Northwoods Field Station
Hiram College's Northwoods Field Station is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Built by a group of Hiram students and faculty in the 1970s, this rustic camp is in the Hiawatha National Forest, just minutes from Lake Superior.
It is an ideal location to develop a strong sense of community and interdependence, qualities that are essential to making visits to Northwoods successful. The camp is a unique place to live and learn.
Location: The camp is on the shore of Cherry Lake, is surrounded by 100,000 acres of National Forest wilderness, meadows, bogs, rivers and more than a dozen other undeveloped lakes, all within a two-mile hike.
Facilities: At Northwoods, the emphasis is on living in harmony with nature and a low-consumption lifestyle. Water is supplied by hand-pumping from a well. The camp has a beautiful lodge with a full kitchen, meeting space, bathroom and shower. There are six comfortable sleeping cabins and composting outhouses.
Courses & Workshops: Summer 2014
- Wolves & Civilization (June 15-21, 2014)
- Documenting Natural Places: A Northwoods Journey (June 24-July 3, 2014)
- Hiawatha Writing Workshop (July 19-26, 2014)
- Off the Grid: A Journey of Self-Discovery (July 27-August 2, 2014)
- Northwoods Experience (August 15-21, 2014): A six-day adventure for incoming Hiram College students.
Wolves & Civilization (June 15-21, 2014)
Instructors: Willard Greenwood, Professor of English, & Matt Sorrick, Director of the Center for Science Education, Hiram College
Wolves & Civilization examines the complexities of the natural and political relationship between humans and wolves, from its virtual extinction in the lower 48 states to reintroduction efforts to present-day conflict. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is “ground zero” for conflict between wolves and people. After decades of protection, a rising wolf population has opened hunting this year, thus renewing and reigniting a longstanding relationship between wolf and man. Northwoods is the ideal location to develop an understanding of the wolf in history, myth, folklore, literature, natural history, and popular culture. We ask why this mysterious yet social animal has provoked such violence, compassion, and interest.
For Credit: INTD 38100 (TT-3 credit hours) Field trip fee of $450 (includes transportation, lodging, meals and field trips). Scholarships are available.
Documenting Natural Places: A Northwoods Journey (June 24-July 3, 2014)
Instructors: Ryan Rodriguez, Adjunct Faculty/Film Producer & Jonathan Shick, Videographer/Documentary Filmmaker
The way we tell stories is changing. Documentary filmmaking has increased in popularity and become far more accessible to aspiring directors and producers. Northwoods serves as a lab and as the subject for the course. Northwoods has a unique
history and natural environment, which the class will capture and share in formats that may include oral interviews, video or
photography, research-based writing, and other creative approaches. All projects will help tell a story of Northwoods in digital format, and will be collected and shared online.
For Credit: ART (CM—4 credit hours) Field trip fee of $550 (includes transportation, lodging, meals and field trips). Scholarships are available.
Hiawatha Writing Workshop (July 19-26, 2014)
Instructors: Donna Hunt, Lecturer of Writing & Composition (City University of NY); Jen Hirt, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & English Composition (Penn St. Harrisburg); Paul Cockeram, Assistant Professor of English (Harrisburg Area CC)
What better place to reflect, create and write than Northwoods? The surrounding natural beauty will inspire both emerging and established writers. The Hiawatha Writing Workshop provides participants a chance to write poetry, fiction, or essays that invoke a personal, insightful style influenced by an “off the grid” lifestyle. Classes involve close reading, critique, and analysis of works by successful published writers. Editing and crafting skills will be a special focus. Participants will complete at least one publishable piece and add a final piece of writing to a permanent collection of literature created at Northwoods.
For Credit: WRIT 30800 (CM-3 credit hours) Field trip fee of $510 (includes transportation, lodging, meals and field trips)
Off the Grid: Voluntary Simplicity & American Culture (July 27-August 2, 2014)
Instructor: Linda Bourassa, Professor of Art at Hiram College
In this course, students will engage in the experience of living for a week “off the grid” at Hiram College’s Northwood’s Field Station. Historically the roots of the “Voluntary Simplicity” movement in the United States can be found in Puritan and later Transcendentalist thought. Readings will cover the definition of this lifestyle choice and its implications for economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Through directed readings, student-led discussions, community activities such as meal preparation, poetry reading, drumming, and a visit to local homesteaders, the week at Northwoods will provide various opportunities to witness, discuss, debate, and reflect upon the motivations of diverse “intentional” communities that embrace “off the grid” lifestyles. Emphasis is given to forging a new meaning for “living well” in light of continued economic and environmental challenges while developing an appreciation for the choice of some to “live more simply so others may simply live.” (Ghandi)
For Credit: Special Topics (CA-3 credit hours) Field trip fee of $450 (includes transportation, lodging, meals and field trips)