The Great Lakes sit along in the upper Midwest of the United States and along the border of Canada. By total area, the Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, and Lake Superior is the largest of all five bodies of water. Hugging the coastline of Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, mighty Lake Superior is known for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, lushly forested coastlines, and abundant ecosystems.
Great Lakes Study Components
Students who choose Great Lakes study opportunities will find the four-week Lake Superior summer travel program to offer insight into what it means to truly live up north. Learn from local farmers, fishermen, artisans, indigenous groups, and more.
Learn the Intricacies of Farm Steading
The Great Lakes region is known for its rich soil and abundant farming culture. From quintessential dairy farms in Northwoods Wisconsin to natural berries, mushrooms, and medicinal plants to be foraged, the region is teeming with nourishing resources. Students will learn about mineralogy, soil, permaculture, cheesemaking, and more.
Gain Exposure to Indigenous Culture
The shores of Lake Superior are known as a spiritual center for the Anishinaabe Nation. Students get introduced to the Ojibwe language and learn about the culture of this group of people who are known as the “People of the Big Water.” Indigenous to the region, the Ojibwe people offer their vast and deep knowledge of the land and water. Additionally, students will have a chance to experience the annual Red Cliff Pow Wow, engage with tribal members, learn about indigenous sovereignty, and beyond.
Kayak the Mighty Superior
Lake Superior offers rugged shorelines that are best explored via kayak. Students on this excursion paddle the waters of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and get opportunities to hike the trails throughout the park. Learn from local guides to explore the remote wilderness of Lake Superior, which is known for its great depth and temperament. While camping, students may even have a chance to catch the beauty of the Northern Lights dancing along the water.
Learn more about our Great Lakes travel programs along the shores of Lake Superior in the summer of 2023. This program is suited for high school students ages 15-18.