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Program #20959RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 community resides on Knowles Island (formerly Deloss), on the Broad River. It's lovely!

Itinerary for Feb 23 — Feb 28, 2014

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Type: Other

Description: Just 15 minutes from I-95, our Palm Key community nestles on a marsh island near the headwaters of the Broad River. Knowles Island (formerly Deloss) is a Lowcountry masterpiece. At 350 acres, Knowles is the largest island of the area's chain of salt marsh islands, or Keys. Historically part of Roseland Plantation, Knowles Island today is serene and natural: salt breezes waft through Spanish moss hanging from massive live oaks. Today, 750 acres of protected salt marsh flora and aquatic inhabitants surround us. We are, in fact, spoiled: over the course of the year, a visitor might encounter 250 species of birds in the area. Palm Key’s nature trails give visitors the opportunity to encounter all sorts of wildlife in the nearby woods.

Contact info:
330 Coosaw Way #46
Ridgeland, SC 29936 USA
phone: 843-726-5565
web: jan.schatz@lifetides.org

Room amenities: Road Scholars share beautifully decorated 2, 3, 4, or 5-bedroom cottages, all with private baths. Linens are provided, but there is no maid or laundry service. Wide porches invite scholars to relax with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Each air-conditioned cottage has a friendly, open living room and full-sized kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker (bring your favorite coffee). Cottages have washers and dryers, so Scholars can pack light if they bring laundry soap! Large bedrooms have two comfortable queen-sized beds and private bath with plush towels. (Toiletries are not provided.) If you blow dry your hair, you’ll want to bring a hair dryer. All cottages have ceiling fans, comfortable furniture, local art, and large windows. Palm Key’s cottages have been designed to encourage visitors to look out—to live oaks covered in Spanish moss, to the sun rising over the Broad River marsh, to birds flying over the pond. Note: Most cottages have steps, but if you have special needs, please contact us. Our cottages have no TV’s or telephones to lure you away to the world you left behind. Wireless internet is intermittent. Not all cell phones will have reception throughout Palm Key; Verizon appears to have the fewest dropped calls. Contact LifeTides Institute (843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com) if you have special needs.

Facility amenities: Ours is a casual community focused on the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Arranged around our private paved-and-gravel drive are luxury-home style cottages that offer a great place to relax after a full day of activities. Wide porches invite scholars to unwind with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Delicious meals are served buffet-style in one of the cottages, and special dietary needs are sure to be accommodated. Preference is given to organic and local ingredients. We specialize in lowcountry cooking, serve up lots of vegetables and salads, and try to keep in mind that active scholars have healthy appetites but often have to watch their salt intake and cholesterol. Vegetarians are well taken care of. These accommodations are anything but rustic--scholars come again and again just to stay here and enjoy our food! Note: those who wish to enjoy adult beverages while here may wish to bring those when they come, as Palm Key is a number of miles from shops and stores.

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

Additional nights before: Discounted from regular rate.
We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com for dates, pricing, and arrangements.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 23 - Registration, welcome, orientation
Note: Activity Notes Check in, settle in, and meet the scholars sharing your cottage or lodge. An orientation to the week's activities will follow dinner.

Afternoon: Arrive at Palm Key between 4:00-5:30 pm to check in and pick up program materials. Once you are settled into your room, meet the others who are sharing your cottage and enjoy a chat on the back porch. At 5:30 pm, meet and greet other participants at a little party before dinner.

Dinner: You are probably hungry after traveling, so enjoy the first of our sumptuous lowcountry dinners, served at 6:00 pm. Join other scholars to compare notes about previous programs and follow up on earlier conversations. Don't miss the homemade dessert!

Evening: After dinner, join us for a short orientation as the instructors share specific plans for the week and answer any questions you have about the program and facilities. We'll also talk about some of the birds you might expect to see this week and have a preview of the places we'll visit. But we know you're tired from traveling, so we'll be sure you get to bed at a reasonable hour!

Lodging: Palm Key community of cottages

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Just 15 minutes from I-95, our Palm Key community nestles on a marsh island near the headwaters of the Broad River. Knowles Island (formerly Deloss) is a Lowcountry masterpiece. At 350 acres, Knowles is the largest island of the area's chain of salt marsh islands, or Keys. Historically part of Roseland Plantation, Knowles Island today is serene and natural: salt breezes waft through Spanish moss hanging from massive live oaks. Today, 750 acres of protected salt marsh flora and aquatic inhabitants surround us. We are, in fact, spoiled: over the course of the year, a visitor might encounter 250 species of birds in the area. Palm Key’s nature trails give visitors the opportunity to encounter all sorts of wildlife in the nearby woods.

Contact info:
330 Coosaw Way #46
Ridgeland, SC 29936 USA
phone: 843-726-5565
web: jan.schatz@lifetides.org

Room amenities: Road Scholars share beautifully decorated 2, 3, 4, or 5-bedroom cottages, all with private baths. Linens are provided, but there is no maid or laundry service. Wide porches invite scholars to relax with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Each air-conditioned cottage has a friendly, open living room and full-sized kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker (bring your favorite coffee). Cottages have washers and dryers, so Scholars can pack light if they bring laundry soap! Large bedrooms have two comfortable queen-sized beds and private bath with plush towels. (Toiletries are not provided.) If you blow dry your hair, you’ll want to bring a hair dryer. All cottages have ceiling fans, comfortable furniture, local art, and large windows. Palm Key’s cottages have been designed to encourage visitors to look out—to live oaks covered in Spanish moss, to the sun rising over the Broad River marsh, to birds flying over the pond. Note: Most cottages have steps, but if you have special needs, please contact us. Our cottages have no TV’s or telephones to lure you away to the world you left behind. Wireless internet is intermittent. Not all cell phones will have reception throughout Palm Key; Verizon appears to have the fewest dropped calls. Contact LifeTides Institute (843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com) if you have special needs.

Facility amenities: Ours is a casual community focused on the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Arranged around our private paved-and-gravel drive are luxury-home style cottages that offer a great place to relax after a full day of activities. Wide porches invite scholars to unwind with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Delicious meals are served buffet-style in one of the cottages, and special dietary needs are sure to be accommodated. Preference is given to organic and local ingredients. We specialize in lowcountry cooking, serve up lots of vegetables and salads, and try to keep in mind that active scholars have healthy appetites but often have to watch their salt intake and cholesterol. Vegetarians are well taken care of. These accommodations are anything but rustic--scholars come again and again just to stay here and enjoy our food! Note: those who wish to enjoy adult beverages while here may wish to bring those when they come, as Palm Key is a number of miles from shops and stores.

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

Additional nights before: Discounted from regular rate.
We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com for dates, pricing, and arrangements.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 24 - Birding at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Pin...
Birding at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Pinckney Island NWR, Harris Neck NWR, Fish Haul Creek Park

Note: What a great day! Put on your walking shoes, grab your binoculars, Sibley's Guide, and sunscreen, and plan to see some really neat birds. NOTE: We will travel in the LifeTides Institute van to our various sites each day.

Breakfast: Breakfast served at 8:00 am. Fuel up on our sumptuous low country breakfast--you'll have an active day! Will it be grits and eggs? Or is it an oatmeal day? Come dressed for birding, and be sure to pack a delicious bag lunch from the lunch buffet.

Morning: OK, breakfast over, it's time to get down to the business of birding. Appropriately dressed, well equipped with binoculars, bird ID book, and your water bottle, you're ready to visit several wildlife refuges. Be prepared to spend some quality time in the van discussing the birds we see. In addition, instructors will highlight the day's likely sightings: Grebes, Coots, Green Herons, and Bitterns, await you. Alligators and turtles, though not on your bird list, are still exciting to see!

Lunch: Lunch is a picnic, prepared by us from the delicious lunch buffet at breakfast. Did you make a sandwich out of whole-grain bread? Or choose trail mix, nuts, and fruit? Or both? Whatever you fixed, you'll enjoy it while we talk about what we've seen and what we hope to see.

Afternoon: Enjoy the beauty of the refuges as we bird from one place to another. Everyone's eager, but we're being polite and letting everyone take a look through our spotting scopes. Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge is a former plantation made up of a wide variety of land types: salt marsh, forestland, brushland, fallow field and freshwater ponds. These habitats support a diversity of bird and plant life. On Pinckney, we have the opportunity to see waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, neo-tropical migrants, white-tailed deer, and alligators. The area is rich in white ibis, herons, and egrets. If you want help extra help with bird ID, just let our instructors know--they are always happy to help and share their knowledge!

Dinner: Back on site, showered, and relaxed, at 6:30, we'll enjoy a leisurely lowcountry dinner. Will it be salmon patties and collard greens? Or savory southern barbecue? Whatever the menu, you'll surely enjoy it!

Evening: After dinner, join us for one of our popular evening programs. We always try to offer you the opportunity to use your brain cells after supper--as well as relax, have some fun, and learn more about the lowcountry.

Lodging: Palm Key community of cottages

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Just 15 minutes from I-95, our Palm Key community nestles on a marsh island near the headwaters of the Broad River. Knowles Island (formerly Deloss) is a Lowcountry masterpiece. At 350 acres, Knowles is the largest island of the area's chain of salt marsh islands, or Keys. Historically part of Roseland Plantation, Knowles Island today is serene and natural: salt breezes waft through Spanish moss hanging from massive live oaks. Today, 750 acres of protected salt marsh flora and aquatic inhabitants surround us. We are, in fact, spoiled: over the course of the year, a visitor might encounter 250 species of birds in the area. Palm Key’s nature trails give visitors the opportunity to encounter all sorts of wildlife in the nearby woods.

Contact info:
330 Coosaw Way #46
Ridgeland, SC 29936 USA
phone: 843-726-5565
web: jan.schatz@lifetides.org

Room amenities: Road Scholars share beautifully decorated 2, 3, 4, or 5-bedroom cottages, all with private baths. Linens are provided, but there is no maid or laundry service. Wide porches invite scholars to relax with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Each air-conditioned cottage has a friendly, open living room and full-sized kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker (bring your favorite coffee). Cottages have washers and dryers, so Scholars can pack light if they bring laundry soap! Large bedrooms have two comfortable queen-sized beds and private bath with plush towels. (Toiletries are not provided.) If you blow dry your hair, you’ll want to bring a hair dryer. All cottages have ceiling fans, comfortable furniture, local art, and large windows. Palm Key’s cottages have been designed to encourage visitors to look out—to live oaks covered in Spanish moss, to the sun rising over the Broad River marsh, to birds flying over the pond. Note: Most cottages have steps, but if you have special needs, please contact us. Our cottages have no TV’s or telephones to lure you away to the world you left behind. Wireless internet is intermittent. Not all cell phones will have reception throughout Palm Key; Verizon appears to have the fewest dropped calls. Contact LifeTides Institute (843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com) if you have special needs.

Facility amenities: Ours is a casual community focused on the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Arranged around our private paved-and-gravel drive are luxury-home style cottages that offer a great place to relax after a full day of activities. Wide porches invite scholars to unwind with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Delicious meals are served buffet-style in one of the cottages, and special dietary needs are sure to be accommodated. Preference is given to organic and local ingredients. We specialize in lowcountry cooking, serve up lots of vegetables and salads, and try to keep in mind that active scholars have healthy appetites but often have to watch their salt intake and cholesterol. Vegetarians are well taken care of. These accommodations are anything but rustic--scholars come again and again just to stay here and enjoy our food! Note: those who wish to enjoy adult beverages while here may wish to bring those when they come, as Palm Key is a number of miles from shops and stores.

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

Additional nights before: Discounted from regular rate.
We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com for dates, pricing, and arrangements.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 25 - Birding at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, ...
Birding at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, Donnelly WMA, and Bennett’s Point

Note: We'll take the van to more wonderful birding sites today--these complementary sites will give you a chance to hone your bird-identifying skills.

Breakfast: Start the morning out right with a delicious low country breakfast at 8:00 am. Is today the day you'll try grits? Or is fruit and toast more your style? Be sure to fill your plate: you'll need energy for today's outing! And don't forget, you'll want to pack your lunch before making your final preparations for the morning's birding extravaganza.

Morning: We're visiting some gems today: Bear Island is recognized as one of the best birding areas of the state. Besides a wide variety of year-round common and migratory species who are regularly here, Bear Island and Bennett’s Point have been known to host a number of rare birds: Roseate Spoonbill, Black Rail, American Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit, etc. Who knows what birds we might see?

Lunch: Today we enjoy a bag lunch--did you bring a boiled egg and craisins or a turkey and cheese sandwich? We hope you picked up a homemade cookie at the buffet this morning!

Afternoon: This afternoon is a continuation of the morning--birding by foot, by eye, by ear. Keep a snack out of your lunch to enjoy during the mid-afternoon--you'll be glad you did!

Dinner: At 6:30, we'll enjoy another lovely lowcountry meal--maybe pork chops tonight, with black-eyed pea salad! Swap stories about the day's adventures with your table-mates, and don't forget the dessert!

Evening: This evening, join us for a program on South Carolina's lowcountry and its history and culture. The LifeTides Institute is known for its engaging presenters and interesting programs. Whatever it is, you don't want to miss it.

Lodging: Palm Key community of cottages

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Just 15 minutes from I-95, our Palm Key community nestles on a marsh island near the headwaters of the Broad River. Knowles Island (formerly Deloss) is a Lowcountry masterpiece. At 350 acres, Knowles is the largest island of the area's chain of salt marsh islands, or Keys. Historically part of Roseland Plantation, Knowles Island today is serene and natural: salt breezes waft through Spanish moss hanging from massive live oaks. Today, 750 acres of protected salt marsh flora and aquatic inhabitants surround us. We are, in fact, spoiled: over the course of the year, a visitor might encounter 250 species of birds in the area. Palm Key’s nature trails give visitors the opportunity to encounter all sorts of wildlife in the nearby woods.

Contact info:
330 Coosaw Way #46
Ridgeland, SC 29936 USA
phone: 843-726-5565
web: jan.schatz@lifetides.org

Room amenities: Road Scholars share beautifully decorated 2, 3, 4, or 5-bedroom cottages, all with private baths. Linens are provided, but there is no maid or laundry service. Wide porches invite scholars to relax with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Each air-conditioned cottage has a friendly, open living room and full-sized kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker (bring your favorite coffee). Cottages have washers and dryers, so Scholars can pack light if they bring laundry soap! Large bedrooms have two comfortable queen-sized beds and private bath with plush towels. (Toiletries are not provided.) If you blow dry your hair, you’ll want to bring a hair dryer. All cottages have ceiling fans, comfortable furniture, local art, and large windows. Palm Key’s cottages have been designed to encourage visitors to look out—to live oaks covered in Spanish moss, to the sun rising over the Broad River marsh, to birds flying over the pond. Note: Most cottages have steps, but if you have special needs, please contact us. Our cottages have no TV’s or telephones to lure you away to the world you left behind. Wireless internet is intermittent. Not all cell phones will have reception throughout Palm Key; Verizon appears to have the fewest dropped calls. Contact LifeTides Institute (843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com) if you have special needs.

Facility amenities: Ours is a casual community focused on the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Arranged around our private paved-and-gravel drive are luxury-home style cottages that offer a great place to relax after a full day of activities. Wide porches invite scholars to unwind with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Delicious meals are served buffet-style in one of the cottages, and special dietary needs are sure to be accommodated. Preference is given to organic and local ingredients. We specialize in lowcountry cooking, serve up lots of vegetables and salads, and try to keep in mind that active scholars have healthy appetites but often have to watch their salt intake and cholesterol. Vegetarians are well taken care of. These accommodations are anything but rustic--scholars come again and again just to stay here and enjoy our food! Note: those who wish to enjoy adult beverages while here may wish to bring those when they come, as Palm Key is a number of miles from shops and stores.

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

Additional nights before: Discounted from regular rate.
We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com for dates, pricing, and arrangements.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 26 - More birding! Today we're off to Ernest F. Holli...
More birding! Today we're off to Ernest F. Hollings NWR, Botany Bay WMA Heritage Preserve, and Nemours Plantation Wildlife Foundation

Note: We've all been seeing some great birds--and today will be no exception! What new birds will make their way to our group list today?

Breakfast: As always, be sure to fuel up with a delicious lowcountry breakfast. Don't forget to prepare your bagged lunch for later!

Morning: Load up the van! And listen up when the instructors review what birds we're keeping an eye out for today. It's time to head out to Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Reserve. The reserve is named for Senator Fritz Hollings,who was long a supporter and legislator for conservation. The Reserve protects "the largest undeveloped estuary along the Atlantic Coast." Then, later, if access is allowed, we'll continue on to Botany Bay, where access is restricted.

Lunch: We'll have a healthy picnic lunch on our outing. Was it turkey today? Or organic peanut butter? Soy nuts or craisins? There's something for everyone.

Afternoon: Free time! Do some birding on your own, enjoy some leisure time at Palm Key, or go exploring. But you won't want to be gone at suppertime!

Dinner: This evening, we'll meet for another lovely lowcountry meal--maybe shrimp and grits, or barbeque ribs and the fixings. You will have worked up an appetite today!

Evening: This evening, join us for a program on South Carolina's lowcountry and its history and culture. The LifeTides Institute is known for its engaging presenters and interesting programs.

Lodging: Palm Key community of cottages

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Just 15 minutes from I-95, our Palm Key community nestles on a marsh island near the headwaters of the Broad River. Knowles Island (formerly Deloss) is a Lowcountry masterpiece. At 350 acres, Knowles is the largest island of the area's chain of salt marsh islands, or Keys. Historically part of Roseland Plantation, Knowles Island today is serene and natural: salt breezes waft through Spanish moss hanging from massive live oaks. Today, 750 acres of protected salt marsh flora and aquatic inhabitants surround us. We are, in fact, spoiled: over the course of the year, a visitor might encounter 250 species of birds in the area. Palm Key’s nature trails give visitors the opportunity to encounter all sorts of wildlife in the nearby woods.

Contact info:
330 Coosaw Way #46
Ridgeland, SC 29936 USA
phone: 843-726-5565
web: jan.schatz@lifetides.org

Room amenities: Road Scholars share beautifully decorated 2, 3, 4, or 5-bedroom cottages, all with private baths. Linens are provided, but there is no maid or laundry service. Wide porches invite scholars to relax with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Each air-conditioned cottage has a friendly, open living room and full-sized kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker (bring your favorite coffee). Cottages have washers and dryers, so Scholars can pack light if they bring laundry soap! Large bedrooms have two comfortable queen-sized beds and private bath with plush towels. (Toiletries are not provided.) If you blow dry your hair, you’ll want to bring a hair dryer. All cottages have ceiling fans, comfortable furniture, local art, and large windows. Palm Key’s cottages have been designed to encourage visitors to look out—to live oaks covered in Spanish moss, to the sun rising over the Broad River marsh, to birds flying over the pond. Note: Most cottages have steps, but if you have special needs, please contact us. Our cottages have no TV’s or telephones to lure you away to the world you left behind. Wireless internet is intermittent. Not all cell phones will have reception throughout Palm Key; Verizon appears to have the fewest dropped calls. Contact LifeTides Institute (843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com) if you have special needs.

Facility amenities: Ours is a casual community focused on the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Arranged around our private paved-and-gravel drive are luxury-home style cottages that offer a great place to relax after a full day of activities. Wide porches invite scholars to unwind with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Delicious meals are served buffet-style in one of the cottages, and special dietary needs are sure to be accommodated. Preference is given to organic and local ingredients. We specialize in lowcountry cooking, serve up lots of vegetables and salads, and try to keep in mind that active scholars have healthy appetites but often have to watch their salt intake and cholesterol. Vegetarians are well taken care of. These accommodations are anything but rustic--scholars come again and again just to stay here and enjoy our food! Note: those who wish to enjoy adult beverages while here may wish to bring those when they come, as Palm Key is a number of miles from shops and stores.

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

Additional nights before: Discounted from regular rate.
We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or jjschatz46@gmail.com for dates, pricing, and arrangements.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 27 - More searching for birds! And this time, we'll e...
More searching for birds! And this time, we'll explore Webb Wildlife Center and the Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve.

Note: Webb Wildlife Center, our first stop, is the home of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, who nests in the Longleaf Pines there. In the afternoon, there's a surprise a little closer to the ground.

Breakfast: What will it be this morning? Ham and eggs? Homemade bread? Or maybe a bowl of fruit? But don't be late: we have a busy day ahead! (Don't forget to pack your lunch.)

Morning: After breakfast we all load up in the van and travel to Webb Wildlife Center. Why would we want to go there? Well, Webb Wildlife Center contains longleaf pine forest, the preferred habitat of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, a jewel in this program’s crown. This morning, Scholars will bird in hardwood forest, blackwater swamp, and the aforesaid longleaf pine forest.

Lunch: Once again, we'll picnic on our outing--what did you choose today? Whatever it is, it's sure to be healthy and delicious.

Afternoon: We continue the fun into the mid-afternoon. This is a full and active day, but it's not over yet. This afternoon, we'll visit our first sand ridge habitat.

Dinner: Dinner begins early tonight with an old-timey Oyster Roast! Come join us at 6:00 as we steam fresh, local oysters over an open fire. Don't know how to open oysters? You can learn by doing--and eating. And then--it's time for another lowcountry dinner! Please turn in your lanyards and name tags tonight when you come for supper.

Evening: After dinner, you won’t want to miss the wrap-up party. This is our last evening, and we can’t let it go by without doing it up special. Everyone will find something to enjoy as we share highlights from the week. You don’t want to miss this--but to tell you more right now would be to spoil it! If you brought one with you, do bring your musical instrument to our gathering spot.

Lodging: Palm Key community of cottages

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 28 - Breakfast, packing up, and last goodbyes.
Note: Our final breakfast together--if you haven't tried grits yet, this is the day! Make plans to come back to see us. Please return your name tags and lanyards so that we can reuse them.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00, and your last chance for grits! If you haven’t tried them yet, you just have to have some today. You’ll want to eat hardily, as today you will be packing up and leaving us for wherever your road takes you. (Please return your name tags and lanyards before you leave us.)

Morning: This morning, after telling parting stories, asking questions, issuing invitations, or listening to one more joke from you-know-who, it’s off to pack up and prepare for departure. We hope you’ll stay in the area and do some more exploring—and/or birding--ask the staff for recommendations and directions. We’d love to share more of South Carolina and the lowcountry with you!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Palm Key community of cottages
Beaufort, SCA lovely riverfront city with historic Antebellum homes, a marina, shopping, walking and horse-and-wagon tours, and a lovely park on the Beaufort River.
For additional information, visit: www.beaufortsc.org/
Bluffton, SCA small town with numerous art galleries, thrift stores, cafes (including a local favorite, the Squat and Gobble), and a lovely church on the bluff. On the way to Hilton Head Island.
For additional information, visit: www.bluffton.com/bluffton/bluffton.aspx
Hilton Head Island, SCHilton Head Island is known for its golf courses, outlet malls, and attraction to tourists. Locals enjoy Signe's Bakery and numerous thrift stores chock-full of bargains.
For additional information, visit: www.hiltonheadisland.org/
Hunting Island State ParkHunting Island, one of South Carolina's most visited state parks, is a lovely place to spend some time walking on the beaches or cycling along the paved paths around the island. Many photographic opportunities. Check out the lighthouse, constantly in danger from erosion, erosion which is all-too-visible on the beaches, where the stark remains of fallen trees remind us of the ocean's power.
For additional information, visit: www.huntingisland.com/
Penn CenterThe Penn Center, on St. Helena Island, was one of the first schools for freed slaves after the Civil War. Today it stands to "promote and preserve the history and the culture of the Sea Islands" and is an important center for African American cultural and historic preservation.
For additional information, visit: www.penncenter.com/
Savannah River Wildlife RefugeThe Refuge consists of "29,000 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks and bottomland hardwoods" just ripe for exploration. On the Atlantic Flyway, the Refuge offers many opportunities to birders and animal-watchers to observe Its rich wildlife population.
For additional information, visit: www.fws.gov/savannah/
Savannah, GeorgiaSavannah, Georgia, just an hour away, is an important coastal city full of history and culture. (It's also the home of the bench Forrest Gump sat on.) Take a free ferry across the river; explore the shops and riverfront; take a carriage ride; relax in one of the many fine restaurants.
For additional information, visit: savannahvisit.com/

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