Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization in 1944 by a group of Wisconsin paper and electric utility companies for the purpose of reforesting northern Wisconsin, as well as educating landowners and citizens about the need for proper land management.

arial black and white photo of the Trees For Tomorrow campus in 1948 which was not as thickly forested as it is in 2012

In the 1940s and '50s TFT gave away tree seedlings, lent out planting machines and hired foresters to develop management plans for landowners. The organization also established an education facility in Eagle River and used the recovering northern forest to teach school students, their teachers and the public about the need for proper forestry practices.

In the 1960s, with reforestation substantially completed, TFT turned all its energy to education. Today, "Trees" is the Midwest's leading natural resource specialty school providing field workshops renowned for their effectiveness in teaching natural resource conservation and management concepts to students, teachers and the public.

Trees For Tomorrow continues to receive its funding from program fees and the generous contributions of corporations and individuals through annual memberships and donations. TFT also has an on-site campus store and sells tree seedlings in a variety of species. Proceeds from store and seedling sales help support ongoing natural resources education programs.

black and white photo of the Trees For Tomorrow campus in 1948 black and white photo of five young men with snowshoes on from Peshtigo school in 1960 black and white photo of a school group from Green Bay black and white photo of a Wisconsin Public Service school group in 1954


Trees For Tomorrow is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by, and has historically derived much of its financial support from the forest products and utility industries. Today, Trees For Tomorrow has an annual operating budget of nearly $1 million. About 70% of this revenue comes from tuition or fees paid by those who participate in Trees For Tomorrow programs.

Because Trees For Tomorrow does not receive any state or federal tax support, the organization relies completely on grant monies and the generosity of corporations and individuals to help keep tuition affordable for the school students and teachers attending our programs each year and to provide a safe and healthy environment for children and adults to learn in.

All donations are tax deductable.

"A Natural Resources Experience That Lasts A Lifetime!"

  School group attending Trees For Tomorrow visits a working logging site
tall pines on a hike with Trees For Tomorrow   snowshoeing in Sylvania with Trees For Tomorrow


Donate cash, gifts, land!

Individuals or businesses may choose if your gift of cash will go towards:

  • General Fund
  • Endowment Fund
  • Scholarship Fund
  • Any other specific request


Trees For Tomorrow has several options for inidividual or corporate memberships.

Public Membership
Provide a wide range of options to individuals interested in providing financial support and staying connected with Trees For Tomorrow. An annual membership of $35 up to over $1,000 gives you plenty of options in your giving ability.  All public members will receive:

  • Subscription to Northbound, Trees For Tomorrow's natural resource newspaper

  • Subscription of Tree Tips, an electronic newsletter published quarterly

  • Invitations to special events held at Trees For Tomorrow

  • A Trees For Tomorrow bookmark

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Corporate Membership
Corporate funds not only help the organization achieve its mission, but also create opportunities for underserved populations to benefit from a Trees For Tomorrow experience. Benefits of corporate giving may include an enhanced reputation and standing in the community, new relationships with key leaders and officials, a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining employees, and exposure of senior staff to new ideas, points of view and important natural resource management movements. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how to join an elite group of businesses and individuals who are committed to sustainable management and use of our natural resources.

All Corporate supporters have the option to participate on Trees For Tomorrow’s Board of Directors through active participation in meetings and events.  Board membership provides companies with year-round benefits of recognition and greater public awareness of their commitment to sustainable natural resource management and education.


Advisory Council Members are volunteers with the ability to raise funds, secure scholarships for students, take on leadership roles, provide liaison with educators and their interest groups, carry “Trees” influence into the state and region, generate new ideas, sponsor “Trees” programs, and make personal contributions to the program.  Please visit the Advisory Council for a list of the current members, meeting minutes, and additional information about the Advisory Council.


Throughout history, people have planted trees to honor deceased or living family members and friends. These living, graceful legacies not only honor the departed, they bring joy to those who live, work, and play under their branches.

A tree is a recognized symbol of nature's strength and endurance. Planting a Memorial Tree is a beautiful way to honor a loved one and an effective way to lessen the sorrow of the loss. The living tree memorial provides family and friends a new sense of continuing life.

For years to come, a Memorial Tree will enhance the local environment by:

  • moderating the effects of sun, wind, and rain;
  • supplying oxygen and improving air quality;
  • conserving water
  • stabilizing the soil and preventing erosion.

After a one-time contribution of $1000 or more, a native tree of your choice is planted on the Trees For Tomorrow campus. to identify your Memorial Tree, a 4" x 6" plaque is engraved and placed at the base of the tree. This plaque identifies the type of tree, the name of the person honored and includes a short message or date.

Your financial contribution is used to set up a scholarship fund in the name of the person to be remembered.

The Memorial Tree can be planted any day of the planting season. We encourage family and friends to participate in the ceremony.

For more information, or to order a Memorial Tree, please call Trees For Tomorrow at 715-479-6456.

SCHOLARSHIP GOLF OUTINGAnnual Scholarship Golf Outing for Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River WI

Have fun and support Trees For Tomorrow! Join us for 18 holes of golf at the Eagle River Golf Course the first Friday in June.

The golf outing is a two-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Registration is limited so sign up today.

You can also become a sponsor, we have opportunties that meet every marketing budget.


Over 71 years ago, Trees For Tomorrow got its start by planting trees to help improve the future of northern Wisconsin forests.  Today we teach over 10,000 people each year about their role in natural resources management. Proceeds from these seedling sales help support our education efforts.

More information on Tree Seedlings.

Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) natural resources specialty school nestled on over 30 forested acres in Eagle River, Wisconsin. TFT uses a combination of field and classroom studies to teach sustainable practices as well as demonstrate the benefits of contemporary resource management.



Preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s stewards of our natural world.


Trees for Tomorrow promotes sustainable management of our natural resources through transformative educational experiences.

Our field-based programs, which place people in direct contact with resources that support human needs, teach knowledge and skills leading to responsible lifestyle choices.  This experience inspires informed participation in policy-making and promotes stewardship and renewal of natural resources for use by future generations.


Trees for Tomorrow values the following as central to our success:


Natural resources must be managed for multiple uses for the long-term benefit of everyone.  One resource cannot be managed without considering the effect on all others  -   forest, water, wildlife, soils, and others.


Humans rely on natural resources for survival and quality of life.  Our natural resources base is limited and demand is increasing.  Proper management and responsible use is essential.


Strong, mutually supportive relationships with a variety of partner organizations, corporations, campuses, agencies and individuals enhance the Trees for Tomorrow experience and advance the Trees for Tomorrow mission.


The highest standards of excellence are maintained by professionally qualified personnel who share a positive attitude, generosity of spirit, high ethical standards, and are open to the views of others.


Experiences at Trees for Tomorrow include enjoying the environment and the family of people within it who enjoy what they do and share that enthusiasm with others.



Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) is nestled on over 30 forested acres with access to the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. There are four dormitory style lodges, a historic full-service dining facility, and an education hall with classrooms, meeting space, and office space. Guests have access to free WiFi, campfire rings, outdoor cooking areas, large field, volleyball court, basketball, nature trail, fishing pier, and much more.

Trees For Tomorrow's campus is perfect for a variety of events including school workshops, retreats, family reunions, meetings, field research, trainings, and a variety of special events.

If you are interested in bringing a group to Trees For Tomorrow, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today for availability, rates, and program options.

drawing of the trees for tomorrow campus


Trees For Tomorrow is located in the heart of the Northwoods at 519 Sheridan Street East, Eagle River, WI 54521. Our campus is in close proximity to the Northern-Highland-American Legion State Forest, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Sylvania Wilderness, as well as county forest lands. These public lands offer many diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to explore, study, and research.

Link to Google Maps:
Trees For Tomorrow



There are four dormotory style lodges on Trees For Tomorrow's campus. Each building has a central lounge with a wood fireplace, and central bathrooms and showers. Each room has 2-6 bunk beds, a dresser, coat rack and small desk. Rent entire buildings for groups or contact us today for individual lodging options. Special rates and discounts apply during most Eagle River area special events and to groups 12 or larger.

Dorm Bedrooms # Beds Extra Capacity Total Capacity
Hemlock 8 6   48
Pine 6 4 2 26
Spruce 6 4 2 26
Tamarack 10 4 4 44


Trees For Tomorrow dorm in Eagle River WI Trees For Tomorrow dorm room in Eagle River WI


Historic Dining Hall

TFT's dining hall can accommodate up to 60 people at one time. It is equipped with a large, modern kitchen. Home-cooked meals including vegetarian options, fresh fruit and salad, local Wisconsin beef, and a variety of delicious entrees are prepared by our professional food service staff. An outdoor barbeque area with picnic tables is available on the grounds behind the dining hall, overlooking the Eagle River.

Inside the historic dining hall on the Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River WI


Classrooms and Meeting Space

The M.N. "Mully" Taylor Education Hall has a large classroom accommodating up to 100 people and two small classrooms, seating 30 people each. The historic Juday Hall also has a large classroom seating up to 50 people. Campfire Circles provide inviting outdoor spaces for up to 30 people each. A small conference room is also available. Dormitory lounges and outdoor picnic tabels provide additional small group breakout spaces.


Equipment Available

Included in your rental fees:

Use of phones, internet (inlcuding WiFi), copier and printer, podium, teleconferencing system, fax machine, white boards, easels, multimedia projector, projection screens, DVD player, P/A System, slide projector, overhead projector, chairs, and tables.

For additional fees:

Three 10-passenger vans and two school busses. (TFT has certifed bus drivers on staff.)


Recreation/Education Programs

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy in the Northwoods and right at Trees For Tomorrow's campus. Some favorites located either on campus or in close proximity are biking, boating, canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, golfing, hiking, ice skating, kayaking, snowshoeing, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and much more.

Our school's Demonstration Forest, a nearly 200-year old hardwood, pine, and hemlock forest, includes an interpretive trail with educational signs guiding your hike.

TFT Naturalists present programs on a variety of topics to school groups and other groups upon request. Program topics may include wildlife, forestry, birds of prey, water ecology, and outdoor skills. See Trees For Tomorrow's Field Experience Guide for a complete list of programs offered to schools and other groups attending Trees For Tomorrow workshops.


Volleyball in the oval on the Trees For Tomorrow campus  
Learning to cross country ski on the campus of Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River WI


Interpretive Trail

Take an informative walk down Trees For Tomorrow’s Interpretive trail. Trail signs along the way explain different aspects of the forest, such as the Talking Tree, birds and butterflies, maple syruping, and so much more! The trail is located on the west side of campus almost directly across from the Education Hall. Trees For Tomorrow’s Interpretive Trail is open to the public and free to visit. Donations are welcome.
Interpretive Trail at Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River WI

Upcoming Events

Sat Mar 02 @ 5:00PM - 10:30PM
75th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser

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Upcoming Programs

Sat Nov 10 @ 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Wreath Making