Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a 3-course meal with salad, entrée, and dessert.Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader (who is also a Study Leader) will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the full day ahead.Lodging: Ivey HouseMeals Included: Dinner
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Back aboard the motorcoach, a naturalist guide will provide commentary then lead us around parts of this 14,000-acre sanctuary managed by the National Audubon Society manages to maintain native plants and animals and to preserve the natural processes that have been occurring for thousands of years. A 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes you through several distinct habitats including the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in North America. Wildlife commonly resident at different times of the year include birds from Anhinga to woodpeckers, butterflies, frogs and other amphibians, mammals from squirrels to bears, and reptiles such as alligators, lizards, snakes, and turtles.Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in the sanctuary.Afternoon: We transfer to Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve for a presentation and expert-led walk via Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. With its dense, enveloping tropical foliage, the Fakahatchee more closely resembles Jurassic Park than a South Florida ecosystem. This beautiful, remote road offers an excellent opportunity for viewing Florida’s flora and fauna in its wildest display.Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a 3-course meal with salad, entrée, and dessert.Evening: At leisure. Talk over the highlights of the day with new Road Scholar friends, or simply enjoy some R&R.Lodging: Ivey HouseMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You will then have the option to explore the Big Cypress on a wet or dry hike. For those who are sure-footed, join the trek at the trails head for a wet hike experience, or follow a dry trail. On either hike, you will learn why conservationists have described this area as "a beautiful, rugged, subtropical landscape."Dinner: We will dine out at one of the area’s most popular seafood restaurants to enjoy a 3-course meal with appetizer, choice of entrée, and dessert.Evening: It has been an active day. Relax, recharge your batteries, and prepare for a full day tomorrow beginning with early morning check-out and departure.Lodging: Ivey HouseMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After the field trip, we arrive at the hotel and check-in with some time to freshen up before dinner.Dinner: Dinner in Florida City.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Best Western "Gateway to the Keys"Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The transfer to Miami International Airport departs at 10:30am.
Meals Included: Breakfast