Northwoods Wetlands and Poetry Trip
Leaders: Mary Linton (Wetland Ecologist) and Todd Davis (Poet)
Location: Florence County in northern Wisconsin (details below)
August 1 - 4, 2006
Registration: $300*
Limited to 12 participants
Download registration form or call WWA to register (608-250-9971)
For more information, call Mary Linton (262-472-1086)

Have you always found the landscapes of Northern Wisconsin inspiring? Why not channel that inspiration into poetry? Join Mary Linton and Todd Davis for four days of camping, hiking, wetland discovery and poetry writing in a Florence County section of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin (details below).. The days will involve investigations of flora and fauna of wetlands and their surrounding uplands, fine examples of nature poetry, writing exercises and poetry sharing. No prior experience in wetland biology or poetry writing is required - we love interacting with all voices. So whether you are a beginner or are working on your 5th book - Welcome. The trip will be limited to 12 participants, so don't wait to reserve your chance for 4 days with mink frogs, waterfalls, black spruce, flying squirrels and lady slippers.

*Registration fees include instruction, materials and meals. WWA will also coordinate group equipment (camp stoves, coolers, and tents). Transportation to start location not included, however WWA will coordinate carpooling. You must supply your own equipment (sleeping bags, daypacks, water bottles, etc.) and personal snacks.

About the Trip Location

Base Camp
We will make our base camp at the Lost Lake campground in a Florence County section of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. Lost Lake campground is a 5-6 hour drive from the Madison area and is located approximately 20 miles west of Florence via State Highway 70 and Forest Roads 2450 and 2156 (see page 90, section A4 of the Wisconsin Atlas & Gazetteer). This small, scenic lake is rimmed by shoreline wetlands and a natural stand of virgin hemlock and white pine. The campground is quiet with large, private sites separated by trees and shrubs. The campground includes vault toilets and drinking water and each camp site has a tent pad, picnic table and fire-ring. Read more about Lost Lake online at:

Day Trips
Each day we will venture from our base camp out to a wetland site to explore both wetland ecology and poetry. The area offers a diversity of wetland types including marshes, shrub-carrs, conifer swamps and bogs. One day we will take a hike to view shrub-carr wetlands along the nearby Pine River, which has a National Wild and Scenic River designation. Grandma Wetlands State Natural Area (SNA) is another site we will visit. Grandma Wetlands SNA contains a pristine soft water bog lake surrounded by an open mat that supports an unusual and diverse community of wetland plants. Ringing the lake is a wide, open mat of sphagnum moss, sedges, rushes, and low shrubs. The bog is surrounded by a conifer swamp of tamarack and black spruce and northern white cedar is also present at the site. Read more about Grandma Lake Wetlands State Natural Area on the DNR’s website at: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/er/sna/sna305.htm

About the Trip Leaders

Mary Linton is a wetland ecologist and teaches aquatic biology, ecology, and environmental science at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Mary's special interest is in aquatic communities, particularly amphibians, dragonflies and damselflies, and aquatic beetles. As far as she is concerned, a day spent swimming in a crystal clear lake, wading the riffles and pools of a northern trout stream, or mucking about a fertile wetland could not be better spent. Mary's ecological articles have appeared in Evolution, Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Canadian Entomology, Herpetological Review, American Naturalist, and the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Sciences, as well as popular magazines. Her poetry has appeared in Appalachia, Aethlon, Blueline, Builder, Country Feedback Magazine, Poetry Motel, and Seeding the Snow.

Todd Davis teaches creative writing, environmental studies, and American literature at Penn State University-Altoona. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in such journals and magazines as The North American Review, River Styx, Arts & Letters, Quarterly West, The Christian Science Monitor, Green Mountains Review, Poetry East, Many Mountains Moving, Natural Bridge, Epoch, The Louisville Review, The Nebraska Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion. In September 2002, his first book of poems, Ripe, was published by Bottom Dog Press. Some of the poems from Ripe are anthologized in A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2003) and in Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost (University of Iowa Press, 2005). His second book of poems, Some Heaven, is forthcoming from Michigan State University Press in the fall of 2006.

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