June 7 - June 13
“To find the unexpected in a world of the expected, to come upon a secluded corner of the past maintaining itself with an exquisite obedience to old laws, to know the sound of lake waves, the sweep of wind, the brilliance of sky, the calling of birds, is to open a door to a peculiar sense of awareness and fulfillment.”
Virginia Eifert from Journeys in Green Places
Through warm, mellow days and long, soft evenings, from the dawn chorus of birds to the nocturnal calls of frogs and toads, June bursts with the vibrancy of new life and brings freshness to the soul!
This class will lead you on an exploration of Door County’s rich diversity of natural areas. You’ll "ramble" through woods and fields, along lakeshores and down backcountry roads. As birds begin to nest and raise their young, you will study the beauty and function of their songs and learn about the remarkable nests they build. Enjoy the colorful parade of spring wildflowers and glimpse the fascinating world of delicate butterflies. Walk the cool aisles of a boreal forest and, from an open meadow, savor the peace and grandeur of a star-studded night sky.
Bring field clothes and sturdy footwear for warm or cool and wet or dry conditions, as most class time will be spent outside. Other useful items include binoculars, field guides, a hand lens, a small notebook, a flashlight, a water bottle and a lightweight daypack. There will be considerable walking but no strenuous hiking.
Nancy Stevenson is a naturalist with a lifelong love of birds. She is the former Director of Children’s Programs and Summer Naturalist at Jordan Park Nature Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She has conducted breeding bird surveys in central Wisconsin for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for over 25 years, has surveyed breeding birds on Isle Royale National Park for the U.S. Forest Service and has assisted with private research on nesting birds and vegetation in the Quetico-Superior Wilderness. Nancy studied biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has taught Elderhostel classes in birding and nature study and was a licensed bird bander for 30 years. She formerly owned and operated the Birdhouse, a bed and breakfast for birders, at her rural home near Stevens Point. Nancy has been an instructor at The Clearing for many years.
Car pooling is needed for this class.
Level: All Levels
Pricing (per person):
$1080 Dorm Room Package*
$1180 Two-Person Room Package*
$1770 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$635 Commuter Package** (limited availability)
*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals **package includes tuition & 7 meals