Public Programs Calendar of Events


Sept. 21-Oct. 3, 2014
Road Scholar: Adventures in Lifelong Learning
Capturing the Colors of the Season: Painting, Sketching, and Drawing in the Northwoods
 
Enjoy Treehaven's vibrant fall colors as you focus on the rich visual experience that its woods, fields and shorelines have to offer. Demonstrations and instruction in plein-air sketching, taking color notes, simple painting techniques, composition and use of light and shadow help you identify and appreciate the species native to the area. Through field trips and excursions, study past nature artists, explore personal aesthetics and gain insight into your own growth as an artist! Highlights include day trips to northern lakes, bogs, forests and waterfalls at Dells of the Eau Claire, as well as the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum's annual Birds in Art exhibit.
Click here to view pricing, register or receive more information.

Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2014
BECOME A MASTER NATURALIST
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Become a Wisconsin Master Volunteer Naturalist and be certified to educate others about geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, water life, and human impacts. This course combines classroom instruction with field experiences and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists, who are trained to deliver the WIMN course. Training includes classroom learning, daily field trips and opportunities to practice new skills through hands-on learning and capstone projects.
Cost to register is $250/person (does not include lodging or meals).
Treehaven offers room and board packages: Full Package: $300/person (includes 3 meals per day and lodging). Commuter Package: $78/person (includes one lunch per day and excludes lodging).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE THROUGH WI MASTER NATURALIST.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM AND MEALS AT TREEHAVEN.

Oct. 10-12, 2014
DRIVEN TO DISCOVER
4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday


Is your program or organization looking for ways to engage older youth in rigorous science and nature activities?  Does your program or organization work with youth over a period of time (at least several weeks), especially in out-of-school settings?  Then attend this workshop at Treehaven to find out how you can bring this innovative program to your organization.

Overnight Package: $155 (Includes dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday and double occupancy lodging Friday and Saturday night).

Commuter Package: $60 (Includes dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Excludes lodging).

Special pre-workshop opportunity!
Oct. 10, 2014
MONARCH BUTTERFLY NATURAL HISTORY AND CITIZEN-BASED MONITORING: A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Get to know Monarch Butterflies with international authority, Dr. Karen Oberhauser. In this session Karen will share an overview of monarch biology and facilitate an exploration of monarch metamorphosis with the aid of live butterflies from the Monarch Lab (subject to availability). Participants will make observations and ask questions, the foundational activities of the Driven to Discover process. Karen will introduce the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, a national citizen science (citizen-based monitoring) project she founded, and orient participants to the ways they can contribute to monarch conservation.

Dr. Karen Oberhauser is a professor at the University of Minnesota and plays a leading role in monarch conservation and education around the world. She is Chair of the Monarch Joint Venture, founder of Monarch Lab and Monarchs in the Classroom, and 2013 winner of the White House Champions of Change Award. As Principal Investigator for Driven to Discover, she has led the design and implementation of the project since its inception.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DRIVEN TO DISCOVER.

Oct. 21, 2014
MASTER GARDENERS OF THE NORTH DINNER AND PROGRAM "SEX IN THE GARDEN" PRESENTED BY FRAN MCREYNOLDS
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Join us for a tongue-in-cheek and scientifically accurate look at pollination biology.  While your backyard garden might appear tranquil, it is a hotbed of vice.  Bribery, theft, gluttony, alluring advertising, and rampant sex are happening right under your nose.  Plant therapist Fran McReynolds will ensure that you’ll never look at an “innocent” flower with the same eyes.

Fran McReynolds is Program Coordinator for the Graduate Fellowship in Residential Environmental Education, a program of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources that is based at Conserve School. She has over 20 years of experience as an interpretive naturalist as well as an environmental education teacher in the non-profit realm. Fran's lifetime fascination with wild plants led her to become certified as a Native Plant Master Trainer in Colorado, where she lived prior to moving to Wisconsin.
$20 includes dinner and presentation.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MASTER GARDENERS OF THE NORTH DINNER AND PROGRAM.

Oct. 24-26, 2014
FALL QUILT RETREAT
4 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday
*Quilting room open 24 hours.

Sign up today to attend a fun and relaxing quilting retreat that offers you an opportunity to make a variety of projects! Make a quilt purse, table runner, lap quilt, or all of the above, or finish your own quilting project with optional guidance from an experienced quilting instructor! No patterns are needed, but you may pick out a pattern when you arrive. Bring your own fabric and have a great time with others who enjoy what you enjoy - quilting!
Weekend Package: $165/person (Includes all meals, lodging and instruction/guidance)
Commuter Package: $110/person (Includes lunch and dinner on Sat., lunch on Sun., and instruction/guidance. Excludes lodging)
What to Bring: Cutting mat, rotary cutter, rulers, fabric, thread, scissors and/or sewing machine. If you cannot bring a sewing machine, call Quilt Retreat coordinator Melanie at 715-224-2644.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE FALL QUILT RETREAT.

Nov. 14-16, 2014
WEEKEND MEDITATION RETREAT
4 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Sunday

Join us for a restorative weekend of silent meditation. Participants will have opportunities for questions, personal guidance, and ample time to spend outdoors. This retreat is for persons of any background interested in exploring the practice of deep meditative silence in a supportive, structured setting.

Dec. 6-7, 2014
SNOW TRACKING RARE SPECIES WITH JIM HALFPENNY
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday; 8a.m. - 4p.m. Sunday

Learn quality tracking skills in order to understand wildlife tracking and learn about large carnivores. This two-day workshop will cover track and sign identification, understanding footprints and interpreting gait with an emphasis on reading trails to understand animal behavior and ecology. This program is available for college credit and partially satisfies the requirements for being certified as a Volunteer Carnivore Tracker. If you are already a Certified Volunteer Carnivore Tracker, you may wish to register for a Sunday-only "brush up" session to refresh your tracking skills.

Dr. James Halfpenny, Ph.D., is president of A Naturalist's World, an educational adventure company, and former research associate at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. He has served as director of the Mountain Research Station and has taught tracking since 1967. He is the author of A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America and Winter: An Ecological Handbook. Halfpenny specializes in finding signs of cougars, lynx, bears, wolverine and other carnivores.

Overnight Package: $245 (includes all meals, Saturday night double occupancy lodging & instruction)

Commuter Package: $185 (includes 2 lunches & instruction)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SNOW TRACKING RARE SPECIES WITH JIM HALFPENNY.

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Treehaven's Public Programs offers a wide variety of opportunities to get you or your family outdoors and having fun.  Offerings range, from nature related crafts and skills such as snowshoe weaving or outdoor photography to in depth study of wolves or opportunity to become proficient in Leave-No-Trace, backpacking, yoga and much more.  College credit is often available.  Weekend workshops generally run Friday night through Sunday lunch and are all inclusive with instruction, great meals and comfortable lodging all on site.

For more information contact Treehaven at 715-453-4106.