2018 Summer Programs
The week of June 19th through the week of August 5th.

We offer programs for a wide variety of ages. There’s something for everyone in 2018!
See details and schedules below! Or download a copy of the 2018 brochure!

  • Junior Science Earth Exploration for Kids
    (Jr. S.E.E.K.) for youth ages 4-7

  • Evening Lectures for older children and adults

  • Family Nature Programs for families with children of all ages

  • Science & Earth Exploration for Kids
    (S.E.E.K.) for youth ages 8-12

Contact Melanie Stewart-Clarke at 715-479-6456 ext. 224 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Junior Science Earth Exploration for Kids
(Jr. S.E.E.K.) for youth ages 4-7

NEW PROGRAM FOR 2018!
Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Check-in begins at 9:15am; check-out required at the end of the day.

Junior SEEK invites young children to explore the wonders of the Northwoods through hands-on activities, crafts, and games. Cost: $8/child.

Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours in advance. Maximum 20 participants (first come, first served)

June 19 – It’s All Good in the Woods – Join us as we discover the wonders of the woods through hands-on exploration and sensory activities.

June 26 – You’re Tree-rific – Learn all about the lives of trees through up-close exploration and decorate a “me tree” to bring home.

July 3 – Hooray for Decay – Investigate snags, logs, and dirt and discover what critters call these rotten places “home.”

July 10 – Amazing Animals – Explore amazing adaptations of Northwoods animals through outdoor exploration and games, then meet some of TFT’s live reptiles.

July 17 – Wacky Weather – Join us as we use experiments, crafts, and games to explore different weather patterns.

July 24 – Feathered Friends – Learn what makes a bird a bird through outdoor exploration and crafts and meet TFT’s red-tailed hawk.

July 31 – Nifty Nature – Let nature be your inspiration as we create a variety of art projects using natural items.

August 7 – Northwoods Safari – Explore different animal signs and search the forest to uncover the mystery of “who’s been here?”


Evening Lectures
for older children and adults

Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Local experts will present on a variety of natural resource and nature-themed presentations designed for older children and adults. FREE, suggested donation $2/person.

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June 19 – Pollinators – Many pollinators, like bees, butterflies and moths, are in decline and their losses threaten Wisconsin wildflowers, ecosystems, agricultural crops, and natural areas which depend upon them. Vilas County Conservation Specialist Quita Sheehan will explain how we can help them!

June26–NorthwoodsWeather–Join WJFW Meteorologist Chad Roethlisberger as he explains his job and the  science behind forecasting the weather.

July 10 – Wisconsin’s Elk – Before Europeans settled, elk ranged across Wisconsin. They were eradicated by over-harvest and loss of habitat in the 1800s. Today, elk are back. Kevin Wallenfang, Wisconsin DNR Deer and Elk Ecologist, will tell us all about elk and their journey back to Wisconsin.

July 17 – All About Trout! – Just like salmon, trout will move miles daily, seasonally, or annually seeking habitat and food.Join Trou tUnlimited’s (TU )Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager, Laura MacFarland, and learn about native trout,what they need to thrive in the Northwoods, and how TU and partners are working to improve river migration routes.

July 24 – Yoga by the River – TFT’s own Chantel Kuczmarski will lead us in an outdoor yoga session with a nature-themed yoga sequence. All levels welcome. Bring your mat. Held indoors if inclement weather.

July 31 – Restoring our Shores – Lake Specialist, Patrick Goggin, will help us understand how we can enhance lake water quality and wildlife by restoring our shores.

August 7 – River Otters – This program begins at 6:30p.m. TFT is hosting a special screening of the documentary “Charlie and the Curious Otters,” which debuted on the PBS show Nature in October 2017. Mark Naniot of Wild Instincts Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be here for the screening and for a special question and answer session after the documentary!


Family Nature Programs
for families with children of all ages

NEW DAY!
Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Families are invited to join our naturalists in discovering the Northwoods through hands-on activities and exploration. $4/person or $10/family (up to 4 members). Minimum of one adult for every three child participants. 

Pre-registration is NOT required.

June 20 – Animal Tracking – Explore the wonderful world of animal tracking as you work together to create a plaster mold of your favorite Northwoods animal track and search the forest for animal signs.

June 27 – Human Survival Skills – Join us to learn how you can prepare for a survival situation. Then your family will work together to build a fire or a shelter (depending on weather).

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

July 11 – Tree ID – Explore native tree species as you learn to use a dichotomous key, then put your skills to the test as your family works together to complete our tree ID course.

July 18 – Reptiles and Amphibians – Discover the differences between reptiles and amphibians in Wisconsin. Then, everyone will have the opportunity to meet TFT’s live reptiles.

July 25 – Orienteering – Join us to learn the skill of navigating with a compass. Your family will put this skill into practice as you work together to complete an orienteering field course.

August 1 – Leaf Printing – Learn the art of leaf printing and leave with your own creation. Paint, supplies, and cardstock are provided. If desired, bring your own 100% cotton t-shirt or purchase one for $6.

August 8 – Archery – Learn how to safely load a bow and shoot an arrow. Everyone will get to practice shooting at a target.


Science & Earth Exploration for Kids
(S.E.E.K.) for youth ages 8-12

NEW DAY! Half or Full Day Options!! 
Join us for the morning (8:30am-12pm), afternoon (12:30pm-4pm), or all day 8:30am-4pm
Check-in begins at 8:15am; check-out required at the end of the day.

SEEK will bring a summer full of fun quests to discover the wonders of nature. Participants should bring a lunch, but a morning snack is provided. Cost: $20/half-day or $35/full-day.

S.E.E.K. Punch Card! Attend 3 or more full days of S.E.E.K. and get a free gift! One punch card per child participant.

Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours in advance. Maximum 20 participants (first come, first served).

June 21 – Surf N Turf – Enjoy the best of both worlds as we hike and explore a nearby nature trail, then learn and practice canoe skills. Participants will travel off-site in TFT vehicles. Close-toed shoes are required.

June 28 – Seed to Tree – Discover the full life cycle of plants as we explore types of seeds, learn plant identification skills, and uncover a tree’s second life as a decomposing log.

July 5 – Child in the Wild – Put your skills to the test as we explore survival situations and learn how to build fires and shelters. How long will you survive?!

July 12 – Bright Ideas – Learn how you can be a steward of our natural world. Take a spin on our energy bike, explore our natural resources, and leave with your own homemade paper.

July 19 – Wetland Wonders – Explore the wonderful world of wetlands as we visit a bog, marsh, and lake. Prepare to get wet when we play some water games! Participants will travel off-site in TFT vehicles. Close-toed shoes are required.

July 26 – Cold-Blooded – Discover the “cool” world of cold-blooded critters such as reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. You’ll even get a chance to meet TFT’s live reptiles.

August 2 – Eco-Art – Join us to create various works of art using nature as our inspiration. Bring a 100% cotton t-shirt for leaf-printing or purchase one for $6.

August 9 – Outdoor Adventurers –We’ll have fun as we learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and navigate with a GPS and compass. Adventure is out there!


Contact Melanie Stewart-Clarke at 715-479-6456 ext. 224 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Cranberry Crush Casino Night & Music Fest
Sat Mar 02 @ 5:00PM - 10:30PM
75th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser

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