June 10: Weather in the Northwoods
Meteorologist Matt Benz from Channel 12 (7:15 p.m.)
Learn what makes the Northwoods unique when it comes to the weather! Be sure to bring plenty of questions as we spend time talking about the weather and why it’s so important to our daily lives.
NOTE: If severe weather is in the forecast, Matt will be needed at the station. We will have an alternative public program if this happens.
June 17: Compost: Nature’s Black Gold
Master Gardener Mary Ann Lambrecht
What do you do with all those fall leaves, garden debris, and kitchen waste? Learn about the importance of composting and how to do it. Compost will improve your soil, lawn, perennials, and vegetables.
June 24: Leaf Printing with Watercolors
Land O’Lakes Area Artisans (LOLA) artist Wendy Powalisz
The best examples of design come directly from nature. After a short trip in the woods to examine leaves and plants, visitors will get a chance to create a semi-abstract watercolor painting using leaves as our inspiration and as printing material. You will learn simple and fun techniques with watercolor paints that anyone can do!
July 1: Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps
Barbara Janesh, Trees For Tomorrow
Created during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the men who served in it led early conservation efforts that changed the landscape in Wisconsin and elsewhere. They planted trees, created state parks, stocked fish, fought fires, built bridges, and more. Learn about the legacy of the CCC and its ties to Trees For Tomorrow’s historic campus.
July 8: Wisconsin Logging History
Joe Panci, Trees For Tomorrow Naturalist
Step back in time to the era of Paul Bunyan and the lumberjacks, and gain insight into why northern Wisconsin became the center of logging in the Midwest. Discover how the forests were logged and what life was like in a logging camp.
July 15: Skulls, Skins, and Bones
Liz Pierson, Trees For Tomorrow Naturalist
Did you know you can tell what an animal eats just by looking at its teeth? Or that its eye sockets can tell you if the animal is a predator or prey species? There are many things you can learn about an animal just by looking at its bones and fur. This hands-on program is suitable for middle school ages through adults.
July 22: Wild Rice
Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Member Roger Labine
Learn about the cultural and spiritual importance of wild rice to the Anishinaabe, along with the environmental perspectives of this resource found on many lakes in the Northern Great Lakes region.
July 29: Loons…Wild and Wonderful
Ecologist Sandy Gillum
Come, see, hear, and ask questions about the Common Loon, a symbol of the Northwoods.
August 5: Live Birds of Prey
Northwoods Wildlife Center Educator Bart Kotarba
Discover what amazing adaptations birds of prey have to make them unique. Learn what birds of prey you can find here in Wisconsin. You will also have the opportunity to meet live educational birds. Program suitable for middle school ages through adults
August 12: Astronomical Adventures of the Night Sky
Astronomer Frank Kovac in cooperation with the Olson Memorial Library (6:30-10 p.m.)
Join Frank Kovac from the Kovac Planetarium in Monico as he unravels the many mysteries of the night sky including summer constellations. Then go outdoors to get a close-up glimpse of the beautiful stars, planets, and Earth’s moon.
Free small ice cream cone!
Bring an unexpired, non-perishable food item for the Vilas County Food Pantry to any Trees For Tomorrow summer program & receive a coupon for a free small cone from Dairy Queen in Eagle River. (Offer good while coupon supplies last.)