HOTEL CHECK-In: 3:00pm, room may be ready earlier.
Afternoon: ORIENTATION: Begins at 5:00pm in our private meeting room. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: The dinner will be served at the hotel in the private meeting room at approx. 6:00pm. (There will be a vegetarian option available if you noted a vegetarian preference on your Health & Safety form.)Evening: GETTING TO KNOW YOU: After dinner we'll spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full day of activity ahead.Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood RanchMeals Included: Dinner
PRESENTATION: Learn about the shark research taking place at the Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote staff continue their shark obsession with the Shark Habitat, the nation's only congressional designated Center for Shark Research.
Lunch: Lunch at the Deep Sea Diner a retro '50s-style diner offers a fun atmosphere at Mote Marine.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: At Mote, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.
Florida has nurse sharks, bull sharks, blacktips and sandbar sharks — among others — and you can get closer than you’d like at Mote’s 135,000-gallon shark habitat. This exhibit is also home to the world’s largest grouper species, the Goliath grouper (yes, he’s a cousin to Florida ’s favorite seafood dish) and some of the world’s most sporting fish: tarpon, snook and redfish. That's nearly a grand slam, by local angling lore.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in our private room.Evening: Enjoy a DVD that relates to your marine life studies.Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
PRESENTATION: Florida's river ecology, history and culture.Lunch: Lunch catered by hotel's restaurant in our private meeting room.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Florida's river economics and politics.
FIELD TRIP: Visit a local beach with a shelling expert for a close up look at Florida shells. There are over 50,000 different kinds of shells (ie, seashells and landsnails and fresh water shell-bearing Molluscs), many with dozens or even hundreds of color and pattern combinations to find and enjoy. Expert will help to identify various shells you may find on the beach as you walk. Learn the various types of shells you will encounter as you walk on the beach. Learn what is rare and what is common. Shelling guide will be provided for your use during the field trip.Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.Evening: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Game Night!Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hop aboard one of the world's largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal, and take a scenic cruise of the Upper Myakka Lake. Hear intriguing stories about the alligator, anhinga and sandhill crane as you become acquainted with the variety of creatures that make their home here.
These slow-moving but powerful air-powered boats venture into shallow, grassy areas where traditional craft of such size could not go.
The leisurely ride is safe and smooth, allowing ample time for photographs.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at the state park.Afternoon: CONTINUATION OF FIELD TRIP: The canopy walkway is on a spur trail that goes off of the Boylston Nature Trail. Group walk to the spur trail and then to the walkway, it takes about 5 minutes to reach the walkway. Then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway.
Return to the hotel and relax before dinner.Dinner: Dinner on your own at a Lakewood Ranch area restaurant. Opportunity to dine with new friends with transportation provided.Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
PRESENTATION: Talkback on your airboat ride at Myakka River State Park.Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel in our private meeting room.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: To a park on the Key with expert to view the Coastal Ecosystems and help you identify varied forms of marine life, native coastal plants and fossils. In order to fully appreciate this experience you will get your feet wet. (water shoes or old sneakers are recommended.)Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or at an area restaurant.Evening: PERFORMANCE: See the play "The Heidi Chronicles," at the Asolo Theatre, by Wendy Wasserstein and directed by Laura Kepley.
If you were a woman finding your way in the world between the 1960s and 1980s, you might think that this play was all about you. After surviving three decades of juggling her career and her personal life, baby boomer art historian Heidi Holland looks back at her quest to “have it all” and tries to figure out what’s missing now that she’s actually got it. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Wasserstein’s funny and touching play still mirrors the emotional trials faced by all of us as we try to figure out the big question: What should we do with our lives?
Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner