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Canoe and Hike in Wisconsin's Northwoods

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Program #20560RJ
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own bicycle and helmet, but there are a limited number of bike rentals available on a first come-first served basis. Please fill out the biking attachment form. All canoe equipment provided.

Itinerary for Jul 28 — Aug 3, 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 28 - 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, July 29 - Canoe Lessons / Hike at Star Lake / Bog Investiga...
Note: Please note that we will be doing a larger educational component at the historic Star Lake Plantation.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM

Morning: Canoe Lessons - Participants will learn safety aspects of getting in and out of a canoe along with a number of paddle strokes. We will do a variety of activities to gain confidence in moving the canoe effectively. We practice these skills on lakes that have loons and bald eagles!

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM

Afternoon: Hike Star Lake - Located in the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, this beautiful hike alternates between forested landscapes and along the shore of Star Lake. We will also examine Wisconsin's first red pine plantation study. Started in 1913 with 2-year old tree seedings, the study has reached its 100 year mark. Concepts such as pruning and thinning were investigated over the years to see their effect on the amount and quality of timber. We will use some forestry tools that will help us see the amount of lumber in a tree!

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM

Evening: Bog 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.

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 30 - Canoe and Hike Sylvania Wilderness / Visit Kovac ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM

Morning: Canoe Sylvania Wilderness - The pristine waters of Sylvania Wilderness are special in that no motorized equipment is allowed, including motorboats. While exploring the peaceful lakes, we will discuss how the area became a wilderness, what it means to be a wilderness, and the rules in place to maintain the character of the area. Plants and animals will also be explored with Trees For Tomorrow naturalists guiding the way.

Lunch: Sack Lunch at scenic Clark Lake about 12:30 PM

Afternoon: Hike Sylvania Wilderness - After exploring the water of Sylvania, we will turn our focus to hiking among the old growth forest. Many of the yellow birch, eastern hemlock, and sugar maple trees are in excess of 200 years old. This climax forest community is special in that it is one of the few larger areas that escaped the logging era of the late 1800s.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM

Evening: Visit Kovac Planetarium - This unique spot is home to the world's largest rotating mechanical globe-style planetarium. The globe style planetarium dates back to the 15th century. Frank Kovac will guide participants through the planet's stars' galaxies and Earth's place in the cosmos. Part of the program will also involve learning about the amazing process of building this planetarium. Frank's dream and passion are truly inspiring!

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 31 - Eagle River to Land O' Lakes Bike Tour / Canoe Ba...
Eagle River to Land O' Lakes Bike Tour / Canoe Baker Lake & Tamarack Flowage

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM

Morning: Eagle River to Land O' Lakes Bike Tour - Bike on the less traveled paved roads from Eagle River to Land O' Lakes. We will offer route options of 26 and 33 miles. Learn about the areas history, landscape, plants and animals along the way. Each route will have a support vehicle providing food, water and tools. Trees For Tomorrow staff will be leading each ride. The terrain is pretty flat with a few rolling hills.

Lunch: Field Lunch at 11:30 PM

Afternoon: Finish the bike ride, utilizing the Land O' Lakes bike trail system. We should be back around 2 PM. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon off!

Dinner: Dinner at 5:15 PM

Evening: Canoe Baker Lake & Tamarack Flowage - Experience the still waters of Baker Lake in a canoe. Baker Lake is a beautiful lake with an island in the center and loons swimming and fishing its' waters. After navigating Baker Lake, we will paddle through a beautiful channel to Tamarack Flowage. Depending on wind conditions and time, we will paddle a portion of this lake as well. In the past, there have been bald eagles nesting on this lake. As day turns to night, we will have the chance to see sunset and possibly hear a barred owl!

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, August 01 - Bike in the Northern Highland - American Legion S...
Bike in the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest / Dinner On Your Own & Free Evening

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM

Morning: Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest Bike Tour - This route begins south of Eagle River near the small town of Sugar Camp and weaves its way west through paved backroads that often reward the traveler with good views of lakes. Participants can chose route distance options of 24 or 29 miles. Trees For Tomorrow staff will be leading each ride. The terrain is mostly pretty flat with a few rolling hills.

Lunch: Lunch at 11:30 AM. We will be eating at a picnic spot next to the Wisconsin River.

Afternoon: We have about 7 miles to bike after lunch. Participants will finish their ride at the second dam on the Wisconsin River.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner and an evening on your own. Eagle River is a tourism-driven economy, so there are many excellent restaurants to choose from.

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, August 02 - Hike in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State ...
Hike in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: Lake of the Clouds and Union Mine Trail / Closing

Note: The Lake of the Clouds hike will be the most physically demanding part of the week. Hiking (trekking) poles are often used to deal with hiking on the uneven, rocky terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 6:30 AM We need to get an early start for our final day!

Morning: Hike near Lake of the Clouds - We will be hiking in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park along a ridge that provides amazing vistas. This hike is very different from many hikes in the Midwest in that you feel like you are hiking out west. We will be discussing the unique geology of the area along with plants and animals we see. As with all the field trips, Trees For Tomorrow professional naturalists will be leading the way.

Lunch: Lunch at the Visitor Center around 1:00 PM

Afternoon: Continue hiking in the Porkies on the Union Mine Interpretative Trail - This 1-mile trail goes along part of the Union and Little Union River. Signs along the way explain the history, significance, and process of copper mining in the area. In addition to the abundance of information, the trail is beautiful in that it gets very close to both the rivers. There are also numerous cascade-type waterfalls!

Dinner: Dinner and wine at 6:00 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
Day Seven: Saturday, August 03 - Depart
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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