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Northern Wisconsin Forest Ecology

August 9, 1:00 pmAugust 11, 3:00 pm

Old growth tree at Forest Lodge

Southern Bayfield County supports a number of exceptional forests that have been designated as state natural areas and/or federal research natural areas and wildernesses. We’ll hike in a selection of these areas, slowly exploring their ecological values while also simply enjoying their beauty and peace. Included in the course cost is a copy of instructor John Bates’ book Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and Where to Find Them).

Possible field sites include Rock Lake SNA, Lake Owen SNA, Fairyland RNA, Drummond Woods SNA, Porcupine Lake Wilderness, Rainbow Lake Wilderness. *All transportation to and from sites is provided.

When not exploring, you’ll have time to paddle, swim, or relax at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and situated along the pristine shores of Lake Namekagon.

Meet Your Instructors
John Bates is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the north woods. He’s worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin for twenty-eight years leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place within it.

Mary Burns is an award-winning fiber artist whose work has traveled around the country. She and John have co-taught natural history classes together for over twenty years. Mary is also the author of the middle-grade book Heartwood and is a contributor to A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes (1998).

  • Dates: August 9-11, 2019
  • Duration: 1 p.m. Friday – 3 p.m. Sunday; 2 nights
  • Location: Forest Lodge, Cable, WI
  • Program: Ecology, wilderness, state natural area, old-growth forests
  • Meals: 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner, snacks; Please specify dietary needs at registration.
  • Price: $275 residential // $250 commuter (all meals included)

Forest Lodge Guide
Forest Lodge Map


Registration closes July 26 or when the session fills.

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  • Cancellations made prior to fourteen (14) days before the event will result in a full refund.

    Cancellations after fourteen (14) days receive no refund. However, at the discretion of the program coordinator, a refund may be offered in the following circumstance:

    • Short term illness or injury: If a short term illness or injury prevents the participant from attending the scheduled session, the participant may reschedule to another session of equal or lesser value, during the same year only, provided space is available. If the new session has a higher value than the original session, the participant must pay the difference in tuition. Refunds will not be provided for transferring into a session of lesser value.

    Cancellation by Northland College: Summer program sessions cancelled by Northland College will receive a full refund.

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August 9, 1:00 pm
August 11, 3:00 pm