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A Northwoods Skiing and Snowshoeing Adventure

Program Number: 7310RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/9/2014 - 2/15/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/24/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/14/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Eagle River, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Cross-country ski and snowshoe through the deep forests of the Northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Sylvania Wilderness Area. Witness how wildlife adapts to survive the winter season on a different trail each day, skiers choice. Our professional instructors are comfortable with all levels of ski and snowshoe abilities. Instruction includes movement on skis, up and downhill techniques, kicking, gliding and poling.




Highlights

• Naturalist-led ski and snowshoe excursions through different habitats provide insight into Northwoods winter ecology.
• Professional ski instruction for all ability levels, orienteering skills, and a visit to the Kovac Planetarium are among our planned activities for the week.
• Join us for a nighttime snowshoe outing on a candle-lit trail!



Activity Particulars

Ski trail route distances vary from 2-5 miles/half day to 3-8 miles/full day.




Date Specific Information

2-9-2014

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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 contemporary dormitory, shared bath.

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. Please complete Trees For Tomorrow - Cross Country Ski Information form and return it 3 weeks prior to the program start date
  Parking availability:
On-site parking is available at no extra cost.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eagle River, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Eagle River, WI.
  Nearest highway: Hwy 45, Hwy 70 & Hwy 17.
  Nearest airport:  Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (RHI), Rhinelander, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Eagle River, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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

 

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. There will be a fee of $30 for one-way transportation and $60 for a round trip.

 

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.

 

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. There will be a fee of $30 for one-way transportation and $60 for a round trip.

 
Driving Directions
  From The North 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 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 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: Trees For Tomorrow provides rental equipment at no additional cost. Rental equipment includes cross-country skis, boots, poles and snowshoes.
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: Registration/Orientation and Icebreakers
(Sunday, February 9)
   
 Afternoon: Road Scholar participants should arrive between 3:00-4:30 PM to register. Registration will be in the Education Hall. Participants will get their name tag and room key.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM. There will be a social hour before dinner where participants can talk while enjoying wine, cheese and other snacks provided by Trees For Tomorrow (TFT).
 Evening: -Orientation and Icebreakers - The TFT Road Scholar Coordinator will go over the itinerary for the week, give a tour of the facilities and address any other questions. Participant introductions will also occur this night.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cross Country Ski Instruction/Stories in the Snow (Animal tracks & signs)/Snowshoe Hike/Evening Naturalist Program
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.
 Morning: -Ski Instruction - Highly trained and knowledgeable Trees For Tomorrow staff will instruct Road Scholar participants in cross-country skiing techniques. We will begin instruction on a groomed/tracked flat surface. Flatland instruction will include skills such as: learning how to fall and get up, weight balance/transfer, movement on skis, kicking and gliding, poling, double poling, and kick-double poling. Participants will then have a brief break to prepare for hill instruction. Hill instruction will take place at a groomed/tracked golf course. Hill skills to be taught include: snowplowing, herringbone, snowplow turns, and step turns. Instruction will be based on participants' skills levels and will be adjusted accordingly. The Trees For Tomorrow ski instructors are comfortable with many levels of skier abilities and teach lessons on a regular basis to 4th graders-adults.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:15 PM.
 Afternoon: -Stories in the Snow - Participants will learn Northwoods animal track patterns and signs. By knowing if the animal is a walker, bounder, hopper, or waddler, a greater insight can be gained about animal identification. This information will be utilized on ski and snowshoe tours during the remainder of the week.
 Afternoon: -Snowshoe Hike - Snowshoes will be distributed to participants. We will snowshoe near Trees For Tomorrow to get an idea of how to maneuver on snow. While snowshoeing, winter ecology will be discussed by trained Trees For Tomorrow professional staff. Examples may include: how ruffed grouse dive-bomb into snow and use it to insulate themselves from the harsh winter environment, how deer suvive the winter, and interpreting wildlife signs and tracks that we discover along the hike.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 PM.
 Evening: -Evening Naturalist Program - Wolves, Bears, or Logging History. Trees For Tomorrow staff will present a program on wildlife or possibly discuss the logging era of the mid to late 1800s. Our staff is very knowledgeable in many different areas.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ski Tour/Ski Instruction #2/Kovac Planetarium
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.
 Morning: -Ski Tour at Anvil Trails - Tours are two to five miles depending on skill level. Located in the Nicolet National Forest, this historic and popular trail system provides a nice diversity of trails in a beautiful area. One of the highlights of this trip is feeding black-capped chickadees sunflower seeds from your hands. As is the case with all of our ski tours, we will stop periodically to examine the variety of interesting things we may see (i.e. animal tracks, various trees, etc.). This trail system was built with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and is one of Wisconsin's first National Recreation Trails, trails that have local and regional significance.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:15 PM.
 Afternoon: -Ski Instruction #2 - Through the many years of running this program, we have found that many participants would like additional hill instruction to have a greater comfort level for future ski tours at Trees For Tomorrow and on their own. We revisit the trails at the golf course and try to hone the critical speed reduction technique; the snowplow, and the key uphill technique; the herringbone. After mastering these skills, snowplow turns and higher level step turns can be attempted.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 PM.
 Evening: -Kovac Planetarium - This rotating mechanical globe-style planetarium is the largest of its kind in the world. Founder Frank Kovac will share not only his vast knowledge of astronomy, but also how he came to build this amazing structure. His story is truly inspirational!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ski Tour/Map & Compass/Tree ID or Winter Lake Ecology/Candlelight Snowshoe
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.
 Morning: -Ski Tour at Afterglow Lake Resort - Tours are two to five miles depending on skill level. I believe nearly every skier in our area will tell people Afterglow is one of the finest groomed trails around. One of the trails follows Afterglow Lake and the others wind through beautiful stands of sugar maples, hemlocks, and more. The warming area at Afterglow Lake Resort provides an excellent place to relax and have lunch.
 Lunch: Sack lunch at Afterglow around noon.
 Afternoon: -Tree ID or Winter Lake Ecology (Staff Choice) - Interested participants may either learn how to identify trees or investigate the physical, biological and chemical properties of a lake. Using a dichotomous (two-way) key and other mnemonics, participants will learn trees such as: eastern hemlock, sugar maple, white pine, quaking aspen, along with many others. For Winter Lake Ecology, we will examine the formation of ice and how this barrier influences chemical and biological properties of the water.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: -Candlelight Snowshoe - Tree For Tomorrow staff will have a 0.6-mile snowshoe trail illuminated by candles. Candlelight snowshoe and ski outings are a popular activity in the Northwoods at various state parks and resorts. We've done this activity for a few years now, and it has been one of the participants most memorable experiences.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Snowshoe Sylvania Wilderness/Witness Bond Falls Waterfall/Compass Use and Route Selection
(Thursday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.
 Morning: -Sylvania Wilderness Hike - We will snowshoe in a designated wilderness area. This Upper Peninsula of Michigan gem escaped the heavy logging of the late 1800s and early 1900s and provides access to one of the few virgin timber Hemlock-Hardwood stands in this area. This 20,000-acre wilderness area contains 34 named lakes and many glacial pothole lakes that are unnamed. While there, we will snowshoe and talk about what makes these areas so special and what we can do to help them stay that way! Past participants tell us that the highlights of this trip are seeing the old growth stands and having some true quiet time during a "silent-sit".
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:15 PM.
 Afternoon: -Witness Bond Falls Waterfall- Participants will get the chance to see one of Michgan's Upper Peninsula waterfall gems. Bond Falls is one of the most photographed waterfalls around.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 PM.
 Evening: -Compass Use and Route Selection - The first component of the two part class is learning how to use a compass. After learning how to "put red in the shed and follow fred", participants will learn how to use the compass to get direction off a map and how far to walk. Each group will pick a route and calculate all the bearings and distances to be walked. This classroom preparation will set us up well when we head into the field the next day!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ski Tour/Orienteering at the Press Forest/Closing
(Friday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM.
 Morning: -Ski Tour at Razorback Ridges Trails -Tours are two to five miles depending on skill level. This trail system is one of the largest in the area with an excellent warming shelter. Located in the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, this ski area provides an opportunity to visit different forest types, including Jack Pine. We see a variety of tracks at Razorback nearly every time we ski, including fisher tracks!
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:15 PM.
 Afternoon: -Orienteering at the Press Forest - Using all the calculated routes from the previous night, groups will navigate through the woods to find target trees. The last few years, participants have thoroughly enjoyed this activity!
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM.
 Evening: -Closing - The TFT Road Scholar Coordinator will present a slideshow containing pictures from participants' experiences during the week. Participants will get a CD and also be able to download the pictures shown during the slideshow. Passports will also be stamped.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Saturday, February 15)
   
 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
  Ice Fishing
There are many places to fish in the Northwoods.
  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 Road Scholar Coordinator for maps and locations.
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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