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Program #13107RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
No elevation exceeds 100 feet.

Itinerary for Oct 19 — Oct 24, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn® Okeechobee, Florida feels a little different. Our Okeechobee hotel is near scenic marshlands, world-class fishing and quaint historic downtown shopping districts. This scenic Florida area offers up sun-drenched mornings, lakeside picnics and moonlit horseback rides. Around here, Florida feels different, and you'll like the way it feels.

Contact info:
1200 State Road 70 East
Okeechobee, FL 34972 USA
phone: 863-824-0003
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=OBEFLHX

Room amenities: Spacious non-smoking room features a king-size bed or two queen beds, 32 inch LCD television, easy to operate alarm clock/radio and large work desk. The high-speed internet access will help you stay connected while on the road. If you prefer not to work at the desk, you can use the convenient lap desk instead. You'll also enjoy the convenience of having a coffee maker and iron/ironing board in your room. In the bathroom you'll enjoy fluffy towels, a WaterPik showerhead and curved shower rod that allows more light and space in the shower.

Facility amenities: A leader in Lake Okeechobee hotels, the Hampton features free high-speed wired and wireless internet, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, refreshing pool, on-site Suite Shop for snacks, magazines, and travel necessities like: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Luggage Hold On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Call the hotel directly for price and availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 19 - Hospitality and Orientation
Afternoon: Hospitality and Orientation at hotel prior to dinner. Meet at Hotel Lobby at 5:30 pm

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hampton Inn Okeechobee

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn® Okeechobee, Florida feels a little different. Our Okeechobee hotel is near scenic marshlands, world-class fishing and quaint historic downtown shopping districts. This scenic Florida area offers up sun-drenched mornings, lakeside picnics and moonlit horseback rides. Around here, Florida feels different, and you'll like the way it feels.

Contact info:
1200 State Road 70 East
Okeechobee, FL 34972 USA
phone: 863-824-0003
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=OBEFLHX

Room amenities: Spacious non-smoking room features a king-size bed or two queen beds, 32 inch LCD television, easy to operate alarm clock/radio and large work desk. The high-speed internet access will help you stay connected while on the road. If you prefer not to work at the desk, you can use the convenient lap desk instead. You'll also enjoy the convenience of having a coffee maker and iron/ironing board in your room. In the bathroom you'll enjoy fluffy towels, a WaterPik showerhead and curved shower rod that allows more light and space in the shower.

Facility amenities: A leader in Lake Okeechobee hotels, the Hampton features free high-speed wired and wireless internet, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, refreshing pool, on-site Suite Shop for snacks, magazines, and travel necessities like: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Luggage Hold On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Call the hotel directly for price and availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 20 - At leisure/Facility Orientation/Service Work
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Lecture about Florida Panther and Florida Wildlife at the hotel then drive to Arnold Rehab Center for a Guided walk around the facility to view and learn about each individual cat's story, how the center got started and what they provide for the animals. Also to learn the layout of the center.

Lunch: Picnic style at rehab center.

Afternoon: Work projects defined and assigned. Review of any special tools and/or materials needed for projects. Based upon needs of Refuge Center these may include basic gardening, clearing wood, cleaning animal cages, feeding animals, some office organization and other work projects. Please note that this is not a scientific study service project - it is hands on manual labor.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hampton Inn Okeechobee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn® Okeechobee, Florida feels a little different. Our Okeechobee hotel is near scenic marshlands, world-class fishing and quaint historic downtown shopping districts. This scenic Florida area offers up sun-drenched mornings, lakeside picnics and moonlit horseback rides. Around here, Florida feels different, and you'll like the way it feels.

Contact info:
1200 State Road 70 East
Okeechobee, FL 34972 USA
phone: 863-824-0003
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=OBEFLHX

Room amenities: Spacious non-smoking room features a king-size bed or two queen beds, 32 inch LCD television, easy to operate alarm clock/radio and large work desk. The high-speed internet access will help you stay connected while on the road. If you prefer not to work at the desk, you can use the convenient lap desk instead. You'll also enjoy the convenience of having a coffee maker and iron/ironing board in your room. In the bathroom you'll enjoy fluffy towels, a WaterPik showerhead and curved shower rod that allows more light and space in the shower.

Facility amenities: A leader in Lake Okeechobee hotels, the Hampton features free high-speed wired and wireless internet, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, refreshing pool, on-site Suite Shop for snacks, magazines, and travel necessities like: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Luggage Hold On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Call the hotel directly for price and availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 21 - Special Lecture / Service Project Assignments
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

Morning: Work projects as assigned.

Lunch: Picnic style at rehab center.

Afternoon: Work projects as assigned.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hampton Inn Okeechobee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn® Okeechobee, Florida feels a little different. Our Okeechobee hotel is near scenic marshlands, world-class fishing and quaint historic downtown shopping districts. This scenic Florida area offers up sun-drenched mornings, lakeside picnics and moonlit horseback rides. Around here, Florida feels different, and you'll like the way it feels.

Contact info:
1200 State Road 70 East
Okeechobee, FL 34972 USA
phone: 863-824-0003
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=OBEFLHX

Room amenities: Spacious non-smoking room features a king-size bed or two queen beds, 32 inch LCD television, easy to operate alarm clock/radio and large work desk. The high-speed internet access will help you stay connected while on the road. If you prefer not to work at the desk, you can use the convenient lap desk instead. You'll also enjoy the convenience of having a coffee maker and iron/ironing board in your room. In the bathroom you'll enjoy fluffy towels, a WaterPik showerhead and curved shower rod that allows more light and space in the shower.

Facility amenities: A leader in Lake Okeechobee hotels, the Hampton features free high-speed wired and wireless internet, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, refreshing pool, on-site Suite Shop for snacks, magazines, and travel necessities like: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Luggage Hold On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Call the hotel directly for price and availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 22 - Work on projects/ Visit to Lake Okeechobee Waters...
Work on projects/ Visit to Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Unit./ Special Guest

Note: Lecture and Field Trip to Water Restoration areas

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

Morning: Work on the assigned service project.

Lunch: Picnic Style Lunch

Afternoon: Depart for Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration unit for a field trip and a lecture about the restoration in the Everglades by one of the Watershed experts.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Special presentation by local representative of the Florida Wildlife.

Lodging: Hampton Inn Okeechobee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: At the Hampton Inn® Okeechobee, Florida feels a little different. Our Okeechobee hotel is near scenic marshlands, world-class fishing and quaint historic downtown shopping districts. This scenic Florida area offers up sun-drenched mornings, lakeside picnics and moonlit horseback rides. Around here, Florida feels different, and you'll like the way it feels.

Contact info:
1200 State Road 70 East
Okeechobee, FL 34972 USA
phone: 863-824-0003
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=OBEFLHX

Room amenities: Spacious non-smoking room features a king-size bed or two queen beds, 32 inch LCD television, easy to operate alarm clock/radio and large work desk. The high-speed internet access will help you stay connected while on the road. If you prefer not to work at the desk, you can use the convenient lap desk instead. You'll also enjoy the convenience of having a coffee maker and iron/ironing board in your room. In the bathroom you'll enjoy fluffy towels, a WaterPik showerhead and curved shower rod that allows more light and space in the shower.

Facility amenities: A leader in Lake Okeechobee hotels, the Hampton features free high-speed wired and wireless internet, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, refreshing pool, on-site Suite Shop for snacks, magazines, and travel necessities like: Baggage Storage Coin Laundry Elevators Luggage Hold On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Call the hotel directly for price and availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 23 - Airboat Ride/Service Work/Final Review/Farewell D...
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

Morning: Trip on an air boat to show the restoration of panther habitats and the restoration of the Okeechobee Lake for the environment. The wildlife is fantastic in the restored area. You never know what you will see.

Lunch: Picnic style at rehab center.

Afternoon: Review projects completed. Brainstorming session for ideas on how to help the center meet its financial and resource needs so that the center can continue its work saving animals from abuse and/or neglect, including the endangered Florida panther.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hampton Inn Okeechobee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 24 - FREE Shuttle to West Palm Beach Airport
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel.

Morning: Check out at 9:30 am, complimentary shuttle to West Palm Beach International Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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3 Expert-led lectures
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