Northland College Outdoor OrientationWelcome to Northland’s Outdoor Orientation. Our program is made up of an outdoor orientation (OO) experience and an on-campus orientation.

All new students must participate in both the on-campus portion and an OO experience as part of First-Year Experience graduation requirement. Transfer students arriving with less than 24 credits are required to participate in a 5-day or 11-day OO experience. Transfer students arriving at Northland with more than 24 credits can choose to participate in either a one-day, transfer specific, on-campus orientation or participate in an orientation experience. You can see this year’s orientation schedule here.

Our orientation program helps you become acclimated to Northland College, prepares you for the first day of classes, offers a great chance to meet other new students, and answer any questions you have about living at Northland.

OO experiences include everything from backcountry expeditions to urban exploration. Make sure you register for your trip as soon as possible, because they fill fast and are first-come, first-served. Have some fun looking over your options and when you’re ready, you can start the registration process.

Register now!

Session 1:

Arrival Day: August 9
August 11-21 (11-day)
August 11-15 (5-day)
If you are a fall athlete, you should attend a session 1 trip.. Additionally, you need and want to check with your coach if you are interested in a 11-day experience.

Session 2 :

Arrival Day: August 26
August 29-September 1 (5-day)
Open to all students however, students enrolled in Superior Connections must attend this session. This session also includes a trip designed especially for transfer students.

Get the Details

Check out the 10 Things you Need to Know for Orientation

Fall Athletes

Cross country, soccer, and volleyball players need to register for session 1, golf team members should check with the coach. If you are interested in taking a 11-day trip, be sure to check with your coach first.

Registration

OO experiences are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are removed from the list if they are filled or canceled. After you’ve submitted your registration you’ll receive a confirmation in your Northland email (make sure to check your new email address) which will include information on which trip selection you received, a letter from your leaders, arrival dates/times, and a suggested gear list. We’ll also include a link to our gear rental form. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call or email us!

Cost

Your OO experience is automatically added to your total student bill—you do not need to send any additional payment upon registering.

Structure

Northland’s OO is student led and student designed. Leaders have completed an outdoor skills and leadership course, are CPR certified, and every trip has at least one leader trained as a Wilderness First Responder.

Trips are ranked by physical demand with a rating of novice, intermediate, or difficult. When reviewing your options look at the difficulty level and travel distances. There is no previous experience necessary on any of the trips, but please keep physical demands and trip eligibility criteria in mind.

Scheduling

If you live within one day of travel to campus, please consider session 1. Each session consists of a welcome and move-in day where you will move into your room, finish any last minute paperwork, and have any questions answered. It also includes one preparation day before your OO trip leaves campus.

If attending session 1, you will not be able to stay on campus after your session ends unless you are playing a fall sport. Options for transportation home may be available to some regional locations following your trip, to inquire about a ride and cost please email orientation@northland.edu. If planning on using this service, you will be able to indicate your drop-off location on the registration form.

If attending session 1, plan on returning to campus for the new-student, on-campus orientation prior to the start of classes. See the Orientation calendar for dates and times or email orientation@northland.edu to confirm this information. You’ll meet with academic advisors and participate in a variety of other orientation activities.

Why Outdoor Orientation

Northland’s OO program started in 1975 and was one of the first such programs in the country. The outdoor education and environmental studies departments initiated the first orientation to use an outdoor experience as a metaphor for orienting students to Northland. And it’s a tradition we proudly carry on.

Leader Training

OO has become a central aspect of the overall Northland experience, and remains unique among college orientation programs in that it promotes student design on every level.

Under the direction of the orientation coordinator, a yearly student coordinator is hired to oversee a Steering Committee comprised of rising student leaders, who have already worked with OO for one to two years. Together, they are responsible for program development, training, and delivery.

Students must have completed an Introduction to Outdoor Skills and Leadership training to lead an OO experience. Additional considerations include their personal trip log as well as interpersonal and technical skill proficiency.

After being hired, they spend most of the winter and spring terms working to design and organize all the details of their OO experience.

OO leaders return to campus a few days before Arrival Day to complete a weekend training refresher and to wrap up final details. These leaders have invested many hours of hard work and creativity by the time new students arrive.

Safety

Safety is the main priority of OO. We are intentional about training our student leaders with the necessary skills to prevent, anticipate, and if needed, respond to emergencies in the field. Every trip has at least one certified Wilderness First Responder leader, this is an eighty-hour professional training course. All leaders have been trained in the activity specific to their trip (ie. canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, etc.) and all have detailed knowledge about where they are going, as well as who and how to contact someone in case of an emergency.

Leader Support

Northland’s  orientation coordinator and student coordinator are on call 24 hours a day, and also have additional support staff on hand to assist with field calls of any nature. We encourage our leaders to contact us for assistance with anything.

Food

A student food coordinator is hired to plan and prepare all menus. Variety and quality are key components of a successful and memorable outdoor trip, and our OO menus are no exception to this. OO strives to purchase locally grown and distributed foods for our trips, including local meats, cheeses, coffee, bulk items, and fresh produce for our very own Mino Aki Garden on campus. We ensure each student is getting enough calories as well as balanced nutrition. While we can’t always accommodate specific food preferences, we do accommodate restrictions.

Equipment

Group gear, such as tents, stoves, boats, lifejackets, paddles, etc. is provided by Northland. We make every effort to provide personal equipment to those who need it, however quantities are limited. Use the gear request form to indicate equipment that you need, the earlier we receive it, the better the chance we can provide you with personal equipment. The orientation equipment coordinator will confirm your request within three weeks.

Understand the Essential Eligibility Criteria

Northland College Outdoor Orientation Essential Eligibility Criteria: these are EEC that are applicable to all methods of travel, look through them and make sure you do not have any questions or concerns.

  • Be able to manage all personal care such as dressing, going to the bathroom, eating, drinking, and maintaining personal health (not in the immediate area of a medical facility but able to access in case of an emergency) independently, as well as handle the mobility to do these tasks independently.
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants about ideas and concerns on an individual and group level.
  • Be able to independently understand and follow instructions given by instructor to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to avoid hazards and/or manage risks.
  • Be able to tolerate a change in diet (accommodations as needed.) If you have questions about food please ask!

View Session 1 (11-day trip)

RATING: NOVICE♥ MODERATE♣ DIFFICULT♦

August 9-21 (including arrival and prep day). All trips listed are open and available.

One Lake, Two Lake, This Lake, That Lake♣

Leaders: Jen & Will
Cost: $750
Canoeing/Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Bring your sunscreen and bug spray because we are going CANOEING! We will head up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, out of Ely, Minnesota. This is the 11-day extended experience, we will be in the backcountry paddling and portaging anywhere from 4-10 miles a day through Minnesota’s canoe country. We will be traveling a total of about 60 miles, with Will and Jen, two of Northlands chillest leaders. Welcome to Northland College. We don’t need fuel, we’re using canoes!

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel distances can range from 5 miles to 20 miles in one day. At maximum, your eleven-day long Outdoor Orientation course will travel up to 100 miles.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD
  • Be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.

View Session 1 (5-day trips)

TRIP RATING: NOVICE♥ MODERATE♣ DIFFICULT♦

August 9-15 (including arrival and prep day). All trips listed are open and available.

Backcountry Skills, Big Thrills, No Spills♣

Leaders: Jesse & Elijah
Cost: $500
Canoeing/Sylvania Wilderness

We are super stoked to be heading out to Sylvania Wilderness Area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a five-day backcountry canoe experience! We will be embarking on a journey through beautiful Northern woodlands, where we will paddle through roughly eleven lakes and see many incredible flora and fauna along the way. If eleven lakes sounds like a lot, don’t be worried, we will be movin’ but still groovin’. We will travel at a pace that feels appropriate for the group while still meeting the goals and time requirements. We will be traveling anywhere from a few miles a day up to 6 miles a day for a total of around 20 miles, with some sweet portages to boot (portages are stretches of land between lakes where, through a grueling and painful process we have to haul our canoes from one to the other–just kidding it’s super fun!) Our experience will be primarily focused on having way too much fun and we will spend lots of time swimming, painting, hanging out, cooking and eating good food, and paddling through stunning wilderness. There is no prior skill or knowledge necessary for this experience, just show up ready to have a blast in a spectacular place and make some good friends!

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel distances can range from .7 miles to 5.5 miles in one day. At maximum, your five-day long Outdoor Orientation course will travel up to 25 miles.
  • Travel conditions may include but are not limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain; rocky terrain; bushwhacking off trail through slopes covered in rocks or vegetation. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather while wearing a pack weighing no more than 35% of body weight.
  • Travel conditions may include, but are not limited to, uneven sloping terrain; human-made trails; ascending, descending, or traversing slopes. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather while wearing a pack weighing no more than 35% of body weight.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.

Comfy, Cozy Campers♥

Leaders: Abigail & JD
Cost: $500
Front Country Sampler/Forest Lodge on Lake Namekagon

Do you like enjoying the outdoors but still having the comfort of sleeping in a bed? Join JD and Abigail on an extravagant five-day experience at Forest Lodge, an estate on Lake Namekagon near Cable, Wisconsin. We will sample a variety of activities; hiking, canoeing, arts and crafts, board games, campfires, and some light environmentalist readings! We will get to enjoy the beautiful local area while still having all of the amenities of beds, running water, and a kitchen. A medley of memorable indoor and outdoor activities awaits you. We hope to see you this summer!

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel conditions may include but are not limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain; rocky terrain; bushwhacking off trail through slopes covered in rocks or vegetation. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather while wearing a pack weighing no more than 35% of body weight.
  • Travel conditions may include, but are not limited to, uneven sloping terrain; human-made trails; ascending, descending, or traversing slopes. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather while wearing a pack weighing no more than 35% of body weight.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD (personal flotation device).
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.

Eco-Reps in Training♥

Leaders: Alivia & Sara
Cost: $500
Urban Front Country/Ashland Area

Hello Eco-Reps in Training!! Eco-Reps help promote and advocate sustainability on campus by designing programs for the students of Northland. Get your walking shoes ready and let Alivia and Sara bring you on a five-day sustainability experience. We will be base camping in Ashland’s own Prentice Park which is continuously flowing with the best artesian water. We will be exploring the Ashland area the good old fashioned way–by foot! There will be a lot of composting, gardening, swimming, walking, hiking, volunteering, sunset watching, fire building, and local eatin’.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel distances can range from 1 miles to 4 miles in one day. At maximum, your five-day long Outdoor Orientation course will travel up to 10 miles by foot.

The Sickest Cycling Superior♣

Leaders: Pearl & Thomas
Cost: $500
Bike Packing/Bayfield Peninsula

Are you trying to shred around the Chequamegon!? Hit up a sister and brother (Pearl and Thomas) and make your dreams a reality! Checkout some sick, local campsites with a bag and a bike. We will be biking around the Chequamegon (pronounced: ‘shoe-wa-ma-gon’) Bay, making our way from Ashland to Washburn to Bayfield, and then across to Madeline Island. We will be biking about 50 miles over the course of five-days, and carrying our gear with us. The longest day will be about 20 miles total, leaving other days shorter. We’ll be road biking, so it should be smooth riding the whole way. We’ll show ya the roads, as well as the trails, as we make some big stops at Memorial Park, Big Rock, and Big Bay! Swimming, cycling, biting (bites of excellent trail food, of course!), and prime-time Northwoods living. If you’re trying to hit up the big island with the big sunsets on the big bay on our biggest lake, then this is the experience for you! A bike tour around your new hometown.

*Have your own touring bike in good shape? Bring it! If not, we’ll provide one.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be willing to ride on roadside shoulder for portions of travel.
  • Hold a straight line while vehicles pass.
  • Learn and utilize terminology for alerting fellow cyclists to the presence of vehicles.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a bike helmet.
  • Be able to maintain balance while cycling in conditions such as, but not limited to, pavement, packed or loose gravel possibly including soft dirt. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.

View Session 2 (5-day trips)

TRIP RATING: NOVICE♥ MODERATE♣ DIFFICULT♦

Aug 26-Sept 1 (including arrival and prep day). All trips listed are open and available.

Bears and Blueberries, Camping in the Apostle Islands♣

Leaders: Brandi & Josh
Cost: $500
Backpacking/Apostle Islands

Have you ever wanted to be completely surrounded by water on all sides, with bears in the woods, and plenty of blueberries to eat? Well, then do we have the experience for you! Hop on a quick boat ride to Stockton Island where we will explore and backpack, between 3 and 7 miles a day. Walk in the footsteps of Native Americans, fur traders, homesteaders, and tourists from days gone by. Join us, Josh and Brandi, to bake bread and look at the stars from sweet campsites on Lake Superior. You’ll get to know the Apostle Islands better as we moderately hike to our campsites and we’ll discover what a tombolo is and how it forms. You can swim in Lake Superior and bond around fires and over card games. Come along with us as we welcome you to the Northwoods and to Northland College!

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel distances can range from 3 miles to 7 miles in one day. At maximum, your five-day long Outdoor Orientation course will travel up to 17 miles.
  • Travel conditions may include but are not limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain; rocky terrain; bushwhacking off trail through slopes covered in rocks or vegetation. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather while wearing a pack weighing no more than 35% of body weight.
  • Travel conditions may include, but are not limited to, uneven sloping terrain; human-made trails; ascending, descending, or traversing slopes. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather while wearing a pack weighing no more than 35% of body weight.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.

Buoyancy (or Whatever Floats Your Boat)♥

Leaders: Cam & Gabe
Cost: $500
River Kayaking/Namekagon River

Two OO leaders were paddling on the Namekagon River. One of them said to the other, “Where are the trippers?” The other responded, “Sure does.” Welcome to Buoyancy, or (Whatever Floats your Boat). We will be paddling the Namekagon River which is a part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. We will be travelling by river kayak and camping along the way telling jokes and riddles, making awesome meals, and chilling out.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel distances can range from 5 miles to 15 miles in one day. At maximum, your five-day long Outdoor Orientation course will travel up to 55 miles by boat on a river.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device(PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized kayak independently.
  • Be able to re-enter a kayak following deep-water capsize independently or with the assistance of one other participant.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.

Bike Pack & Hackey Sack♣

Leaders: Kyle & Liam
Cost: $500
Bike Packing/Chequamegon National Forest

Interested in seeing the vast national forest that borders Northland College to the south? How about from the seat of a bike? Ride along with us as we bike a loop through the Chequamegon National Forest, experiencing gravel and sandy forest roads while toting along our belongings in bike bags and camping along the way. Discover what lies out your soon-to-be backdoor!

*Have your own gravel bike in good shape? Bring it! If not, we’ll provide one.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be willing to ride on roadside shoulder for portions of travel.
  • Hold a straight line while vehicles pass.
  • Learn and utilize terminology for alerting fellow cyclists to the presence of vehicles.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a bike helmet.
  • Be able to maintain balance while cycling in conditions such as, but not limited to, human-made trails and ascending or descending slopes. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.
  • Be able to maintain balance, steer, and stop on a bicycle loaded with all necessary gear and food for a five-day trip.

Sublime Sylvania♣

Leaders: Lauren & Michael
Cost: $500
Canoeing/Sylvania Wilderness

Join Lauren and Michael for a sublime time in the beautiful Sylvania Wilderness! We plan to do some leisurely canoeing and exploring all that the “mini-Boundary Waters” has to offer (seriously, it’s only about 30 square miles). You can expect plenty of down time to spend enjoying the wilderness in many ways: swinging in a hammock, swimming, fishing, hiking, and of course playing some cribbage and other games. We’ll be teaching some basic backcountry, canoeing, and plant identification skills along the way, but don’t worry, there’s no test at the end. Come relax and enjoy the last days of summer with us!

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel distances can range from 1 miles to 5 miles in one day. At maximum, your five-day long Outdoor Orientation course will travel up to 15 miles.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.
  • Be able to participate in small day hikes, sometimes in rough terrain.
  • Be able to assist with portaging a canoe and gear.

Cooking, Connecting & Canoeing♥

Leaders: Emerson & Olelo
Cost: $500
Canoeing/Chequamegon Bay

Do you like to cook? Do you like to cry (because of a wonderful experience)? Do you like to canoe? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then this is the experience for you! Join Olelo and Emerson as we canoe around the Chequamegon Bay and give you a real taste of the life on the bay. We will be on trail for five days exploring all that Ashland and Washburn have to offer. There will be a special emphasis on cooking food as well as sustainability! Side effects may include: paddling, laughter, beautiful scenery, full stomachs, and a good time. Ask your doctor if Cooking, Connecting, and Canoeing may be right for you.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.

Superior Connections♥

Leaders: Daybreon, Emma, Michael & Rowan
Cost: $500
Voyageur Canoe/Lake Superior-Madeline Island

Hello “Sup-Conn’ers”! We are super stoked to have you join us on a six-day canoe experience around the Chequamegon Bay area. As part of the Superior Connections cohort, you will be spending the majority of your first year at Northland learning about the Lake Superior region; its flora, fauna, history, economics, geology, inhabitants, and so much more! On this experience, we will be interacting with the very things you will be learning about! Get ready to traverse the part of Lake Superior you will soon be calling home. We will be traveling in voyageur canoes starting in Red Cliff before leaving the mainland to explore the awe-inspiring Apostle Islands. We will spend time exploring Basswood, but the majority of our time will be spent on Madeline Island before canoeing back to Ashland. Get ready for great views, good friends and a Super(ior) start to your Northland experience!

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel distances can range from 0 miles to eleven-day miles in one day. At maximum, your course will travel up to 30 miles.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping on the ground with sleeping pad for multiple nights.
  • Be able to tolerate sleeping in a variety of temperatures with appropriate gear.
  • Be able to take care of bathroom needs in the backcountry. This may include going to the bathroom in a pit toilet, outhouse, digging a six-inch hole in the ground to defecate in, or urinating in the woods.

Ropes, Rocks & Reaching the Top♥

Leaders: Joey & Sam
Cost: $500
Rock Climbing/Minnesota’s North Shore

Suh folks, we’ll be taking a sick trip to the Northshore to send some bomber climbing routes, y’all should come! No experience necessary you know what I’m saying? We’re looking for anyone who wants to learn the art of hang dogging (climbing slang: process of hanging from a climbing rope while working on the hard moves of a difficult route) it up rocks. We’ll be climbing out of Tettegouche State park, cooking good food, climbing, and straight chillin yo. We will be staying at and exploring Split Rock and GooseBerry Falls State Parks. Full send yo.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a helmet and harness.
  • After being taught by an instructor, be able to communicate necessary climbing signals; this may include hand signals, spoken signals, or a rope tug system.
  • After learning, be able and willing to provide a reliable belay to another climber during roped climbing. To do so a student must be able to reliably manipulate a climbing rope through a belay device.

TFCFFFL♥

Leaders: Sara & Teagan
Cost: $500
Front Country Sampler/Forest Lodge on Lake Namekagon

Join Teagan and Sara, (not the band), on a front country excursion at Forest Lodge. Forest Lodge is nestled on Lake Namekagon in the woods, where we’ll be staying in a cozy cabin. We will be canoeing, hiking, swimming, KUBBing, journaling, owl prowling, sitting around bonfires and other fun outdoor activities. No skills in any of these activities is needed to enjoy this ‘lax experience, the only mandatory aspect is that you must have fun and be open to new things!

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Travel conditions may include but are not limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain; rocky terrain; bushwhacking off trail through slopes covered in rocks or vegetation. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather while wearing a small day pack.

Hodge Podge Lodge♥

Leaders: Kali & Taylor H.
Cost: $500
Hiking, biking, kayaking / Chequamegon Bay

Interested in a bunch of things? Yes? GREAT! You are in the right spot. Here on the hodge podge lodge Forest Lodge experience you will have the opportunity to participate in a Hodgepodge of activities. Is it a canoeing experience? YES! Is it a climbing experience? YES, also that! Is there going to be biking? MAYBE! Are we going to be relaxing? Are you kidding? OF COURSE WE ARE! Will we have nice and comfortable bed to sleep on at night? I bet you can guess. (YES) Here at Forest Lodge with Kali and Taylor (cool folks), we will keep it interesting and participate in many activities that are bountiful here in the Northwoods. Who would want to spend time doing only ONE THING. All the while, will have some comforts of home including beds and shower facilities for use in the evenings after our outdoor adventures during the day. All skill levels welcome. We will see you there.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a PFD.
  • Be able to exit a capsized kayak independently.
  • Be able to re-enter a kayak following deep-water capsize independently or with the assistance of one other participant.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a bike helmet.
    Be able to maintain balance while cycling in conditions such as, but not limited to, human-made trails and ascending or descending slopes. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a helmet and harness.
    After being taught by an instructor, be able to communicate necessary climbing signals; this may include hand signals, spoken signals, or a rope tug system.
  • After learning, be able and willing to provide a reliable belay to another climber during roped climbing. To do so a student must be able to reliably manipulate a climbing rope through a belay device.

Wet, Warm, Northland Dream♥

Leaders: Katie B. & Taylor J.
Cost: $500
Front Country Sampler/Camp Northwoods

Want to relive the good ole’ days of summer camp? Come join us at Camp Northwoods for a week filled with swimming, eating, relaxing, crafting, archery, horseback riding and more. We have activities for everyone, and plenty of campfire stories to share, so please join us!

Essential Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Travel distances can range from 0 miles to 5 miles in one day. At maximum, your five-day long Outdoor Orientation course will travel up to 20 miles.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a PFD.
  • Be able to exit a capsized kayak independently.
  • Be able to re-enter a kayak following deep-water capsize independently or with the assistance of one other participant.
  • Be able to hold breath while underwater and independently turn from a face down to a face-up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD.
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a bike helmet.
  • Be able to maintain balance while cycling in conditions such as, but not limited to, human-made trails and ascending or descending slopes. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.
  • Be able to sit upon a horse and balance for up to an hour and a half at a time.

Superior Adventure♣

Leaders: Macy & Surprise!
Cost: $500
Backpacking/Superior Hiking Trail

Every day is a party when you are on the trail with us. We’ll hike along some of the most impressive terrain on the Superior Hiking Trail in Northeastern Minnesota and enjoy the fleeting views of Lake Superior that will leave you with a smile for miles. We will be hiking, strolling and jaunting over some of the most dynamic landscapes in the region. Join us!

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be able and willing to wear basic protective equipment including a PFD (personal flotation device).
  • Be able to exit a capsized canoe independently.
  • Be able to hold breath while under water and independently turn from a face down to a face up position while keeping head above water and wearing a properly fitted PFD (personal flotation device).
  • Each participant must be able and willing to control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to propel the boat.
  • (If participating in horseback riding) Be able to sit upright for an extended period of time with legs stretched out while on a moving animal.

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Learn about OO Sustainability

Sustainability is an important aspect of the Northland College community. Outdoor orientation staff and student leaders make sustainability a core value when planning and implementing our experiences. We continually strive to put Northland’s outdoor orientation on the front line of sustainability in wilderness travel.

Most OO experiences are held within ninety miles of the Northland campus, taking advantage of our amazing local natural resources and reducing our transportation-based carbon footprint. Those that travel beyond this radius incorporate intentional practices to reduce or offset the impact of the greater transportation.

All of the fresh fruits and vegetables eaten on the trips are grown in the Northland community garden or produced locally in the Chequamegon Bay area. As much as possible, we try to purchase other food products locally.

Contact us

orientation@northland.edu
715-682-1846
Lucas Will, Orientation Coordinator
Clara Pena-Perrine, Outdoor Orientation Student Co-coordinator
Evin Avery, Outdoor Orientation Student Co-coordinator