Michigan Tech student. You can choose to go on an overnight or day trip to hike, camp, kayak, go geo-caching, or even explore a mine. Prefer to stay close to campus? Sign up to bike the Tech Trails, play paintball, or participate in a cool community service experience.

Tickets

Register for a trip online or by calling the Michigan Tech Box Office at 906-487-2075.

Upcoming Trips

Intro to the Tech Trails

Intro to the Tech Trails
Date: Saturday, August 31
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

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Get to know the Tech Trails with members of the Copper Country Cycling Club. If you like mountain biking and want to get some riding in before classes start, bring your bike and helmet and have some fun! Please remember that a helmet is required to ensure your safety. Don’t have your own bike? No worries! Mountain bikes can be rented through the Outdoor Adventure Program for a nominal fee. All skill levels are welcome.

Experience Tech Paintball

Experience Tech Paintball
Date: Saturday, August 31, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.       BUY NOW!
             Sunday, September 1, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     BUY NOW!

Experience paintball with some of Michigan Tech's students! Come out to meet the members of the Michigan Tech Paintball Club and play a few exciting rounds with other incoming students. There will be both speedball and woods ball games being played in recreational format. Guns and masks are provided, but bring your own equipment if you have any. The fee covers transportation, 500 rounds of paint, equipment use, and a snack.

Porcupine Mountain Trip

Porcupine Mountains Day Trip
Date: Sunday, September 1
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00

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Connect with other first-year students and enjoy a day outside at the magnificent Porcupine Mountains State Park. This day trip allows you to explore one of the most scenic parts of “the Porkies” (Lake of the Clouds), located just outside of Ontonagon, Michigan. More than 100 miles of trails curve throughout a vast area of undeveloped wilderness, revealing breathtaking views, waterfalls, and wildlife. You should plan to bring your own water bottle, insect repellent, and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.

Keweenaw Mining Adventure

Keweenaw Mining Adventure
Date: Sunday, September 1
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
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Take a trip into the past by visiting the Adventure Mine in Greenland. After a tour of the mine, stop by a local diner for pasties. After lunch, the group will complete a three-mile round-trip hike to Silver Mountain and Sturgeon Falls. Depending on weather, you may have the option of swimming near the falls. Bring sturdy hiking boots or shoes, swimsuit, towel, water bottle, and a jacket. Your fee covers admission into the mine, transportation, and breakfast and lunch.

Hiking and Kayaking in Copper Harbor

Hiking in Copper Harbor
Date: Sunday, September 1
Time: Depart at 8:00 a.m., meet in Lot 14 at 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $30.00
Capacity: 40
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Enjoy kayaking on beautiful Lake Superior followed by a hike. End your night with a breathtaking view of the sunset from atop Brockway Mountain. The fee covers all meals and snacks, transportation, and kayak rentals. Overnight camping will be in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Tents will be provided, but plan to bring your own personal water bottle, insect repellant, sunscreen, flashlight, sleeping bag, jacket, swimsuit, and towel.

Sylvania Wilderness Area Camping and Canoe Trip

Sylvania Wilderness Camping and Canoe Trip
Date: Sunday, September 1 – Monday, September 2
Time: Depart at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: $30.00
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Share an adventure with other incoming first-year students while visiting the rustic Sylvania Wilderness Area. With almost 19,000 acres of pristine natural-growth pines, thirty-four named lakes, and sandy beaches, this area provides a rare view of nature at its finest. Spend a fun-filled weekend canoeing, hiking, swimming, and wilderness camping. The fee covers transportation, park admission, canoe rental, and food. Some camping experience is suggested, as the camping will be very rustic. Some gear is available to rent at the OAP.

SCUBA the Keweenaw

SCUBA the Keweenaw
Date: Saturday, August 31
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $30
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Are you a certified scuba diver? Come explore Lake Superior with the Michigan Tech Aquanauts! We have a fully-equipped dive room with gear for members (membership included with this trip). If you are not a certified diver but would like to be, we offer certification classes at the end of September. Contact Jason Jakary for more information.

Hungarian Falls Nature Area

Date: Saturday August 31
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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Help maintain and construct trails at this local natural icon! After a hugely successful public campaign to protect the upper Hungarian Falls from private development, the Keweenaw Land Trust is now working to improve the site for the public to enjoy. Volunteer work will likely include trail building, trash pickup, and invasive species monitoring.

Paavola Wetlands Preserve

Date: Saturday August 31
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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The Keweenaw Land Trust owns and manages an expansive wetland along US-41 between Hancock and Calumet. The area has a number of walking trails and a historic farmstead, as well as beaver dams and a large pond that are home to abundant wildlife. Volunteers will help reclaim a heritage apple orchard once used by the early settlers over 100 years ago that has been swallowed by the encroaching forest.

Copper Country Humane Society

Copper Country Humane Society
Date: Saturday, August 31
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 

Are you a pet lover? Come help the Copper Country Humane Society by walking dogs and petting cats. Take an hour out of your busy Orientation Week to relax and have some fun with animals!

Pilgrim River Watershed Project

Date: August 31
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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The Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Keweenaw Land Trust are working with a number of other local organizations and landowners to help keep hundreds of acres of hardwood forest and three miles of the Pilgrim River open to the public for recreational use. Volunteers will help remove invasive species and expand the area’s top-notch hiking and mountain biking trails.

Hancock Beach Cleanup

Date: Saturday, August 31
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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Come help Circle K, one of Michigan Tech’s service organizations, to clean up Hancock Beach and park area. Afterwards we will have a BBQ to hang out and enjoy our hard work. If you want to get involved with the local community, or just make some friends and have fun, come join us. Transportation is provided along with work gloves, but if you wish to bring your own work gloves that is also encouraged.

The Bluffs Community Service Trip

Date: Saturday, August 31
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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Do you love to play board games? Like the idea of helping the elderly? Join us in visiting the residents of The Bluffs Retirement Home and bring these great folks some Michigan Tech pep!

Foundry Day

Sand Casting
Date: Sunday, September 1
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
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This session will introduce you to sand casting, one of the methods used to make metallic objects. This is a hands-on workshop—you will make and get to take home an aluminum replica of an existing pattern. We have plenty of interesting patterns, but you’re also encouraged to bring simple objects to cast (single-piece plastic toys, apples, bowls, etc.).

Blacksmithing
Date: Sunday, September 1
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
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1:00 PM - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 PM - 5:00 p.m.

This session will introduce you to blacksmithing, a traditional method used to make metallic objects. This is a hands-on workshop—you will use a hammer and anvil to make a decorative candleholder or camping fork.

Habitat for Humanity Community Service Trip

Date: Saturday August 31
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Capacity: 10
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Volunteer with Copper Country Habitat for Humanity and build simple, decent, affordable housing for those in need. The build will be in Calumet and will consist of working on the interior of a house—installing cabinets, trimming, and more. This event is limited to ten students and lunch will be provided.

Little Brothers Community Service Trip

Date: Saturday August 31
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly is a national network of nonprofit, volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Volunteers will be assigned to tasks based on personal abilities and interest.