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, or even explore a mine. Prefer to stay close to campus? Sign up to play paintball, or participate in a cool community service experience.

Tickets

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

If you purchase tickets online you will need to create an account with the ticketing office first.  Click on whichever trip you want to sign up for and you will be rerouted to the MTU Ticketing office webpage.  Then click "My Account" in the upper right hand corner to create your account.  You can then purchase tickets. 

Overnight Trips

Overnight Trips

Outdoor Adventure Programs (OAP) will host a variety of overnight trips for first-year students. Please click here for descriptions of the trips and to register.

Email: oap@mtu.edu

Phone: 906-487-2290

Sturgeon River Sunset Paddle

Sturgeon River Sunset Paddle
Date: Wednesday, August 24
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Cost: $20.00
Meet: Outdoor Adventure Program House

The Sturgeon River in Chassell is a great paddling river, and only 15 minutes from campus! We will head out at 7pm and paddle as the sun sets over the river. Canoes, paddles, PFD's and transportation will be provided.

Purchase Tickets Here.

Tour of the Keweenaw

Tour of the Keweenaw
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 
Meet: Outdoor Adventure Program House

Join the OAP as we do some Copper Country Cruisin' to some great Keweenaw locations. Potential locations include Paavola Wetlands, Eagle River Falls, Jacob Falls, Great Sand Bay, Copper Harbor/Brockway Mountain, Bare Bluff and Bete Gris. We will fill the vans and head north on Saturday morning at 8am and return to campus by 6pm. Lunch is included in this trip.

Purchase Tickets Here.

Porcupine Mountain Day Hike

Porcupine Mountains Day Hike
Date: Sunday, August 28
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00
Meet: Outdoor Adventure Program

The OAP (Outdoor Adventure Program) will be heading over to the largest state parking Michigan, the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park. Over 60,000 acres comprise the Porkies, with over 87 miles of trails that are perfect for your next outdoor adventure. We will spend the day hiking on the Escarpment Trail and exploring the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area. We will cover about 4 miles of trail during the day, and a short visit to the big lake to cool off afterward. Lunch is included in this trip.

Purchase Tickets Here.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Date: Saturday, August 27 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Cost: $45.00
Meet: Memorial Union Building

Have you ever wondered what lies in the depths of Lake Superior? Come take a trip to Munising, MI  and explore the sunken ships that cover Lake Superior's bottom. Before the tour begins, you'll stop at Muldoon's Pasties and grab lunch to take on the boat. Then you'll hop aboard a glass bottom boat and take a 2 hour tour along the lakeshore exploring shipwrecks, wildlife, and more.

Purchase tickets here.

North Country National Scenic Trails

North Country National Scenic Trails
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building

Do you have a love of the outdoors and enjoy hiking on established trails through scenic areas? Then come join members of the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail Association for a day of trail maintenance in or near the Ottawa National Forest. The North Country National Scenic Trail extends 4600 miles from upstate New York to the shores of Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota, and the Peter Wolfe Chapter maintains approximately 120 of those miles in the western U.P. Maintenance activities for the day may include lopping and sawing branches, removing brush and blowdowns, and assessing the overall condition of the trail. All necessary tools will be provided. Participants are asked to wear or bring along appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Be prepared for varying weather conditions by packing rain gear, hat and lightweight sweatshirt or jacket. Also bring along insect repellant, water and snacks. Lunch will be provided.

Register Here

Porter's Island Paddle

Porter's Island Paddle
Date: Sunday, August 28
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $60
Meet: Memorial Union Building

This sea kayak tour at the Keweenaw Adventure Company will consist of a quick basic kayaking lesson on land, after which you'll test out your new paddling skills on Lake Superior.  No experience is required.  The paddle will span a duration of 2.5 hours.  Explore ancient rock shoreline, an uninhabited island and learn about the history of the largest, natural harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Lunch from a local pasty place will be provided.  *There is a minimum weight of 80 pounds and a maximum weight of 280 pounds.

Purchase tickets here.

Keweenaw Land Trust Volunteer Trip -Paavola Wetlands Nature Area Workday

Paavola Wetlands Preserve
Date: Saturday August 27
Time: 9:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building

Come help the Keweenaw Land Trust clear trail and share the history of the settlers that once farmed this land!  This 215-acre nature area just north of Hancock is home to a large beaver pond ringed with trails open to the public year-round.  Volunteer your time to help local land stewards as we keep this area beautiful for our community to enjoy.

Register Here.

Little Brothers Community Service Trip

Little Brothers Community Service Trip
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a local non-profit whose mission is to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly of the Copper Country. You'll go to the Little Brothers office in Hancock to pick flowers and deliver them to a local elderly friend.  Live the organization's motto of "flowers before bread," - food is crucial, but to really flourish, people must have beauty and love in their lives.

Register Here.

Copper Country Lighthouse Tour

Copper Country Lighthouse Tour
Date: Sunday August 28
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $30
Meet: In the back of Wadsworth Hall
 
Drive north to Copper Harbor and enjoy a tour of one of the many lighthouse's on Lake Superior.  You will arrive at Hayes Point just as the lightkeepers did over 150 years before you on boats identical to the early wooden boats of the United States Lighthouse Service, which tended to the needs of the lightkeepers of the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Once ashore, you will be orientated to the lighthouse complex.  Short walking paths wind you along historic signposts and shipwreck artifacts.  You will then tour the 1848 lightkeeper's dwelling.  After the tour, enjoy a pasty lunch from the Toni's Country Kitchen and have fun either swimming in Lake Superior or exploring Copper Harbor.

Purchase tickets here.

Experience Tech Paintball

Experience Tech Paintball
Date: Saturday, August 27 11:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
           Sunday, August 28 11:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $35.00
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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 woodsball games being played in a 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.

Purchase Tickets Here.

Sturgeon River Canoe Trip

Sturgeon River Canoe Trip
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00
Meet: Outdoor Adventure Program

The Sturgeon River in Chassell is a great paddling river, and only 15 minutes from campus! Join OAP on a nice, leisurely morning or afternoon paddle along the river. Canoes, paddles, PFD's and transportation will be provided.

Purchase Tickets Here for 9:00 a.m. paddle

Purchase Tickets Here for 1:00 p.m. paddle

Copper Country Humane Society

Copper Country Humane Society
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: Tours every hour from 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building

Register for the 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. tour here.
Register for the 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. tour here.
Register for the 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. tour here.
Register for the 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. tour here.
Register for the 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. tour here.

Are you a pet lover? Come help out 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!

Estivant Pines Guided Hike

Estivant Pines Guided Hike
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Cost: $30.00
Meet: Memorial Union Building.

This 1.5 mile hike (2.5-3 hours) takes you through a one of a kind old growth forest- the oldest living in the Keweenaw. Walk through groves of 300-500 year old eastern white pine (Michigan's state tree). Learn the rich history of fire, mining, and how logging was stopped, resulting in 504 preserved acres. Your guide was a leader in the twenty year struggle to save and establish this popular Michigan Nature Association preserve. Wear hiking boots, long sleeves, pants, and a hat. Bring insect repellent, water, and a rain jacket in your pack. Cameras are highly recommended and a small notebook will help preserve the experience. A bagged lunch will be provided to eat on the hike!

Purchase tickets here.

Adventure Mine Exploration

Adventure Mine Exploration
Date: Sunday, August 28
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Meet:  Memorial Union Building

Take a trip into the past by visiting the Adventure Mine in Greenland, MI. After a tour of the mine, stop by a local diner for pasties. After lunch, the group will complete the 3-mile round-trip hike to Silver Mountain and Sturgeon Falls. Depending on weather, students may have the option to swim near the falls. Bring sturdy hiking boots or shoes, a swimsuit, towel, water bottle, and a jacket. Your fee covers admission into the mine, transportation and lunch.

Purchase tickets here.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Cost: Free
Meet:  Memorial Union Building Circle (in the back)

Come join the Habitat for Humanity on a build project to help a family in the local area.  Specific tasks of the job will be known when you arrive on site. 

Quincy Mine Tour

Quincy Mine Tour
Date: Sunday, August 28
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Cost: $20
Meet: Memorial Union Building

Enjoy a tour of the Quincy Mine in Hancock, MI.  You will get to visit their museum and the various buildings on their campus.  After that you will get to ride their cog-rail tram car to the mine and then a tractor-pulled wagon will take you into the mine.  Have fun learning about the history of mining in Hancock and the Keweenaw!

Purchase tickets here.

Portage Canal Sunset Paddle

Portage Canal Sunset Paddle
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00
Meet:  Outdoor Adventure Program

The Portage Canal provides the amazing backdrop for the university and provides for great recreation opportunities right here on campus! We will head out at 7pm and paddle as the sun sets over the lift bridge. Kayaks, paddles, PFD's and transportation will be provided.

Purchase Tickets Here.

Keweenaw Land Trust Volunteer Trip -Marsin Nature Area & Retreat Workday

Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 9:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet:  Memorial Union Building

Join the Keweenaw Land Trust to spruce up the grounds, gardens, and trails at the Marsin Nature Area and Retreat!  The Marsin Retreat is located along the Portage Waterway and is available for Tech groups, local organizations, and families to come spend the day interacting with the natural world around them.  Volunteers can expect to help work on trails, build pollinator gardens, and take in the magnificent sights the lake has to offer.

Register Here.