Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Friday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
$15.00 for a day pass
$25.00 for a weekend pass.
Note: Ages 17 and under: free.
Tickets may be purchased in advance before March 1, 2018 at www.rutabaga.com or at Rutabaga.
At Canoecopia, tickets can be purchased with cash or check only.
$7.00 per car per day
Weekend pass: $19.50
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||John Bates is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. He's worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin's Northwoods for 29 years, leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place within it.
John won the 2006 Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award for his book Graced by the Seasons: Spring and Summer in the Northwoods. John and his wife Mary live on the Manitowish River in northern Wisconsin where they paddle, hike, bird, ski, or snowshoe virtually every day.
Old-growth trees dominated Wisconsin's forests prior to European settlement. Ecologists estimate that between two-thirds and three-fourths of Wisconsin's forests lived into their old age. What we see 150 years later is a far cry from what our forests once looked like, but some remnants still flourish. Questions to be answered: How did this happen, what are the values of current old-growth, and where can I combine a beautiful paddle with a hike in old-growth?
The Big Bang, natural selection, population dynamics, amazing adaptations, reproductive strategies (sex!), animal behaviors - here's wildlife ecology 101 for the paddler in 45 minutes through the lens of Far Side and other cartoons. Laugh your way into understanding more about wildlife while you're paddling.