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Exploring Nature with your Grandchild: Canoeing, Hiking, Biking and More!

Program Number: 20351RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/10/2014 - 8/15/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tustin, Michigan
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 11 - 14 years of age.

Explore, play and learn together with your grandchild as you tackle outdoor challenges while enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan. Canoe, kayak, try a low ropes course, bicycle, geocache, learn to read a map and compass, try your hand at archery, disc golf and more. Field trips have us canoeing the either scenic Manistee River or a beautiful, remote lake. We will bike on the White Pine Linear State Park.




Highlights

• Bike from Tustin to Cadillac, stopping to find geocaches, wildflowers and “birding by bike.”
• Learn canoeing skills with a certified lifeguard and instructor, then canoe the either scenic Manistee River with experienced river guides or a remote, beautiful lake.
• Enjoy the low ropes team building course learning about your and your grandchild’s strengths and challenges.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on rolling terrain. Paddling canoe up to two hours, leisurely pace. Bicycling up to two hours, flat terrain.



All equipment provided. Personal fishing equipment welcome.




Date Specific Information

8-10-2014

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



6-21-2015, 7-26-2015, 8-9-2015

High water levels may cause hazardous river canoeing conditions - and if that is the case, we will travel to a beautiful remote lake and canoe there.



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
Tranquil modern conference facility on Center Lake. Arboretum onsite.
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.
  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

 

 
 

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 south of Tustin

   

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. 127 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/ Team Buidling and Challenges, Collaborative Games for Everyone
(Sunday, August 10)
   
 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: An evening of get acquainted activities, a look at the week ahead, and a welcome to The Great Lakes State. Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social to end the evening.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Journal Making, Disc Golf, Canoe Skills Instruction, Recreational Time (Swimming) Michigan History presentation.
(Monday, August 11)

Note: Disc golf course is in the woods along hiking trails. Canoe session will be on the lake. 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. We recommend bringing sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and your camera to these sessions. When in the woods, we recommend wearing shoes, not flip flops.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Make a homemade journal using natural materials to record your week's experiences and family stories. Everyone will make their own personal nature journal and learn how to record thoughts, feelings and memories through writing and drawing exercises. Learn how to play Disc Golf and enjoy using your new skills on our 9-hole course.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM in the dining hall.
 Afternoon: Afternoon sessions include Basic Canoe Safety and Instruction - taught by a Certified Red Cross Lifeguard and canoe instructor, as the group begins to prepare for the Muskegon River trip (which will be held later in the week). The other afternoon session will be team building with grandparents and grandchildren participating in a variety of games and initiatives, some on the low ropes course, designed to be both fun and challenging. The afternoon concludes with recreational free time (free time for grandparents, while grandchildren can enjoy open waterfront time while supervised by a certified lifeguard.)
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Evening presentation: A historical perspective of Tustin, given by a local historian. Artifacts, photos and stories will highlight the presentation. Samples of various traditional foods and Michigan specialties will be the snack for the evening. Optional night hike - 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
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Orienteering, Continuation of Canoe Skills, Low Ropes Course, Archery and Survival Skills
(Tuesday, August 12)

Note: Much of the day will be spent outside on trails - good footwear is recommended, as well as sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Bring your camera!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Orienteering instruction will focus on how to use a compass and map and then practice these skills on our Orienteering Course. A second morning session will highlight survival skills - fire-making, shelter-making, and wild edibles! These skills will be tested later in the week during the Great Race!
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Continuation of canoeing skills in preparation for our Muskegon River trip. We'll have our last team building session on our low ropes course. Recreational free time (Water Games and/or open waterfront for kids, with free time for grandparents) occurs late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Archery Presentation and Instruction with local archery experts. Evening pontoon boat fishing will be offered, supervised by our staff. The evening concludes with a campfire with s'mores along the lake shore.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bike the White Pine Trail, Geo-caching, Concert with Local Folk Musicians
(Wednesday, August 13)

Note: Recommended biking items: water bottles, good shoes (not flip flops), comfortable shorts or crops, (padded ones are nice but not necessary), light jacket, sunscreen, camera Helmets are required to be worn and are supplied although you are welcome to bring your own. Geo-caching takes place in the woods - good shoes (not flip flops) are recommended. Bring your camera!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: The group will be divided into two groups. Half of the group will bike the (paved) White Pine Trail - beginning in Cadillac and ending in Tustin - about 11 miles of easy pedaling on the old Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad grade. At the end of the trail, you may explore Tustin and the Pine River Historical Museum before heading back to the center for lunch. The other half will learn about Global Positioning Systems and how to use a handheld unit. We'll put our new skills to the test - when -we try to find the 15 geo-caches hidden on Kettunen Center's 160 acres.
 Lunch: Lunch at noon.
 Afternoon: The two groups will switch for the afternoon. The morning group that did GPS will bike the (paved) White Pine Trail - beginning in Tustin and ending in Cadillac - about 11 miles of easy pedaling on the old Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad grade. At the beginning of the trail, you may explore Tustin and the Pine River Historical Museum before heading out on the trail. Those that biked in the morning will now will learn about Global Positioning Systems and how to use a handheld unit. We'll put our new skills to the test - when -we try to find the 15 geo-caches hidden on Kettunen Center's 160 acres.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Supervised recreational free time for kids (free time for grandparents). The evening activity will be 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: Canoeing the Muskegon River. Storytelling and Talent Night/Campfire with s'mores
(Thursday, August 14)

Note: Swimsuits, towels, sunscreen, hats, light jackets or shirts, and water bottles are recommended items to bring on the canoe trip. Life jackets are provided and must be worn.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: The float plan for the Muskegon River is about 3 1/2 hours of paddling - for those wanting to take a more leisurely trip, plan on 4 hours. We will all leave from Kettunen Center mid-morning and drive approximately 25 minutes to The Old Log Resort, located on M-115, on the Muskegon River. Here the group will have the opportunity to use restroom facilities before being bussed to the put-in site about 30 minutes from the resort. This is an easy float, of gently moving water,and the Muskegon River is quite wide. Much of this part of the river flows through state forest land, allowing for many opportunities to stop and take a break. We will enjoy lunch on the river!
 Lunch: Lunch will be a picnic lunch, enjoyed on the river - sometime around noon.
 Afternoon: We will continue our float down the Muskegon River. There will be stops for rest and snacking along the way. We should be off the river no later than 5 PM. Upon returning to the center, there will be time for changing, showering and relaxing before supper.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Recreational Free Time (games and/or open waterfront for kids, free time for grandparents). Evening program will be Storytelling Night! Work as a team with family members or new friends as you share your environmental knowledge through skits, improvisation, songs and storytelling. Enjoy your final night, with at the campfire with s'mores.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Great Race!!!! Check out of rooms by 10:00 a.m., Final wrap up activities.
(Friday, August 15)

Note: You may wish to set aside some "going home" clothes for kids. We will be outside in the morning, when shoes/clothes can get wet from dew.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
 Morning: The Great Race will bring all the new/refined skills learned during the week along with your increased team building skills together in a positive team/family oriented variety of activities. Prizes awarded! 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.

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Description: Basics of canoeing



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