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Program #5178RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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
The Mountain Lake Conservancy is located at 3800 feet above sea level in Southwest Virginia.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for walks around the property. The weather can be unpredictable, so a raincoat is also recommended. Nights can be cooler than the surrounding valleys. Property is hilly and you must be able to walk up and down hills and stairs throughout the week.

Itinerary for Nov 16 — Nov 21, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables (seasonal); Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 16 - Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, ...
Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, join for a wine and cheese mixer to meet fellow Road Scholars. Enjoy dinner in Harvest Restaurant, and a brief orientation to prepare you for the week's learning adventure!

Afternoon: 4:00-5:00 pm - Program registration in the lodge lobby. 5:00-6:00 pm - Enjoy a wine and cheese meet and greet with fellow participants in Stony Creek Tavern

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Buffet dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Orientation session in the meeting room.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables (seasonal); Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 17 - Start the week's program with a morning of introd...
Start the week's program with a morning of introduction to astronomy and planets, then an afternoon learning radio astronomy. Join in the optional trip to SELU Observatory at Radford University, or relax and enjoy a free evening of the program.

Note: The trip to SELU Observatory is optional due to the narrow, spiral staircase that must be ascended to reach the observation deck. Transportation is provided, one way drive is approximately 50 minutes to Radford, VA. Temperatures will be especially chilly at night potentially reaching in to the 30's F, dress warm!

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Buffet breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 am - Astronomy and Planets 101 with Jack Brockway.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restuarant.

Afternoon: 1:30-4:00 pm - Exploring radio astronomy with Sue Ann Heatherly of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory of Greenbank, WV.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 6:15 pm - Depart for the SELU Observatory in Radford, VA, or enjoy a free evening at the Lodge.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables (seasonal); Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 18 - Gain insight in to the history of astronomy in th...
Gain insight in to the history of astronomy in the morning session then in the morning and then explore the life of stars by afternoon. Stargazing in the evening at Mountain Lake with Roanoke's Mobile Astronomy Outreach.

Note: Temperatures will be especially chilly at night potentially reaching in to the 30's F, dress warm!

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00am - Buffet breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 am- "History of Astronomy" with Kathryn Harris of Virginia Tech. .

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30-4:00 pm - "The Life of Stars" with Jack Brockway of Radford University.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Sky Observation on the front lawn with Mike Overacker.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables (seasonal); Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 19 - Morning classroom session includes "Telescopes 10...
Morning classroom session includes "Telescopes 101 & Meteorites" with Roanoke Mobile Astronomy Outreach. Enjoy a free afternoon of the program to relax or explore the grounds and local communities. Stargazing this evening at the lodge.

Note: Temperatures will be especially chilly at night potentially reaching in to the 30's F, dress warm!

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Buffet breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 am - Classroom session "Galaxies: Building Blocks for Astrophysical Understanding" with Matt Fleenor of Roanoke College.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30-4:00 pm - Learn all about telescopes and then meteorites in the afternoon session with Mike Overacker of Roanoke Mobile Astronomy Outreach. Weather-dependent we will gaze through the sun scope in the afternoon.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Sky Observation on the front lawn with Mike Overacker.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables (seasonal); Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 20 - Expand upon all that you've learned in the week w...
Expand upon all that you've learned in the week with the morning's complex subjects of "The Interstellar Medium & Black Holes". Free afternoon. Gain a sense for the region's ecological night life with the evening presentation "Songs of the Night".

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00-11:30 am - Session on "The Interstellar Medium & Black Holes" with Phil Nelson.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. Enjoy activities offered at the Mountain Lake Conservancy & Lodge, or explore the New River Valley area on your own.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Enjoy an evening presentation with expert ecologist and ornithologist, Jerry Via, familiarizing yourself with the ecological night life of Appalachia in "Songs of the Night".

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 21 - Wrap up the week's program with a brief closing g...
Wrap up the week's program with a brief closing gathering. Check out from the lodge is 11:00 am.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: Check out of Lodge by 11:00 am.

Morning: 9:00 am - A brief program wrap up and closing. Farewell and safe travels!

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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