Project North is about preserving the environment. We want to be on the cutting edge of sustainable festivals.

In support of that, attendees can expect to be immersed in environmentally conscious education and sustainable practices including: complying with a single-use plastic ban, using biodegradable food containers and utensils, properly disposing of food and drink waste to prepare for composting, refilling reusable water bottles, and much more.

2019 Sustainability Efforts

Waste Composted
Single Use Water Bottles Saved


Happening in the heart of downtown Rhinelander, the Project North EcoVillage welcomes individuals, organizations, and businesses that would like to promote their sustainability practices.  Check back soon for more information and to register.

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Another important aspect of this immersion is Project North’s dedication to environmentally conscious education. The weekend will welcome experts in sustainable practices to share their knowledge through demonstrations, presentations and informational booths.


Featuring panel discussions with experts
on water, wildlife, and sustainable living



3:15-4:00pm - Wildlife Panel

What are the threats to wildlife in the Northwoods? How we can support a healthy environment for wildlife? Learn from local wildlife specialists: Randy Johnson (carnivore specialist), Curt Rollman (wildlife biologist)m Jamie Nack (uw-madison extension senior wildlife outreach specialist), and Jennifer Price Tack (wildlife research scientist).


1:15-2:00pm - Piscatorial Puzzle – What’s up with Walleye?

2:45-3:30pm - A Conversation: Crafting Regional Fiber Systems

When you look at the textiles in your home, do you know who made them or where they came from? In this conversation steward (shepherds, dyers and fiber artists) members of Three Rivers Fibershed will demystify what is going on in our contemporary textile systems and discuss what an alternative system could look like. They will talk about creating circular textile systems that work with the seasons and land in order to hold more connection and life with every textile we make. From planting community dye gardens to working with local farmers to mending our own clothes rather than buying new - join us to discuss how the future of textiles is in our hands!

5:45-6:15pm - Land Protection Panel

Warren Lynn


The Demo Tent will run throughout the weekend offering organizations and community members an opportunity to share their knowledge of environmental and sustainable practices with participants.

Featured Demonstrations are:



3:40-4:00pm - Seed Saving with Mike Haasl

4:10-4:30pm - Home Composting for Today with Deb Shaw



11:30-11:50am - Better gas mileage saves money and improves the planet with Drive Smart Wisconsin

12:00-12:20pm - How to cut down a tree with Mike Haasl

12:30-12:50pm - Creation Care and Faith with Myles Alexander, Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ

1:00-1:20pm - Better gas mileage saves money and improves the planet with Drive Smart Wisconsin

1:30-1:50pm - Why compost is important in our landscapes with Deb Shaw

2:00-2:20pm - Better gas mileage saves money and improves the planet with Drive Smart Wisconsin

2:30-2:50pm - Environmentalist Protest (Rob Ganson) and Nature Appreciation Poetry - read by Lisa Johnson and Judy Galati

3:30-3:50pm - Natural Lawn Care by Merlin Van Buren


Eco Booths are filled with sustainable businesses, organizations, and community members.


Featured 2022 Eco Booths include:

The Kindred Cottage

Hanson's Garden Village

Northwoods Homesteading Club

Earth Meets Body

Three Rivers Fibershed

Hsu Growing Supply

Natural Northern

Northwoods Land Trust

First Congregational United Church

GFWC Rhinelander Woman's Club

Green Fire

Wild Things

Living Blues




The Wisconsin Department of Tourism proudly recognizes Project North through the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce as a certified member of its Travel Green Wisconsin program. With a longstanding conservation and environmental legacy, this program furthers Wisconsin’s commitment to sustainability.  Throughout the festival, Project North will be promoting and using sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.