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The Isle Royale Institute provides several opportunities for lifelong learning, including programs for youth, teachers, adults, and multi-generational learners.  The current menu of educational programs is provided below. 

The Isle Royale Institute hopes to expand its offerings in the future (including family and school programs), based on the results of current pilot programs and assessment of the needs of various educational markets.  Please contact us if you wish to share your thoughts about development of lifelong learning opportunities at Isle Royale National Park.

Youth Programs

Upper Peninsula Youth to Parks Initiative

The Isle Royale Institute and the National Park Service hope to better connect local youth to Isle Royale National Park.  With that goal in mind, the Upper Peninsula Youth to Parks Initiative has been launched to provide middle school students with stewardship experiences, leadership training, teamwork development, and the opportunity to be immersed in a wilderness setting to enhance learning experiences.   The first pilot program in this Initiative is Expedition Isle Royale 2012.

Expedition Isle Royale 2012

Expedition Isle Royale 2012 provides local youth the opportunity to experience the wonders and wildness of their national park.  A small crew of eighth grade students from Houghton and Keweenaw county schools will be selected through competitive application for an all-expense paid, five-day wilderness backpacking trip to Isle Royale National Park.  This pilot program is funded through a grant from the National Park Service.   If you wish to be considered for this exciting opportunity, please download and read the following program flyer and application forms:

Applicant Information

Student Application

Applicant Nomination

We also have a limited number of openings for teachers who wish to share this experience with the student crew of Expedition Isle Royale 2012.  If you are interested, please download and read the following application form: 

Teacher Application

Teacher Programs

The purpose of our teacher programs is to assist and inspire teachers to integrate Isle Royale topics into their classroom lesson plans through on-island experiences and curriculum prepared and provided by our instructor-guides.  Our instructor-guides are knowledgeable classroom teachers as well as experts in backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking at Isle Royale National Park.  In 2012, we are offering a new three-credit graduate course for educators in collaboration with the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Study and the MTU Teacher Professional Development Program.  For further information and to register for the program, click on the link below:

MooseWatch for Educators:

Information on our regular MooseWatch “citizen science” expeditions can be found at

Road Scholar Programs

The Isle Royale Institute coordinates Road Scholar programs at Isle Royale National Park in partnership with Elderhostel, Inc.

Three Road Scholar programs will be offered in 2012 during the following dates:

    • June 10–16, 2012
    • June 24–30, 2012
    • July 8–14, 2012

For further information and to register for a program, click on the link below or call 800-454-5768.

Isle Royale, Lake Superior, and the Keweenaw Peninsula: Search on Program #1583RJ in the upper right corner
7 days total; 3 full days and 2 partial days at Isle Royale