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History & Ecology of Old-Growth Forest

August 3, 2018August 5, 2018

Old growth tree at Forest Lodge

Explore some of the best remaining old-growth stands in northern Wisconsin while learning about the ecology of older forests and the values they offer. We’ll also share writings that reflect upon the beauty, resilience, and spirit of these remnant sites. The program takes place 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 with a half-mile of undeveloped shoreline. Fairyland State Natural Area, which supports an old-growth hemlock-hardwood forest, lies within the Forest Lodge property. You will also have personal time to explore the grounds and general area, read or relax, or paddle on Lake Namekagon.

Bring a journal, binoculars and good hiking shoes. Included in the course cost is a copy of instructor John Bate’s new book Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and where to find them).

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 3-5, 2018
: 1 p.m. Friday-11 a.m. Sunday; 2 nights
: Forest Lodge, Cable, WI
Program Type: forest ecology, hiking, wildlife ecology, relaxation
Meals: breakfast (2), lunch (1), dinner (2)
Meal Options: local, vegetarian; specify at registration for dietary concerns
Price: $299 residential
$249 commuter (no breakfasts or dinners included)

Forest Lodge Guide
Forest Lodge Map

Registration closes July 24 or when the session fills.

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August 3, 2018
August 5, 2018