• June 25, 2022
    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

On Saturday afternoon (June 25, 2022) we will have our annual Alumni BBQ and Swag Swap. Those who wish to stay for the night can join our Whiskey In The Woods event around the campfire.

Essentially, MDFI HQ (the Northern Woods Training Facility) will be open for all Alumni and family for the weekend. Feel free to arrive after 5:00pm Friday and stay until Sunday. Saturday is the only day with an agenda of events. Friday and Sunday is just hanging out in the woods with good folks.

More info to come.



Friday and Saturday Nights

You are more than welcome to camp on the 10 acre property Friday and Saturday night at no charge. This is an Alumni event and all camping is free. We do have an off-grid restroom facility and shower house (rainwater showers). But there is no electric for camping. Please plan accordingly and make sure that you can survive without running a generator for a night so not to disturb other folks. (Power for cell phones, etc is available at the facility but there are limited outlets…but hey, you’re in the woods so get out of the Matrix for a day or two!) There is a campfire ring and charcoal grill for all to use.



No worries! There are lots of cool little motels around the area in Baldwin, MI. The nearest “Hotel” is Big Rapids which is about a 30 minute drive south. Check out the lodging page on the Northern Woods website.



We cannot have any animals aside from canaries or goldfish due to past experiences. We certainly understand this may be a selling / not selling point for some, and for that we can not budge but do so with our apologies.



We ask that Alumni only bring their immediate families as guests. Please know that you will be responsible for your guest’s that attend.



All attendees will be required to fill out a NWTF Waiver and have it signed in the presence of a notary (usually your bank will do that free of charge). We know it’s a bit of a pain, but once you fill out a waiver… it’s good for life. You’ll receive a NWTF card and your waiver is then on file and you will never need to sign one for the facility again. Minors under the age of 18 will need to have their parent/legal guardian sign for them in presence of a notary (see checkbox on waiver for minor). Their parent / legal guardian must also be in attendance for the event.

Please mail in waivers before hand to streamline our checkin process:
Mail to: MDFI
2800 S Kings Hwy
Luther, MI 49656

Note: If you have already submitted a notarized waiver in the past, you must bring your bright green NWTF Student Card and you’re good to go.



Exact location will be in your email confirmation, Chase, Michigan, 49656, United States



NWTF is located between Reed City and Baldwin, MI.
Exact facility address will be on your email receipt once you register.


This facility requires that all students, attendees, campers and cadre fill out a waiver and have it signed in the presence of a notary to be brought to class. Once you turn in your notarized waiver, you will receive a personalized student card and you will never need to submit a waiver for this facility again. The waiver can be found here and also in your email receipt once you register.


Rustic camping is available on site for $10/night. You are welcome to come setup / camp the night before class, we just ask that you arrive by 10pm so that we can check you in. More info about camping here. Please email us if you plan to camp for a class.

Other nearby lodging.

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