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PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS

Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life

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Program #18333RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
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Itinerary for Feb 16 — Feb 21, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
400 E. Ave. G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 16 - Welcome, meet & greet reception and discuss the w...
Welcome, meet & greet reception and discuss the weeks schedule before going to dinner

Arrive To: Check in to hotel at 3 pm

Afternoon: Welcome, orientation and discuss weekly schedule at 4:30 pm in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Free time after a days travel.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
400 E. Ave. G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 17 - Birding sites along the Great Texas Birding Trail
Note: Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Shorebird presentation by Nan Dietert followed by a field trip to the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center one of the most diverse sites in Port Aransas year round

Lunch: Delicious wholesome lunch at the university cafeteria while watching ships navigate the channel from the Gulf of Mexico. Some larger vessels are accompanied by the skills of a US Pilot.

Afternoon: Birding along the beach and bays on Mustang Island looking for shorebirds.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Movie: The Flight of the Whooping Crane. This movie is a great source of information prior to your cruise the following day.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
400 E. Ave. G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 18 - Whooping Crane Cruise
Note: Cruise along the shores of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and marvel at the sight of these endangered whooping cranes. The only flock of naturally migrating whooping cranes in the world. In 1943 there were 14 birds now we have more than 300 thanks to dedicated conservation efforts. The cranes stand a commanding 5 feet tall. A wonderful photographic experience.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Early departure to Rockport/Fulton for cruise aboard the M/V Skimmer . Sail along the intracoastal waterway to the shores of the Aransas Wildlife Refuge and the Whooping Cranes

Lunch: Have a picnic lunch at the Rockport Beach pavilion while watching the gulls and herons forage on the waters edge

Afternoon: Continue birding on Lamar Peninsula near the Big Tree (second oldest live Oak in Texas)

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Optional: DVD or Free time

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
400 E. Ave. G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 19 - Birding Hayride on Fennessey Ranch
Note: The ranch consists of 4,000 acres of abundant wetlands, meadows, natural lakes, riparian woods and brush land and bordered on three sides by the Mission River. The Fennessey is located in the heart of the Central Flyway along a region of the Texas coastline known as the “Coastal Bend.”

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Travel approximately 45 minutes to Fennessey Ranch located on the Mission river. Open-wagon hayride - watch out for a variety of Hawks and other wildlife on the ranch.

Lunch: Lunch at family owned Crofutt's Deli. A favorite with the locals.

Afternoon: Tour the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) and the Wetlands Education Center (WEC) and shopping opportunities at the campus store

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Presentation TBA

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
400 E. Ave. G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: WiFi, swimming pool with tropical landscaping and game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make these reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 20 - Port Aransas Nature Preserve
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Birding at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve expect to see ducks, waders, shorebirds, gulls and hawks.

Lunch: Pizza and salad

Afternoon: Continue birding the area to perhaps pick up some species that may have eluded us during the week.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: The University of Texas Public Lecture Series. Ask A Scientist Series - Saltwater Fishing in Texas: The Science, Aquaculture and Management

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 21 - Program ends at breakfast
Note: GENERAL NOTE : Participants may want to extend their stay in Port Aransas to attend the annual Whooping Crane Festival, February 20-23, 2014. For more information contact; www.whoopingcranefestival.org or call the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce (361)-749-5919

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Program ends at 8 am Check out by 11 am

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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