Hiram College


Hiram College’s Northwoods Field Station and the surrounding beauty of northern Michigan’s remote wilderness provide a magnificent setting to begin your own Hiram experience. With permission, students can visit Northwoods almost any time of the year. Most scheduled programs take place in the summer or during the Spring 3-week session. Students interested in summer experiences can participate in scientific research, camp maintenance and caretaker apprenticeship experiences.

For more than 10 years, incoming first-year students have traveled to Northwoods for a pre-college trip called the Northwoods Freshmen Experience. This is a great way to connect with nature, other incoming students and current students and faculty, and enjoy the beauty that this field station has to offer.

2020 Northwoods Freshmen Experience: August 13-19

The Northwoods Freshmen Experience is an six-day adventure at Hiram’s Northwoods Field Station located in the vast wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The goal is to enjoy the beauty of nature and build a sense of community with your future Hiram College classmates.

During our stay, we will immerse ourselves in the vast wilderness in and around the College’s rustic camp. Days will be filled paddling, hiking, swimming and reflecting. Field trips to stunning sandstone cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and crystal clear waters of Lake Superior are included! Be prepared to enjoy long days of outdoor activities.    

Participants will arrive at Hiram College on August 13 for dorm check-in and a cookout and gathering at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station. The adventure begins early the next morning as we depart for the wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We will drive part of the way and tent camp overnight arriving at the Northwoods Field Station on August 15.  We will return to campus the evening of August 19. First-year Institute begins August 20.

Cost: $300 — includes lodging, transportation, meals ($100 deposit required with registration).  

Travel awards are available and instructions to apply are available with the registration form.

This trip is limited to 15 students!  Register today to secure your spot!

Registration & Information:

Download registration form here