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7 Days | 6 Nights
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Itinerary for May 26 — Jun 1, 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, May 26 - Check-in and Registration / Orientation and Icebr...
Check-in and Registration / Orientation and Icebreakers / Whip-poor-wills & Nighthawks

Afternoon: Participants arrive at Trees For Tomorrow from 3:00-4:30 PM for registration.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM. There will be a social hour before dinner where participants can talk while enjoying wine, cheese and other snacks provided by Trees For Tomorrow (TFT).

Evening: Orientation and evening field trip - We will do participant introductions now if they have not already been done during our social hour. Participants will get a tour of the facilities, overview of the schedule, and a general orientation of how the week will run. Later in the evening, we will be going out to hear evening birds such as the whip-poor-will and nighthawk. Both of these birds are in rapid decline, leading to a new survey initiated in 2007.

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, May 27 - Birding Edge Habitat / Tree Identification / Cano...
Birding Edge Habitat / Tree Identification / Canoe Instruction / Canoe Lower Ninemile Lake

Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.

Morning: Birding - We will bird the edge of a field, second growth aspen, and pines. There are pretty good sight lines to find birds. In the past, we have seen birds such as: chestnut-sided warbler, nashville warbler, mourning warbler, clay-colored sparrow, purple finch, ovenbird, blue-headed vireo and red-eyed vireo.

Morning: Tree Identification - Knowing how to identify trees and habitat types is crucial for finding birds you wish to see. It also aids in making bird identification and location quite a bit easier. This split lecture/field class will run about 1.5 hours and participants will learn how to properly identify common trees of the Northwoods such as: sugar and red maple, eastern hemlock, balsam fir, white and yellow birch, black and white spruce, and white and red pine among others.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 NOON.

Afternoon: Canoe Lessons - Because we will use canoes to explore some areas, participants will learn how to maneuver a canoe effectively. Positioning of the canoe is very important in seeing and identifying many birds in or near water. The lake we do the lessons on has a loon platform nest, so participants should get a good look at a loon!

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM.

Evening: Canoe - Participants will canoe a very productive lake, Lower Ninemile Lake. Some of this lake's shoreline is surrounded by national forest land, limiting development. In past excursions, we have found trumpeter swans, loons, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, american bittern, common yellowthroat, and 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 Three: Tuesday, May 28 - Birding Early Successional Stage Aspen and Pine /...
Birding Early Successional Stage Aspen and Pine / Loon Presentation / Canoe Baker Lake and Tamarack Flowage

Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.

Morning: Birding - We will bird a recently logged area in search of many early successional stage birds. The large amount of snags left behind in conjuntion with the low height of trees make this a great area to see birds. Signature species of this habitat include: golden-winged warbler, eastern towhee, brown thrasher, hermit thrush, rose-breasted grosbeak, chestnut-sided warbler, mourning warbler, american redstart, and others.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 NOON.

Afternoon: Loon Presentation - After resting up, a local look expert will talk about the history of loons in Wisconsin, current conservation needs, research techniques, and the biology of these unique, symbolic birds.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 PM.

Evening: Canoe - This isolated combination of Baker Lake and Tamarack Flowage provides a serene paddle along with numerous wetland and water birds. The lake has been home to a pair of nesting bald eagles and common loons for numerous years. Great blue herons, eastern kingbirds, orioles, and yellow warblers are all common species on these lakes. Occasionally, I have also seen and heard merlins and broad-winged hawks in this area. Also, we have tried our hand at calling in a barred owl at the boat landing and have found great success!

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, May 29 - Birding Conifer Lowlands / Visit Northwoods Wildl...
Birding Conifer Lowlands / Visit Northwoods Wildlife Center / Free Time or Optional Bird Topography

Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.

Morning: Birding - Just 15 minutes north of Eagle River, the town of Conover is found in a slighly lower spot in the landscape meaning the forests in this area provide abundant boreal habitat. We will visit a county forest that contains a unique jack pine swamp and open wetland type. Signature species are the boreal chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, yellow-bellied flycatcher, yellow-rumped warbler, and gray jay among others. If we get lucky, we'll spot a spruce grouse too!

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 NOON.

Afternoon: Visit Northwoods Wildlife Center - This local rehabilitation and education center is a great opportunity to see birds up close. They have many display birds including: barred owl, great horned owl, northern saw-whet owls, eastern screech owl, coopers hawk, red-tailed hawk, american kestrel, broad-winged hawk, bald eagle, and turkey vulture. Additionally, they have a host of other animals such as turtles, frogs, and insects.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Free Evening or Optional Bird Topography - For those interested, we will go over use of a field guide and different parts of birds. This will help folks gain a better understanding of using field marks to help identify birds by sight.

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, May 30 - Birding Powell Marsh / Canoe Allequash Lake / Dee...
Birding Powell Marsh / Canoe Allequash Lake / Deep Lake Bog & Owl Calling

Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.

Morning: Birding - We will focus our efforts in getting waterfowl, shore birds and others associated with open areas. This pseudo-marsh, actually a DNR managed leatherleaf bog & grassland wet area, provides a large area for not only waterfowl, but other birds that enjoy the open. This will be a great spot to easily see lots of birds. We will bring as many spotting scopes we have! Signature species include: american bittern, yellow warbler, northern harrier, alder flycatcher, pied-billed grebe, sedge wren and ring-necked duck among others.

Lunch: Lunch at 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: Canoe - There are a couple of options to canoe. Our likely location is Allequash Lake, a place with no development and in the heart of Wisconsin's largest state forest, the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest. Black terns, bald eagles, loons, ring-necked ducks, sora, and others call this gem their home. We will spend a majority of our time in a non-motorized section of the lake.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Bog Investigation - Participants will explore a northern quaking bog, an experience many equate to walking on a giant waterbed. The numerous bogs found in this area were glacially created and now many special plants and animals reside there. Perhaps the most sought out plants include the carnivorous ones: sundew, pitcher plant and bladderwort. For many, this is an opportunity they have never had and one consistently rated as a great experience. If we are there late enough, we may try our hand at calling in a barred owl if we have not heard one already!

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 Six: Friday, May 31 - Birding Northern Hardwood Forests and Fields / Fr...
Birding Northern Hardwood Forests and Fields / Franklin Lake Hike / Closing

Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM.

Morning: Birding - The fields of Croker Road are a great opportunity for viewing birds. Species may include: eastern bluebird, tree swallow, savannah sparrow, eastern kingbird, killdeer, bobolink, sandhill crane, and others. The spotting scopes we have along offer a great chance to see these colorful birds up close. Taking a "field trip" can really be fun!

Morning: Birding - We will bird the Northern Hardwoods ridge near Deep Lake Road. This is a great birding hotspot very close to Eagle River. In the past, we have heard and seen some unusual birds such as an olive-sided flycatcher, and even woodcock in the late morning hours! A variety of warblers are very abundant in this area and using some song playback equipment, we are often successful at drawing them in for brief viewing opportunities. Signature species include: eastern wood pewee, blackburnian warbler, scarlet tananger, least flycatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, black-throated blue and black-throated green warblers.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 NOON.

Afternoon: Hike - We will hike the 1.25-mile Franklin Lake Nature Trail. This is a great trail that weaves through multiple habitat types. Many people especially love this trail due to the wide array of wildflowers found there. Swainsen's thrush, ovenbird, blue-headed vireo, american redstart, black-throated green warbler, northern parula, and many other birds call this area home!

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM. Wine from the local Three Lakes Winery will also be provided.

Evening: Closing - The Trees For Tomorrow Road Scholar Coordinator will put together a slideshow presentation of pictures taken during the week. If any of our previous evening activities get rained out, we can try them on this night.

Lodging: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, June 01 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: Departure by 9:00 AM. Participants can leave name tag and room key in room.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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.

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