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JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA

Nature, History and Culture at the Historic Jekyll Island Hotel

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Program #19138RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.

Itinerary for Mar 2 — Mar 7, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy casual and fine dining, nine miles of beach, bicycling, 63 holes of golf, tennis, heart of historic district, horseback riding, and much more.

Contact info:
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 800-535-9547 xor9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker

Facility amenities: Sweeping verandas and Victorian architecture •Room Service (7:00am – 10:00pm) •Lending Library •Day Spa and Salon •Gift Shops •Concierge Services •Babysitting Services (72-hour notice required) •Valet Parking •Swimming Pool (Outdoor) •Croquet Lawn •Putting Green •Hotel Tours (Monday – Thursday) •Complimentary Intra-Island Transportation •Fitness Room •Wireless Internet Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates determine price
Call the hotel for current price rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 02 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, G...
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK IN: Hotel check in begins at 4:00 pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Road Scholar orientation begins at 5:00 pm. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review before having dinner at 6:00 pm.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the Grand Dining Room or a specially appointed room just for our group. Beautifully restored in the Victorian mode, the Grand Dining Room features Ionic columns and gleaming white woodwork. Three handsome fireplaces, add cheer on a Winter's day, while in Spring, the lawns and the river seen through expansive windows frame the first blossoms of crepe myrtle and magnolia trees. NOTE: Meals have been carefully selected. If you have a special dietary request, be sure and contact us in advance. We will work with the kitchen to try and accommodate your request if possible but may not be able to provide for every request.

Evening: ORIENTATION: You'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures. The remainder of the evening is yours to begin getting to know one another. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!
The historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel is not just our base of operations but part of our course of study. So much of significance took place in and around here that you will be amazed. The hotel is also Jekyll Island's only four star resort and National Historic Landmark.

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy casual and fine dining, nine miles of beach, bicycling, 63 holes of golf, tennis, heart of historic district, horseback riding, and much more.

Contact info:
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 800-535-9547 xor9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker

Facility amenities: Sweeping verandas and Victorian architecture •Room Service (7:00am – 10:00pm) •Lending Library •Day Spa and Salon •Gift Shops •Concierge Services •Babysitting Services (72-hour notice required) •Valet Parking •Swimming Pool (Outdoor) •Croquet Lawn •Putting Green •Hotel Tours (Monday – Thursday) •Complimentary Intra-Island Transportation •Fitness Room •Wireless Internet Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates determine price
Call the hotel for current price rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 03 - History of Jekyll Island and Millionaire’s Villag...
History of Jekyll Island and Millionaire’s Village By Tram, Behind The Scenes At The Historic Hotel, Maritime Forest And Live Oak Walk, Barrier Island Dynamics

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: PRESENTATION & FIELD TRIP: A local historian will tell you all about the social history of Jekyll Island and the Club. Following the presentation, we’ll go behind the scenes with an expert guide for views not available to the general public. At the turn of the century, tycoons, politicians, and socialites flocked to Jekyll Island to revel in their own luxury and America's burgeoning wealth. Their exclusive club was described in the February 1904 issue of Munsey's Magazine as "the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world." Its members included such luminaries as J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Vincent Astor, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt. Other names on the roster included Macy, Goodyear, and Gould. You are staying in what was "their" exclusive club hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: When the term live oak is used in a specific rather than general sense, it most commonly refers to the southern live oak (Quercus virginiana), the first species so named, and an icon of the Old South, but can often refer to other species regionally. Dry southern live oak lumber has a specific gravity of 0.88, among the highest of North American hardwoods. An expert led trip through the maritime forest of live oaks will give you a chance to see first hand the giant trees as you study the ecology of the land.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: PRESENTATION: The Barrier Island Dynamics will be presented by Driftwood Education Center. Lower Coastal Plain Map meets the Atlantic Ocean along the sandy beaches of the present-day barrier islands, known as the Sea Islands or the Golden Isles. Scientists refer to them as barrier islands because they form a barrier between the sea and the land. The current configuration of Georgia's shoreline is only the most recent in a long series of changing shorelines. Learn about this with the experts from Driftwood.

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy casual and fine dining, nine miles of beach, bicycling, 63 holes of golf, tennis, heart of historic district, horseback riding, and much more.

Contact info:
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 800-535-9547 xor9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker

Facility amenities: Sweeping verandas and Victorian architecture •Room Service (7:00am – 10:00pm) •Lending Library •Day Spa and Salon •Gift Shops •Concierge Services •Babysitting Services (72-hour notice required) •Valet Parking •Swimming Pool (Outdoor) •Croquet Lawn •Putting Green •Hotel Tours (Monday – Thursday) •Complimentary Intra-Island Transportation •Fitness Room •Wireless Internet Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates determine price
Call the hotel for current price rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 04 - Sea Turtles, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Beach Wal...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: PRESENTATION & FIELD TRIP: A representative of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will present some interesting facts about the turtle hospital and the turtle adoption program. She will prepare you for your field trip visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. At the Center, you’ll explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and trace their amazing journey from egg to adulthood. Presentations by key staff will highlight Georgia’s unique coastal ecosystem and the mysterious world of these ancient reptiles. Going behind the scenes to the sea turtle hospital, you’ll be able to observe animals undergoing special treatment. You’ll also learn about the Center, its operations, and how it works to help save sea turtles.

Lunch: We'll have lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Led by a naturalist, we’ll take a beach walk to compare and contrast the north and south end beaches. Discussions will focus on barrier island dynamics, natural erosion and accreation patterns, human impacts, and possible solutions.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own or join with newfound friends or the group leader at one of the local restaurants in the hotel or surrounding the hotel. All are within walking distance. Be back by 7 pm for the evening presentation on the Okefenokee Swamp.

Evening: PRESENTATION: The Okefenokee Swamp. Leaving society and entering the natural world, our expert will provide an overview and highlights of tomorrow’s field trip to the swamp. The Great Okefenokee Swamp is one of North America’s most unspoiled, fascinating and precious natural areas. It is the largest, intact and un-fragmented wetland wilderness swamp in North America. "Okefenokee" — what the Creeks and Seminoles called "Land of Trembling Earth" — covers approximately 700 square miles in the southeast corner of Georgia.

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy casual and fine dining, nine miles of beach, bicycling, 63 holes of golf, tennis, heart of historic district, horseback riding, and much more.

Contact info:
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 800-535-9547 xor9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker

Facility amenities: Sweeping verandas and Victorian architecture •Room Service (7:00am – 10:00pm) •Lending Library •Day Spa and Salon •Gift Shops •Concierge Services •Babysitting Services (72-hour notice required) •Valet Parking •Swimming Pool (Outdoor) •Croquet Lawn •Putting Green •Hotel Tours (Monday – Thursday) •Complimentary Intra-Island Transportation •Fitness Room •Wireless Internet Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates determine price
Call the hotel for current price rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 05 - Full-Day Okefenokee Field Trip, Cook-Out At Swamp...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Today will be a full day of nature you won’t see anywhere else! We will depart early for the amazing Okefenokee Swamp. Led by expert guides, we’ll ride pontoon boats into the heart of the swamp via the Suwannee Canal, surviving principal waterway. This pristine wilderness comprises more than 438,000 acres and covers approximately 700 square miles. More than 230 species of birds, 600 plants, 49 mammals, 64 reptiles, 37 amphibians and 39 fish have been identified in the swamp — living in seven different habitat types. Wear comfortable clothing and bring insect repellent for the boat trip into the swamp.

Lunch: Lunch will be a cook out at a landing in the swamp with peach cobbler and ice cream for dessert.

Afternoon: Your afternoon continues as we traverse the Swamp Walk — a 3/4 mile wooden walkway that leads to a 50-foot high observation tower overlooking Okefenokee Swamp. The boardwalk winds through dense swamp growth, open prairie, and ponds before reaching the observation tower overlooking Chesser Prairie and Seagrove Lake. Sandhill cranes may be spotted year-round, as can many species of egrets and herons. Pig frogs are perhaps the most vocal animal along the boardwalk, but rarely seen. Birds such as Northern parula and Prothonotary warblers are warm weather residents and may be seen and heard. There is a place to sit half way if you decide you do not want to go the entire way.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel followed by a free evening of rest and relaxation.

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy casual and fine dining, nine miles of beach, bicycling, 63 holes of golf, tennis, heart of historic district, horseback riding, and much more.

Contact info:
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 800-535-9547 xor9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com

Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker

Facility amenities: Sweeping verandas and Victorian architecture •Room Service (7:00am – 10:00pm) •Lending Library •Day Spa and Salon •Gift Shops •Concierge Services •Babysitting Services (72-hour notice required) •Valet Parking •Swimming Pool (Outdoor) •Croquet Lawn •Putting Green •Hotel Tours (Monday – Thursday) •Complimentary Intra-Island Transportation •Fitness Room •Wireless Internet Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates determine price
Call the hotel for current price rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 06 - Shrimp Trawl-Dolphin Cruise, Evening Entertainmen...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: Transferring to Brunswick, we will board the shrimp trawler “Lady Jane” for a study cruise. You’ll learn about the life cycle of this tasty and economically vital delicacy and the history of shrimping in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina, And you’ll actually see how it has been done for generations.
As we cruise along the waterways banked by the Marshes of Glynn — made famous by Sidney Lanier’s poem — you’ll likely spot egrets, pelicans, seagulls, and dolphin. Entering St. Simon Sound, the captain will order the crew to drop the shrimp net over the stern. The crew will tell you about the types of shrimp they catch and of course lots of sea stories. While we are dragging the bottom for shrimp, dolphin often follow the net to pick up an easy meal. They are very curious and will hang-around until we empty the net anticipating additional morsels. As we bring in the net, you will see many different varieties of fish, crabs, and what shrimpers called the "by-catch". In addition to shrimp, the crew have brought up (and, of course, released) stingrays, squid, jellyfish, and shells. We'll put our catch on display where everyone can help identify it. By now, the dolphin are usually joined by seagulls and brown pelicans!
The crew will take some of the shrimp just caught and boil them on the spot. That's as fresh as you will ever get! The entire field trip is done in protected waters...so no need to be concerned if your "land-lubber" system is not quite up to the motion of the ocean. Should Mother Nature decide to test us with a Blowing Noreaster, we'll just traverse the rivers and creeks where those tasty little crustations love to hide out.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Choose from a casual cafe with outdoor seating or fancier in the Grand Dining Room or walk across the street and have lunch on the water. Be back by 2:00 pm for an exciting beach walk.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon on Jekyll. Bikes may be rented at the hotel. There are wonderful paved bicycle paths on flat and even terrain. Spend the afternoon at the beach. Jekyll Island Hotel has a pavilion with towels right on the beach or sit by the pool and enjoy a book.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: Sit back and enjoy a musical group of Gullah performers. The popular Ring Shouters will perform at our hotel just for our Road Scholar group. The Ring Shouters, one of the worlds top performing artists of the Geechee Gullah culture, are descendants of African slaves continuing the tradition of their ancestors with music and culture. They performed at the Smithsonian and during the presidential inauguration .

Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 07 - Up Close And Personal With Island Retiles, Wrap-U...
Up Close And Personal With Island Retiles, Wrap-Up Farewells, Program Concludes

Breakfast: Breakfast will be the Grand Dining Room.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Experts with Driftwood Education Center will surprise you with their presentation and your hands on with reptiles. Then we’ll review what we’ve seen and learned as we wrap up a wonderful week of exploration and discovery and say farewell to new-found friends. Hotel check-out is at 12 Noon. We hope you’ve enjoyed this learning adventure and will join us for other exciting Road Scholar programs with the Center for Educational Adventure. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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.

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5 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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