Spring can be a tricky season when it comes to outdoor recreation in the North Woods, but Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) Environmental Education Center in Eagle River is making it easy to connect with nature with its Nature Adventures program, no matter the weather. 

“Our April and May Nature Adventure programs are designed to help people learn skills or develop new techniques that they can continue to build on throughout the year,” said Adventure Series Coordinator Beth Heft.

Trees’ Nature Adventure programs are guided, half-day programs that are family-friendly and open to people of all ages and skill levels. 

Topics on the April and May schedule include outdoor cooking, archery/outdoor skills, birding and hiking; and most can be enjoyed rain or shine, making each Nature Adventure a great option for being active outside. 

“What better way to experience nature than to join a TFT educator for some fun outside? I always make sure to share the science of nature during each adventure,” Heft said. “And, especially with being stuck inside this past year, it’s a great, safe opportunity to get outside and bond with family and friends. We promise you'll have fun and learn something new.”

Courses on the schedule include:

— April 24: Orienteering, learn how to read compass and plot a bearing on a map. Then, use those skills to navigate the forest;

— May 1: Archery/Outdoor Skills, learn about archery equipment and practice shooting, then learn the proper way to build a campfire;

— May 8: Birding, learn bird characteristics and meet TFT’s red-tailed hawk Apollo, then set out to find other feathered friends; and

— May 22: Hiking, take a hike on the scenic 4.5 mile long Luna-White Deer trails in the Nicolet National Forest.

Interested families and individuals can visit treesfortomorrow.com to sign up and learn more. 

Registration at least 48 hours in advance is required, and cost is $15 per individual. Gear rental is available when applicable.