The Woods & Waters of Wisconsin With Your Grandchild

Share your love of the outdoors with your grandchild in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, where you’ll explore wetlands, make crafts, practice archery and learn about fishing and animal tracking!
Rating (5)
Program No. 18555RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Venture to the forests and waterways of Northwoods Wisconsin, where Ojibwe tribes once roamed and hunted and where lumberjacks later floated pine logs down the river to market. Learn to canoe on the Manitowish River, once an important artery for the fur traders. Find out about the hawks, eagles and owls that live in the tree tops and learn how to build a fire and use a compass. Learn how to use a compass and become more confident exploring the woods, take a field trip to a sparkling waterfall in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and so much more!
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Sylvania Wilderness on a hike through the 20,000 acres of virgin timber forest.
  • Try archery and learn to canoe — two activities that the Native Americans once relied on to survive the Northwoods.
  • Explore a northern quaking bog — an experience many equate to walking on a giant waterbed — and learn about the special plants and animals that reside in it.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-12.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
River Life
by John Bates and Terry Daulton (Illustrated)
Rivers are sacred places that resonate with sounds, smells, sensations, mysteries and beauty. River Life takes you on a guided exploration of the Manitowish River, a small river in northern Wisconsin. Packed with information, River Life examines current ecological studies, probes fur trader journals and archaeological surveys, and explores the author's personal observations to vividly describe the life of a northern river. Richly designed with 125 illustrations, diagrams, maps and tables, River Life introduces the science of stream ecology and brings it into the language and vision of the layperson. Canoeists, kayakers, birders, plant enthusiasts and all nature lovers will find this book thoroughly pleasurable and educational.
Graced by the Seasons: Spring and Summer in the Northwoods
by John Bates and Terry Daulton (Illustrated)
Graced by the Seasons: Spring and Summer serves as a "Volume 2" to A Northwoods Companion: Spring and Summer, and offers a detailed and fascinating picture of the orderly timing and progression of natural events written for people who want a deeper understanding of all of nature. The book is chock full of phenological highlights and is organized so the reader who wants to study nature's coming attractions or plan a northern vacation can anticipate what will be blooming, crawling, singing, migrating, or croaking in any particular month.

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback