You’ll Learn Things You Never Knew, You Never Knew!
“Curiosity is one of the great secrets to happiness!“
Do you know what an esker is?
Have you ever heard of a river pig?
How about a cork pine? Or corked boots?
What about the terms Folle Avoine’?
Take one of our Down To Earth Tours and find out answers to these questions and many more!
Down To Earth Tours is your Educational Gateway to the Great Northwoods. Natural and cultural history, Native American cultures, the landscapes, geological and glacial history, logging, mining, and railroad history, and the natural beauty and fascinating wonders are all somewhat hidden here in Northern Wisconsin. As a life-long student of the northwoods, and a passionate lover of all it has to offer, it is my job to share some of the features, the stories, and even some of my experiences with you. Explore what we have to offer, then get your plan together, and reserve a tour. Join us! Contact Us Here
Down To Earth Tours has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike, and our website tells readers about much of this rather unique recreational and educational experience. Our website is the front door to our store and I welcome you to come in, take a walk around, and discover what’s in every corner, nook, and cranny. If you can’t find something, have a question, want to sign up for one of our tours, or make a comment or suggestion, you can either go directly to my email (see above) or visit our Contact Page.
Dave Thorson – Owner & Guide
(See brief narrative describing tour highlights)
1 – Headwaters Tour of the Great Divide (our original)
2 – Namekagon River Road Trip Tour
3 – Red Cedar River Valley Tour
4 – First Americans Culture Tour (FACT)
5 – Barnes/Eau Claire Lakes ‘Breath of Fresh Air‘ Tour
6 – Eau Claire River Headwaters Tour
7 – Hayward to Blue Hills Loop Tour
8 – Museum Discovery Tour North
9 – Museum Discovery Tour South
10 – Panorama Vista Photo Tour & Hikes – (May & Sept/Oct)
Our History Down To Earth Tours has, since 2006, offered an experience that, according to many of our guests, should be at the top of your ‘must do’ list. Our tours offer our guests a diverse, entertaining, and educational day exploring ‘off the beaten path’ locales with extra-special stories and numerous ‘gee whiz’ experiences. ‘You’ll learn things you never knew, you never knew’ and have a great day in a fascinating neck of the northwoods!
Learn What Makes the Northwoods Tick
Our day blends cultural heritage and natural history with ecology, landscape awareness, and nature that will amaze residents and visitors alike. So much more than a simple Nature or History Tour. Learn the secrets of the northwoods and its past. Beauty, wildlife observation is a bonus to your special day. Native American cultures are a part of our regular tour and are the prime focus on our First Americans Cultural Tour.
A Unique Learning Opportunity
A Down To Earth Tour is something you may not have seen other than in a national park, or possibly at an elderhostel-type learning adventure. There is nothing like it in Wisconsin, or the entire midwest – nothing. Our 14-passenger bus is ideal for getting around, for seeing the sites, and for interaction among the guide and our curious fellow travelers. We’ve chosen the best, most fascinating, stops along our route where we’ll hear the stories, see the sights, and learn the secrets of the Northwoods.
A Memorable Day
We offer you a window into the northwoods that no one else comes close to offering: an entertaining day of awareness, knowledge and learning. The pleasure of knowing or learning something new can last a lifetime. Tasting a wild hazelnut in August, absorbing the autumn colors that truly take your breath away, or seeing that musky on its spawning bed are simply unforgettable. Join us!
Price for most day tours is $59 per person. Under 12 – $30. (unless otherwise noted)
Group or custom tour prices vary. Please contact us to discuss options and prices.
10% discount for six or more in one group
More Than Tours
In addition to our primary focus of offering tours, I also have a list of field trips, presentations, workshops, and special tours for your consideration. Think about a special slide talk or program for you or your group. Or possibly a tour or program for your board of directors, a special Thank You to your staff or employees for a job well done. We’ve done several tours for organizations that sponsor a tour as a team building day. The options are endless, and the experience – priceless. Click to Learn More.
• Workshops – Outdoor Classroom
A Quick Look at Down To Earth Tours
• Our Radio Ad (WRLS 92.3 – Cathy Larson Producer)
• TV Promotion ‘Venture North’ Travel Show
The hosts of the popular travel show, ‘Venture North’, came along on our Headwaters & Great Divide Tour and filmed some of what we see and do. See what they discovered in this 6:46 minute video. Click link below to get to video location page:
• Trip Advisor Comments:
Trip Advisor Comments
• Roads Traveled Story by Mary Bergin:
Travel writer and columnist Mary Bergin came along on our very first Native American Cultural Tour. Her syndicated travel column reached quite a number of interested and potential guests. Read what she had to say:
Down to Earth Tours study state’s northwest
• GALLERY – A PHOTO TOUR
The Pink Lady Slipper, a spectacular orchid, is found in early June in our northwoods bogs and damp woods
Down To Earth Tours has, since 2006, offered an experience that, according to our many guests, should be at the top of your ‘To do’ list. Our tours offer our guests a diverse, entertaining, and educational day.
We’ll be exploring ‘off the beaten path’ locales with extra-special stories and numerous ‘gee whiz’ experiences. You will learn things you never knew, you never knew and have a great day in a fascinating neck of the northwoods!
Our day blends cultural heritage and natural history with ecology and nature that will amaze residents and visitors alike. Learn the secrets of the northwoods and its past. Beauty, wildlife, and fascinating landscapes are a bonus to your special day. Native American cultures are a part of our regular tour and are the prime focus on our First Americans Cultural Tour.
All tours begin at 9:00.
Our Guests Say It All
A short time ago a couple came on our Headwaters – Great Divide Tour and totally enjoyed their day. Just yesterday, I Googled my site and saw something from Trip Advisor about my tours. “Down To Earth Tours teaches, inspires, entertains, enlightens!”
Our goal is to do everything in our power to make your day with us a 1) one-of-a-kind experience, 2) a day filled with learning and awareness about our region, and 3) a day of conversations, and eye-opening discovery. And have fun doing it!
See what our guests have told us over the years about their experience with us. (Learn More)
Check out our event calendar for the season’s scheduled tours. Custom tours for your family or group can be arranged any time. Call or email to discuss. 715-376-4260.
Each tour has a lunch stop where guests will find great food, a unique atmosphere, and a staff that will make you feel right at home. Here are four stopping places for you to check out. Guests are on their own for their lunch choice. Not included in our price.
The Delta Diner is our lunch stop on our Headwaters Great Divide Tour and our First Americans Culture Tour. Everyone loves the food and the atmosphere of this little hidden-away eating establishment! Todd and the gang will make you feel right at home, as they offer a unique and scrumptious variety of lunch choices.
Sawmill Saloon & Eatery Be sure to consider breakfast or supper from the Sawmill Saloon‘s spectacular menu before or after your tour! They open daily at 7:00.
This year we will be partnering with the Buck n Bass Resort on Middle Eau Claire Lake in Barnes, WI as a base for tours and other events in Barnes.
Rustic Corners Cafe, in Birchwood will be our lunch stop on our Red Cedar Valley Discovery Tour and our Hayward – Blue Hills Loop Tour
CONTACT US – 715-376-4260
You may contact us to ask a question, to set up a custom tour, or to to reserve a spot on one of our tours.Click to move to Contact Us Page.
You will find a road map with our starting towns road map using Google Maps. Click here.
46830 Cranberry Lake Rd Gordon, WI 54838