Trails North 2019 Calendar of Programs

Superior Hiking Trail overlook 9:10
JB:MB on Little Tamarack Flowage1
JB and MB along sea cave trail copy
1/11 Old-growth pines hike off Cty. J., Mercer, 1 – 2:30 p.m., ICORE
1/17 Holmboe SNA Snowshoe, 1 – 3 p.m., North Woods Land Trust
1/18 MECCA Snowshoe, 10 – 1:30, lunch included, Nicolet Area Technical College
2/1 Winter Park Snowshoe, 10 – 1:30, with lunch to be purchased, Nicolet Area Technical College
2/2 Snowshoe and Talk, UW Madison Greenhouse students, 1-6, Kemp Station
2/7 Snowshoe at Interstate Falls, 1 – 3 p.m., North Woods Land Trust
2/26 Baird Creek Preservation Foundation Banquet Keynote, 7 p.m.
3/9-10 Canoecopia Talks on Old-growth and Wildlife along Rivers/Lakes
3/21-25 Arizona birding trip for North Lakeland Discovery Center
4/2 Old-growth talk at Treehaven, 7 p.m., UW Stevens Point
4/4 Old-growth talk at Northwoods Land Trust, Eagle River, 7 p.m.
4/7 Talk at the Unitarian Church in Ashland, 10 a.m. – “Spirit of Place”
4/12 Old-growth talk at Wisconsin Lakes Convention, 10:45 a.m., Stevens Point
4/15 Talk for Northwoods Neighbors, Norwood Pines, Minocqua, 7 p.m
4/22-23 Talks at Conserve School, Land O’ Lakes
4/27 Green Bay Book Festival talk and book signing
6/22 Crawling Stone Lake Association Talk, 11:30 a.m.
7/19 Moose Lake Paddle, 8:30a-12p.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center
Moose Lake, situated within the Moose Lake State Natural Area (4,293 acres!), is a large, 270-acre undeveloped lake in a wilderness setting harboring a great diversity of aquatic plants. Most of the shoreline is covered by a dense thicket of alder and sweet gale, but the upland forest surrounding the lake harbors pockets of old-growth hemlock, giving this site a magnificent virgin appearance. Breeding birds include bald eagle, common loon, hooded merganser, and blue-winged teal. We’ll also paddle into 13-acre Little Moose Lake via Moose Creek.From the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and County Highway J in Mercer, go north on 51 6.6 miles, then west on Moose Lake Road 2.8 miles, then north on Kaiser Road 0.4 miles, then west on Moose Lake Access Road to a boat ramp. Boat upstream 0.2 miles to the lake.Meet at NLDC at 8:30 or at the Moose Lake landing at 9 a.m.

Friday, July 19, 2019, 8:30a-12p

Price $40

Pre-registration required by 7/17

Minimum: 10   Maximum: 15

NLDC will provide canoes and PFDs as requested

Program guide: John Bates

7/20   Cable Natural History Museum talk and walk
7/30 Wild Lakes paddle on Sherman and Mud Lakes; 8 – 12:30. ICORE
8/4 Talk at Unitarian Church, Minocqua, 9:30 a.m.
8/5 Hidden Lakes/Pat Shay and Franklin Butternut Lakes SNA hike Nicolet College, 9 – 3
8/9-11 Old-growth, State Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas weekend program, Forest Lodge, Northland College
8/16 Old-growth Hikes at Frog Lake SNA, 9-12 and 1-4, Natural Resources Foundation
8/17 Old-growth Hikes at Van Vliet SNA, 9-12 and 1-4, Natural Resources Foundation
8/20 Plum Lake SNA and Trampers Trail, 9 – 3, Nicolet College
8/21 Island Lake Hemlocks Hike and American Marten Exploration, 9a.m. - 12p.m , North Lakeland Discovery Center
Island Lake Hemlocks State Natural Area features one of the oldest old-growth hemlock-hardwood stands in northern Wisconsin. Although small, the 10-acre upland island of undisturbed, old-growth hemlock and yellow birch contains some trees exceeding 30 inches in diameter. The "island" stand lies within the 120-acre SNA and is situated within an extensive conifer-shrub swamp.The site and general area is critical habitat for the American marten, a state-endangered species that prefers older aged mixed hardwoods and hemlock/pine. This site, with its 250-plus-year-old hemlock, provides some of the best habitat in the area.Zach Wilson has conducted extensive marten research within this area and will share his knowledge of this rare animal.Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 9 a.m - 12 p.m.

Meet at the Center at 8:30 or meet at the site at 9.

Price $30

Pre-registration required by 8/19

Minimum:  10  Maximum: 15

Program guides: John Bates and Zach Wilson

From the intersection of County J and Highway 51 in Mercer, go north on 51 8.5 miles, then follow Island Lake Road west and north 11.4 miles to a small wooden sign and the trailhead.

8/29 Master Naturalist Talk for NLDC, 1 – 5 p.m.
10/7 Poetry reading, Rhinelander Library, 7 p..m.


Identification and Ecology of Northern Trees and Shrubs    9/23-25, Fri – Sun.

Forest Lodge

Old-growth, Wilderness, and State Natural Area Explorations and Ecology – 8/9-11, Fri. - Sun., Rock Lake SNA, Lake Owen SNA, Fairyland SNA, Drummond Woods SNA, Porcupine Lake Wilderness

NATC: Unique Landscapes – State Natural Area Explorations:

Luna White Deer - Hidden Lakes Trail: 8/5, 9 -1

Plum Lake Hemlock Forest SNA/Lake Laura Hardwoods SNA: 8/20, 9 – 3

Another Time - Others:

So Many Birds and So Little Time Class – May 24-26, Fri - Sun.

Anvil Lake SNA

Bittersweet Lakes SNA

Border Lakes SNA

Doering Woods SNA

Franklin and Butternut Lakes SNA – Hidden Lakes

Tucker Lake SNA

Van Vliet Hemlocks SNA

Contact Us

Trails North
4245 N. Highway 47
Mercer, WI 54547
Phone: 715 476 2828
Fax: 715 476 2818