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Fur, Fins and Feathers: Hiking, Fishing and Creative Arts

Program Number: 2546RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/28/2013 - 8/2/2013; 7/27/2014 - 8/1/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tustin, Michigan
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

Enjoy learning about Michigan's flora and fauna through interpretive outdoor hikes, fishing, hands-on science activities and creative arts during this intergenerational program. Local experts and staff from MSU and Kettunen Center provide professional instruction in fishing and wildlife, science-based environmental activities, live music and storytelling.




Highlights

• Go fishing on Center Lake and explore four miles of groomed trails through forest, wetland and field habitats — an excellent environment for observing wildlife, plants and local ecology.
• Connect nature and the arts by writing, drawing and recording memories of what you’ve experienced.
• Practice the art of storytelling, exploring the use of voice techniques, gestures and props to make your stories more compelling.



Activity Particulars

Moderate hiking up to two miles on rolling terrain.



Basic fishing equipment provided, personal gear encouraged.




Date Specific Information

7-28-2013

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 adult conference center on Center Lake, with large, hotel-style rooms. Wireless internet in all lodges.
Meals and Lodgings
   Kettunen Center
  Tustin, Michigan 5 nights
 Kettunen Center
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $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 out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in between 2:30 - 4:00 pm. Road Scholar orientation, tour and get-acquainted activities begin at 4:30 pm. Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 pm. You will be staying at Kettunen Center that night.
  End of Program:
Check out by 10:00am. Lunch at 12:00pm. Independent departures after lunch. You will be staying at Kettunen Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form and parental consent form returned to coordinator prior to arrival. Those over 17 who wish to fish: Fishing Licenses are required for those over 17 years of age. Licenses can be purchased online - www.mdnr-elicense.com. 24 hour hour licenses are available for $7 or a year long license is $34. Out of state applicants must also purchase a DNR Sportcard for $1 - which can be purchased online, at the time of purchase of license. You will need to print out license on your home printer.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
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
 

Traverse City - Cherry Capital Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Car rental rates average $45/day
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

During airport hours of operations 

 

Distance:

 

Kettunen Center is approximately 60 miles south

   

Cherry Capital Airport has a limited number of car rentals available during this time and advanced reservations are highly recommended. It is sometimes cheaper to fly into Traverse City than GRR. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.

 

Grand Rapids

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
The major car rentals are at the airport
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

car rental desks are open when airport is open 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles from Kettunen Center. Driving time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

   

Car rental rates average $45/day. Kettunen Center is approximately 100 miles north of Grand Rapids on US 131 and driving time is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

Lansing/Lansing

 

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Average $45/day
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Open during airport operation 

 

Distance:

 

Lansing is approximately 100 miles north.

   

Driving time from Lansing to Kettunen Center is approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Sometimes cheaper flights can be found flying into Lansing rather than GRR (Gerald R. Ford International Airport) in Grand Rapids, MI.

 
Driving Directions
  Grand Rapids area Take U.S. 131 north (approximately 90 miles) to exit 168 (Tustin). Turn right and go 5 miles to 145th Avenue (just past Center Lake Bible Camp). Turn left. Follow road around to the left into Kettunen Center.
  Lansing Take U.S. 27 north just past Clare to U.S. 10 west. Travel about 8 miles to the M-115 (Cadillac) exit, turn right. Stay on M-115 for approximately 25 miles and turn left on 20 Mile Road (yellow flashing light) towards Tustin. Travel about 8 miles to 145th Avenue and turn right. Follow road around to the left into Kettunen Center.
  Northern Michigan Take I-75 south to U.S. 27 south to M-55 west to U.S. 131 south. Go approximately 8 miles to exit 168 (Tustin). Turn left (east) 5 miles to 145th Avenue (just past Center Lake Bible Camp). Turn left. Follow road around to the left into Kettunen Center.
  Southeast Michigan Take I-75 north to Bay City, go west on U.S. 10 to Clare. After you merge with U.S. 27 (just past Clare), stay in right lane and follow U.S. 10 to M-115 (Cadillac) exit. Stay on M-115 for approximately 25 miles and turn left on 20 Miles Road (yellow flashing light) towards Tustin. Travel about 8 miles to 145th Avenue and turn right. Follow road around to the left into Kettunen Center.
Equipment Requirements: All equipment provided. Kettunen Center provides basic rods and reels, if participants want to bring personal fishing equipment, that is recommended for furthering your skills.
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: Welcome/Get-Acquainted Activities/ Introduction to Michigan Myths and Legends/
(Sunday, July 28)

Note: Grandparents will be offered an hour of "down time" while kids are participating in supervised activites with Kettunen Center staff.



   
 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: Get to know your fellow participants and their young learners through get-acquainted games. Evening hike optional. Introduction to Myths & Legends with our program on Michigan's "Uncommon" Loon.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Team Building/Introduction to Angling Skills/Journal Making/Swimming & Boating/Recreation time for kids/ Evening Shoreline and Pontoon Fishing
(Monday, July 29)

Note: 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.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Start off the week with a group photo, everyone smile! Introduction to Storytelling class explores voice techniques, gestures and adding props to make your stories come to life. Get together in group activities and enjoy cooperative activities and low ropes intiatives to get to know your family members, other participants and your strength as a team player.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM in the dining hall.
 Afternoon: Get ready to hook the big one! Introduction to Angling Skills will provide the basics for successful fishing. Get fishing licenses today. Balance the afternoon with making journals to record your week's experience and family stories learned while at Kettunen Center. Everyone will make their own personal nature journal and learn how to record thoughts, feelings and memories through writing and drawing exercises. Swimming and boating with a Certified American Red Cross lifeguard on duty.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Supervised recreation time for kids means free time for Grandparents, 6:30-7:45 pm. Practice what you learned earlier in the day by fishing from the shore and also from a pontoon boat with Mark Stephens, Project FISH Coordinator.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Let's Go Fishing!!!! Shoreline and Pontoon Fishing/Rec Time/"It was THIS BIG!" Intro to story telling/Michigan Animals - part 1/ Recreation time for Kids/Free time for grandparents/
(Tuesday, July 30)

Note: Joe Rogers, of Wildlife Recovery, will give evening presentation with live raptors, reptiles and other Michigan animals.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Try your hand at some early morning fishing on shore or from the pontoon boat or take an early morning bird watching hike with Kettunen Center staff. Right after breakfast, instruction on cleaning fish caught will be given by Project FISH Coordinator. Group will be then split into two to three smaller groups. Participants will complete all classes over the next two days. Group 1 learns about Tackle Craft. This class teaches the proper technique for tying flys and proper use. Group 2 will learn about the water quality of Center Lake by performing water quality tests, collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates and examining how the results of the collecting relates to water quality. Participants will also make fish prints with paint on t-shirts brought from home. Latex fish will be used if non real fish are available.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Groups switch for second class of series. Group 1 learns about Aquatic Ecology and Fish Prints. Become hydrologists and perform water quality tests on Center Lake, dip for macroinvertebrates, identify the finds, and explore water quality issues. Recreation time for kids/free time for grandparents (Water Games! for kids occurs late afternoon.)
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: People and Fish. Learn how people impact fishing quality. Evening opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Early Bird Hike/Pontoon and Shoreline fishing/Michigan Birds/Aquatic Ecology/Fish Prints/Swimming and Boating with lifeguard/Recreation Time for Kids/Free time for grandparents/Storytelling Through Music from local folk group
(Wednesday, July 31)

Note: Local folk group will give evening performance, combning legend, lore and tales of Michigan.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Try your hand at some early morning fishing or take an early morning bird watching hike. Fish cleaning after breakfast. Fishing from pontoon/shoreline with Project FISH Coordinator. Study Michigan Birds with local Audubon Society member and Kettunen Center staff with computer software and websites, instruction on use of field guides, binoculars and other resources and a birding hike.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM. Fish Fry with lunch.
 Afternoon: Learn about the exciting sport of Disc Golf with Kettunen Center staff. Learn about Michigan's amazing forest resources through hiking, games and activities. Swimming and boating with lifeguard.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Supervised recreational times for kids! Enjoy 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.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Michigan Mammals/Global Positioning System instruction with handheld units/Discovery Hike and Environmental Games/Swimming and boating/Storytelling and Talent Night/Campfire with s'mores and a night hike
(Thursday, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Enjoy an early bird watching hike before breakfast. Splitting into two-three smaller groups, participants will complete all classes during the day. Group 1 learns about GPS with basic instruction on using handheld units on our geocaching course. Group 2 learns about Michigan mammals with a collection of furs and skulls from Michigan State University's Museum. Groups switch.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Participants will take a discovery hike through forests, fields and wetlands and play ecology games to learn more about native wildlife. Lifeguard on duty for swimming and boating. Preparation time for family storytelling and talents night.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Storytelling Night! Work as a team with family members or new friends or on your own to share your envionmental knowledge through skits, improvisation, songs and storytelling. Go for a night hike and 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. Enjoy old fashioned s'mores before calling it a night!
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Activity stations: GPS Scavenger Hunt, Animal prints, Unclaimed Spot art activity, fish mobile craft, fishing, boating and hiking, pack up, check out of rooms by 10:00 a.m., wrap up activities.
(Friday, August 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Choose from the following as closing activities: GPS Scavenger Hunt, Shoreline Fishing, Swimming/Boating (no lifeguard on duty), shoreline fishing, open Computer Lab, fish craft, reflective drawing/writing activity or animal prints. Wrap up activity prior to lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Tustin, Michigan Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau
Your guide to Cadillac and the surrounding area. For additional information, visit www.cadillacmichigan.com
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


Hiding in Wetlands


Author: Deborah Underwood


Description: Childrens' book - explains the importance of wetlands



Freshwater Fishing for Kids


Author: Melanie A. Howard


Description: Fishing tips/strategies for young fishers



Restoring North America's Birds


Author: Robert A. Askins


The Legend of the Petoskey Stone


Author: Kathy-jo Wargin


Description: Children's book about the how Michigan's state stone was formed





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