HOTEL CHECK-IN: Hotel check-in will be available from 4:00pm.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: We will gather at 5:30 pm in our reserved room at the hotel (TBA) for welcome, introductions, hospitality, and an orientation to the program. we will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.Dinner: Dinner will be out at a local restaurant.Evening: The remainder of the evening is yours to continue getting to know your fellow participants, stroll along the boardwalk, or just relax and get ready for tomorrow. Because your days will be filled with adventures and activities, we are not scheduling evening programs. You will see and learn a lot and will need "down" time to be ready for what each day offers. This is also a great time for "grands" to spend time together sharing what these experiences mean to you.Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key LargoMeals Included: Dinner
To become familiar with the environment, we will take an expert-led walk -- over pathways and boardwalk -- through mangrove habitat (approximately a mile). Learn about the importance of mangroves to the reefs and why the mangrove system is the second most productive bio-zone on the planet.
Then we will board a 65-foot glassbottom catamaran for a unique glimpse into the serene undersea world. As we pass through the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, you will be able to see a number of shallow reefs teeming with wildlife.Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Park.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Enjoy a slide presentation on reef fish identification that will help you identify the reef fish you see on the reefs.
SNORKELING CLASS: The living, shallow-water coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are vibrant with color and activity. One of the best ways to experience these fragile reefs is by snorkeling and we will begin with a “how to snorkel” class on the beach. If you have already had experieence snorkeling, this will be a refresher. Note: Everyone, regardless of age, who wishes to snorkel must be able to swim.
When we actually go snorkeling, you will be provided with a safety vest that must be worn at all times (USCG requirement). You will also need a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you may use your own or rent equipment at the resort. Also bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and maybe a change of dry clothes.Dinner: Dinner will be out at a local restaurant.Evening: The evening is free time to talk over the day's experiences or enjoy what the resort has to offer. Get a good night's sleep for tomorrow's busy day!Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key LargoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lunch: Picnic LunchAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit Curry Hammock State Park for a ranger led walk along the beach to discover what lives at the waters edge. We will wade the shallow near shore ecosystem with collection nets and learn about the small creatures that live within the sea grass beds. Please wear water shoes or old sneakers; we will get our feet wetDinner: Dinner will be out at a local restaurant.Evening: Our days are full of wonder, learning, and fun. Share your experiences with one another and with new friends or relax and look forward to tomorrow.Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key LargoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Please be sure you follow the rules and regulations in place to make sure activities such as snorkeling are not harmful to sanctuary resources.Lunch: Picnic lunch.Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take this time to explore on your own or enjoy what the resort has to offer. We will be happy to offer suggestions.Dinner: Dinner will be out at a local restaurant.Evening: Another set of great memories to add to your collection. Spend time with your "grands" and new friends, and get some rest for the last full day of the program tomorrow.Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key LargoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We hope you have had a great time on this new Road Scholar Intergenerational learning adventure and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
HOTEL CHECK-OUT: Check-out is by 11:00am.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE TO MIAMI: Departs at 9:00 am after Breakfast.in a local restaurantMeals Included: Breakfast