Our Great Lakes Campus is located in the north woods country of Northern Lower Michigan about 80 miles southwest of the Straits of Mackinac and 40 miles east of Traverse City and Grand Traverse Bay. Surrounded on three sides by thousands of acres of forests, the campus overlooks Louie’s pond and Big Twin Lake to the east and traces the North Country trail to the west.

The natural beauty around the Great Lakes campus is abundant and the wildlife is diverse, with numerous pristine rivers, approximately 900 lakes and ponds, some 80 bogs, myriad hardwood and coniferous forests, three Great Lakes, various sand dune communities (including Sleeping Bear Dunes), glacially carved hills, four full seasons, and abundant and varied plant and animal life. Of particular significance are Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Hartwick Pines and Wilderness State Parks, Lake Skegemog Wildlife Area, Grass River Natural Area, and the Jordan, Manistee, Au Sable, and Rapid rivers. The climate is typical of north-temperate regions, with the Great Lakes tempering the extreme temperatures. Summer days are usually mild (upper 70s to low 80s) and sunny with cooler evenings. Snow dominates the winter landscape, accumulating up to 20-40 inches deep in January.




MAY TERM (May 16-June 3)

Environmental Law and Policy

Field Biology in Spring

Insect Ecology of Streams, Forests, and Fields




Animal Ecology

Applied Biodiversity Genetics

Aquatic Biology 

Conservation Biology

Field Botany

Land Resources



SUMMER SESSION II TERM (July 10/11-August 11/12)

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Applications in GIS

Lake Ecology and Management

Restoration Ecology

Watersheds in Global Development

Wildlife Ecology