9698
Eagle River
Backroads Biking Adventure
Bike the roads of northern Wisconsin alongside naturalists, enjoying evening presentations, visiting Kovac Planetarium (schedule permitting) and learning about the region’s gray wolves.
Program No. 9698RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Eagle River, WI
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Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: Registration, meet other participants, and orientation to Trees For Tomorrow

Afternoon: Arrival - Check in at the Education Hall from 3-4:30 PM. Participants will get a name tag and room key along with additional information.

Dinner: Social & Dinner - We will meet each other while enjoying local wine and snacks. This is normally an excellent time to do participant introductions. Dinner to follow at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Orientation - If not already completed, participants will introduce themselves. The Trees For Tomorrow staff will give an orientation to the facilities and run through the logistics and schedule for the week.

DAY
2
Maintenance & Riding Skills, Chain of Lakes, Bog Ecology
Eagle River, WI
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Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: We will learn about bike maintenance and repair, riding skills (changing gears, turning, trail etiquette), bike tours around town with options from 19-26 miles over mostly flat, paved terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Bike Maintenance - Participants will learn the basics of bike maintenance. Some of the things we'll discuss are: proper sizing of the bike, chain care, how to fix a flat tire, brake issues, and clothing suggestions. After the 1.5 hour indoor part, participants have multiple options including: having their bike checked over, a riding skills workshop, and a 7-mile bike ride. Riding skills may include: how to shift (especially in anticipation of hills), cornering, and dealing with road hazards likes sticks and gravel.

Lunch: Lunch at 11:45 AM.

Afternoon: Eagle River Bike Tour - Road Scholar participants may choose from multiple bike routes that wind through the Eagle River area. There will be a support vehicle providing food, water, and extra maintenance equipment. While this route does have the most amount of traffic of all the bike routes, it is still fairly quiet and very beautiful. It gives participants a chance to see the local area. There will be route options from 19 to 26 miles.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Bog Ecology & Investigation - A bog is a unique wetland type that was formed during the last period of glaciation approximately 10,000 years ago. Due to water flow characteristics, the stagnant water is quite acidic and plant production exceeds decomposition, forming a mat of vegetation that extends into the lake. We will get an opportunity to walk on the vegetation mat (often compared to walking on a waterbed) and explore the tough environment the plants deal with. Some plants are even carnivorous, a mechanism that assists in gaining additional nutrients. This experience is often one of the participants' favorites!

DAY
3
Nicolet national forest bike tour, Wolves & Howling
Eagle River, WI
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Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: The Nicolet National Forest ride would be the hardest ride all week but also one of the most beautiful! We will be in the beautiful forest all day. Routes range from 24 to 31 miles. There will be multiple stops to learn about forest management along the hilly, forested route.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Bike Tour - We will spend the day biking in the scenic Nicolet National Forest. This large expanse of public land is approximately a half hour away from Trees For Tomorrow. Trees For Tomorrow naturalists will lead the tours and discuss local flora and fauna. The route options vary in length from 24 to 31 miles. Sag wagon support is provided throughout the tour carrying tools, water, and other snacks.

Lunch: Lunch around 12:00 PM.

Afternoon: Continue Bike Tour - Participants will finish the bike ride, weaving their way through the magnificent forest land of the Northwoods. On either ride, this portion of the route is probably the most scenic part!

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Wolf Ecology - An indoor presentation will be given on gray wolves, discussing their history and current status in Wisconsin, adaptations, physical features, and general ecology. After the indoor portion, interested participants will be guided by Trees For Tomorrow staff into their habitat and we will call to see if we can elicit a response. Even if we do not hear them call, many times the stars are out and it is fun to be out at a time when it is so quiet!

DAY
4
Canoe or Hike, Kovac Planetarium Visit
Eagle River, WI
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Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: Wednesday will be a rest day. Depending on weather, we will either go canoeing at one of Vilas county's 1300 lakes (instruction provided), or hike in the Northern Highlands State Forest. A visit to Kovac Planetarium is tentatively scheduled for the evening's activity. If planetarium is closed, we will have a naturalist program on TFT's campus.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Canoe or Hike (weather dependent) - A rest day from biking. Participants will learn the basics of canoeing and then practice their skills on a beautiful stretch of water. Late summer/fall canoeing is a real treat. Many people have left the area and it is quiet on the area lakes and rivers. Bald eagles and loons are a common sight. In fact, Vilas County is fortunate enough to have the largest population of breeding bald eagles in the state! We can also expect to see the common loon, a species many people consider to be one of the most primitive birds. Loons are sight feeders, meaning the lakes in the area are generally very clear. All canoe equipment is provided, but make sure to wear closed toed shoes. If the weather is not cooperative, we will go for a hike on the abundant state, federal or county land surrounding Eagle River.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.

Afternoon: Free afternoon doing whatever you'd like! There are a number of hiking and biking options that can be suggested by Trees For Tomorrow staff.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: TENTATIVE: visit Kovac Planetarium - Participants will get to experience the Kovac Planetarium, the world's largest rotating mechanical globe-style planetarium. The globe style planetarium dates back to the 15th century. Frank Kovac will provide an educational program that will help participants discover the planet's stars galaxies and the Earth's place in the cosmos. Frank will also talk about how he came to build this amazing structure. His story of passion and dedication will astound you! NOTE: Planetarium is variable with regards to dates of operation. In case planetarium is not open, TFT staff will provide a naturalist program.

DAY
5
Boulder Area Trail System, Bike Field Trip
Eagle River, WI
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Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: We will bike along a trail that is the favorite among many locals: the Boulder Area Trail System. This trail winds through the Northern Highlands state forest and passes by several picturesque Northwoods lakes. 25-33 mile long routes pass over varying terrain composed of short rolling hills.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Boulder Area Trail System (BATS) Bike Tour - We will bike a popular designated bike trail that meanders through the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, and along massive Trout Lake and pristine Crystal Lake. The trail spans from the Sayner area to Boulder Junction, allowing for route options from 25 to 33 miles. Along the way, "Trees" staff will provide naturalist interpretation to enhance participants experience. The trail is never too far from sag wagon support. The whole route is particularly enjoyable because of the short rolling hills... meaning the downhill momentum is oftentimes sufficient to get up the next hill.

Lunch: Lunch at scenic Crystal Lake. Note: swimming may be an option at lunch, but participants are expected to follow TFT's swimming policy (see Health and Safety notes).

Afternoon: Continue Bike Tour - Participants will continue biking a short stretch of the BATS trail. This ride often ends up being many participants favorite of the week. We also stop for ice cream after we are done, another favorite of past Road Scholar participants!

Dinner: Dinner on your own and free evening - After forming some new friendships during the week, have a good time going out to a restaurant of your choice. Eagle River and the surrounding area has a large number of restaurants to choose from.

Evening: After a long day, enjoy the night doing whatever you like!

DAY
6
Eagle River to Land O' Lakes Bike Field Trip
Eagle River, WI
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Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow

Activity note: We will have the opportunity to take a 24-33 mile long ride that winds through several different forest types that are found in northern Wisconsin. The terrain of this trail is mainly flat. In the evening, we will have the chance to meet TFT's education Red-tailed Hawk and learn about fascinating raptor characteristics.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.

Morning: Eagle River to Land O' Lakes Bike Tour - Participants will spend the day biking from Eagle River to Land O' Lakes, the route direction determined by wind. The backroads during this day have nice variety; one section of the trail is more heavily wooded and another part feels very open due to the number of lowlands and jack pine forests. There are also a large number of lakes along the way... and I've seen hints of fall color, especially red maples!

Lunch: Lunch around 11:30 AM at Black Oak Lake or Hunter lake. Option for swimming but participants are urged to follow TFT swimming policy.

Afternoon: Continue Bike Tour - This days route options vary from 24 to 33 miles with sag wagon support. One section of the trail utilizes an established bike trail in Land O' Lakes.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM. We'll also have some Three Lakes wine with our dinner. Three Lakes is only 15 minutes south of Eagle River. The wine they produce is quite unique, and I believe that one should experience the local flavor of an area as much as possible!

Evening: -Closing - The TFT Road Scholar Coordinator will present a slideshow containing pictures from the participants' experiences during the week. Passports will also be stamped. At some point during the week, Road Scholar participants will oftentimes have the opportunity to meet one of the TFT education raptors (bird). We will talk about their story (why they are not releasable), adaptations that allow them to be efficient predators, life history, and ways we can help them.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Eagle River, WI
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Activity note: Breakfast and departure. Thank you for visiting, and happy trails!

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!