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

2018 Forest Fest!

This year's event will be on Saturday July 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our 2017 event brought 1,200 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 celebrate all the forest has to offer and focus on: wood harvesting, wood products, wilderness, the forest, wildlife, water quality and recreation. Demonstrations from logging industry professionals talk about the history of logging, current safety practices, harvesting, transporting, and preparing wood for use.  There will be several exhibits that demonstrate how wood is used to make everyday products.

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.

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.


Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!



Check out photos from previous events:

Custom Scout Program Packages now available!

Join us for an adventurous day, weekend, or week at Trees For Tomorrow of having fun in the outdoors while working towards badges, patches, or pins. Get to know other scouts, go fishing, catch critters, learn about reptiles, learn how to survive, and much more! Lodging available or bring a tent. Cook over a campfire and/or enjoy a home-cooked meal in our historic dining hall. Custom programs available to all scout groups young and old, male or female!


"I think that they (other scouts) should come to learn about things and have fun in the things that we did, like the Bog walk, or telemetry, or the group activities. This was fun!" - Girl Scout participant, July 2013.

"I think it would be fun for other troops to come because if they did not know a lot about nature, they would learn a lot." - Girl Scout participant, July 2013.

"So many different things the scouts can choose from that they may not be able to do at home." - Girl Scout leader/parent participant, July 2013.

The best part of the weekend at Trees For Tomorrow was "the enthusiastic staff - very knowledgable. The facilities were very nice too." - Girl Scout leader/parent participant, July 2013.


Sample Weekend Scout Schedule
11am-1pm Arrival/Registration
  Settle into dorms/tents
  Lunch on own
1:00pm Welcome/Weekend Overview
1:30pm Ice Breakers/Challenge Activities
2:30pm Canoe Lessons @ Silver Lake
  Critter Catching @ Silver Lake (macroinvertebrates as fish food, food web)
5:00pm Dinner on own
6:30pm Reptiles and Amphibians of WI (reptiles vs amphibians, common WI herptiles, frog calls, and LIVE snakes, salamanders and turtle!)
8:30pm Campfire on own
7:30am Breakfast at TFT Dining Hall
8:30am Survival Skills (basic first aid, survival needs, survival kit, survival scenarious, water treatment, fire building, shelter building)
11:30am Workshop wrap-up/Thank you to sponsors
12:00pm Pack-up gear/farewell

For more information, please contact Trees For Tomorrow today at 715-479-6456, or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Sample 1-day Scout Schedule
8:30-9:00am Arrival/Registration
9:00am Welcome/Overview of day
9:15am Ice Breaker Activities
9:45am Endangered Species (WI species, how and why they become endagered, levels of protection)
10:45am Break
11:00am Camo Critters (Animal adaptations, types of camouflage)
12:00pm Lunch on own
12:45pm Skulls, Skins, and Bones (Vertebrate biology, types of teeth, antlers vs horns, predator vs prey skulls, types of coverings, camo review)
2:00pm Animal Tracks intro/Plaster Casts (Common animals of the Northwoods, track patterns, print identification, cast of real tracks outside)
2:45pm Break
3:00pm Birds of Prey
4:00pm Wrap-up of day/Thank yous to sponsors
4:15pm Farewell/Departure

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Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey
June 17-19, 2016

The Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey is the longest running volunteer bird monitoring program in a U.S. national forest. The Nicolet National Forest encompasses 360,000 hectares of mixed hardwood-conifer forests, lowland swamps, glacial lakes, and wetlands in northeastern Wisconsin. It comprises the eastern portion of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, with headquarters in Rhinelander and Park Falls, Wisconsin. The Bird Survey takes place each year in June.

Volunteers work in small groups led by at least one expert in bird song identification. Computerized results are used to guide forest management policies and have been the subject of numerous scientific research articles and master's theses. Results also provide visitors with information about habitat preferences and "hot-spots" for northern Wisconsin's bird species. Everyone with an interest in birds and a desire for adventure is invited to participate in the Bird Survey.

Impact of the Survey

Scientists, foresters, and land conservation managers have been using the data collected by the survey to better plan and manage Wisconsin's forests. Read more about some of the research and results below:

Join the 2016 Survey!

This year’s Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey will be held on the weekend of June 17-19 in the Eagle River (Northern Nicolet) District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  Headquarters will be at our usual site, Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River, WI

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Trees For Tomorrow Staff

Administrative Staff:

Executive Director: Robin Ginner
Growing up in Eagle River, Robin Ginner attended Trees For Tomorrow programs throughout her youth.  She has spent the past 15 years working for nonprofit organizations in Montana (Executive Director, Outdoor Writers Association of America) and Illinois (Development Associate, Urban Libraries Council; and Executive Director, Vibration Institute), and is happy to return to her hometown to lead Trees for Tomorrow as their Executive Director. Ginner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University, with an emphasis in English and Linguistics. She is an avid outdoors woman who enjoys fly fishing, archery, telemark skiing, backpacking and anything else that gets her outside. She can often be found exploring natural areas with her two rescue dogs Bella and Beauregard.

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Operations Manager: Cheryl Todea
Cheryl has been at Trees For Tomorrow since 2000. She was named Operations Manager in January of 2014. She previously held the Interim Executive Director position and served as Teacher/Naturalist for 13 years. In addition to managing the overall operations of the organization, Cheryl is responsible for group programming and personnel management. Cheryl earned a degree in Environmental Education from UW-Stevens Point and worked previously for the Girl Scouts and the Wisconsin DNR. She enjoys hiking, birding, and knitting.

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Office Manager: Juli Welnetz
Juli joined the Trees For Tomorrow Staff in November 2014.  She is responsible for maintaining financial reports, accounts receivable/accounts payable, seedling sales, and the day-to-day office operations.  She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from UW-Stevens Point.  In addition to working at Trees For Tomorrow, Juli is a volunteer Loon Ranger, the Business Manager for Welnetz Chiropractic and owns and operates Sandy Shores Resort in Conover, with her husband Curt. Juli was previously on the Board of Directors at Nicolet Credit Union, and was a National Account Executive for Continental Foods.  She enjoys spending time with family, photography, hiking, canoeing and exploring the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Creative Director: Diane Anderson
A transplant to Eagle River from Minneapolis, Diane has spent her career in the Northwoods providing marketing and event planning for non-profit education and conservation organizations like Conserve School, the Northwoods Children’s Museum and most recently for the state Forestry Division.
Diane brings a wide variety of skills to the Trees For Tomorrow family including graphic design, strategic and marketing planning, event coordination and public relations. Diane enjoys road trips and exploring Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and South Dakota on foot, snowshoes, back-country skis or via kayak.

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Community Engagement Coordinator: Chantel Kuczmarski
Chantel joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in March 2018. Born and raised in Peoria, IL, Chantel has lived all over the Midwest. After purchasing a local auto body shop with her husband in 2017, she decided to make the move to the north woods. Chantel has worked in journalism and Public Relations, specializing in corporate communications, media relations and digital marketing. Her first job after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison was as a reporter at The Rhinelander Daily News. During that time, she met her husband, a Rhinelander native. Since then, the north woods lifestyle and community has held a special place in her heart. Chantel is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys sharing her practice with others. In her spare time, Chantel loves spending time with family and friends, being active, seeing live music and trying out new restaurants.

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Education Staff:

Education Manager: Melissa Friel
Melissa joined the education staff in June of 2015. She is originally from small town, Vermont and received her bachelors in Environmental Science from the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. From there she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa focused on the intersection of womens' empowerment and environmental protection. Once she returned to the United States she worked in the field of environmental education across the country from New Hampshire to Alaska.  In May of 2015 she completed her Masters degree from UW Stevens Point in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Residential Environmental Education. Melissa enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and knitting.
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Environmental Science Educator: Kim Feller
Kim joined the in October 2014 after working as a yearlong seasonal naturalist at Trees. She is from Columbus, Ohio, and received her bachelor’s degree in biology at Ohio Northern University in 2010.  Kim also has a master’s degree in coastal, marine, and wetland studies from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.  Her fieldwork experience includes conducting wetland surveys in Ohio, working at a national wildlife refuge in Michigan, and studying marsh bird populations in South Carolina. She also taught science and helped develop curriculum in public middle schools and worked at several nature and environmental learning centers. Kim likes to paint and draw, bake, jog, and be outdoors.

Environmental Science Educator: Vern Gentele

Vern Gentele joined the Trees for Tomorrow education staff in July of 2015.  Raised in Washington State, Vern has always had a love for the out of doors.  His education took him in a different direction however.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN, taught for thirteen years then left the teaching field.  He worked in a factory and found it unfulfilling and returned back to school to pursue his long time dream.  Graduating from Fox Valley Technical College in 2015, he earned an Associate Degree in Natural Resources.  With a love of teaching and a desire to learn more, Vern is excited to be part of the Trees for Tomorrow staff.

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Environmental Science Educator: Melanie Stewart-Clarke

Melanie joined the education team in November, 2015. She grew up in central Iowa and completed bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. She has worked in the environmental education field throughout the Midwest for several years, including two years with a Farm-to-School AmeriCorps program and, most recently, as a seasonal naturalist with the Minnesota DNR. In May of 2015, she earned her master’s degree in environmental education from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

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Environmental Science Educator: Danielle Christensen

Danielle joined the Trees for Tomorrow staff in September of 2017. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Danielle got both her degrees from the University of Oklahoma— her Bachelor’s in History and Judaic Studies, and her Master’s in Education. Danielle taught in the classroom for three years, teaching Oklahoma History and Financial Literacy. Danielle moved to the Northwoods after her husband retired from the military and wanted to move closer to his family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In her spare time, Danielle loves traveling, knitting, sewing, pottery, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and being with her Australian Cattle Dog. Staying true to her Oklahoma roots, Danielle loves learning about sustainable homesteading, and taking care of her backyard chickens.

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Assistant Environmental Science Educator: Todd Starling

Todd joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in January 2018. Born and raised in Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada. Education took Todd north of the 60th parallel to study Natural Resource Technologies in Fort Smith, Northwest Territory. From there he travelled south to work and study as a Naturalist Intern at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN. He spent the past six years working as the Heritage Farmer at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Having two daughters born in Thunder Bay, Todd and his family decided to relocate closer to his wife’s family in Northeastern Wisconsin. In his spare time Todd enjoys gardening, XC skiing, fishing, and canoeing. 

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red tailed hawk bird of prey staff apollo

A Red-tailed hawk, Apollo was hit by a car in Oakdale Flats in Burnett County. He was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, Kim Ammann, in Spooner, Wisconsin where he was treated for his injuries. Unfortunately, it was soon discovered that he was completely blind in his left eye which made him unreleaseable. This meant that he would need a permanent home where he would be cared for in order to survive. It was on January 13, 2009 that Apollo became a part of the Trees For Tomorrow education staff.



Maintenance Staff:

Maintenance Manager: Bill McCallum ?

Bill started at Trees April 1st of 2015 after relocating to the Northwoods from the Phoenix area where he was a residential general contractor.  He was self employed for more than 20 years and held 2 Arizona state contractors licenses. Bill is responsible for the overall maintenance of the TFT campus, its buildings, vehicles and grounds. He loves being outdoors so his position at Trees is a perfect fit. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and their crazy dogs. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking and working in the yard around the house. He has been a drummer for more than 30 years and loves old school progressive rock music. He is a Green Bay Packer shareholder (Go Pack Go!), and loves the English Premier League (soccer) and is the Northwood’s biggest Liverpool fan!

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Hospitality Staff:

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Hospitality Manager: Mandy Gingerich
Mandy has lived in the Northwoods most of her life. She started at Trees For Tomorrow as a senior in high school in 2007. In summer of 2009 she was promoted to Night Shift Supervisor and became Food Service Manager in February 2014. January 2017, she became Hospitality Manager, overseeing both Food Service and Housekeeping departments. When she is not working, she enjoys being with family and friends, going to rodeos, horseback riding, and watching football.

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Hospitality Assistant: PJ Kokaska
Originally from Chicago, PJ has been visiting the Northwoods ever since she was a little girl. PJ moved to the area permanently in 2010 and has been at Trees For Tomorrow since February of 2012. In the summer, she enjoys being a trail guide and has been riding horses since she was 10 years old! She enjoys riding horses, cooking, and baking.


Hospitality Assistant: Deb Register

Deb and her family moved to the Northwoods 21 years ago. Together with her husband, they have successfully blended a familiy a five children and seven grandchildren, which are the greatest joys in her life. Deb also enjoys reading, crocheting, gardening and cooking. 

Hospitality Assistant: Colleen Gentele


Hospitality Assistant: Tatum Campbell

Tatum joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in July 2016. Tatum has lived in the Northwoods her whole live. She started working at Trees for Tomorrow in July 2015. She loves to ride horse and has been riding since she was 7 years old. In her free time she spends it at the barn and at horse shows.


Hospitality Assistant: Nancy Polacek

Nancy joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in July 2018. Originally from Ohio, Nancy has lived in Eagle River for 13 years. Her hobbies include fishing, footbal (Go Browns) and a love for animals.


Hospitality Assistant: Maureen Andrews

Maureen joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in early September 2018 after her and her husband moved to Eagle River to enjoy the Northwoods. They spent most of their lives living in the fast lane near Milwaukee. They love spending time in the woods with their beloved pooch "Cubby". Maureen looks forward to continuing her outdoor experiencees and making new friends.




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