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TUSTIN, MICHIGAN

Exploring Nature with your Grandchild: Canoeing, Hiking, Biking and More!

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.

Itinerary for Aug 10 — Aug 15, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 10 - Welcome/Get-Acquainted Activities/ Team Buidling ...
Welcome/Get-Acquainted Activities/ Team Buidling and Challenges, Collaborative Games for Everyone

Afternoon: Registration 2:30-4:30 PM, check in at the front desk. Welcome/Orientation/Tour at 4:30 pm.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Evening: An evening of get acquainted activities, a look at the week ahead, and a welcome to The Great Lakes State. Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social to end the evening.

Lodging: Kettunen Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 11 - Journal Making, Disc Golf, Canoe Skills Instructi...
Journal Making, Disc Golf, Canoe Skills Instruction, Recreational Time (Swimming) Michigan History presentation.

Note: Disc golf course is in the woods along hiking trails. Canoe session will be on the lake. Recreation time for kids means free time for grandparents. Youth are supervised by Kettunen Center staff at the waterfront or in recreational activities for 1-2 hours daily. We recommend bringing sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and your camera to these sessions. When in the woods, we recommend wearing shoes, not flip flops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Make a homemade journal using natural materials to record your week's experiences and family stories. Everyone will make their own personal nature journal and learn how to record thoughts, feelings and memories through writing and drawing exercises. Learn how to play Disc Golf and enjoy using your new skills on our 9-hole course.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM in the dining hall.

Afternoon: Afternoon sessions include Basic Canoe Safety and Instruction - taught by a Certified Red Cross Lifeguard and canoe instructor, as the group begins to prepare for the Muskegon River trip (which will be held later in the week). The other afternoon session will be team building with grandparents and grandchildren participating in a variety of games and initiatives, some on the low ropes course, designed to be both fun and challenging. The afternoon concludes with recreational free time (free time for grandparents, while grandchildren can enjoy open waterfront time while supervised by a certified lifeguard.)

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Evening presentation: A historical perspective of Tustin, given by a local historian. Artifacts, photos and stories will highlight the presentation. Samples of various traditional foods and Michigan specialties will be the snack for the evening. Optional night hike - learn about your amazing ability - Night Vision - and how to enjoy the night with your "other" senses. Explore the night sky and learn some basic constellations

Lodging: Kettunen Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 12 - Introduction to Orienteering, Continuation of Can...
Introduction to Orienteering, Continuation of Canoe Skills, Low Ropes Course, Archery and Survival Skills

Note: Much of the day will be spent outside on trails - good footwear is recommended, as well as sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Bring your camera!

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Orienteering instruction will focus on how to use a compass and map and then practice these skills on our Orienteering Course. A second morning session will highlight survival skills - fire-making, shelter-making, and wild edibles! These skills will be tested later in the week during the Great Race!

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.

Afternoon: Continuation of canoeing skills in preparation for our Muskegon River trip. We'll have our last team building session on our low ropes course. Recreational free time (Water Games and/or open waterfront for kids, with free time for grandparents) occurs late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Archery Presentation and Instruction with local archery experts. Evening pontoon boat fishing will be offered, supervised by our staff. The evening concludes with a campfire with s'mores along the lake shore.

Lodging: Kettunen Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 13 - Bike the White Pine Trail, Geo-caching, Concert ...
Bike the White Pine Trail, Geo-caching, Concert with Local Folk Musicians

Note: Recommended biking items: water bottles, good shoes (not flip flops), comfortable shorts or crops, (padded ones are nice but not necessary), light jacket, sunscreen, camera Helmets are required to be worn and are supplied although you are welcome to bring your own. Geo-caching takes place in the woods - good shoes (not flip flops) are recommended. Bring your camera!

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: The group will be divided into two groups. Half of the group will bike the (paved) White Pine Trail - beginning in Cadillac and ending in Tustin - about 11 miles of easy pedaling on the old Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad grade. At the end of the trail, you may explore Tustin and the Pine River Historical Museum before heading back to the center for lunch. The other half will learn about Global Positioning Systems and how to use a handheld unit. We'll put our new skills to the test - when -we try to find the 15 geo-caches hidden on Kettunen Center's 160 acres.

Lunch: Lunch at noon.

Afternoon: The two groups will switch for the afternoon. The morning group that did GPS will bike the (paved) White Pine Trail - beginning in Tustin and ending in Cadillac - about 11 miles of easy pedaling on the old Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad grade. At the beginning of the trail, you may explore Tustin and the Pine River Historical Museum before heading out on the trail. Those that biked in the morning will now will learn about Global Positioning Systems and how to use a handheld unit. We'll put our new skills to the test - when -we try to find the 15 geo-caches hidden on Kettunen Center's 160 acres.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Supervised recreational free time for kids (free time for grandparents). The evening activity will be a live concert with a local folk group "Lake Effect" who specialize in telling stories through their music and lyrics. Concert around the campfire if weather permits.

Lodging: Kettunen Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 14 - Canoeing the Muskegon River. Storytelling and Ta...
Canoeing the Muskegon River. Storytelling and Talent Night/Campfire with s'mores

Note: Swimsuits, towels, sunscreen, hats, light jackets or shirts, and water bottles are recommended items to bring on the canoe trip. Life jackets are provided and must be worn.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: The float plan for the Muskegon River is about 3 1/2 hours of paddling - for those wanting to take a more leisurely trip, plan on 4 hours. We will all leave from Kettunen Center mid-morning and drive approximately 25 minutes to The Old Log Resort, located on M-115, on the Muskegon River. Here the group will have the opportunity to use restroom facilities before being bussed to the put-in site about 30 minutes from the resort. This is an easy float, of gently moving water,and the Muskegon River is quite wide. Much of this part of the river flows through state forest land, allowing for many opportunities to stop and take a break. We will enjoy lunch on the river!

Lunch: Lunch will be a picnic lunch, enjoyed on the river - sometime around noon.

Afternoon: We will continue our float down the Muskegon River. There will be stops for rest and snacking along the way. We should be off the river no later than 5 PM. Upon returning to the center, there will be time for changing, showering and relaxing before supper.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Recreational Free Time (games and/or open waterfront for kids, free time for grandparents). Evening program will be Storytelling Night! Work as a team with family members or new friends as you share your environmental knowledge through skits, improvisation, songs and storytelling. Enjoy your final night, with at the campfire with s'mores.

Lodging: Kettunen Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 15 - The Great Race!!!! Check out of rooms by 10:00...
The Great Race!!!! Check out of rooms by 10:00 a.m., Final wrap up activities.

Note: You may wish to set aside some "going home" clothes for kids. We will be outside in the morning, when shoes/clothes can get wet from dew.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: The Great Race will bring all the new/refined skills learned during the week along with your increased team building skills together in a positive team/family oriented variety of activities. Prizes awarded! Wrap up activity prior to lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.

Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Tustin, Michigan
Cadillac Area Visitors BureauYour guide to Cadillac and the surrounding area.
For additional information, visit: www.cadillacmichigan.com

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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
17 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances

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