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The Madeline Island field trip, Exploring the Encounter of Cultures, is an excellent way for 3rd through 5th graders to experience Madeline Island and its role in Wisconsin’s cultural and natural history. Each year field trips are offered from mid-May to early June.

Field Trip Program
  • Begin your field trip with a 20 minute ferry boat ride from Bayfield to La Pointe.
  • Explore the fur trade through curriculum-based interactive learning stations that showcase Madeline Island as one of the most important places in Lake Superior regional history. (60-90 minutes)
  • Have a local guide join you on your bus for a tour of the Island as you: (1) gain a greater understanding of the lives of Madeline Islanders and the island’s flora and fauna; (2) hear the fascinating story of why the island is considered the ancestral home of the Ojibwe people; (3) visit the location of the first French fur trade outpost and much more in this fun-filled one-hour tour.
  • Program length: three hours