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Program #17282RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Aug 17 — Aug 22, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 17 - Welcome to Portland! Check in and get to know eac...
Welcome to Portland! Check in and get to know each other/Orientation/Stuffed animal activity

Arrive To: Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration begins at 4:00 PM in the hotel lobby. Introductions will begin at 5:00 PM followed by dinner at 5:30 PM.

Get acquainted with the program at the orientation.

Dinner: Get to know your fellow participants as you enjoy a great meal at the hotel.

Evening: Make a stuffed animal companion at a workshop after dinner. Take him with you on your learning adventure and let him be a reminder of the wonderful time on this trip!

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 18 - Critter Cabana Presentation/Reptile Presentation/...
Critter Cabana Presentation/Reptile Presentation/ Oregon Zoo Behind the Scenes

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Start off the day getting acquainted with some unique creatures! Gain valuable educational information about the importance of reptiles in ecological diversity, suitability as pets and the safe and humane way to handle and care for them during Hart’s Reptile Presentation. Meet turtles, albino boa constrictor, and many other reptiles in Hart’s Reptile care.

Later, meet the incredible mammals such as chinchillas, bunnies, sugar gliders, hedgehogs and others. Learn about their life, diet, and habits!

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: This evening will be late when we return from our Zoo Safari, so we'll take a couple hours in the early afternoon to get in a good swim or rest.

Then in later afternoon head out to the Oregon Zoo and explore on your own for about an hour before dinner and our evening Safari.

Dinner: Dine at the zoo in preparation for your behind the scenes activities.

Evening: Visit Portland's remarkable Oregon Zoo for an after-hours experience. See the animals that are most active after the sun goes down.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: Elizabeth Street Inn in Newport Oregon is located high on a bluff overlooking miles of the Oregon coast's pristine beaches and the vast Pacific Ocean. Every room features a fireplace and a private balcony.

Contact info:
232 SW Elizabeth Street
P.O. Box 1342
Newport, OR 97365 USA
phone: 541-265-9400
web: www.ElizabethStreetInn.com

Room amenities: Rooms include a cozy fireplace, private balcony, TV and DVD player, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker and free Internet access.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an indoor pool and Jacuzzi spa, fitness center, coffee and tea in the lobby all day and fresh-baked cookies at 8:00 PM every evening.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, August 19 - Animal Tracking Workshop/Picnic and Naturalist Wa...
Animal Tracking Workshop/Picnic and Naturalist Walk at Oxbow Park/ Travel to the Beach

Note: Oxbow Park naturalist walk will be on unpaved and uneven roads in the park. If you choose to sit this activity out, you can do so in the covered shelter area by the river.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Join our naturalist in a hands-on exploration of animal tracking. Learn how to use claw marks, toes, heel pads and webbing to identify animals in the wild in this interactive workshop.

Lunch: Head out to the Oxbow Regional Park and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Apply your newly acquired skills of animal tracking as you walk with a naturalist at the Oxbow Park. Gain an insight into animal and bird behavior in the wild, see how many animal prints you can identify!

Get ready for the trip to the beach, our bus will take us to Newport, Oregon where you will stay the night.

Dinner: Arrive at the Oregon beach just before dinner time.

Dinner is on your own to give you time to explore this beautiful area. Walk down to he tide pools, or have a bonfire on the beach.

Join your Group Leader for dinner or they will be happy to suggest some free time activities or other dinner locations.

Evening: Enjoy the lovely sunset at the beach, walk in the sand or just relax and get ready for a full day tomorrow!

Lodging: Elizabeth Street Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 20 - Some Free Time at the Beach/Marine Science Center...
Some Free Time at the Beach/Marine Science Center/ White Wolf Sanctuary/Travel to Portland

Note: While at the White Wolf Sanctuary expect to walk on unpaved and uneven surfaces. You may stay on the deck at the house and still see the wolves.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Hunt for seashells, dig in the sand or run on the beach! You'll have a little free time in the morning to explore the beach on your own!

Then, head to the Hatfield Marine Science Center to discover the rocky inter tidal habitat and the creatures that live there. Handle snails, sear urchins, barnacles, crabs and sea anemones. Learn about the environmental forces that make this ever-changing habitat a challenging place to live.

Lunch: At Izzy’s in Newport.

Afternoon: Travel to the White Wolf Sanctuary where you will meet 9 wolves who have come to the sanctuary from a variety of circumstances, and now are able to live out their lives in a safe and happy environment. Learn about the arctic wolves, their habits and instincts from Lois Tulleners, the owner of the sanctuary.



Dinner: Delicious menu at Ruby Tuesday in Corvallis awaits.

Evening: Will be spent traveling back to the hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the hotel brings the City of Roses to you. This full service hotel is within four blocks of the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Garden Arena and the Memorial Coliseum.

Contact info:
1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-233-2401
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/pdxne

Room amenities: Oversize work desk with lamp, cordless phones, free local phone calls, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave and refrigerator, TV with cable and a DVD player (DVD lending library at front desk), and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Facility amenities: This 241 guest rooms hotel was renovated in 2008. Amenities include an indoor salt water treated pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site guest laundry, 24-hour business services and hotel shops including a convenience store, a newsstand and a gift shop. Lounge open from 3 PM to 12 AM. Room service available from 6 AM to 12 AM. Hotel offers a free area shuttle within five miles of the hotel. The hotel always offers a complimentary shuttle to / from the Portland airport. There is also an on-site Hertz car rental desk (503) 282-2644. There are also bicycles and helmets for guests to borrow.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $107 plus tax
Reservations for additional nights should be made through GroupMax at 1-888-233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as an Road Scholar participant. Special rate is dependent on availability at the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 21 - American Wildlife Foundation/ Elk Farm and Pettin...
American Wildlife Foundation/ Elk Farm and Petting Zoo/ Riverside Picnic/Animal Storyteller

Note: During the visit to the elk farm and the American Wildlife Foundation, expect to walk on unpaved and uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Head out into the lush, hilly Mollala area to explore a hidden treasure. Meet a wildlife veterinarian who has built a rehabilitation sanctuary for wounded birds and animals. See how they treat and care for them.

Meet Cyrano the vulture and enjoy a presentation on "Owls, Silent Hunters of the Night." Get your questions ready as the vet be excited to hear what you are wondering!

Lunch: At Feyrer Park nearby, enjoy a picnic lunch along the riverside.

Afternoon: We'll then join our experts at Rosse Posse, at their elk farm. The Ross family will help us bring the elk up close with grain. Don't forget to look off in the distance for a stunning view of Mount Hood!

Explore the handling facility and the barn, with its walls covered with antlers and horns. Discover fascinating antler facts in our presentation and then make your own antler necklace!

Head over then to the Petting Zoo where very friendly small animals are waiting to greet you...pygmy goats, miniature donkeys, a miniature horse and chickens! Have a good chase around the petting zoo with them.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Evening: After dinner, a very special storyteller will tell you things you never knew about your favorite animal friends.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel- Downtown Convention Center (Portland)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, August 22 - Have a safe journey home/Departures
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Wrap up presentation with your group leader, say your farewells to your newly made friends.

Independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Portland, Oregon
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.com/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)OMSI makes science exciting and relevant through exhibits, programs, and experiences that are presented in an entertaining and participatory fashion. OMSI includes five unique halls, eight hands-on science labs, the USS Blueback submarine, an OMNIMAX® giant-screen theater, planetarium and much more! Information from www.omsi.edu. Call 800-955-6674 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.omsi.edu
Oregon ZooThe 64-acre Oregon Zoo has five major exhibit areas: Great Northwest, Fragile Forests, Asia, Pacific Shores and Africa. Within these large areas are 23 specialized exhibits. 2,200 individual animals represent 260 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Information from www.oregonzoo.org. Call 503-226-1561 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.oregonzoo.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art Museum The Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Saturday MarketEvery Saturday and Sunday from March until December the Old Town / Chinatown neighborhood transforms into a thriving arts and crafts open-air marketplace with vendors selling everything from art to food. When you need a break from browsing you can sit down, relax and enjoy the onstage entertainment. Information from www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com. Call 503-222-6072 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.com
Willamette Jetboat Excursions, LLCExplore Portland's historic bridges, skyline and scenic waterfront. Catch a glimpse of bald eagles and osprey as they nest along the river. Glide past spectacular river-front homes on your way to the magnificent Willamette Falls, stopping just yards from the cascading water. Each adventure is narrated with facts and local stories from USCG licensed pilots. They also include adventure and splash, including spins and thrills only possible on a jetboat! Information from www.willamettejet.com. Call 1-888-538-2628 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.willamettejet.com
World Forestry CenterLocated in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. All new hands-on, interactive exhibits are family friendly and designed to engage visitors to learn about the sustainability of forests and trees of the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Information from www.worldforestry.org. Call 503-228-1367 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.worldforestry.org

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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
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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