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Backroads Biking Adventure

Program Number: 9698RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/1/2013 - 9/7/2013; 9/7/2014 - 9/13/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Eagle River, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Bicycle the quiet roads of northern Wisconsin, witnessing the first flashes of autumn color as you wind through deep forests and past hidden lakes. Leading the way are local naturalists who teach you about the ecology of the northern forest ecosystem. Evening presentations introduce you to wildlife of the region including the resurgent gray wolf.




Highlights

• Led by local experts and accompanied by a support van, enjoy four days of biking through Wisconsin’s spectacular Northwoods.
• Take a break from biking for a day of canoeing on a local waterway or hiking on a beautiful trail in the area.
• Enjoy an evening field trip to the Kovac Planetarium, an amazing rotating mechanical globe constructed by a dedicated amateur astronomer.



Activity Particulars

Bicycling 20-35 miles per day at a pace of 10-14 mph on paved backroads with rolling terrain. Trees For Tomorrow group leaders will adjust route distances and speed to accommodate group needs. Also, there will be support vehicles for the routes. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own bicycle and helmet, but there will be a limited number of bike rentals available on a first come-first served basis.




Date Specific Information

9-1-2013, 9-7-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Trees For Tomorrow.




Eagle River

Situated near the largest inland chain of connecting freshwater lakes in the world, this community lies next to the 600,000-acre Nicolet National Forest and is a well-known hub of recreational activity, from canoeing to hiking.



Accommodations
Lodge-style dormitory; shared baths; fireplace in common room.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Rob Wiener

Rob Wiener has taught at Trees For Tomorrow since 1999. In addition to teaching, Rob coordinates school schedules and accreditation testing, develops curriculum, and helps oversee the seasonal naturalist program. He is a Northland College graduate with a B.S. in environmental studies, and worked previously with the U.S. Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and private consulting firms. In his free time, Rob enjoys photography, guitar, weightlifting, tennis and reading.
 
Cheryl Todea

Cheryl Todea has been at Trees For Tomorrow since 2000, where she has served as a teacher and naturalist. She was named operations manager in 2014, and previously held the interim executive director position. In addition to managing the overall operations of the organization, Cheryl is responsible for group programming and personnel management. Cheryl earned a degree in environmental education from University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and worked previously for the Girl Scouts and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, birding, and knitting.
 
Joe Panci

Joe rejoined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in 2009 after working at TFT from 1984 to 2003. In addition to teaching, Joe coordinates the natural resources careers workshop and oversees all education program equipment. He earned bachelor degrees in forestry and environmental education from Michigan State University and a masters in environmental education from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Joe previously worked as an environmental science teacher, outdoor education coordinator and cross-country ski and softball coach at Conserve School in Land O' Lakes. Joe has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Youth Conservation Corps and Young Adult Conservation Corps programs. He is a National Outdoor Leadership School Outdoor Educator graduate as well as a Leave No Trace Master Educator.
 
Laura Lorenz

Laura Lorenz joined the Trees For Tomorrow education staff in August 2012. Originally from Morton Grove, Ill., she graduated from Northland College with a B.S. degree in outdoor and environmental education. In addition to her position as a teacher naturalist, Laura oversees the care of numerous education animals, coordinates summer programming, and is helping oversee the seasonal naturalist program. She enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and crocheting in her spare time.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
  Eagle River, WI 6 nights
 Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
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 allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.
  Additional nights prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $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 out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-4:30 PM check in at the Education Hall at Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River, WI. You will be staying at Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM at Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River, WI. You will be staying at Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On-site parking is available at no extra cost.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eagle River, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Rhinelander
  Nearest highway: Hwy 45
  Nearest airport:  Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (RHI)
  From End of Program
  Location: Eagle River, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Trees For Tomorrow
phone: 715-479-6456
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 min 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Please contact the Trees For Tomorrow - Road Scholar Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to ensure transportation.

 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Airport Car Rental
phone: 715-365-3430
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

N/A - Depends on time you keep the rental car
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Please contact the airport car rental well in advance (at least 2 weeks) to make sure they can meet your needs.

 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Rapid Cab
phone: 715-365-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Due to the high cost of taxi service, we recommend contacting Trees For Tomorrow for an airport shuttle. If you do wish to use a taxi, call them at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

 

Rhinelander

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Trees For Tomorrow
phone: 715-479-6456
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Please contact the Trees For Tomorrow - Road Scholar Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to ensure transportation.

 

Rhinelander

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Rapid Cab
phone: 715-365-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Due to the high cost of taxi service, we recommend contacting Trees For Tomorrow for an airport shuttle. If you do wish to use a taxi, call them at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East (Escanaba, MI) Take Hwy 70 West to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the North (Hancock, MI) Take Hwy 45 South to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the South (Appleton) Take Hwy 45 North to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the West (Superior) Take Hwy 53 South to Hwy 70 East. Take Hwy 70 East to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in / Wine and Snack Social / Participant Introductions and Facilities Orientation
(Sunday, September 1)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bike Maintenance & Riding Skills / Chain of Lakes Bike Tour / Bog Ecology & Investigation
(Monday, September 2)
   
 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!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Nicolet National Forest or Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest Bike Tour / Wolves and Howling
(Tuesday, September 3)

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!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Canoe or Hike (weather dependent) / Kovac Planetarium Visit
(Wednesday, September 4)
   
 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!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Boulder Area Trail System (BATS) Bike Tour - Dinner on your own & Free Evening
(Thursday, September 5)
   
 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!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Eagle River to Land O' Lakes Bike Tour / Closing
(Friday, September 6)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Saturday, September 7)
   
 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 Stores
Located just a few blocks from downtown Eagle River, Wall Street has a variety of stores to explore.
  Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
The 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, Basketball
There 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 Library
The library has many resources to explore. Books, email access, and newpapers can all be found. Phone number is 715-479-8070.
  Trails
Wilderness areas along with other public lands surround Eagle River. See "Trees" Coordinator for maps and locations.
  Various Trails
Trees 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Graced by the Seasons: Fall and Winter in the Northwoods


Author: John Bates and Terry Daulton (Illustrated)


Description: This book acts as a personal guide to the natural events of the Northwoods as the seasons change from the burst of autumn color into the white and silence of winter. While nature in winter may appear to have little going on, there's a great deal to see and think about if you have a guide to show you.





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