Jenn Clark, Director of the Center for Science Education
TBA, Campus Visit Coordinator
The Northwoods Field Station, located in the Hiawatha National Forest in the upper Peninsula of Michigan, serves as a headquarters for trips in the spring, summer, and fall. The station is twelve miles from Lake Superior at the western boundary of the Pictured Rocks National lakeshore and provides a wilderness setting for special courses, field research in the summer, and general visits by students and alumni.
Hiawatha Campus is for those who enjoy interacting with the great outdoors. Emphasis is on living in harmony with nature. The camp has a beautiful lodge and six sleeping cabins, built by Hiram students and faculty in the late 1970's. Facilities can house up to 24 people. Although "rustic" (there is no electricity, cell phone access is very limited, and composting outhouses are the preferred method of sanitation), the main lodge is outfitted with a modern kitchen and indoor plumbing, including flush toilets and showers (powered by hand-pumping from the well).
The camp is on the shore of Cherry Lake and is surrounded by federal forest lands, meadows, bogs, a river, and more than a dozen other undeveloped lakes, all within a two-mile hike of the station.
Course offerings have included field biology, field botany, geology, environmental studies, natural history, and photography. Other recent offerings include: astronomy, storytelling, writing, literature, and leadership. The Spring Three-Week term has been especially successful with team-taught interdisciplinary courses about subjects as diverse as water and Shakespeare.