Careers in Natural Resources
Sunday - Friday, June 17-22, 2018

Application deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018.

High School students discover if a natural resources career is the path to your future! Students who participate in the Trees For Tomorrow’s Careers in Natural Resources workshop will meet foresters, fisheries and wildlife biologists, water resource specialists, conservation wardens, recreation land managers, and more! Experience real-life field work, and develop outdoor skills. Also learn what various occupations require for education or training, what they pay, and what today's job market is like. 

  PROGRAM COST JUST $200/student and includes:
    5 nights dorm-style lodging in semi-modern historic lodges
    3 home-made meals/day
    Instruction including guest speakers
    All materials and local transportation

Click here to download a sample program schedule

Contact the Careers Workshop Coordinator, Vern Gentele, at Trees For Tomorrow
( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-479-6456) for more information.

The Natural Resources Career Workshop is underwritten, in part, by the generous support of Weyerhaeuser, Domtar and CellCom.

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Evening Lecture Series
June 18 - August 10, 2017

Tuesdays AND Thursdays
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
in the air-conditioned Education Hall

For older children and adults.
Join us for a variety of natural resource and nature-themed presentations. Programs last approximately 1 hour and are held in the air-conditioned Education Hall (unless noted). Presentations are geared toward older children and adults. Cost: $2 per person. Pre-registration is NOT required.

FREE small ice cream cone!

Bring an unexpired dry or canned food item for the Vilas County Food Pantry to any Trees For Tomorrow summer program and receive a coupon for a free small cone from Dairy Queen in Eagle River. Offer good while coupons last.

2017 Schedule

June 20 Citzen Science
June 27 Bears, Cougars amd Wolves: Large Carnivores of Wisconsin
July 4 NO PROGRAM - HAPPY 4th!
July 11 Ojibwe Culture and Wild Rice 
July 18 Land, Life, Water & Climate
July 25 Stories in Wildlife Rehab
August 1 Settling the Wisconsin Cutover
August 8 Wilderness Survival


Program Descriptions

June 20: Citizen Science with Rosie Page
Did you know YOU can be a scientist too?!? Discover how you can get involved as Rosie Page, Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership (WHIP) Coordinator, tells us all about citizen science in the Northwoods! 

June 27: Bears, Cougars, and Wolves: Large Carnivores of WI with Dave MacFarland
Wisconsin is home to a great diversity of wildlife! Join WI DNR Wildlife Biologist Dave MacFarland as he helps us understand the ecology and management of some of Wisconsin’s large carnivores.

July 4: NO PROGRAM – HAPPY 4th OF JULY!         

July 11: Ojibwe Culture and Wild Rice with Roger LaBine
Join Roger LaBine, a member of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa, as he teaches us about history, culture, and the importance of manoomin, the Ojibwe word for wild rice.

July 18: Land, Life, Water, and Climatewith Ashley Spink
Did you know that continent-wide research of biodiversity is taking place right here in the Northwoods?  The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale research platform for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on ecology. Join Mammalogist/Entomologist, Ashley Spink, to learn more about this really interesting and very valuable project!

July 25: Stories in Wildlife Rehab with Bart Kotarba
Northwoods Wildlife Rehab Center’s Bart Kotarba will share the ins and outs, ups and downs of what it is like to be a wildlife rehabilitator here in northern Wisconsin. This program is family-friendly and Bart may have a few special guests to help him with his program as well!

August 1: Settling the Wisconsin Cutover with Walt Busalacchi
Step back in time and come learn about the logging era in Wisconsin and what the region was like in the years following. It is sure to be an interesting history lesson for everyone!

August 8: Wilderness Survival with Abel Bean
Could you survive in the wilderness? Senior Wilderness Guide at Teaching Drum Outdoor School, Abel Bean, will teach us some skills and show us ways to live in the outdoors! This program will take place outdoors around the TFT fire ring. You will definitely leave this program with some new and interesting skills!


the wonderful world of rotting logs at Trees For Tomorrow tuesday morning Family Program

Family Nature Programs
June 18 - August 10, 2017

Tuesdays AND Thursdays

Check-in begins at 10:15am
in the Education Hall

For 4-7 year olds + adults.
Explore the wonders of the Northwoods through activities designed for families to enjoy together! Minimum of one adult for every three child participants. Cost: $4 per person (child and adult). Pre-registration is NOT required.

FREE small ice cream cone!

Bring an unexpired dry or canned food item for the Vilas County Food Pantry to any Trees For Tomorrow summer program and receive a coupon for a free small cone from Dairy Queen in Eagle River. Offer good while coupons last.

2017 Schedule

June 20 Color Me Camouflaged June 22 Diggin’ in the Dirt 
June 27 To Be a Tree June 29 Remarkable Reptiles
July 4 NO PROGRAM July 6 Critter Catching
July 11 Hunters of the Sky July 13 Furry Friends
July 18 Go with the Flow July 20 Color Me Camouflaged
July 25 Diggin’ in the Dirt July 27 To Be a Tree
August 1 Remarkable Reptiles August 3 Hunters of the Sky
August 8 Furry Friends August 10 Go with the Flow

Program Descriptions

Color Me Camouflaged – Discover how animals blend into their surroundings through a series of hide-and-seek activities.

Diggin’ in the Dirt – Join us as we explore rotting logs and dig in the soil to discover who’s living beneath our feet.

To Be a Tree – Discover the amazing lives of trees first-hand as you create your own tree costume and transform into a tree before our eyes!

Remarkable Reptiles – Explore the world of these cold-blooded critters and meet TFT’s live reptiles up close.

Critter Catching – Join us to discover what is wriggling under the water as we net for critters at Silver Lake. Close-toed shoes or boots are required! Meet at Silver Lake.

Hunters of the Sky – Learn about the lives of Wisconsin’s birds of prey, test your wings in a migration game, and meet TFT’s live hawk.

Furry Friends – Get hands-on with some mammal pelts and bones, then explore the forest for signs of our furry friends.

Go with the Flow – Learn how water is constantly on the move as you travel through the water cycle and leave with your very own rain stick.Worms, slugs, and bugs – oh my! Join us as we go hunting for some creepy crawlies in the forest.


Forest Fest - The BEST Fest in the Midwest!
A Celebration of All the Forest Has to Offer


Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!


Our goal with Forest Fest is to educate the general public about all of the products we enjoy and rely on that come from our forests.  Also, as a successful organization, we have a responsibility to give back to the community we thrive in. Participants include forestry and logging professionals, fine artists and crafters, businesses, organizations and associations from landowners to trappers and governmental agencies.

This year's event has been moved up one weekend to July 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our 2016 event brought 750-800 area residents and visitors to the Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River. 

Forest Fest features logging equipment demonstrations, a lumberjack breakfast, arts, craft and food vendors, exhibits, horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s activities, chainsaw carving, papermaking, historical logging equipment, and more!

Exhibits and programs celebrated all the forest has to offer and focused on: wood harvesting, wood products, wilderness, the forest, wildlife, water quality and recreation. Demonstrations from logging industry professionals talked about the history of logging, current safety practices, harvesting, transporting, and preparing wood for use.  There were several exhibits that demonstrated how wood is used to make everyday products.

All proceeds support natural resources education for youth!  This is a free event, open to the public.  We graciously accept suggested donations of $5/person, $20/family.  Donation not required for attendance.


Please refrain from smoking on campus.

Parking is available along city streets, in the parking lot of city hall as well as the football field behind city hall.

No pets allowed.

Carry-ins allowed.

First Aid will be available at the information booth located right in front of the Education Hall building.


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Upcoming Events

Fri Jun 01 @ 7:30AM - 03:30PM
Golf Outing Fundraiser 2018
Sat Jul 28 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Forest Fest 2018
Sat Oct 06 @ 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Cranberry Crush Casino Night & Music Fest
Sat Mar 02 @ 5:00PM - 10:30PM
75th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser

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Upcoming Programs

Sun Jun 17 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Careers Workshop for Highschoolers
Tue Jun 19 @ 9:30AM - 01:30PM
Junior SEEK for 4-7 year olds
Tue Jun 19 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Evening Lecture Series
Wed Jun 20 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family Nature Program
Thu Jun 21 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM
SEEK for 8-12 year olds
Sun Jun 24 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Teacher Workshop I
Sun Jul 15 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Teacher Workshop II
Sat Nov 10 @ 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Wreath Making