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LAKE CITY, FLORIDA

Suwannee River Adventure: Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking and Folklore in Florida

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Program #8116RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Comfortable shoes needed. Hat or sunscreen and rain gear may be needed. Inspect repellent may be useful for later dates. Lightweight binoculars are nice to have along hiking and canoeing trips. Swimsuit for a short swim in the spring if desired. A light jacket (windbreaker) is suggested for the canoe trips.

Itinerary for Feb 24 — Mar 1, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: New, detached ground-floor wing reserved solely for our Road Scholar group during program. Hotel is 12 miles from park activities. Shuttle provided.

Contact info:
US 441 and I-10
Lake City, FL 32096 USA
phone: 386-758-4224
Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, cable, phone, a/c. coffeemaker

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast in lobby.

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

Additional nights before: low to moderate rates
Reservations may be made for additional nights by calling Days Inn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 24 -
Dinner: Dinner at Nelly Bly's Kitchen in Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

Evening: Welcome, orientation and introductions

Lodging: Days Inn, Lake City

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: New, detached ground-floor wing reserved solely for our Road Scholar group during program. Hotel is 12 miles from park activities. Shuttle provided.

Contact info:
US 441 and I-10
Lake City, FL 32096 USA
phone: 386-758-4224
Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, cable, phone, a/c. coffeemaker

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast in lobby.

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

Additional nights before: low to moderate rates
Reservations may be made for additional nights by calling Days Inn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 25 -
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby. Juice, muffins, fruit, cereal, toast, coffee.

Morning: Folklife of the Suwannee River: Potluck food demonstration and tasting, anything from Mayhaw jelly making and Tasting to Biscuit or pie making. Local resident folklorist tells stories of the early days in a humorous way. Subject matter will range from farming to working in the fields and orchards to ancestry roots.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Big Shoals Public Lands

Afternoon: Guided nature walk along the Suwannee River with Park Staff Gary Erixton who can identify most of the plant and animal life in the area as well as tree and plant identification.

Dinner: Enjoy a local specialty, a chicken pileau dinner, cooked by members of the local community. This is a chicken and rice dish served with side dishes and a desert.

Evening: Old-time string band concert and square dance

Lodging: Days Inn, Lake City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: New, detached ground-floor wing reserved solely for our Road Scholar group during program. Hotel is 12 miles from park activities. Shuttle provided.

Contact info:
US 441 and I-10
Lake City, FL 32096 USA
phone: 386-758-4224
Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, cable, phone, a/c. coffeemaker

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast in lobby.

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

Additional nights before: low to moderate rates
Reservations may be made for additional nights by calling Days Inn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 26 -
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: Lecture and demonstration on turpentining, an important early industry in the region. Collector talks about the tools and methods developed through trial and error to extract gum from Florida's pine forests. Then a local resident who worked in turpentine camps as a young boy in the 1930s talks about his experience in the world of working men and the resulting career in forestry. Around 11 a.m. we'll travel to the canoe launch nearby to begin our trip on the Suwannee River.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on Suwannee River

Afternoon: We'll complete our trip on the Suwannee, exploring the dark tannic water, high limestone cliffs, and maybe spotting a gator or otter!

Dinner: Potluck/covered dish dinner in local church with regional foods.

Evening: Local speaker discusses growing up in White Springs, Florida during the 1940s-1960s.

Lodging: Days Inn, Lake City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: New, detached ground-floor wing reserved solely for our Road Scholar group during program. Hotel is 12 miles from park activities. Shuttle provided.

Contact info:
US 441 and I-10
Lake City, FL 32096 USA
phone: 386-758-4224
Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, cable, phone, a/c. coffeemaker

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast in lobby.

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

Additional nights before: low to moderate rates
Reservations may be made for additional nights by calling Days Inn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 27 -
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: Concert by Florida's Environmental Troubadour, who uses humor and a guitar to talk about the importance of species biodiversity and conservation of natural resources, including a once-in-a-lifetime howl-a-long. Then we'll tour the Museum and Carillon Tower at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

Lunch: Lunch on your own anywhere within a 100-mile radius as you enjoy a free afternoon. Southern home-style cooking is available at three restaurants in White Springs, including the Suwannee River Diner with its handpainted mural of river scenery from the headwaters to the Gulf, and the Historic Telford Hotel, the only remaining hotel from White Springs' days as a resort spa.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. Take the self-guided walking tour of White Springs, see the revival antebellum architecture of the park, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon close by. Travel south to Gainesville to visit world-class botanical gardens, natural history museum, art museum, the University of Florida (now known as Gator Nation) or enjoy the big-city shopping mall. Travel east to Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, site of Florida's largest Civil War battle and located within Osceola National Forest where you'll see colonies of red-cockaded woodpeckers. Travel southwest to the Gulf to beautiful Cedar Key or the fishing village of Steinhatchee where Roy's serves up the best seafood in Florida! For a less ambitious tour, remain in Lake City where you can visit the local history museum and stroll through downtown shops and antique stores.

Dinner: Catered dinner at the park or covered dish dinner at a local church.

Evening: We offer two options for tonight. Music performed by Suwannee Valley Fiddling and/or guitarist. Or grab a table with your Road Scholar friends to share stories and get to know one another a little more.

Lodging: Days Inn, Lake City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: New, detached ground-floor wing reserved solely for our Road Scholar group during program. Hotel is 12 miles from park activities. Shuttle provided.

Contact info:
US 441 and I-10
Lake City, FL 32096 USA
phone: 386-758-4224
Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, cable, phone, a/c. coffeemaker

Facility amenities: Continental breakfast in lobby.

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

Additional nights before: low to moderate rates
Reservations may be made for additional nights by calling Days Inn.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 28 -
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: We'll travel by van to Ichetucknee Springs State Park. We'll take a short hike to see the sapphire-blue, first-magnitude headspring called "Blue Hole" and talk about the pressures of development in the Ichetucknee Springs River Basin. There is usually time to tour the "short trail" of Ichetucknee Park before lunch. This trail is approximately 1/2 mile long and touches on several milestones related to the development of the area. Another option for the less active is to visit with your friends until lunch is served. If you dare to brave the cold, you can take a short swim in the spring.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on Ichetucknee River

Afternoon: After lunch, board our canoes and kayaks for a trip down this amazing, crystal clear river. There may be time to explore the rest of Ichetucknee Springs State Park and the Visitors Center before returning to the hotel but probably not.

Dinner: Grilled chicken dinner at local church.

Evening: A local resident will share some of White Springs' history and then we'll enjoy traditional Gospel Singing as often heard in the Bible Belt.

Lodging: Days Inn, Lake City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 01 -
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: The morning begins with a demonstration on identifying, preparing and cooking swamp cabbage. Then we'll divide into small classes where you'll have time to try your hand at making a pine needle basket, palmetto weaving, blacksmithing, home canning, or a quilting demonstration.

Lunch: Lunch at the park will be a north Florida "cracker" style meal, with fried catfish, hushpuppies, swamp cabbage, grits and cole slaw.

Afternoon: Program ends after lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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