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EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN

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Program #7310RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Itinerary for Feb 9 — Feb 15, 2014

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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, February 09 - Registration/Orientation and Icebreakers
Afternoon: Road Scholar participants should arrive between 3:00-4:30 PM to register. Registration will be in the Education Hall. Participants will get their name tag and room key.

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 Icebreakers - The TFT Road Scholar Coordinator will go over the itinerary for the week, give a tour of the facilities and address any other questions. Participant introductions will also occur this night.

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, February 10 - Cross Country Ski Instruction/Stories in the Snow...
Cross Country Ski Instruction/Stories in the Snow (Animal tracks & signs)/Snowshoe Hike/Evening Naturalist Program

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: -Ski Instruction - Highly trained and knowledgeable Trees For Tomorrow staff will instruct Road Scholar participants in cross-country skiing techniques. We will begin instruction on a groomed/tracked flat surface. Flatland instruction will include skills such as: learning how to fall and get up, weight balance/transfer, movement on skis, kicking and gliding, poling, double poling, and kick-double poling. Participants will then have a brief break to prepare for hill instruction. Hill instruction will take place at a groomed/tracked golf course. Hill skills to be taught include: snowplowing, herringbone, snowplow turns, and step turns. Instruction will be based on participants' skills levels and will be adjusted accordingly. The Trees For Tomorrow ski instructors are comfortable with many levels of skier abilities and teach lessons on a regular basis to 4th graders-adults.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:15 PM.

Afternoon: -Stories in the Snow - Participants will learn Northwoods animal track patterns and signs. By knowing if the animal is a walker, bounder, hopper, or waddler, a greater insight can be gained about animal identification. This information will be utilized on ski and snowshoe tours during the remainder of the week.

Afternoon: -Snowshoe Hike - Snowshoes will be distributed to participants. We will snowshoe near Trees For Tomorrow to get an idea of how to maneuver on snow. While snowshoeing, winter ecology will be discussed by trained Trees For Tomorrow professional staff. Examples may include: how ruffed grouse dive-bomb into snow and use it to insulate themselves from the harsh winter environment, how deer suvive the winter, and interpreting wildlife signs and tracks that we discover along the hike.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 PM.

Evening: -Evening Naturalist Program - Wolves, Bears, or Logging History. Trees For Tomorrow staff will present a program on wildlife or possibly discuss the logging era of the mid to late 1800s. Our staff is very knowledgeable in many different areas.

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, February 11 - Ski Tour/Ski Instruction #2/Kovac Planetarium
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: -Ski Tour at Anvil Trails - Tours are two to five miles depending on skill level. Located in the Nicolet National Forest, this historic and popular trail system provides a nice diversity of trails in a beautiful area. One of the highlights of this trip is feeding black-capped chickadees sunflower seeds from your hands. As is the case with all of our ski tours, we will stop periodically to examine the variety of interesting things we may see (i.e. animal tracks, various trees, etc.). This trail system was built with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and is one of Wisconsin's first National Recreation Trails, trails that have local and regional significance.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:15 PM.

Afternoon: -Ski Instruction #2 - Through the many years of running this program, we have found that many participants would like additional hill instruction to have a greater comfort level for future ski tours at Trees For Tomorrow and on their own. We revisit the trails at the golf course and try to hone the critical speed reduction technique; the snowplow, and the key uphill technique; the herringbone. After mastering these skills, snowplow turns and higher level step turns can be attempted.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 PM.

Evening: -Kovac Planetarium - This rotating mechanical globe-style planetarium is the largest of its kind in the world. Founder Frank Kovac will share not only his vast knowledge of astronomy, but also how he came to build this amazing structure. His story is truly inspirational!

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, February 12 - Ski Tour/Map & Compass/Tree ID or Winter Lake Eco...
Ski Tour/Map & Compass/Tree ID or Winter Lake Ecology/Candlelight Snowshoe

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: -Ski Tour at Afterglow Lake Resort - Tours are two to five miles depending on skill level. I believe nearly every skier in our area will tell people Afterglow is one of the finest groomed trails around. One of the trails follows Afterglow Lake and the others wind through beautiful stands of sugar maples, hemlocks, and more. The warming area at Afterglow Lake Resort provides an excellent place to relax and have lunch.

Lunch: Sack lunch at Afterglow around noon.

Afternoon: -Tree ID or Winter Lake Ecology (Staff Choice) - Interested participants may either learn how to identify trees or investigate the physical, biological and chemical properties of a lake. Using a dichotomous (two-way) key and other mnemonics, participants will learn trees such as: eastern hemlock, sugar maple, white pine, quaking aspen, along with many others. For Winter Lake Ecology, we will examine the formation of ice and how this barrier influences chemical and biological properties of the water.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: -Candlelight Snowshoe - Tree For Tomorrow staff will have a 0.6-mile snowshoe trail illuminated by candles. Candlelight snowshoe and ski outings are a popular activity in the Northwoods at various state parks and resorts. We've done this activity for a few years now, and it has been one of the participants most memorable experiences.

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, February 13 - Snowshoe Sylvania Wilderness/Witness Bond Falls W...
Snowshoe Sylvania Wilderness/Witness Bond Falls Waterfall/Compass Use and Route Selection

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: -Sylvania Wilderness Hike - We will snowshoe in a designated wilderness area. This Upper Peninsula of Michigan gem escaped the heavy logging of the late 1800s and early 1900s and provides access to one of the few virgin timber Hemlock-Hardwood stands in this area. This 20,000-acre wilderness area contains 34 named lakes and many glacial pothole lakes that are unnamed. While there, we will snowshoe and talk about what makes these areas so special and what we can do to help them stay that way! Past participants tell us that the highlights of this trip are seeing the old growth stands and having some true quiet time during a "silent-sit".

Lunch: Lunch at 12:15 PM.

Afternoon: -Witness Bond Falls Waterfall- Participants will get the chance to see one of Michgan's Upper Peninsula waterfall gems. Bond Falls is one of the most photographed waterfalls around.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 PM.

Evening: -Compass Use and Route Selection - The first component of the two part class is learning how to use a compass. After learning how to "put red in the shed and follow fred", participants will learn how to use the compass to get direction off a map and how far to walk. Each group will pick a route and calculate all the bearings and distances to be walked. This classroom preparation will set us up well when we head into the field the next day!

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, February 14 - Ski Tour/Orienteering at the Press Forest/Closing
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Morning: -Ski Tour at Razorback Ridges Trails -Tours are two to five miles depending on skill level. This trail system is one of the largest in the area with an excellent warming shelter. Located in the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, this ski area provides an opportunity to visit different forest types, including Jack Pine. We see a variety of tracks at Razorback nearly every time we ski, including fisher tracks!

Lunch: Lunch at 12:15 PM.

Afternoon: -Orienteering at the Press Forest - Using all the calculated routes from the previous night, groups will navigate through the woods to find target trees. The last few years, participants have thoroughly enjoyed this activity!

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM.

Evening: -Closing - The TFT Road Scholar Coordinator will present a slideshow containing pictures from participants' experiences during the week. Participants will get a CD and also 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
Day Seven: Saturday, February 15 - 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
Ice FishingThere are many places to fish in the Northwoods.
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 Road Scholar Coordinator for maps and locations.

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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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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