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: Enjoy a 3-course meal including salad, entrée, and dessert at the hotel.Evening: Orientation: Gathering in our hotel meeting room, the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. 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: Courtyard Marriott NaplesMeals Included: Dinner
Later in the afternoon, we depart for 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Preserve. The name is misleading as there are only a few hundred of these island and mangrove islets but assuredly exceptional. Parts of this 35,000 acre refuge were occupied by Native Americans for thousands of years and today it protects important habitats and a rich diversity of native wildlife, including several endangered species. We will have a narrated cruise to watch for birds, manatees, and other wildlife along the water's edge.Dinner: Dinner is Naples at a local restaurant near the hotel.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Courtyard Marriott NaplesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At the conclusion of the presentation, we will transfer to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Its mission is to protect the area's unique natural environment. You will have the opportunity to walk through the exhibits in the new discovery center, see the animal hospital, or stroll along their marshwalk.Lunch: For lunch in Old Town Naples, choose from a select menu.
Afternoon: After lunch visit The Naples Depot Museum connects the history of Naples through interactive exhibits that tell the story of how trade and travel transformed it from a napping village of 300 souls into today's glittering Gulf Coast resort.Dinner: Dinner is on your own in Naples. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Courtyard Marriott NaplesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Lunch: For lunch in Everglades City, choose from a select menu of sandwiches, salads, and seafood bar at a popular restaurant.Afternoon: John Owens will continue his talk on the motor coach en route to Shark Valley, at the heart of the Everglades. When we hop aboard the Shark Valley tram, park naturalists will point out any wildlife in motion. In addition to providing insights into the ecosystem as a whole, these guides will also point out some of the "hidden" aspects of this world-renowned wetland. The open vehicle will allow you to view wildlife within the sawgrass prairies on either side of the tram. At the half-way point , a 45-foot-high observation deck offers an opportunity to observe the tranquil vistas of the Everglades, extending 20 miles in all directions. A ramp with gradual include provides access to the observation tower deck, and every part of the ramp and deck provide chances to view something different.Dinner: Dinner in at a popular restaurant in Everglades City offers a 3-course meal of appetizer, entrée, and dessert.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Courtyard Marriott NaplesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program concludes with this presentation.
We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys! Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast