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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.

Itinerary for Aug 2 — Aug 8, 2014

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Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Apartment-style campus residences. The configurations of the apartments follow: two private bedrooms sharing one bathroom; a common living room, dining room and kitchen; two private bedrooms sharing a bathroom. This is a total of 4 private bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Bathrooms only have toilet and shower/tub, outside of them are double vanities. The kitchen has a full-sized stove and refrigerator. No microwaves or TV's are in the room. Both can be found in the student lounge, along with laundry facilities. The apartments are located on a freshwater lake with easy access to wooded walking trails. Each room will have six hangers, alarm clocks, desk lamps, and phone. *In the Participant Informatory Material, participants will find an example layout of the apartments. If participants have any questions please contact the program coordinator to clarify the layout.*

Contact info:
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 800-962-2838 x7311
web: www.socc.edu/housing/pgs/apartments/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each bedroom has a desk lamp, alarm clock, 6 hangers, and telephone. Local calls are free.

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

Bathroom: Each apartment has two bathrooms. The shower/tub and toilet are separate from the double-sink vanities.

Additional nights before: $48 for two, $34 for one
Additional nights are subject to availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, August 02 - Arrival and Check-in. Welcome and Introductions. ...
Arrive To: CHECK-IN: At Lighthouse Depot from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

After you receive your room assignment, you will also get an arrival packet containing your name tag(s), up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation this evening.

The daily schedule that follows is an outline of what has been planned. 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 is a buffet in the Empire Café (dining hall) with a variety of choices. Grandparents are responsible for supervising their grandchildren in their selections.

The college food service is supervised by the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) and offers opportunities for OCCI students to work under the direction of industry professionals.

Evening: WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS: Meet the program staff and begin getting to know your fellow participants.

ORIENTATION: We will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, your gear, and answer any questions you may have.

Evening Activity: Make your own kite!

Lodging: Southwestern Oregon Community College

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Apartment-style campus residences. The configurations of the apartments follow: two private bedrooms sharing one bathroom; a common living room, dining room and kitchen; two private bedrooms sharing a bathroom. This is a total of 4 private bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Bathrooms only have toilet and shower/tub, outside of them are double vanities. The kitchen has a full-sized stove and refrigerator. No microwaves or TV's are in the room. Both can be found in the student lounge, along with laundry facilities. The apartments are located on a freshwater lake with easy access to wooded walking trails. Each room will have six hangers, alarm clocks, desk lamps, and phone. *In the Participant Informatory Material, participants will find an example layout of the apartments. If participants have any questions please contact the program coordinator to clarify the layout.*

Contact info:
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 800-962-2838 x7311
web: www.socc.edu/housing/pgs/apartments/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each bedroom has a desk lamp, alarm clock, 6 hangers, and telephone. Local calls are free.

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

Bathroom: Each apartment has two bathrooms. The shower/tub and toilet are separate from the double-sink vanities.

Additional nights before: $48 for two, $34 for one
Additional nights are subject to availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, August 03 - Bring your pen and paper as you learn about the O...
Bring your pen and paper as you learn about the Oregon Coast with Marty Giles. Explore marine life through tide-pooling. Take a stroll at Shore Acres State Park. Sit and talk to a local tribe inside of their Plank House. End the day at the beach.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Empire Cafe, on campus

Morning: Lecture: Marty Giles will impart a wealth of knowledge as she talks about the formation of the Oregon Coast, the sea critters found during tide pooling, Oregon's not-so-crazy weather, and answer any questions.

Field Trip: Start the day off with tide pool exploration at Sunset Bay led by naturalist Marty Giles. During low tide we will walk out over the slippery and rugged rocky outcroppings to learn about what is on the ocean floor. We'll search for sea stars, sea urchins, mussels, and other interesting marine life. Following our tide pool adventure, we will drive to Simpson Reef to see pinnipeds at Cape Arago.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Shore Acres State Park. After lunch, take a leisurely stroll through the botanical gardens and hidden beach of Shore Acres. At the outlook you can check out the view of the crashing waves. Don't forget to bring the kite you made from yesterday's Evening Activities!

Afternoon: Field Trips: We will have the pleasure of meeting a member of a local Native American tribe who will talk about his culture and traditions.

Following the presentation, our group will have an afternoon of beach activities with an ambiance fire! Get any end-of-the-day questions answered by Marty, learn more about the sand and ocean, play on the beach, toast marshmallows, and make s'mores.

Dinner: BBQ Beach Dinner. Catered and served on the beach at Sunset Bay! Make room for dessert too as we'll be toasting marshmallows and making s'mores later in the evening.

Evening: Evening activities on campus.

Lodging: Southwestern Oregon Community College

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Apartment-style campus residences. The configurations of the apartments follow: two private bedrooms sharing one bathroom; a common living room, dining room and kitchen; two private bedrooms sharing a bathroom. This is a total of 4 private bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Bathrooms only have toilet and shower/tub, outside of them are double vanities. The kitchen has a full-sized stove and refrigerator. No microwaves or TV's are in the room. Both can be found in the student lounge, along with laundry facilities. The apartments are located on a freshwater lake with easy access to wooded walking trails. Each room will have six hangers, alarm clocks, desk lamps, and phone. *In the Participant Informatory Material, participants will find an example layout of the apartments. If participants have any questions please contact the program coordinator to clarify the layout.*

Contact info:
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 800-962-2838 x7311
web: www.socc.edu/housing/pgs/apartments/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each bedroom has a desk lamp, alarm clock, 6 hangers, and telephone. Local calls are free.

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

Bathroom: Each apartment has two bathrooms. The shower/tub and toilet are separate from the double-sink vanities.

Additional nights before: $48 for two, $34 for one
Additional nights are subject to availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, August 04 - Enjoy the drive to Elkton, where we will meet The...
Enjoy the drive to Elkton, where we will meet The Oregon Angler and his fishing team. Prepare to embark on a Smallmouth Bass Trip.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the go.

Morning: Field Trips: During the drive to Elkton we will watch a family friendly movie. We will make a stop at The Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The area is year-round residence for a herd of about 100 Roosevelt elk. A mild winter climate and abundant food allow the Roosevelt elk to remain at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area all year. Morning and evening are the best viewing times, but elk may be out at any time of day. Start at the interpretive facility. A series of panels tells about elk and the environment of the Dean Creek area. Use the spotting scope at the facility or your own binoculars or spotting scope to scan the area. You may spot elk anywhere throughout the meadows. They may be lying down, so do not neglect to carefully peruse the tall grass. The viewing area stretches almost 3 miles along the south side of the road, so be sure and drive its length. There are turnouts along the way where you can stop to watch. The journey will continue to Elkton, where we will meet Todd Hannah ("The Oregon Angler") at his home and ready for the fishing trip.

Lunch: Lunch will be on the Umpqua River with the fishing teams.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Fish along the beautiful Umpqua River. Fishing is done on a wild and remote section of the river and all fishing is catch and release only using barbless hooks. This insures the future of one of the most productive Umpqua River fisheries. The National television show "America's Outdoor Journal" chose "The Oregon Angler" as their Umpqua River Smallmouth Bass fishing guide. "The Oregon Angler" teams up with a near-by lodge where you will enjoy an outback dinner.

Dinner: Empire Cafe, on campus

Lodging: Southwestern Oregon Community College

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Apartment-style campus residences. The configurations of the apartments follow: two private bedrooms sharing one bathroom; a common living room, dining room and kitchen; two private bedrooms sharing a bathroom. This is a total of 4 private bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Bathrooms only have toilet and shower/tub, outside of them are double vanities. The kitchen has a full-sized stove and refrigerator. No microwaves or TV's are in the room. Both can be found in the student lounge, along with laundry facilities. The apartments are located on a freshwater lake with easy access to wooded walking trails. Each room will have six hangers, alarm clocks, desk lamps, and phone. *In the Participant Informatory Material, participants will find an example layout of the apartments. If participants have any questions please contact the program coordinator to clarify the layout.*

Contact info:
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 800-962-2838 x7311
web: www.socc.edu/housing/pgs/apartments/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each bedroom has a desk lamp, alarm clock, 6 hangers, and telephone. Local calls are free.

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

Bathroom: Each apartment has two bathrooms. The shower/tub and toilet are separate from the double-sink vanities.

Additional nights before: $48 for two, $34 for one
Additional nights are subject to availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, August 05 - Hike up a sand dune with Marty at John Dellenback...
Hike up a sand dune with Marty at John Dellenback Trail. After your first-hand experience, jump in a buggy tour to learn more about the Oregon dunes.

Breakfast: Empire Cafe, on Campus

Morning: Field Trip: Hike the John Dellenback Trail with naturalist Marty Giles. Learn about sand, sand formation, the surrounding terrain, and plants and animals that live in the sand dunes. We will experience the rugged terrain as you hike the one mile trail. The halfway mark of the trail is the challenge-by-choice walk to the top of a major mountain of sand! At the top you will feel like you can see the sand dunes forever! Bring you camera and good hiking shoes.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch

Afternoon: Field Trip: After finishing our meal, our group will drive up to Sandland Adventures in Florence. The group will feel the thrill of riding a Giant Dune Buggy through 8 miles of dunes and 2 miles of beach. In this 1-hour scenic tour, we will learn about the dunes from our guide and experience their vastness firsthand.



Dinner: Empire Cafe, on campus

Evening: Evening activities vary.

Lodging: Southwestern Oregon Community College

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Apartment-style campus residences. The configurations of the apartments follow: two private bedrooms sharing one bathroom; a common living room, dining room and kitchen; two private bedrooms sharing a bathroom. This is a total of 4 private bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Bathrooms only have toilet and shower/tub, outside of them are double vanities. The kitchen has a full-sized stove and refrigerator. No microwaves or TV's are in the room. Both can be found in the student lounge, along with laundry facilities. The apartments are located on a freshwater lake with easy access to wooded walking trails. Each room will have six hangers, alarm clocks, desk lamps, and phone. *In the Participant Informatory Material, participants will find an example layout of the apartments. If participants have any questions please contact the program coordinator to clarify the layout.*

Contact info:
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 800-962-2838 x7311
web: www.socc.edu/housing/pgs/apartments/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each bedroom has a desk lamp, alarm clock, 6 hangers, and telephone. Local calls are free.

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

Bathroom: Each apartment has two bathrooms. The shower/tub and toilet are separate from the double-sink vanities.

Additional nights before: $48 for two, $34 for one
Additional nights are subject to availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, August 06 - Climb the stairs to the top of Cape Blanco Lighth...
Climb the stairs to the top of Cape Blanco Lighthouse for a magnificent view. Feel the spray of the Rogue River on your face as you race 32 miles up and down the Rogue River on Jerry's Jet Boats. Eat dinner served "family style" at Lucas Lodge.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Empire Cafe, on campus

Morning: Field Trip: Enjoy the morning by exploring the Cape Blanco Lighthouse with a guided tour. Pictures cannot capture the majestic view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding terrain from the top of the Lighthouse, so do not miss out!

Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch at Humbug Mountain State Park. Feel free take a seat at a picnic table or under a Myrtlewood tree as you eat your lunch!

Afternoon: Field Trip: Jump on board! Our group will ride on the World Famous Jerry's Jet Boats as we go 32 miles up the Rogue River. The ride will be narrated by the knowledgeable navigators as we hope to spot ospreys, bald eagles, black bears, and other wildlife! Be sure to wear layers, caps, and gloves and bring binoculars and cameras in protective containers so they don't get wet. Hang on tight and have a great experience!

Dinner: Dinner will be provided by Lucas Lodge in Agness, Oregon next to the Rogue River. Take a sip of the fresh lemonade or tea to cool down from the heat! Dinner is served "family style," meaning everyone sits at long picnic tables and passes the food around the table just like at home. Lucas Lodge is the original home and is still owned and operated by the original family. You can look forward to a delicious home cooked meal!

Evening: Field Trip: We will ride down the Rogue River for 32 miles to get to Agness and then back up the stretch for a total of a 64-mile trip! We will hope to spot otters, blue herons, jumping fish, and more wildlife! Once back on the dock we will board the bus around 8:00 p.m.

By then end of the day, you'll be tired, sometimes cold, but very happy! We usually play a kid friendly movie on the bus ride home and will get back to campus around 10:00 p.m.

Lodging: Southwestern Oregon Community College

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Apartment-style campus residences. The configurations of the apartments follow: two private bedrooms sharing one bathroom; a common living room, dining room and kitchen; two private bedrooms sharing a bathroom. This is a total of 4 private bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Bathrooms only have toilet and shower/tub, outside of them are double vanities. The kitchen has a full-sized stove and refrigerator. No microwaves or TV's are in the room. Both can be found in the student lounge, along with laundry facilities. The apartments are located on a freshwater lake with easy access to wooded walking trails. Each room will have six hangers, alarm clocks, desk lamps, and phone. *In the Participant Informatory Material, participants will find an example layout of the apartments. If participants have any questions please contact the program coordinator to clarify the layout.*

Contact info:
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 800-962-2838 x7311
web: www.socc.edu/housing/pgs/apartments/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each bedroom has a desk lamp, alarm clock, 6 hangers, and telephone. Local calls are free.

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

Bathroom: Each apartment has two bathrooms. The shower/tub and toilet are separate from the double-sink vanities.

Additional nights before: $48 for two, $34 for one
Additional nights are subject to availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Thursday, August 07 - A local Bandon woman expresses her artistic talen...
A local Bandon woman expresses her artistic talents at the Washed Ashore Exhibits. Walk through the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum and engage in activities. Farewell Dinner.

Breakfast: Empire Cafe, on campus.

Morning: Field Trip and Hands-on: Ever wonder what items wash up on the shore? (Plastic.) Maybe even what happens to items that have been washed ashore? (Works of art.) At the Washed Ashore Exhibit you will learn about marine debris and plastic pollution. After you walk through the exhibits, workshop time has been allotted for you and your grandchild to assemble an art piece that will be added to the works of art.

Lunch: Empire Cafe, on campus

Afternoon: Field Trip: Following the presentation, a trip to the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum will solidify your newly acquired insight. A representative of the museum will walk us through the exhibits, images, and archives. Additionally, there will be visits to local historical and cultural sites to help us discover the issues and relevance of local history. We will focus on the economic and transportation issues of the local coal and timber industries to unveil the culture and landscape of the Coos County region.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on campus. Time to relax and visit before packing up to head home on Friday.

Evening: Evening activities vary.

Lodging: Southwestern Oregon Community College

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Friday, August 08 - Departure Day. Safe Travels!
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Empire Cafe between 7:30-9:00am.

Morning: For your convenience, check-out at the Lighthouse Depot will be after breakfast from 9:00am-11:00am.

The staff hopes you have enjoyed this exciting program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Please return your keys and lanyard for your end-of-the-week DVD at the Lighthouse Depot. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



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Coos Bay, OR
Chamber of CommerceFound in the about us section of the website: The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is a non-profit, professional organization made up of the Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston business communities (Oregon's Bay Area). Together we work to create a strong business voice, promote business and improve the economy of the Bay Area. Businesses in the Bay Area increasingly endorse the Chamber of Commerce and we continue to be recognized as a vital link between the Cities, State and regional parties of leadership, and act as the promoting entity for community spirit within the Bay Area.
For additional information, visit: www.oregonsbayareachamber.com
Oregon Coast website
For additional information, visit: www.oregoncoast.com
Southern Oregon Visitors Association
For additional information, visit: www.sova.org

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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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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