Welcome to the Ford Center
The Ford Center is located in the heart of the extensive hardwood and jack pine plain forests of the beautiful western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In 1954 the Ford Motor Company donated 1700 acres, which included the historic village of Alberta, to Michigan Tech. Today the Center occupies 5,500 acres and consists of a conference center, research forest and the historic village of Alberta and sawmill museum.
The Center is located just 42 miles south of Houghton, the main campus of Michigan Tech. The Center is conveniently located just 10 miles from the shores of Lake Superior. Situated in the middle of a vast and diverse forest, the Ford Center is an ideal year-round location for research, education, technical training, business workshops, meetings or reunions.
The Ford Center is also home to the School’s Research Forest.
The conference facilities can lodge up to 110 participants in a variety of settings. A modern dormitory and related lodging provide year-round housing capability for both small and large groups. A dining hall, four classrooms, a large conference and meeting room, and office buildings provide support services. Complete food service is available. Conference Center.
Ford Historic Sawmill
Built by Henry Ford in the midst of his northern forest holdings, this unique village and its sawmill has become one of his "Village Industries," which were common in Lower Michigan. Alberta provides an interesting example of sawmill technology, a planned community in a beautiful forest setting, and the power of one man's vision to create a suitable environment for his employees. Open to the public.
The Ford Center and Ford Research Forest provide educational opportunities for all ages and are extensively used by the undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.
Integrated Field Practicum (Field Camp)
This semester-long undergraduate opportunity is an immersion experience for foresters, applied ecologists and wildlife ecologists. While housed at the Ford Center, these juniors spend the majority of their time in the surrounding forests and wetlands.
Masters International Peace Corps Program
Graduate students from around the United States pursue both their masters degree as well as service in the Peace Corps. The first semester of this life-changing experience is spent at Ford Center in Fall Camp preparing for their eventual international service.
The Center specializes in facilitating classes, seminars, camps, and training sessions that are offered by fellow educational organizations. Programs are offered for both professional educators and natural resource professionals.