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Founded in 1944, Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) is Wisconsin’s oldest natural resource specialty school. For nearly 75 years, TFT has provided workshops to teach the basics of forestry, wildlife management, water ecology and other resource topics to K-12 students and their teachers from a three-state area. Over 10,000 students, teachers and others travel to Eagle River each year for one, three or five day workshops. What makes a trip to TFT unique is that most of the course work is taught outdoors in the forests, bogs, streams and the trails of northern Wisconsin. Students learn the latest forest management techniques and how to protect the fresh water systems our area is known for. They learn outdoor skills like orienteering and cross-country skiing, as well as resource conservation and career opportunities in the environmental field.
Throughout the year, TFT also offers special interest workshops for adults. Adults can learn skills such as snowshoe weaving or wreath-making or take part in our Nature at Night series throughout the summer. Trees For Tomorrow also offers nine active Road Scholars® programs, which focus on outdoor activities including hiking, biking, birding, canoeing and cross-country skiing.
During the summer, visitors enjoy our free naturalist programs, Nature at Night, offered on Tuesday evenings as well as a host of children’s programs for ages four through 12 throughout the week. A short (1/3 mile) demonstration forest trail with interpretive signs guides visitors through four distinct micro-ecosystems on the TFT campus. Containerized evergreen tree seedlings are for sale throughout the year and ship between May 15 – September 15 or while supplies last. The Tree Trunk, Trees For Tomorrow’s gift store, has a large selection of quality nature books, clothing and home decorating items and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. Trees For Tomorrow is an independent, nonprofit organization, accredited as a natural resource specialty school and sponsored primarily by companies in the paper, forest and public utility sectors, foundations and individual donors. Public support is critical to the ongoing success of our programs. The Trees For Tomorrow campus is only a few blocks from downtown Eagle River. Feel free to stop in for a tour, a hike or other campus activity and find out how we’re preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s stewards of our natural world.
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