Residential Programs

Our goal is to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the cultural and natural resources in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Our team provides students an extension to develop their science and decision-making skills. The intent of our program is to inspire personal growth, a love for life-long learning, and stewardship in their own local environments.

A residential program is a multiple-day learning excursion where participants stay overnight at the Discovery Center. We schedule lessons, workshops, and recreational experiences related to environmental education. Program topics are tailored to fit the interests and needs of each individual group.

Location

Naturalists leverage our unique Northwoods location and offer both indoor and outdoor learning spaces. Our campus sits on 850 acres of undeveloped forest with lake, wetland, and bog habitats with access to thousands of acres of state and federal land.

Our facility offers classrooms, cabins, amphitheatre, nature center, native pollinator gardens, gathering space, commercial kitchen, 12 mile trail system, firepit, lakefront, and more!

Education

We tailor educational experiences to the goals of each individual group. Common topics include:

  • Ecology:: forestry, water, wildlife, seasons, etc.
  • Experiential:: canoeing, snowshoeing, hikes, pontoon tours, biking, etc.
  • Habitat:: bogs, wetlands, lakes, rivers, old growth forests, timber stands, etc.
  • Wildlife:: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, etc.

Lodging

We offer bunk house style cabins that include bathrooms with showers for year-round accommodation. Participants bring their own toiletries, towels, and bedding. Private lodging for chaperones and a separate first aid space is also available. Groups can bring food, provide their own cooks, and use our commercial kitchen or we can arrange for meals to be provided.

Group

Our facility can accommodate up to 50 participants. To maintain a personalized experience, we recommend a program group size of 12. Large groups can use a rotation-based schedule for lessons and excursions.
Youth groups must bring adult chaperones in a 1:10 student to chaperone ratio. Group leaders are not required to lead programming but are responsible for student behavior.

Reservations

Pricing for groups is based on the size of the group, length of the stay, facility use, meal options, and the amount of programming required.

Alternative educational options for groups include day programs, virtual lessons, and a traveling naturalist at your site of choice.

Contact Hannah or fill out an interest form online to reserve program dates or receive more information!

Hannah Gargrave, Naturalist and Residential Liason