Why Trees For Tomorrow?

• Association with a well-established natural resources specialty school

• Training opportunities to support professional development

• Fun and supportive environment

• Flexible schedule

• Meals provided during shiftwhen available

Trees For Tomorrow is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Trees For Tomorrows mission is to promote sustainable management of our natural resources through transformative educational experiences. 

Community Engagement Coordinator

Summary: Trees For Tomorrow, a nonprofit located in Eagle River, is seeking a full time Community Engagement Coordinator to assume the duties of marketing, creative design and layout, event planning, and special projects as assigned.

Start date: Position open until filled

Reports to: Executive Director and Operations Manager

Salary: Competitive wage plus benefits. Commensurate upon experience.

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt, 30-40 hours/week on-site, including some nights and weekends during special events, conferences, and meetings.


 Community & Fundraising Events

  • Coordinate all aspects of event from planning to implementation
  • Secure participants, sponsors and donors
  • Solicit and volunteers

Advertising & Marketing

  • Develop and implement marketing plan including tracking effectiveness and growing new target audience e.g. alumni and members
  • Design and update all print and electronic communication materials including website, quarterly newsletter, print ads, and event and program brochures. Excellent command of Adobe Creative Suite is mandatory.
  • Increase social media presence across multiple channels
  • Write and distribute press releases, PSAs

Special Projects

  • Assist Executive Director with fundraising efforts
  • Assist front office staff as needed
  • Manage and grow membership including securing new members, renewal of existing ones, and management of database
  • Other duties as assigned


  •  Marketing and Communications AS, BS, or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Layout and design
  • Software: Adobe Design Suite (InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator) a must, website builders, Microsoft Office 365, social media management (e.g., Hootsuite) a must, and e-mail marketing (e.g., Vertical Response, Constant Contact)

To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and examples of work to:
CEC Hiring Committee, Trees Fo
Tomorrow, PO Box 609, Eagle River, WI 54521

No phone calls accepted.

Click here to download the Community Engagement Coordinator position description


Environmental Education Internship Positions!

2 positions June 12 – August 17


  • At least 18 years old.
  • Willingness to learn and teach in the classroom and various outdoor settings using various equipment such as canoes.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work well with others.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of ages and backgrounds.
  • Current student in natural resources, biology, education or related fields.
  • First Aid/CPR certification through internship term is desirable. (Lifeguard certification a plus!)
  • Willingness to work variety of shifts, including nights and weekends.
  • Willingness to drive a 15-passenger van with canoe trailer.
  • Willingness to work with animal artifacts such as skulls, pelts, and related taxidermy.
  • Ability to walk 5 miles over rough terrain with a 20-pound pack.

Benefits/Experience Gained:

  • TFT staff willing to work with you to gain internship credits through your school.
  • On-site living in a dorm with lounge and most meals served and provided by our food service staff.
  • One-on-one training and professional development opportunities.
  • Gain experience in effective hands-on teaching techniques from our professional staff.
  • Valuable teaching experience under the mentorship of professional teaching staff.
  • Opportunity to create and evaluate own lesson plan under the direction of a professional educator.
  • Experience in animal care and handling.
  • Networking opportunities with local resource professionals.
  • Making new friends and lifelong memories while living in the Northwoods!
  • A $900 scholarship will be awarded upon completion. 

Questions or To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and include at least 2 letters of reference to

Melissa Friel, Education Manager

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Positions are open until filled!

Click here to download a copy of the internship position description

School Workshops

Field Experiences at Trees For Tomorrow

Outreach Courses at your school or field site

Important Documents

For over 70 years the Trees For Tomorrow experience has transformed the lives of students by immersing them for 1-5 days in the heart of the northern forest. Our professional teaching staff are experts at using field studies and hands-on activities to awaken student awareness of the land's capabilities and limitations, and to inspire student enthusiasm for sustainable forest stewardship.


procter and gamble high school boys workshop at trees for tomorrow with joe panci


Throughout the year, groups of 12 to 120 elementary, middle, and high school students, along with their teachers, travel to the TFT campus in Eagle River from a three state area of Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois for student workshops. Visiting schools stay at TFT’s campus for 1-5 days. 

Over 5000 visiting students annually stay with their classmates in comfortable, furnished dormitories, eat three meals a day in a full service dining hall, and prepare for field studies in the classrooms of TFT's Education Hall. During a workshop, students participate in field studies conducted in the forests, lakes, streams and bogs of the Northwoods. The field studies involve activities like tree identification, orienteering, wildlife tracking, water chemistry, and dozens of others. These activities not only familiarize students with the plants and animals of the forest ecosystem, they also demonstrate how forests and other natural resources can be sustained through conservation and proper management.

Workshop Planning
We can assist with workshop planning and transportation needs. Scholarships and financial incentives are available for many groups. School groups are encouraged to fundraise to offset the cost of the trip. For some ideas that are unusual and good for the environment, check-out our Fundraising Ideas.

Take the first step toward a unique "up north" learning experience that will last a lifetime by calling Trees For Tomorrow today at 715-479-6456, or send an e-mail to our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


“A Natural Resources Education Experience That Lasts A Lifetime!”


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A Trees For Tomorrow workshop is not a recreational or camp outing, but rather a school learning experience.

TFT is accredited by AdvancED and meets the curriculum standards for the state of Wisconsin.



Off-Campus Outreach Programming- Year Round ?

Trees For Tomorrow offers special "to-go" workshops for schools, community groups, campers, or anyone looking for us to bring an educational program to you. We are able to bring to you several of our most popular nature activities.

For more information, contact Cheryl Todea, Operations Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-479-6456.

Home School Groups ?

Trees For Tomorrow offers special workshops for home school groups. TFT programs are designed for students ages 10 and over. Parent/teachers of homeschoolers are encouraged to attend with their children so that they can chaperone and pick up teaching techniques.

Contact us today for more information on putting together a workshop for you and your Home Schoolers.

Note: If children under 10 years of age are brought with the family or group, it will be the parent's responsibility to provide supervision for the younger children while the courses are taking place.


Careers in Natural Resources
June 2017

High School students discover if a natural resources career is the path to your future! Students who participate in the Trees For Tomorrow’s Careers in Natural Resources workshop will meet foresters, fisheries and wildlife biologists, water resource specialists, conservation wardens, recreation land managers, and more! Experience real-life field work, and develop outdoor skills. Also learn what various occupations require for education or training, what they pay, and what today's job market is like. View a sample schedule. Get a step ahead by participating in this workshop and earning college credit!

Contact the Careers Workshop Coordinator at Trees For Tomorrow (715-479-6456) for more information.


class about soils energy bike powering a lightbulb exploring the bog


School Outreach

Let us come to you!

Trees For Tomorrow, an accredited natural resource specialty school located in Eagle River, Wisconsin, has been educating people about natural resources for over 70 years. We welcome the opportunity to visit your classroom and explore the Northwoods with your students. Our experienced and professional teaching staff can meet you in your classroom, your outdoor learning area at school, or a nearby natural area.

Printable School Outreach brochure with lesson descriptions and pricing information.


Below is a list of lessons to choose from for your Northwoods adventure with our teachers.



Animal Adaptations
In the classroom, students will make observations of animals, noting what adaptations are present and how those adaptations could allow the animal to survive in a given habitat. Students will then explore a new field site to determine if their animal is adapted to live in a variety of habitat types.

Animal Survival Strategies and Scent Tracking
Students will learn a host of interesting facts that help them understand the serious business of winter survival. Then, follow your nose to find where the deer goes in this outdoor activity. Students work in “wolf packs” using their sense of smell to track the “deer.”

Animal Tracks
Students explore a variety of habitats for real-life animal tracks and other animal signs. Then, students will use Plaster of Paris with rubber molds of Wisconsin animals to create an animal track in this make-and-take program.

Birds of Prey
This slide program introduces students to the birds of prey in Wisconsin. It includes general characteristics of raptors, the seven different families found in Wisconsin, threats facing birds of prey, and conservation efforts. A live bird of prey is available for this program.

Bog Ecology
Mysteries of the bog are revealed through this slide program and follow-up field tour. It’s a place filled with “black holes,” scraggly trees, and bouncing mats of moss. Students get a chance to get into wetlands while quaking and shaking on the bog. Bog boots recommended, but not included.

Challenge Activities
Students work cooperatively through a series of physical and mental challenges designed to increase confidence and self-esteem and to encourage teamwork and mutual group support.

This course takes a look at how all consumers can make a more informed decision regarding their use of products. Students will learn to think critically as they explore the difference between wants and needs and how we can use our own values and opinions to make the best decision about how we use natural resources.

Critter Catching
Students get a chance to get hands-on as they sample nearby aquatic habitats for critters that live there. Types of organisms found can help students diagnose the water quality.

Deer Ecology
This program focuses on the life history, ecology and special adaptations of an important Wisconsin game species. Students will engage in a simulation activity that focuses on an urban wildlife dilemma facing many cities today.

Dress a Beaver
This fun and engaging program introduces students to beaver adaptations, ecology, and life history. What as one of your student transforms into a beaver before your eyes!

Exploring Energy
Energy comes from a variety of sources, both renewable and nonrenewable. In this activity, students will see how much they know about energy usage and energy supplies as they test their knowledge in Energy Jeopardy.

Fish Adaptations and Habitats
Students will examine fish adaptations to understand the diversity of fish morphology and how it provides adaptive advantage for specific habitats. Students will then design a “best habitat” for their fish species based on knowledge gained.

Forest Measurements
Students become “foresters” and discover the importance of inventorying the forest by measuring it. They will develop skills using forestry tools, estimate wood volumes, and then make forest management decisions based on their data. Option to meet a forester, depending on availability.

Hark, Who Grows There?
Students actively participate in a modified hide-and-seek forest/wildlife investigation game. Potential forest uses are explored, different habitats and forest management practices are analyzed, and students justify which use they feel is most appropriate for each habitat.

Human Survival Skills
In this hands?on activity, students will discuss what humans need to survive, what are the most important things to know in a survival situation, and what they should always have with them when they go out into the wild. They will then go outside and practice making shelters and/or making fires.

Introduction to Field Science Skills
In this class, students practice using scientific tools and observation skills to describe a place in the forest. Small groups of students get their own site to observe and measure. Together, the students will determine what biotic and abiotic components help create ecosystems.

Introduction to GPS
Students will be introduced to GPS technology and play the role of a forest researcher. Classroom and field portions teach students how to use GPS, read a map, and record scientific data.

Introduction to Water Science Skills
Students build observation and data-gathering skills by collecting data at aquatic sites in the area surrounding Trees for Tomorrow. Students will collect a variety of biotic and chemical data about their site, compare and analyze data, and draw conclusions on the health of the natural water system.

Logging Days
Watch out Paul Bunyan! After a glimpse at early logging camp life, students swing into logging events such as cross-cut sawing, match splitting with a small hatchet, and the tree cookie roll.

Nature Hike
Students explore the forest and other natural areas looking for animal signs, evidence of seasonal changes, and various plants along a trail.

Nature’s Design
Student explore engineering applications of scientific knowledge for social benefit. Students will use electronic and print resources to research specific adaptations of organisms and apply these adaptations to their design, then present their designs to the group.

Students combine classroom introduction with an orienteering field course designed to teach the basics of map and compass work. Classroom work introduces how to use a compass and read a map. Students then use skills to complete an orienteering field course while investigating the forest.

Reptiles and Amphibians
Who’s slimy and who’s not? Students take a close-up look at differences between reptiles and amphibians and learn more about different species found in Wisconsin. Participants will have an opportunity to observe up-close TFT’s own reptiles!

Skulls, Skins and Bones
Students will identify animals by their skulls, skins, and bones. We will be looking at the structure and function of different parts of animals and what they can tell us about that animal.

Explore the outdoors in a whole new way! Students will learn about the design of wooden snowshoes, then practice using them in the schoolyard or go for a snowshoe hike in the school forest.

Taking the Right Step
Students will determine surface area and weight displacement of animal feet to see how they have adapted to life in cold climates. They will design and test their own device based on weight and surface area, then compare devices and make inferences as to why some were more successful than others.

Thermal Adaptations
Students conduct an experiment to determine how animals use adaptations and their environment to minimize internal temperature change in the winter. Students will write and test a hypothesis for their experiment, use observation skills, record data, and discuss the results with instructors and peers.

Tree Identification
Students will discuss unique characteristics of trees and use a dichotomous key (modified to your grade level) to identify native Wisconsin tree species. Then apply their knowledge in a tree identification relay race.

This slide show helps students separate fact from fairy tale as they learn about wolf life, ecology, communication, management techniques. Current status and distribution are also discussed. A demonstration of a wolf howl survey may be done. Include an additional mock debate on wolf management practices for an additional half an hour.




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A Trees For Tomorrow workshop is not a recreational or camp outing, but rather a school learning experience.

TFT is accredited by AdvancED and meets the curriculum standards for the state of Wisconsin.




2018 Teacher Workshops

Taking Learning to the Next Level!

Summer Teacher Workshops are back again in 2018 at Trees For Tomorrow! Our workshops align to NGSS standards and focus on methods to incorporate outdoor field investigations within your own classroom!

Intro to Field Investigations Summer Teacher Workshop
For 4th-8th grade teachers 

Learn the techniques and strategies to conduct outdoor inquiry-based field investigations wuith your students in this experiential hands-on workshop! $200/person plus continuing education credit available. Limited spots available so register today!
June 24-28, 2018 

NEW Citizen Science
For all grades
Time to get your students involved in real-world, current and relevant science! Explore the growing citizen science opportunities of so smany state and regional organizations and partnerships! $160/person plus continuing education creidt avaiable. Limited spots available.
July 15-18, 2018 

Click here to download a workshop flyer and schedule-at-a-glance

Please call Melissa Friel at (715) 479-6456 ext. 230 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further questions.


2018 Adult Skill Builder Workshops

Snowshoe Weaving
October 27-28, 2018

Using traditional Canadian frames and weaving methods, participants will be guided step-by-step through each phase of the weaving process. By the end of the weekend you will have a completely woven and assembled pair of snowshoes. A useful and beautiful pieces of art!

Class will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 8am-5pm and will include lunch. Lodging optional.

Commuter Fee: $250 (includes 2 full days of instruction, all supplies, Saturday and Sunday lunch).

Non-commuter Fee: $300 (includes 2 nights lodging, bedding, 2 full days of instruction, all supplies, Saturday and Sunday lunch).

Register by calling 715-479-6456 or completing a registration form and mailing to Trees For Tomorrow, PO Box 609, Eagle River, WI 54521.

Snowshoe style options


Wreath Making
November 10, 2018

Join the Trees For Tomorrow Staff from 8:30am-12:30pm and make a wreath to take home for the holidays! Please come prepared to gather materials outside.

Fee: $40 (includes instruction and all supplies)

Register by calling 715-479-6456



About Our Adult/Teacher Workshops

Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) has been offering natural resources education workshops to students, teachers, adults, and others in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods since 1944. TFT is located in Eagle River, WI, a small northern town located about six hours from Chicago, IL; five hours from Minneapolis, MN; and seven hours from Cedar Rapids, IA. Commercial air service is available to Rhinelander, WI, just 30 miles from TFT. Car rentals, shuttle van and taxi service are also available in Rhinelander.

Location of Trees For Tomorrow

All instructors are carefully selected based on their knowledge, experience, and ability to teach adult groups. Trees For Tomorrow staff have taken courses in each area of instruction to provide participants with a high quality learning experience.

Guests staying at Trees For Tomorrow will find the facilities to have the rustic charm of a Northwoods lodge. Each dormitory style building has a central lounge, a fireplace, and central bathrooms.

tamarack dorm lounge area in tamarack lounge view of dorm room with bunk beds in tamarack lounge  

Home cooked meals are prepared by the Trees For Tomorrow chef and dining staff and served in the historic dining hall on campus. A social hour is held during most workshops so participants have an opportunity to relax and discuss the events of the day with each other.

Registration Policy?
Full payment for each Adult or Teacher Workshop is due at time of registration. If not received 30 days in advance, your reservation is not guaranteed.

All fees collected are non-transferable. Pre-workshop materials will be sent to you 30 days prior to the workshop.

Cancellation Policy?
Cancellations can be made up to 30 days prior for a $50 processing fee (or cost of class if less than $50). No refunds will be made for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the workshop. 

Register by calling 715-479-6456.


Upcoming Events

Fri Jun 01 @ 7:30AM - 03:30PM
Golf Outing Fundraiser 2018
Sat Jul 28 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Forest Fest 2018
Sat Oct 06 @ 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Cranberry Crush Casino Night & Music Fest

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Upcoming Programs

Sun Jun 17 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Careers Workshop for Highschoolers
Tue Jun 19 @ 9:30AM - 01:30PM
Junior SEEK for 4-7 year olds
Tue Jun 19 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Evening Lecture Series
Wed Jun 20 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family Nature Program
Thu Jun 21 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM
SEEK for 8-12 year olds
Sun Jun 24 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Teacher Workshop I
Sun Jul 15 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Teacher Workshop II
Sat Nov 10 @ 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Wreath Making