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7 Days | 6 Nights
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Itinerary for Jul 14 — Jul 20, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) started in 1944 to help reforestation efforts in northern Wisconsin. Initially, Trees For Tomorrow was focused on giving out free tree seedlings and assisting with forest management. Once the reforestation effort was largely completed, TFT shifted more toward education. Today TFT is an accredited Natural Resources Specialty school that focuses on educating students, teachers, and other adults about the wise use and management of natural resources. The campus is located on about 30 acres with an interpretative walking trail within it.

Contact info:
519 E. Sheridan St
P.O. Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521 USA
phone: 715-479-6456
web: www.treesfortomorrow.com

Room amenities: Each room has 2-3 bunk beds, dresser, coat rack, and small desk. During warm months, it is recommended to bring a fan, as only the main Education Hall has air conditioning. We will provide bed linens, pillows, and blankets. Participants should bring their own towels and washcloths.

Facility amenities: Our dormitories are rustic, yet comfortable, one-story buildings with 7 to 12 bedrooms in each. The dorms have central lounges with fireplaces and a central shared standard bathroom (separate genders) within a short distance of each bedroom. There is Wi-Fi available campus-wide available at no cost. There are no laundry facilities on site, but there are places to go within a 5 minute drive.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.

Additional nights before: $35 Single/$50 Double
Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator Troy Walters at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 14 - Check-in / Local Wine and Snacks Social / Orienta...
Afternoon: Arrival - Check in at the Education Hall from 3-4:30 PM. Participants will get a name tag and room key along with additional information.

Dinner: Social & Dinner - We will meet each other while enjoying local wine and snacks. This is normally an excellent time to do participant introductions. Dinner to follow at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Orientation - Participants will get an orientation of the facilities and an overview of the schedule.

Lodging: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) started in 1944 to help reforestation efforts in northern Wisconsin. Initially, Trees For Tomorrow was focused on giving out free tree seedlings and assisting with forest management. Once the reforestation effort was largely completed, TFT shifted more toward education. Today TFT is an accredited Natural Resources Specialty school that focuses on educating students, teachers, and other adults about the wise use and management of natural resources. The campus is located on about 30 acres with an interpretative walking trail within it.

Contact info:
519 E. Sheridan St
P.O. Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521 USA
phone: 715-479-6456
web: www.treesfortomorrow.com

Room amenities: Each room has 2-3 bunk beds, dresser, coat rack, and small desk. During warm months, it is recommended to bring a fan, as only the main Education Hall has air conditioning. We will provide bed linens, pillows, and blankets. Participants should bring their own towels and washcloths.

Facility amenities: Our dormitories are rustic, yet comfortable, one-story buildings with 7 to 12 bedrooms in each. The dorms have central lounges with fireplaces and a central shared standard bathroom (separate genders) within a short distance of each bedroom. There is Wi-Fi available campus-wide available at no cost. There are no laundry facilities on site, but there are places to go within a 5 minute drive.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.

Additional nights before: $35 Single/$50 Double
Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator Troy Walters at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 15 - Canoe Instruction / Bog Investigation / Canoe Bak...
Canoe Instruction / Bog Investigation / Canoe Baker Lake & Tamarack Flowage

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Canoe Instruction - Participants will learn the basics of canoeing. Parts of the canoe and paddle will be examined along with learning basic strokes such as: the forward & backward stroke, draw, pry, C-stroke, and J-stroke. We will canoe a local lake to develop or hone our paddling skills. While on the lake we'll practice paddling straight, play some games, and then go through a slalom course to work on turning. Most times we even have time to paddle around the lake and look at loons, various shoreline issues (esp. aquatic invasive species), and numerous other plants and animals.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM Noon.

Afternoon: Bog Ecology & Investigation - Vilas County is home to over 1300 glacially created lakes. When conditions are right, certain plants begin to grow out into the lake. These plants form a dense root network that allow us to walk on them. The waterbed-like feel of a northern quaking bog is a memorable experience for many participants. While out there, we will examine the many unique plants that call this area home. The carnivorous pitcher plant, sphagnum moss, leatherleaf, labrador tea, black spruce and tamarack are some of the plants and trees we'll expect to see.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 PM.

Evening: Canoe Baker Lake & Tamarack Flowage - We will be canoeing while the sun goes down, wind subsides, and temperature declines. Evening paddles on Baker Lake and Tamarack Flowage are rich in plant and animal life. Bald eagles, loons, beavers and others are breeding residents. Great blue herons, numerous ducks, and even barred owls are possible in this unique area of two lakes connected by a small river channel. This lake is truly a Northwoods gem.

Lodging: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) started in 1944 to help reforestation efforts in northern Wisconsin. Initially, Trees For Tomorrow was focused on giving out free tree seedlings and assisting with forest management. Once the reforestation effort was largely completed, TFT shifted more toward education. Today TFT is an accredited Natural Resources Specialty school that focuses on educating students, teachers, and other adults about the wise use and management of natural resources. The campus is located on about 30 acres with an interpretative walking trail within it.

Contact info:
519 E. Sheridan St
P.O. Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521 USA
phone: 715-479-6456
web: www.treesfortomorrow.com

Room amenities: Each room has 2-3 bunk beds, dresser, coat rack, and small desk. During warm months, it is recommended to bring a fan, as only the main Education Hall has air conditioning. We will provide bed linens, pillows, and blankets. Participants should bring their own towels and washcloths.

Facility amenities: Our dormitories are rustic, yet comfortable, one-story buildings with 7 to 12 bedrooms in each. The dorms have central lounges with fireplaces and a central shared standard bathroom (separate genders) within a short distance of each bedroom. There is Wi-Fi available campus-wide available at no cost. There are no laundry facilities on site, but there are places to go within a 5 minute drive.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.

Additional nights before: $35 Single/$50 Double
Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator Troy Walters at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 16 - Canoe Sylvania Wilderness / Visit Bond Falls Wate...
Canoe Sylvania Wilderness / Visit Bond Falls Waterfall / Summer Public Program (Various Topics)

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00AM.

Morning: Canoe Sylvania Wilderness - Sylvania Wilderness is a beautiful place to canoe. Located just over the WI border, this Upper Peninsula of MI gem contains 34 named lakes within the 20,000-acre boundary. We'll paddle the pristine waters in multiple groups, a wilderness regulation designed to reduce vocal and visual impact. This area contains large expanses of water with multiple islands, providing great nesting places for loons. Bald eagles are also a common site in this area. In past years, I've also seen river otters enjoying the water.

Lunch: Sack Lunch at 12:30 PM. We will eat lunch at Clark Lake, one of the most scenic and historic spots in the wilderness. Back in the early 1900s, a few people formed a private hunting and fishing club, purchasing over 14,000 acres. There were a couple houses constructed along the southeast corner of Clark Lake. We can thank these people for buying the land. This private ownership and their subsequent usage has preseved one of the few untouched parcels of land in this area. This left an old growth hemlock/hardwood forest containing trees in excess of 400 years old. The government purchased the land in the 1960s and has since removed the houses.

Afternoon: Visit Bond Falls Waterfall - This is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Bond Falls is not only home to a beautiful waterfall, but some water is also diverted northwest to the city of Victoria, providing significant hydropower.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Public Program - Each summer, Trees For Tomorrow hosts a wide array of public programs on Tuesday evenings. Participants can go to this program or have the evening off. Past programs have included: loons, Wisconsin's elk, bears, loons, phenology, birds of prey, tree identification, fishing, and many others!

Lodging: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) started in 1944 to help reforestation efforts in northern Wisconsin. Initially, Trees For Tomorrow was focused on giving out free tree seedlings and assisting with forest management. Once the reforestation effort was largely completed, TFT shifted more toward education. Today TFT is an accredited Natural Resources Specialty school that focuses on educating students, teachers, and other adults about the wise use and management of natural resources. The campus is located on about 30 acres with an interpretative walking trail within it.

Contact info:
519 E. Sheridan St
P.O. Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521 USA
phone: 715-479-6456
web: www.treesfortomorrow.com

Room amenities: Each room has 2-3 bunk beds, dresser, coat rack, and small desk. During warm months, it is recommended to bring a fan, as only the main Education Hall has air conditioning. We will provide bed linens, pillows, and blankets. Participants should bring their own towels and washcloths.

Facility amenities: Our dormitories are rustic, yet comfortable, one-story buildings with 7 to 12 bedrooms in each. The dorms have central lounges with fireplaces and a central shared standard bathroom (separate genders) within a short distance of each bedroom. There is Wi-Fi available campus-wide available at no cost. There are no laundry facilities on site, but there are places to go within a 5 minute drive.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.

Additional nights before: $35 Single/$50 Double
Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator Troy Walters at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 17 - Franklin Lake Nature Hike / Free Afternoon / Cano...
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: Hike Franklin Lake Nature Trail - Mid-week is a good time to give our canoeing muscles a little bit of a rest. We will visit a beautiful nature trail in the Nicolet National Forest. This 1.5-mile interpretative trail has much to offer in the way of plant and animal life. In fact, nearly every habitat type in the Northwoods is found there!

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00PM Noon.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the local area!

Dinner: Dinner at 5:15 PM.

Evening: Canoe Lower Ninemile Lake - Much of this lake is surrounded by National Forest land. Trumpeter swans, loons, bald eagles, and sandhill cranes are often found here. This lake is best paddled in the evening, as it is quite large and wind can be an issue during the day. Sunset paddles are also a favorite for many people.

Lodging: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) started in 1944 to help reforestation efforts in northern Wisconsin. Initially, Trees For Tomorrow was focused on giving out free tree seedlings and assisting with forest management. Once the reforestation effort was largely completed, TFT shifted more toward education. Today TFT is an accredited Natural Resources Specialty school that focuses on educating students, teachers, and other adults about the wise use and management of natural resources. The campus is located on about 30 acres with an interpretative walking trail within it.

Contact info:
519 E. Sheridan St
P.O. Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521 USA
phone: 715-479-6456
web: www.treesfortomorrow.com

Room amenities: Each room has 2-3 bunk beds, dresser, coat rack, and small desk. During warm months, it is recommended to bring a fan, as only the main Education Hall has air conditioning. We will provide bed linens, pillows, and blankets. Participants should bring their own towels and washcloths.

Facility amenities: Our dormitories are rustic, yet comfortable, one-story buildings with 7 to 12 bedrooms in each. The dorms have central lounges with fireplaces and a central shared standard bathroom (separate genders) within a short distance of each bedroom. There is Wi-Fi available campus-wide available at no cost. There are no laundry facilities on site, but there are places to go within a 5 minute drive.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.

Additional nights before: $35 Single/$50 Double
Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator Troy Walters at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 18 - Canoe Manitowish River / Stop at Little Bohemia R...
Canoe Manitowish River / Stop at Little Bohemia Restaurant / Dinner on your own & Free Evening

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: Canoe the Manitowish River - Paddling the clear water of the Manitowish River is a good opportunity to practice your turning skills. With a small gradient along the river, the 6-mile stretch we will paddle meanders back and forth more times than you care to count. However, around each bend is a new chance to see something different... common yellowthroats, alder flycatchers, green frogs, green herons, belted kingfishers, wood & painted turtles, muskrats, various waterfowl, and many other animals can be found on this beautiful river. The DNR has recently discussed altering water flows on an upstream dam in hopes of reestablishing a native population of sturgeon that has only been sustained with repeated stocking.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch at 11:00 AM.

Afternoon: Visit Little Bohemia - A trip to Manitowish Waters is not complete without a stop at the old John Dillinger hangout. Little Bohemia was the site of a shootout between local authorities and the Dillinger gang. Old newspaper clippings, artifacts, and bullet holes have been preserved to provide a glimpse of history.

Afternoon: Complete our canoe trip on the Manitowish River - The second half of our paddle changes from a more forested shoreline to a more open sedge meadow habitat type. The river also narrows down a little more and has even more turns. Sedge wrens normally escort you downriver along with some naturalist interpretation. Local author John Bates wrote a book that has very interesting historical and biological aspects of the river. We normally share some of his stories as we venture to the take out spot.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in the area

Evening: Free evening relaxing doing whatever you'd like :)

Lodging: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) started in 1944 to help reforestation efforts in northern Wisconsin. Initially, Trees For Tomorrow was focused on giving out free tree seedlings and assisting with forest management. Once the reforestation effort was largely completed, TFT shifted more toward education. Today TFT is an accredited Natural Resources Specialty school that focuses on educating students, teachers, and other adults about the wise use and management of natural resources. The campus is located on about 30 acres with an interpretative walking trail within it.

Contact info:
519 E. Sheridan St
P.O. Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521 USA
phone: 715-479-6456
web: www.treesfortomorrow.com

Room amenities: Each room has 2-3 bunk beds, dresser, coat rack, and small desk. During warm months, it is recommended to bring a fan, as only the main Education Hall has air conditioning. We will provide bed linens, pillows, and blankets. Participants should bring their own towels and washcloths.

Facility amenities: Our dormitories are rustic, yet comfortable, one-story buildings with 7 to 12 bedrooms in each. The dorms have central lounges with fireplaces and a central shared standard bathroom (separate genders) within a short distance of each bedroom. There is Wi-Fi available campus-wide available at no cost. There are no laundry facilities on site, but there are places to go within a 5 minute drive.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.

Additional nights before: $35 Single/$50 Double
Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator Troy Walters at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, July 19 - Canoe Wisconsin River / Water Quality Study / Clo...
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: Canoe the Wisconsin River - Considered to be one of the hardest working rivers in the nation, we will explore a portion of the upper part of the river before it is influenced by industry/dams. This meandering 6.5-mile stretch is located about 20 river miles from the headwaters in Lac Vieux Desert. In the past, we have seen many different species of birds including: american bittern, wood ducks, bald eagles, catbirds, and cedar waxwings to name a few. This stretch is also home to the largest dragonfly in the Northwoods, the dragonhunter. It is always a treat to paddle this low traffic stretch of beautiful river... don't tell your friends about it!

Lunch: Sack Lunch at 12:30PM.

Afternoon: Water Quality Study - After canoeing a stretch of the river, we will visit where it all begins. Lac Vieux Desert is the beginning of 432 miles of the Wisconsin River. We will also do a biotic index survey, meaning we will collect aquatic bugs that are indicators of water quality/health. These creatures have a variety of adaptations that are not often discussed, but are critical in their survival. This stream survey will hopefully allow you to see the water as you never have before.

Dinner: Dinner and Wine at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Closing - The TFT Road Scholar Coordinator will present a slideshow containing pictures from the participants' experiences during the week. Participants will also get a CD and be able to download the pictures shown during the slideshow. Passports will also be stamped.

Lodging: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Free Time Opportunities


Eagle River, WI
Downtown StoresLocated just a few blocks from downtown Eagle River, Wall Street has a variety of stores to explore.
Eagle River Area Chamber of CommerceThe Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is a short walk from "Trees" and has excellent resources. Phone number is 715-477-2205.
For additional information, visit: www.eagleriver.org
Fishing, Golf, Tennis, BasketballThere are many places to fish in the Northwoods. Other relaxing recreational opportunities at parks may include tennis and basketball. Golf courses can also be found in the area. See "Trees" Coordinator for further details.
Olson Memorial LibraryThe library has many resources to explore. Books, email access, and newpapers can all be found. Phone number is 715-479-8070.
TrailsWilderness areas along with other public lands surround Eagle River. See "Trees" Coordinator for maps and locations.
Various TrailsTrees For Tomorrow is in the heart of many public lands. National Forests, State Forests, and County Forests provide abundant opportunities for biking and other recreational opportunities. See "Trees" Coordinator for maps and locations. There are both road and mountain bike trails available.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
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