Course Facts


Undergraduates can register using a Special Topics course and receive three lower-division semester credits.

Graduate students and professional teachers register for GE 5130 and receive 4 graduate semester credits.  After the course, teachers will design a lesson plan based upon their field course experience. Before or after the course, graduate students will prepare a research paper on some topic related to the course.


Class Size:

The class is limited to 18 students. There are at least two faculty instructors working with the course participants.



Undergraduates and graduates pay regular Michigan Tech tuition plus a lab fee. 

Teachers pay a flat fee, as the Michigan Space Grant is providing funding that covers their tuition.  Fees cover campground costs, transportation, group camping and cooking equipment, food, all technical equipment and supplies, and all park entrance fees.




All travel is by passenger vans, with one U-haul towed for gear.


Meals are prepared for the entire group in camp. Food cost is included in the course fee.

Class participants form small cooking groups which take turns at preparing meals and cleaning up (Instructors cook too!).



We provide tents. We also provide camp stoves, lanterns and all the necessary cooking and scientific gear.

Instructional Materials:

The course has an extensive field library. All you will really need to bring are your personal belongings, a day pack, water bottles, and a sleeping bag and pad. We provide a textbook and all course equipment. If you have any questions about what to bring, let us know.


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