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 bike the Tech Trails, play paintball, or participate in a cool community service experience.

Tickets

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

Overnight Trips

Overnight Trips

Outdoor Adventure Programs (OAP) will host a variety of overnight trips for first-year students on Labor Day Weekend.  For more information on these trips, and to register contact:

Email: oap@mtu.edu

Phone: 906-487-2290

Sturgeon River Sunset Paddle

Sturgeon River Sunset Paddle
Date: Wednesday, August 26
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Cost: $15.00
Meet: Outdoor Adventure Program House

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Join the OAP as we head out on the Sturgeon River in Chassell for a relaxing evening paddle. 

Tour of the Keweenaw

Tour of the Keweenaw
Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 
Meet: Outdoor Adventure Program House

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Join the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) for an adventurous day hike to various areas in the Keweenaw.  Possible locations may include Paavola Wetlands, Eagle River Falls, Jacob Falls, Great Sand Bay, Copper Harbor/Brockway Mountain, Bare Bluff and Bete Gris.

Porcupine Mountain Trip

Porcupine Mountains Day Hike
Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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Connect with other first-year students and enjoy a day outside at this magnificent state park. This day trip gives you the chance to explore one of the most scenic parts of the nearly 60,000 acres of the Porcupine Mountains (Lake of the Clouds) located just outside of Ontonagon, MI. Over 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.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Date: Saturday, August 29 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Cost: $45.00
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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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.

North Country National Scenic Trails

North Country National Scenic Trails
Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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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.

Porter's Island Paddle

Porter's Island Paddle
Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Cost: $55
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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Enjoy a  pasty lunch from the Tamarack Inn then head to the Keweenaw Adventure Company.  There you will take a quick basic kayaking lesson on land, after which you'll test out your new paddling skills on Lake Superior.  Explore ancient rock shoreline, an uninhabited island and learn about the history of the largest, natural harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula.  *There is a minimum weight of 80 pounds and a maximum weight of 280 pounds.

Hungarian Falls Nature Area

Hungarian Falls Nature Area
Date: Saturday August 29
Time: 9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE Without Lunch, $5.00 with Pasty Lunch, $6.25 for Veggie Pasty
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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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 monitoring invasive species.

Paavola Wetlands Preserve

Paavola Wetlands Preserve
Date: Saturday August 29
Time: 9:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Cost: FREE-Without lunch.  $5.00 with Pasty Lunch, $6.25 for Veggie Pasty
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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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 but has now been swallowed by the encroaching forest.

Little Brothers Community Service Trip

Little Brothers Community Service Trip
Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building


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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. This is achieved by visiting elderly friends in the community and being a positive and friendly presence in their lives. A small gesture can bring such happiness to an elderly friend's life. For this activity, students will go to the Little Brothers office in Hancock where they will plant flowers in pots, and bring their gift to a local elderly friend. In this way, students will truly live our motto of "flowers before bread," meaning that more than just food, people must have beauty and love in their life to flourish.

Copper Country Lighthouse Tour

Copper Country Lighthouse Tour
Date: Saturday August 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 (option for veggie or meat pasty-no extra cost)
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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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 ne 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 Tamarack Inn and have fun either swimming in Lake Superior or exploring Copper Harbor.

Experience Tech Paintball

Experience Tech Paintball
Date: Saturday, August 29 11:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
           Sunday, August 30 11:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $30.00
Meet: Wadsworth Hall Lobby
 

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.

Sturgeon River Canoe Trip

Sturgeon River Canoe Trip
Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15
Meet: Outdoor Adventure Program House


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Join the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) as we head out on the Sturgeon River in Chassell for a relaxing paddle.

Copper Country Humane Society

Copper Country Humane Society
Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: Tours every hour from 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Wadsworth Hall Lobby
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2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


 

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: Sunday, August 30
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Cost: $25.00
Meet: Memorial Union Building.

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This one and a half mile hike takes you through a one of a kind wilderness old growth forest, the oldest living thing in the Keweenaw. Walk through groves of 300 to 500 year old eastern white pine (Michigan's state tree). Learn the rich history of fire, mining, and how the logging was stopped, with 504 acres preserved. Your guide was a leader in the 20 year struggle to save and establish this popular Michigan Nature Association preserve. Visited by thousands in the last 40 years, the Estivant Pines is a "Jewel of the Keweenaw". Botanically, the Estivant Pines Wilderness Preserve is unique. Wear hiking boots, long sleeves, pants, and a hat. Bring insect repellant, snacks, water and a rain jacket in your pack. Cameras are highly recommended and a small notebook will help preserve the experience.

Adventure Mine Exploration

Adventure Mine Exploration
Date: Sunday, August 30
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00

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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.

Keweenaw Stonehenge Tour with Red Jacket Trolley

Keweenaw Stonehenge Tour with Red Jacket Trolley

Date: Sunday, August 30
Time: 9:10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $65

Meet:  Memorial Union Building

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"What the heck is that?"  They could be ancient ruins, but are, in fact, the remains of industrial operations.  Learn about the mining process, explore near ghost towns, and get our questions answered.  A pasty lunch is included.  This exploration requires some walking over uneven terrain.  Use caution!  Tour stops may include:  Quincy Smelter at Ripley, Company Housing and Railroad Grades, Reclamation Plant and Dredge, Stamp Mill at Tamarack, School Mills and the Stamp Sands at Gay.  

Quincy Mine Tour

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

Cost: $20
Meet: Memorial Union Building

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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!