CNR Summer Session

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point , College of Natural Resource (CNR) students are required to fulfill a summer field requirement.  There are two options available for completion of this requirement and attending Treehaven for six weeks is one option.  The six weeks is divided up into equal amounts of learning time for the seven courses offered which are:

Forestry 319 - Land Surveying, 1 credit
Forestry 320 - Field Experience in Forest Measurement, 1 credit
Natural Resources 405 - Plant Identification, 1 credit
Soils 359 - Soil Conservation and Watershed Inventory Techniques, 1 credit
Soils 360 - Field Experience in Soil Inventory Methods, 1 credit
Water 380 - Field Experience in Aquatic Ecosystem Evaluation, 1 credit
Wildlife 340 - Field Experience in Wildlife Management Techniques, 1 credit

All instruction will be field laboratory exercise, which are designed to acquaint students with many facets of natural resources field techniques.  Normally there will be a brief explanation of the day's activity in the morning followed by field experiences the remainder of the day. 

Take a sneak peak into Summer Session!

General Information

Treehaven Plant List Table (PDF)

More information on Summer Camp will also be posted to the Student Success Center (SSC) website in February once the Treehaven informational meeting is held!  Click on Treehaven Information and Application Link once you are there.


Frequently Asked Questions


1.  How do I apply to Treehaven?
2.  How much will it cost to attend Treehaven?
3.  Will I have to stay at the Treehaven facilities?
4.  Can I bring my pets to Treehaven?
5.  Do I have to bring my own food to Treehaven?
6.  What do I need to bring to Treehaven?
7.  Can I get mail/packages at Treehaven?
8.  How do I get to Treehaven?



How do I apply to Treehaven?


Step 1:  Acceptance into the CNR:  In order to be accepted into the CNR you need to have at least 45 credits and a 2.0 GPA or higher in your major.  Once you have reached this you will need to fill out an application in the SSC room 180 in the CNR building.  Students should plan on attending Treehaven between their Sophomore and Junior year.


Step 2:  Attend an informational meeting:  The Treehaven informational meeting will be held in February in the CNR building.  Please watch the CNR Reporter for more information.


Step 3:  Register:  At the Treehaven informational meeting you will receive a packet of information that will describe the application process.  If you have questions please contact the SSC after that meeting.




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How much will it cost to attend Treehaven?


Summer 2010 estimated breakdown costs are listed:

Cost Wisconsin
Food  885.00 885.00 885.00 885.00
Lodging   405.00 405.00 405.00 405.00
Course Fees   105.00 105.00 105.00 105.00
Tuition - 7 credits 1,471.94 1,582.58 2,107.46 3,365.18
TOTAL $2,866.94 $2,977.58 $3,502.46 $4,760.18
Tuition for summer camp is due mid May or late June depending when the student registers for summer camp.  There are not installment payment plans available for the summer session.  Total amounts are due by the billing deadlines.  Please check your UWSP email for an e-bill during this time.  Any questions related to financial aid or payment should be directed to the appropriate office on campus as Treehaven does not take payment for summer camp.



Will I have to stay at the Treehaven facilities?

YES and NO.  While you are required to stay at Treehaven Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday are optional.  During your stay at Treehaven you will be rooming in the Okray Living Centers.  Students are housed four to a room with co-ed dorms and gender specific dorms.  each student will be provided with a bed, mattress with cover, pillow and a locker for clothes.  You will need your own bed linens, pillowcase, towels and face cloths. 

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Can I bring my pets to Treehaven?

NO.  Pets are not allowed at the Treehaven facilities or grounds.

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Do I have to bring my own food to Treehaven?

NO.  You do not need to supply your own meals.  The meals for the entire session, which may include programs other than our academic program, will be prepared by Treehaven's Food Service.  They are responsible for the entire meal program. Three hot and tasty meals are provided each day.  When scheduled to be in the field, you will prepare a field lunch for yourself at a sandwich bar during breakfast. Vegetarian and vegan options available with prior notification.

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What do I need to bring to Treehaven?

The following list of essential and recommended supplies is offered for your information. Keep in mind that you will be in northern Wisconsin where the nights and days can be cool and wet and instruction continues rain or shine. Bring ample clothing for all weather possibilities. There are laundry facilities at the field station.

An equipment "package" will be prepared, and made available, to every student when they arrive and register at Treehaven. These packages will be available at cost, a substantial savings. If the student already has some of the required equipment, some components of the "package" will be available, on an individual basis, through the Treehaven Trailside Nature Shop. 
The "package" will include:

  • Compass (Suunto MC-1D Compass, or equivalent) Engineer’s Scale

  • Protractor (2-3" circular protractor preferred)

  • Hardhat

  • Clipboard

  • Write-In-Rain Notebook

  • Ruler

  • Hand Lens

  • Dot Grid 

The following items are also essential:

  • Water bottle

  • Bed linens or sleeping bag and pillowcase (fitted sheet recommended)

  • Field cloths (military type clothing is useful)

  • Work shoes (2-3 pairs if possible) plus boot dressing for leather boots

  • Tennis shoes

  • Pencils (#2 and #4) and fine point pens

  • Insect repellent (Cutters, OFF, military surplus, etc.)

  • Toilet articles-towel, washcloth, soap deodorant, etc.

  • Hat – waterproof

  • Raincoat, jacket or poncho. Head to toe is best.

  • Note paper or notebook

  • Loose-leaf notebook; 1 1-1/2’ 3 ring binder

  • White paper – 8-1/2’ x 11’, unlined for report writing

  • Calculator

  • Small pocket size notebook-required for wildlife journal

The following items are strongly recommended, but not mandatory:

  • Hip boots/waders-chest style

  • Class notes from introductory courses

  • Hand lens

  • Swimsuit

  • Small backpack or knapsack

  • Stapler

  • Dictionary

  • Stylus, rapidograph, or fine ink pen w/black ink

  • Sports equipment (softball glove, fishing, Frisbee, tennis racket, camping…)

The following field guides are strongly recommended, especially #1, #2 and #3.

  1. Black, Merel R. and Judziewicz, Emmit J. 2008. "Wild Flowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest A Comprehensive Field Guide for Amateurs and Professionals."  Cornerstone Press, Stevens Point, WI. Click here for link to book

  2. Newcomb, L. 1977. "Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide." Little, Brown, and Co., Boston.
    -OR-   Peterson, R.P. and Margaret McKinney. "The Field Guide of Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America." Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. 

  3. Petrides, G.A. 1972. "A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs." Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.   -OR-  Otis, Charles. 1965. "Michigan Trees." U. of Mich. Press, Ann Arbor.
    -OR-   Brockman, C. Frank. 1968. "A Guide to Field Identification: Trees of North America." Golden Press, NY. 

  4. Robbins, Chandler S., Bertel Bruun, and Herbert S. Zin. 1966. "A Guide to Field Identification: Birds of North America." Golden Press Field Guide. NY.

  5. Burt, William H. and Richard P. Grossenheider. 1964. "A Field Guide to the Mammals." Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. 

The following texts and field guides would be of use:

  1. Murie, Olaus. 1954. "A Field Guide to Animal Tracks." Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.

  2. Martin, Alexander C., Herbert S. Zin, and Arnold L. Nelson. 1951. "American Wildlife & Plants: A Guide to Wildlife Food Habits." Dover Publications, Inc., NY.

  3. Schemnitz, S.D. 1980. 4th Edition. "Wildlife Management Techniques Manual." The Wildlife Society, Washington, DC. 

  4. Love, J.R. et al. "Introductory Soil Science Laboratory Manual." UW-Madison, Madison, WI.

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Can I get mail/packages at Treehaven?

Address at Summer Camp will be:

Student Name
W2540 Pickerel Creek Road
Tomahawk WI 54487

The camp telephone number is 715-453-4106 for the office during the day (where messages can be left for you from 7:30 am- 4:00 pm - after hours it will go the the answer machine).  There will be a public phone available for your use while at Treehaven.

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