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.
Below is a list of lessons to choose from for your Northwoods adventure with our teachers.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Students explore the forest and other natural areas looking for animal signs, evidence of seasonal changes, and various plants along a trail.
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.
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.
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.
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.