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Pathways to Point 

The Pathways to Point Wilderness Orientation program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is a great opportunity for you to make a positive transition into college life. Through safe and fun outdoor challenges, you will make new friends, increase your confidence and self-esteem, gain social outdoor skills, and experience personal growth. Connections you make early in your college experience with university staff and fellow freshmen will promote academic success and personal well being. Information about how to sign up for the Pathways to Point program will be included in your first-year registration/orientation materials.


The Pathways to Point program is based on the seven dimensions of wellness. The Wellness Model suggests that people are more than physical beings; they are "holistic" beings and the different dimensions of our lives must be challenged in order to achieve quality of life. Attention must be given to improving and maintaining all dimensions. Here is how the Pathways to Point program addresses the seven main dimensions of wellness:
  1. SOCIAL: Developing and maintaining healthy and supportive relationships and developing an acceptance of others.
  2. PHYSICAL: Maintaining strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.
  3. EMOTIONAL: Increasing self-confidence and enhancing self-esteem.
  4. CAREER: Easing the transition into college life.
  5. INTELLECTUAL: Improving skills, expanding knowledge, and transferring skills from the wilderness setting to the college setting.
  7. SPIRITUAL: Seeking meaning and purpose by developing an appreciation and respect for the outdoors.

Pathways to Point Trips

Join Pathways to Point and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for an exciting wilderness adventure designed specifically for freshmen. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, experience new things, and have a blast!! Go ahead ... try something new.


Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Backpacking Trip

August 5-10, 2018 |
Explore one of the Midwest's largest areas of undeveloped wilderness along the spectacular shores of Lake Superior. Join us and experience the picturesque overlooks, pristine lakes, wild rivers and cascading waterfalls as we travel through the backcountry of the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness. Towering white pines and abundant wildlife are always nearby. You will be challenged by the rugged trails that climb from 600 to 1,958 feet above sea level at the top of Summit Peak. At the end of the journey you will have traveled over 30 miles of this 60,000-acre tract of wilderness. Located 200 miles due north of Stevens Point near Silver City, Michigan.

Sylvania Wilderness Canoeing and Fishing Trip

August 5-10, 2018 |
Get ready to paddle, fish and portage the pristine lakes of the Sylvania Wilderness Area surrounded by old growth hemlock and pine. Fishing for bass, in particular, is exceptional within this segment of the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. Under primarily catch and release regulations, the opportunity exists to catch a smallmouth in the 20”, 5 lb. class, as well as Largemouth, Northern Pike and Lake Trout. We may be able to make a tasty shore lunch of panfish!

Namekagon Canoeing and Fishing, Trips I and II

August 12-17, 2018 | August 19-24, 2018
Canoe Wisconsin's only National Scenic Riverway on the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers. Float through some of the most beautiful backcountry areas in the state and learn "Leave No Trace" camping techniques. Experience the abundant wildlife of the Namekagon River and the beautiful bluffs of the St. Croix River, with plenty of time each day for swimming, fishing or just hanging out. This trip is suitable for novice canoers, yet challenging enough to be fun for all.

Pictured Rocks Backpacking, Trip I

August 19-24, 2018
Spend a relaxing week taking in the beauty of Lake Superior and the bluffs that Pictured Rocks of Michigan's Upper Peninsula is famous for. We will hike an average of six to seven miles per day on the Lakeshore Trail, for a total of over 30 miles. Our campsites are near the rocky and sandy shores of the lake. Here we can watch the sunset over Lake Superior and let the sounds of the waves lull us to sleep. Waterfalls, sandstone bluffs, beaches and a plethora of wildlife may be encountered. Located 250 miles northeast of Stevens Point between Munsing and Grand Sable, Michigan.


The cost of each trip is $450.00. This fee includes equipment, transportation, meals and instruction. Once accepted, your deposit of $225.00 will secure your place. The balance of $225.00 must be paid at freshman orientation or before your trip is scheduled to leave.

Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel, you will have to contact us. Your deposit is non-refundable. However, if someone on the waiting list is able to take your place, we may be able to issue a partial refund.


Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions that you may have.
Johnny Johnson
  • Length of Program: 6 days/5 nights 
  • Credit for participation: The experiential course is a one-credit Wellness 199 class entitled "Wilderness Orientation." To be eligible for the credit, you must complete the summer trip and attend the 5-week course scheduled for the first eight Thursdays of the fall semester. The course will expand on what you learned on the trip as well as introduce you to campus resources.  Be sure to plan this into your schedule when you register for fall classes.
  • Cost: $450

* Pathways to Point Registration Form

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