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

Program Number: 2546RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/1/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tustin, Michigan
Price starting at: $699.00 - 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 Fat; Low Salt; 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.



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.

 

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.

 

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.

 
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/Journal Making/ Introduction to Michigan Myths and Legends/Ice Cream Social
(Sunday, July 27)

Note: Majority of day one's activities will be inside.



   
 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: Kick off your week with get acquainted activities, and then design and make your own journal. The evening continues with a short presentation about Michigan Myths, Legends and Heroes followed by an Ice Cream Social to end your first evening.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Pontoon fishing/Group Photo/paper making/Introduction to Michigan Animals/Introduction to Canoeing/Survival Skills/t-shirt art and plaster casts of animal tracks
(Monday, July 28)

Note: Sign up sheets will be made available for early morning pontoon boat fishing.Group photo will take place following breakfast. Most of day two's sessions will take place on nature trails - mosquito repellent, light jackets and cameras are suggested. T-shirts can be purchased if participants don't have one. Recreation time for kids is free time for grandparents.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Early Morning Pontoon Fishing (before breakfast) for those who signed up. Morning sessions will be paper making and Introduction to Michigan Animals.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM in the dining hall.
 Afternoon: Learn the basics of canoeing and then practice your skills on Center Lake. Learn what it takes to survive in the wild during the survival skills session. Recreation time for kids (Grandparents can opt for down time while grandchildren are participating in recreational activities supervised by Kett staff).
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Early evening pontoon boat fishing for those that signed up. Evening special: t-shirt art and plaster casts of animal paw prints.
   
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/Freshwater Ecology/Geocacheing/Recreation time for Kids/Free time for grandparents/Wildlife Presentation/ Songs around the campfire.
(Tuesday, July 29)

Note: Water shoes are suggested for fishing and freshwater ecology activities. GPS activity takes place on trails - flip flops are not recommended. Optional items for sessions: mosquito repellent, light jackets, sun screen and cameras. Recreation time for kids is free time for grandparents.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Morning sessions include pontoon boat and shoreline fishing for pan fish. Morning concludes with an introduction to story telling session.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.
 Afternoon: The fresh water ecology session will have participants becoming hydrologists and performing water quality tests on Center Lake, dipping for macroinvertebrates. In the second afternoon session, Introduction to Geocaching, participants will learn how to use hand-held GPS units and then use this new skill on the center's geocache course. Recreation time for kids supervised by Kett staff.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Evening Special: Wildlife Recovery Presentation with Joe Rogers a wildlife biologist who owns the Wildlife Recovery Association in Shepherd, MI. Joe will bring a variety of birds of prey and other wild (live) animals for his most excellent presentation! Evening pontoon boat fishing for those that signed up. Evening ends with songs around the campfire led by local guitarist.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Early Morning Pontoon Fishing/ Introduction to Birding/Disc Golf/Compass Skills & Orienteering/ Survival Skills II/Local Folk Band Performance
(Wednesday, July 30)

Note: Local folk group will give evening performance, combining legend, lore and tales of Michigan. Disc golf course, team building and Orienteering Course in the woods, Suggested items: mosquito repellent, sunscreen, light jackets and cameras. Flip flops are not recommended for these activities. Recreation time for kids is free time for grandparents.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Early morning pontoon boat fishing. Morning sessions include birding and disc golf. A member of the local Audubon chapter is your guide as you learn all about birds.You will spend time in the center's bird observatory and learn some "bird biology," too! Spend the rest of the morning learning how to play disc golf and test your skills on our 9 - hole course.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Compass skills (orienteering) and survival skills are the afternoon sessions. Test your new compass skills on the center's orienteering course. Learn how to use a tin can as a stove in the survival skills session. Afternoon recreation time for kids, supervised by Kett staff.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Evening special: concert performance by a well-known local folk band.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Optional Early Morning Bird Hike/Team Building/Great Race/Nature Scavenger Hunt using cameras/Evening Pontoon Boat Fishing/Family Performances and Story Telling/Campfire & S'mores
(Thursday, July 31)

Note: The low ropes initiative course is outside - shoes must be worn. Great Race is modeled after popular television show, The Amazing Race. Participants should come prepared to get wet and possibly dirty. Participants perform songs, stories or skits during evening story telling. Recreation time for kids is free time for grandparents.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Join a local Audubon chapter member for a before-breakfast bird hike. The morning session will focus on fun, cooperative games and activities that build teamwork. We will also visit the low ropes course and test our skills on some of the initiatives.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Great RACE! This event will test your knowledge and skills of all the things that you have learned during the week. This team event is modeled after the popular television show, The Amazing Race. Use your camera to participate in a Nature Scavenger Hunt! Share your photos and maybe win a prize for these best picture! Preparation time for family storytelling and talents night. Recreational time for kids supervised by Kett staff.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Early evening pontoon fishing for those that signed up. Evening Special: Enjoy an evening of entertainment! Family story -telling and performances including skits, improvisation,and songs. An optional night hike is offered for those who want to test their "night vision!" Evening concludes with campfire and s'mores.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Reflection/Team Challenges/Wrap-up Activities
(Friday, August 1)

Note: Check out of rooms by 10 AM. Activities will be largely inside.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Our final morning will be spent doing fun team challenges (think Minute - to Win It games!), a reflective activity and wrap up activities.
 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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