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

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

Isle Royale Backpacking Trip

Isle Royale Backpacking Trip
Date: Friday, August 29 - Monday, September 1
Cost: $250.00
Meet: OAP at 5:30 a.m.
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Join the OAP and OTLs as we head out to Isle Royale National Park to backpack some of the park's 170 miles of trails and camp for 3 days. This is the longest and most rugged trip that we offer and suggest that you have previous wilderness camping experience. We will backpack between 3-7 miles a day and hope to see one of this least visited national park's moose! You must be in good physical shape and be able to carry a 50 lb pack. The fee covers trip leaders, transportation, food, permits, and group gear (tents, stoves, etc.). You are responsible for providing personal gear (sleeping bag, backpack, mess kit, etc.).

Adventure Mine Exploration

Adventure Mine Exploration
Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00
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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, breakfast, and lunch.

Intro to the Tech Trails

Intro to the Tech Trails
Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Meet: Tech Trails
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Get to know the Tech Trails with members of the Copper Country Cycling Club and the Outdoor Adventure Program! If you like mountain biking and want to get some riding in before classes start, bring your bike and helmet and have some fun! Never tried mountain biking or don't have your own bike? No worries! Bikes and helmets will be available at the event courtesy of the Outdoor Adventure Program. All skill levels are welcome!

Porcupine Mountain Trip

Porcupine Mountains Day Trip
Date: Sunday, August 31
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00
Meet: Lot 12 at 8:15 a.m.
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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.

Hungarian Falls Nature Area

Hungarian Falls Nature Area
Date: Saturday August 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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.

Estivant Pines Guided Hike

Estivant Pines Guided Hike
Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Cost: $15.00
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.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Date: Saturday, August 30 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Cost: $36.00
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.

The Bluffs Community Service Trip

The Bluffs Community Service Trip
Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 2:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building
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Do you like to play board games? And helping the elderly? Join us to visit the residents of The Bluffs Retirement Home and put some pep in their step!

Habitat for Humanity Build

Habitat for Humanity Build
Date: Saturday August 30
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building
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Come join the Michigan Tech Habitat for Humanity for a day of construction at this year's new build site! You will get the opportunity to network with current members, gain some hands-on volunteer experience, and make a difference in the community. In addition, you will hear about the great events and trips planned for the year, including an alternative Spring Break. We also ask that the students wear construction appropriate clothing while on the site, including no shorts, tank tops, or open foot shoes. Please wear something comfortable but safe.

Little Brothers Community Service Trip

Little Brothers Community Service Trip
Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 10:00 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.

Boston Pond Nature Area

Boston Pond Nature Area
Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free
Meet: Memorial Union Building
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Join the Keweenaw Land Trust as they work to keep our area's special places open to the public! Volunteer crews will help maintain hiking trails, clean up litter, remove invasive species, and improve the KLT's nature areas for visitors to enjoy. Students will be able to take in some of the finest natural resources the Keweenaw has to offer - all within a 15 minute drive from Michigan Tech.

Sylvania Wilderness Area Camping and Canoe Trip

Sylvania Wilderness Camping and Canoe Trip
Date: Sunday, August 31 – Monday, September 1
Cost: $75.00
Meet: OAP at 7:30 a.m.
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Share an adventure with other incoming first-year students and make a bond with a group of students right off the bat while visiting the rustic Sylvania Wilderness Area. You will start the trip with a 1-mile hike in with all your equipment. With almost 19,000 acres of pristine natural-growth pines, thirty-four named lakes, and sandy beaches, this area provides a rare outlook on 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.

Tour of Trails Mountain Biking Trip

Tour of Trails Mountain Biking Trip
Date: Sunday, August 31
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (does not include bike rental)
Meet: Lot 12 at 7:30 a.m.
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Mountain Biking on the Maasto Hiihto, Churning Rapids, and Swedetown trails systems. Join the OAP on a tour of local mountain biking trail systems within a 15-minute drive of campus. These trail systems are a great complement to the Tech Trails and the Copper Harbor trail systems and are close enough to get to on a class day. We will offer both beginner/intermediate and advanced groups to accommodate all abilities and experience. A limited number of bikes are available for rent from the OAP and must be reserved in advance by calling 906-487-2290.

Experience Tech Paintball

Experience Tech Paintball
Date: Saturday, August 30 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
          Sunday, August 31 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $25.00
Meet: Memorial Union Building
 

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 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.

Copper Country Humane Society

Copper Country Humane Society
Date: Saturday, August 30
Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Meet: Memorial Union Building
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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 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!

Sturgeon River Sunset Paddle

Sturgeon River Sunset Paddle
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Cost: $10.00
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. You must sign up in advance at the OAP.

North Country National Scenic Trails

North Country National Scenic Trails
Date: Sunday, August 31
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.