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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 Oct 20 — Oct 25, 2013

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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. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms, cabins and restaurant! 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: Road Scholar participants are welcome to use the heated outdoor pool and hot tub (Memorial Day-Labor Day). The Mountain Lake Conservancy consists of over 22 miles of multi-use trails for your enjoyment. Complimentary lawn games, rentals, and additional recreational opportunities include: tennis court, badminton, tether ball, croquet, over-sized lawn chess and checkers, horseshoes, bocce, volleyball, geocaching, orienteering, Disc golf course, mountain bike rentals, outdoor fire pit and an indoor fitness and sauna area. Mary's Barn houses table tennis, billiards, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and a dance floor. Visit Libbie's Gift Shop for local artisan wares and gifts. Stony Creek Tavern open daily. Wifi internet connection is available. Laundry facilities are available on the premises for a nominal fee.

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 time of season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 20 - 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 on the lodge veranda.

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

Evening: 7:30 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. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms, cabins and restaurant! 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: Road Scholar participants are welcome to use the heated outdoor pool and hot tub (Memorial Day-Labor Day). The Mountain Lake Conservancy consists of over 22 miles of multi-use trails for your enjoyment. Complimentary lawn games, rentals, and additional recreational opportunities include: tennis court, badminton, tether ball, croquet, over-sized lawn chess and checkers, horseshoes, bocce, volleyball, geocaching, orienteering, Disc golf course, mountain bike rentals, outdoor fire pit and an indoor fitness and sauna area. Mary's Barn houses table tennis, billiards, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and a dance floor. Visit Libbie's Gift Shop for local artisan wares and gifts. Stony Creek Tavern open daily. Wifi internet connection is available. Laundry facilities are available on the premises for a nominal fee.

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 time of season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 21 - Start the week's program with an introductory ses...
Start the week's program with an introductory session to astronomy and planets, then an afternoon learning "Telescopes 101 & Meteors". Spend the evening stargazing at the lodge with Roanoke's Mobile Astronomy Outreach instructor.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - A hearty breakfast buffet is available in Harvest Restaurant.

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

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

Afternoon: Enjoy the free afternoon to explore the grounds and local community.

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

Evening: 7:30 - Sky Observation on the 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. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms, cabins and restaurant! 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: Road Scholar participants are welcome to use the heated outdoor pool and hot tub (Memorial Day-Labor Day). The Mountain Lake Conservancy consists of over 22 miles of multi-use trails for your enjoyment. Complimentary lawn games, rentals, and additional recreational opportunities include: tennis court, badminton, tether ball, croquet, over-sized lawn chess and checkers, horseshoes, bocce, volleyball, geocaching, orienteering, Disc golf course, mountain bike rentals, outdoor fire pit and an indoor fitness and sauna area. Mary's Barn houses table tennis, billiards, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and a dance floor. Visit Libbie's Gift Shop for local artisan wares and gifts. Stony Creek Tavern open daily. Wifi internet connection is available. Laundry facilities are available on the premises for a nominal fee.

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 time of season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 22 - "Explore the Radio Universe" in the morning and t...
"Explore the Radio Universe" in the morning and then engage in conversation about "Galaxies, Building Blocks for Astrophysical Understanding" in the afternoon. Experience nocturnal life of Appalachia in the evening "Songs of the Night" experience.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00am - A hearty breakfast buffet is available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 am - "Exploring the Radio Universe" with Sue Ann Heatherly from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV.

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

Afternoon: 1:30-4:00 pm - "Galaxies, Building Block for Astrophysical Understanding" with Matt Fleenor of Roanoke College.

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

Evening: 7:30 pm - Presentation "Songs of the Night" by Jerry Via.

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. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms, cabins and restaurant! 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: Road Scholar participants are welcome to use the heated outdoor pool and hot tub (Memorial Day-Labor Day). The Mountain Lake Conservancy consists of over 22 miles of multi-use trails for your enjoyment. Complimentary lawn games, rentals, and additional recreational opportunities include: tennis court, badminton, tether ball, croquet, over-sized lawn chess and checkers, horseshoes, bocce, volleyball, geocaching, orienteering, Disc golf course, mountain bike rentals, outdoor fire pit and an indoor fitness and sauna area. Mary's Barn houses table tennis, billiards, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and a dance floor. Visit Libbie's Gift Shop for local artisan wares and gifts. Stony Creek Tavern open daily. Wifi internet connection is available. Laundry facilities are available on the premises for a nominal fee.

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 time of season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 23 - Morning classroom session includes "The Life of S...
Morning classroom session includes "The Life of Stars" with Jack Brockway, then a free afternoon to explore the grounds and local community. Stargazing this evening at the lodge with Mobile Astronomy Outreach.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00am - A hearty breakfast buffet is available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 am - "The Life of Stars: From Cradle to Grave" with Jack Brockway of Radford University.

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

Afternoon: Relax the mind during the free afternoon of the week.

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

Evening: 7:30 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. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms, cabins and restaurant! 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: Road Scholar participants are welcome to use the heated outdoor pool and hot tub (Memorial Day-Labor Day). The Mountain Lake Conservancy consists of over 22 miles of multi-use trails for your enjoyment. Complimentary lawn games, rentals, and additional recreational opportunities include: tennis court, badminton, tether ball, croquet, over-sized lawn chess and checkers, horseshoes, bocce, volleyball, geocaching, orienteering, Disc golf course, mountain bike rentals, outdoor fire pit and an indoor fitness and sauna area. Mary's Barn houses table tennis, billiards, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and a dance floor. Visit Libbie's Gift Shop for local artisan wares and gifts. Stony Creek Tavern open daily. Wifi internet connection is available. Laundry facilities are available on the premises for a nominal fee.

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 time of season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 24 - Life of Stars, Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gra...
Life of Stars, Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gravitational Waves, Free Evening OR optional trip to Selu Observatory in Radford, VA.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - A hearty breakfast buffet is available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00-11:30 am - "The Interstellar Medium" with Phil Nelson.

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

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Session on "Black Holes, Neutron Stars & Gravitational Waves with Radford University professor, Brett Taylor.

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

Evening: Optional trip to the SELU Observatory in Radford, VA, a one-hour drive. Carpooling encouraged as transportation is not provided.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 25 - Presentation: History of Mountain Lake and the Sp...
Presentation: History of Mountain Lake and the Springs of Virginia, Program Wrap-Up and Departure.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - A hearty buffet breakfast is available in Harvest Restaurant.

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

Morning: 9:00 am - Slideshow presentation "The History of Mountain Lake and the Springs of Virginia" by local historian Jim Walker. Program wrap-up.

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
3 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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