PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during the orientation session this evening.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: 5:30pm. Dinner is in the hotel's oceanfront restaurant, the Victorian Room by the Sea. Enjoy a relaxing dinner that includes choice of entrée, sides, and beverage while gazing at the water view through floor-to-ceiling windows.Evening: ORIENTATION: The Program Coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
PRESENTATION: Overview of Delmarva. The Delmarva Peninsula, comprised of most of Delaware and the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia, is a fascinating region for nature lovers and birders in particular. The instructor will provide background information and share stories about the Peninsula's ecosystems, bird species and other wildlife, natural and human history to prepare you for your learning adventure of birding by kayak.
The remainder of the evening is free to explore the area on your own, make new Road Scholar friends, or settle in and relax before the full day tomorrow.Lodging: The Dunes Manor HotelMeals Included: Dinner
You will then hike a 1/2 mile to Rackliffe House, a restored 18th Century plantation house. The trail provides opportunities to see wild turkey, yellow-breasted chat, and indigo bunting.
We had an early morning, so after we return to the hotel, enjoy some "down" time before dinner.Dinner: Savor more of the local flavor in an area restaurant.Evening: PRESENTATION: Get background on tomorrow’s paddle through baldycypress swamps of the Pocomoke River. Called the “Northernmost of the Southern Swamps,” the Pocomoke is one of the great Delmarva rivers traversed by Captain John Smith during his Chesapeake explorations in 1608.Lodging: The Dunes Manor HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Please note that hotel check-out is by 11:00am.Morning: 8:00 a.m. departure. FIELD TRIP: Ocean City Inlet. This inlet was created during a hurricane in 1933. Shorebirds feed among the rocks that form the inlet jetty, and many species of gull and tern depend on the fish that live in the bay. After birding, stroll along the boardwalk and learn about the history of this sleepy fishing village turned resort town.
The program concludes with our morning outing. We hope you have enjoyed this new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast