Breakfast at 7:30 AM
SYLVANIA WILDERNESS HIKE - We will explore some of the 20,000 acres of virgin timber forest. We'll visit at least one of the 34 named lakes in this amazing hemlock/hardwood forest. Hemlocks, sugar maples, and yellow birch of large size and in excess of 200 years old are common. There are many rules in place to maintain the area in its natural state now, and for future generations.
We will be eating lunch on the shores of Clark Lake, a beautiful wilderness lake. Swimming is an optional activity as time allows, but participants must follow TFT swimming policy (see under "health and safety")
BOND FALLS - This is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Participants will also briefly touch on water management; discussing how people affect water along with the positive and negative aspects of dams. CRITTER CATCHING - We are going to try our hand at catching some aquatic bugs, allowing us to get an idea of what the water quality of the water body is. This activity is not only a lot of fun, but also a very eye opening experience! NOTE: if particpants want to step into water to catch bugs, please make sure to have closed-toed shoes you can get wet.
Dinner at 5:00 PM
DREAMCATCHERS - Try your hand at making an Ojibwe dreamcatcher. Traditionally, the Ojibwe construct dreamcatchers by tying sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame of willow. The resulting "dream-catcher", hung above the bed, is used as a charm to protect sleeping people, usually children, from nightmares. The Ojibwe believe that a dreamcatcher changes a person's dreams. Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day. Good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper. PUBLIC PROGRAM - Every summer, Trees For Tomorrow hosts programs on Tuesday night that are free and open to the public. The topics are quite varied with some examples including: bears, eagles, loons, raptors, elk, mushrooms, etc. Programs normally run about an hour long and are given by experts in their respective field.