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Program #9698RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Equipment Requirements
Participants need to bring their own bike and helmet. Please make sure that a bike mechanic has looked over your bike recently. Trees For Tomorrow provides all canoe equipment.

Itinerary for Sep 1 — Sep 7, 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, September 01 - Check-in / Wine and Snack Social / Participant In...
Check-in / Wine and Snack Social / Participant Introductions and Facilities Orientation

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 - If not already completed, participants will introduce themselves. The Trees For Tomorrow staff will give an orientation to the facilities and run through the logistics and schedule for the week.

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, September 02 - Bike Maintenance & Riding Skills / Chain of Lakes...
Bike Maintenance & Riding Skills / Chain of Lakes Bike Tour / Bog Ecology & Investigation

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Bike Maintenance - Participants will learn the basics of bike maintenance from a knowledgeable local sporting goods staff person. Some of the things we'll discuss are: proper sizing of the bike, chain care, how to fix a flat tire, brake issues, and clothing suggestions. After the 1.5 hour indoor part, participants have multiple options including: having their bike checked over, a riding skills workshop, and a 7-mile bike ride. Riding skills may include: how to shift (especially in anticipation of hills), cornering, and dealing with road hazards likes sticks and gravel.

Lunch: Lunch at 11:30 AM.

Afternoon: Eagle River Bike Tour - Road Scholar participants may choose from multiple bike routes that wind through the Eagle River area. There will be a support vehicle providing food, water, and extra maintenance equipment. While this route does have the most amount of traffic of all the bike routes, it is still fairly quiet and very beautiful. It gives participants a chance to see the local area. There will be route options from 19 to 26 miles.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM.

Evening: Bog Ecology & Investigation - A bog is a unique wetland type that was formed during the last period of glaciation approximately 10,000 years ago. Due to water flow characteristics, the stagnant water is quite acidic and plant production exceeds decomposition, forming a mat a vegetation that extends into the lake. We will get an opportunity to walk on the vegetation mat (often compared to walking on a waterbed) and explore the tough environment the plants deal with. Some plants are even carnivorous, a mechanism that assists in gaining additional nutrients. This experience is often one of the participants' favorites!

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, September 03 - Nicolet National Forest or Northern Highland - Am...
Nicolet National Forest or Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest Bike Tour / Wolves and Howling

Note: The Nicolet National Forest ride would be the hardest ride all week in that there are a fair number of hills on the route.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Bike Tour - We will spend the day biking in the scenic Nicolet National Forest or Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest. These large expanses of public land are less than a half hour away from Trees For Tomorrow. Trees For Tomorrow naturalists will lead the tours and discuss local flora and fauna. The route options vary in length from 24 to 31 miles. Sag wagon support is provided throughout the tour carrying tools, water, and other snacks.

Lunch: Lunch around 12:00 PM.

Afternoon: Continue Bike Tour - Participants will finish the bike ride, weaving their way through the magnificent forest land of the Northwoods. On either ride, this portion of the route is probably the most scenic part!

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM.

Evening: Wolf Ecology - An indoor presentation will be given on gray wolves, discussing their history and current status in Wisconsin, adaptations, physical features, and general ecology. After the indoor portion, interested participants will be guided by Trees For Tomorrow staff into their habitat and we will call to see if we can elicit a response. Even if we do not hear them call, many times the stars are out and it is fun to be out at a time when it is so quiet!

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, September 04 - Canoe or Hike (weather dependent) / Kovac Planeta...
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Canoe or Hike (weather dependent) - A rest day from biking. Participants will learn the basics of canoeing and then practice their skills on a beautiful stretch of water. Late summer/fall canoeing is a real treat. Many people have left the area and it is quiet on the area lakes and rivers. Bald eagles and loons are a common sight. In fact, Vilas County is fortunate enough to have the largest population of breeding bald eagles in the state! We can also expect to see the common loon, a species many people consider to be one of the most primitive birds. Loons are sight feeders, meaning the lakes in the area are generally very clear. All canoe equipment is provided. If the weather is not cooperative, we will go for a hike on the abundant state, federal or county land surrounding Eagle River.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.

Afternoon: Free afternoon doing whatever you'd like! There are a number of hiking and biking options that can be suggested by Trees For Tomorrow staff.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Visit Kovac Planetarium - Participants will get to experience the Kovac Planetarium, the world's largest rotating mechanical globe-style planetarium. The globe style planetarium dates back to the 15th century. Frank Kovac will provide an educational program that will help participants discover the planet's stars galaxies and the Earth's place in the cosmos. Frank will also talk about how he came to build this amazing structure. His story of passion and dedication will astound you!

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, September 05 - Boulder Area Trail System (BATS) Bike Tour - Dinn...
Boulder Area Trail System (BATS) Bike Tour - Dinner on your own & Free Evening

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Boulder Area Trail System (BATS) Bike Tour - We will bike a popular designated bike trail that meanders through the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, and along massive Trout Lake and pristine Crystal Lake. The trail spans from the Sayner area to Boulder Junction, allowing for route options from 25 to 33 miles. Along the way, "Trees" staff will provide naturalist interpretation to enhance participants experience. The trail is never too far from sag wagon support. The whole route is particularly enjoyable because of the short rolling hills... meaning the downhill momentum is oftentimes sufficient to get up the next hill.

Lunch: Lunch at scenic Crystal Lake.

Afternoon: Continue Bike Tour - Participants will continue biking a short stretch of the BATS trail. This ride often ends up being many participants favorite of the week. We also stop for ice cream after we are done, another favorite of past Road Scholar participants!

Dinner: Dinner on your own and free evening - After forming some new friendships during the week, have a good time going out to a restaurant of your choice. Eagle River and the surrounding area has a large number of restaurants to choose from.

Evening: After a long day, enjoy the night doing whatever you 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, September 06 - Eagle River to Land O' Lakes Bike Tour / Closing
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Eagle River to Land O' Lakes Bike Tour - Participants will spend the day biking from Eagle River to Land O' Lakes, the route direction determined by wind. The backroads during this day have nice variety; one section of the trail is more heavily wooded and another part feels very open due to the number of lowlands and jack pine forests. There are also a large number of lakes along the way... and I've seen hints of fall color, especially red maples!

Lunch: Lunch around 11:30 AM

Afternoon: Continue Bike Tour - This days route options vary from 24 to 33 miles with sag wagon support. One section of the trail utilizes an established bike trail in Land O' Lakes.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM. We'll also have some Three Lakes wine with our dinner. Three Lakes is only 15 minutes south of Eagle River. The wine they produce is quite unique, and I believe that one should experience the local flavor of an area as much as possible!

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. Also, at some point during the week, we may have extra time to show TFT's education raptors (birds of prey). If participants have not seem them yet, they will learn about raptors and get a chance to see them up close.

Lodging: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, September 07 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: Departure by 9:00 AM. Please leave your room key and name tag in your room. Safe Travels!

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.

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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