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Stalking the Elusive Morel and Other Natural Encounters

Program Number: 15915RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/5/2013 - 5/8/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Tustin, Michigan
Price starting at: $475.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Experience the natural environment of northern Michigan as you hike, canoe and explore the region’s hills, lakes and woods. A mycology expert leads forages for edible morel mushrooms and spring plants, offering information about forest and wetland ecology and correct identification of the elusive mushroom. Learn to prepare delicious recipes and how to dry and store mushrooms.




Highlights

• Learn how, where and when to hunt the mysterious and treasured Northern Country Morels of Michigan.
• Encounter local wildlife and spectacular scenery as you canoe inland waters with an American Red Cross-certified lifeguard and canoe instructor.
• Spring wildflower hikes teach the use of field guides for identification, bringing northern Michigan’s flora and fauna within reach.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to four miles a day on uneven and hilly terrain. Must be able to get in and out of the passenger van with little assistance.




Date Specific Information

5-5-2013

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



Coordinated by Kettunen Center.




Tustin

Tustin, a small village in northwest Michigan, was incorporated in 1893 and today is a perfect stopping point for those en route to one of the area’s recreational destinations, which include many trout streams and family-friendly rivers for canoeing.



Accommodations
Modern conference center set on 160 acres of rolling hills and forests with a lake.
Meals and Lodgings
   Kettunen Center
  Tustin, Michigan 3 nights
 Kettunen Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference center facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Sounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activites available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, and professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.
  Contact info: 14901 4H Drive
Tustin, MI 49688 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org
  Room amenities: Coffee maker.
  Facility amenities: Hiking trails.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $98.50/double, $69.50/single Additonal nights are available if space allows. Please contact the cente at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 2:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $98.50/double, $69.50/single Additonal nights are available if space allows. Please contact the cente at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3:00-4:00 pm at the front desk. Welcome and tour at 5:00pm. Dinner begins at 5:30pm. You will be staying at Kettunen Center that night.
  End of Program:
Room check out is 10:00 am. Our program concludes with lunch. You will be staying at Kettunen Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tustin, Michigan
  Nearest city or town:  Tustin, MI
  Nearest highway: US 131
  Nearest airport:  Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)
  From End of Program
  Location: Tustin, Michigan
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Grand Rapids

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus
phone: 616-456-1700

   

An economy rental car from Enterprise can be picked up at Grand Rapids airport on Sunday and returned on Wednesday for approximately $95.

 
Driving Directions
  North, South, East and West From Southeast Michigan Take I-75 North to Bay City, go West on US-10 to Clare. After you merge with US-27 (just past Clare), stay in the right lane and follow US-10 to M-115 (Cadillac exit). Stay on M-115 for approximately 25 miles and then turn left on 20 Mile Road toward Tustin (there is a yellow blinking light on the corner). Travel about 8 miles to 145th Avenue and turn right. Follow that road around to the left into the Kettunen Center. From Lansing Take US-27 North just past Clare to US-10 West. Travel about 8 miles to M-115, Cadillac exit and turn right. Stay on M-115 (approximately 25 miles) and then turn left onto 20 Mile Road (there is a yellow blinking light on the corner). Travel about 8 miles to 145th Avenue and turn right. Follow the road around to the left to the Kettunen Center. From the Grand Rapids Area Take US-131 North (approximately 90 miles) the Tustin Exit 168. Turn right and travel 5 miles to 145th Avenue (just past Center Lake Bible Camp). Turn left onto 145th Avenue and follow the road around to the left to the Kettunen Center. From the North Take I-75 South to US-27 South to M-55 West. Turn left (before you reach Cadillac) on US-131 South. Travel about 12 miles to Tustin Exit 168. Turn left (East) and travel approximately 5 miles to 145th Avenue (just past Center Lake Bible Camp). Turn left onto 145th Avenue and follow the road around to the left to the Kettunen Center.
Equipment Requirements: If participants own kayak or canoe, they may use on lake, but all equipment is provided. Binoculars and favorite fields guides are recommended but Kettunen Center has new, good quality equipment to use free of charge.
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: Arrival 3:00-4:00 pm, Welcome/Tour/ at 4:30 pm/Get Acquainted activities and introduction to GPS Hike/Snack
(Sunday, May 5)

Note: Dress to take a short hike on Kettunen Center's GPS course to learn how to use a handheld GPS. GPS units will be used to locate wildflower patches and morel "hotspots".



   
 Afternoon: Registration 3:00-4:00 pm, check in at the front desk. Take a hike and stretch your legs! Welcome and tour at 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
 Evening: Get-acquainted activities. Program on handheld Global Positioning System units on Kettunen Center's course to lead up to using the units for morel mushroom hunting and finding spring wildflower patches.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/Michigan Wildflowers/Elusive Morel Mushrooms classroom presentation/Lunch/on-site hike and field trip for morel mushroom hunting/Free time to kayak, canoe, hike or relax/Dinner/Birding Skills, equipment and websites for birding resources.
(Monday, May 6)

Note: Dress to be outside most of the day/hiking shoes for walking 2-4 miles on uneven, forested terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast served at 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.
 Morning: Learn about Michigan's abundant spring wildflowers through a classroom presentation by Kettunen Center staff Program Director, then move outside to field identify species. Learn how to identify morels, where to find them, the ecology, habitats, etc. in a classroom setting, then hiking to hunt for the ellusive mushroom with the president of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club, Dr. Phil Tedesch. Learn about other edible spring mushrooms. New recipes to prepare these spring delicacies.
 Lunch: Buffet-style lunch served at 12:00 p.m. Morel mushrooms (if we are lucky!), wild leeks and fiddle heads for lunch. Our local expert has special recipes he will share with you and our facility chefs to give you a culinary treat.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will load into 7 - 12 passenger vans to state and federal land to continue hunting for the elusive morel mushrooms using our GPS hand held units. We will return at 4:00 pm and the rest of the afternoon will be free time for use of the kayaks/canoes on Center Lake, reading, internet use and other recreational opportunities at Kettunen Center.
 Dinner: Buffet-style dinner served at 5:30 p.m.
 Evening: Birding skills session in the computer lab offered by local National Audubon Society member and Kettunen Center Staffer. Talk will include equipment tips, identification software and website, field guides and other birding resources. An evening bird hike on Kettunen Center property will follow.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Early bird hike/Breakfast/Mushroom Cultivation/Mushrooming Field Trip/Lunch/Canoeing and Kayaking Instruction/Preparing, Drying and storing techniques for Morels/Storytelling and Talent Night/Night Sky presentation and night hike.
(Tuesday, May 7)

Note: Dress to be outside all day with comfortable hiking shoes.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast served at 7:30 -8:30 a.m.
 Morning: 7:00 a.m. bird watching - optional. The best time to see and hear birds is early morning. Come join our local birding experts as we enjoy the migrating birds back home. Dress warm, bring your binoculars and field guides as we hike through forests, fields, near wetlands and nesting sites to add to our life lists.
 Morning: Local morel mushroom cultivator will give a presentation on his efforts to induce morels. Local mushroom enthusiasts will lead hunts on state land near the Kettunen Center. Participants will travel by 7 and 12 passenger vans to hotspots. We hike off the trails on hilly, forested land with uneven terrain to find the elusive morels.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in the dining hall.
 Afternoon: Canoeing and kayaking instruction led by our Certified American Red Cross lifeguard on Center Lake. Participants will be divided up into two groups which rotate throughout the two sessions. Canoe and kayak instruction: on land overview of the sport, equipment, safety and techniques. In water exercise on paddling techniques and self-rescue. All levels will be taught individually with one-on-one attention to participants technique needs and safety concerns.
 Dinner: Buffet-style dinner served at 5:30 -6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Program on Michigan's "Uncommon" Loons and then an opportunity to share your storytelling skills and talents with your Road Scholar group around the campfire or beside the fireplace in our main lobby. Local naturalist will lead a night hike as a guide to the night sky and the wildlife active after dark.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Early Bird Hike/Michigan Wild Turkey Program/Michigan Forests Hike/Wrap up activity/Lunch/Depart.
(Wednesday, May 8)
   
 Depart From: Room check out is 10:00 am, but the program concludes with lunch.
 Breakfast: 7:30 -8:15 am Buffet-style breakfast served in the dining hall.
 Morning: 7:00 am early bird hike optional. A presentation by the President of the Pere Marquette Chapter of the Wild Turkey Hunters' Association on Michigan Wild Turkeys. Hike through Kettunen Center's diverse forests with Kettunen Center Staff forester and learn about Michigan's incredible renewable resource. Wrap up activity before lunch.
 Morning: 7:00 am Early-bird hike. Optional
 Lunch: Buffet-style lunch served at 12:00 pm
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.


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