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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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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.
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Please bring your binoculars. 8x42 or 10x50 work well if you have them. You may also bring your spotting scope if you wish but not essential..

Itinerary for Mar 16 — Mar 21, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: Conveniently located to local attractions, wonderful views of the bay, Complimentary hot breakfast, Wireless Internet, Outside pool heated in winter, Guest laundry.

Contact info:
925 Lady Claire Street
Rockport, TX 78382 USA
phone: 361-729-4444
web: www.holidayinnexpress.com/rockporttexas

Room amenities: After a day exploring Rockport, return to this hotel room and enjoy the modern decor and perks, such as a microwave and fridge. Use free wired and Wi-Fi access to check email while you stretch out on a triple-sheeted bed. A 37-inch flat screen TV has many HD channels for your viewing pleasure. Premium Services Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room Continental Breakfast, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Direct Dial Phone Separate phone bills for separate lines Speaker Phone Telephone Jack Adapter Available Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Data Services Analog Dial-up High-speed Internet Access Initial Charge: $ USD Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Bathroom / Personal Care Bathtub Hairdryer Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Microwave Oven Mini Refrigerator Tea Maker Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Crib Double Glazed Windows Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Rollaway Bed/Cot Nightly Fee: $20.00 USD Separate Hanging Closet All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Services Business Center E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Printer Unstaffed Business Center Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Health and Fitness Center (On-site) All you need to get your day started, Tuff Stuff and Matrix Treadmills, with Flat screen tv for your entertainment. To refresh a water cooler and towels are always available. Health/Fitness Center On-Site Fitness Center Type: LIMITED Public Space Data Services Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Entertainment and Recreation We provide family board games Outdoor Pool (heated in winter) Activities and Services for Children Children's Activity 1 Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Concierge Services Ice Machine Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk World news - Global Newspaper Service Kids Eat Free Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Convenience Store Gift Shop Newsstand

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
At your expense. Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 16 - Welcome, Program Orientation and Participant Meet...
Arrive To: 3 pm check in at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Rockport

Afternoon: 4:30 pm Welcome reception in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Presentation on birds and overview of the weeks activities.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Conveniently located to local attractions, wonderful views of the bay, Complimentary hot breakfast, Wireless Internet, Outside pool heated in winter, Guest laundry.

Contact info:
925 Lady Claire Street
Rockport, TX 78382 USA
phone: 361-729-4444
web: www.holidayinnexpress.com/rockporttexas

Room amenities: After a day exploring Rockport, return to this hotel room and enjoy the modern decor and perks, such as a microwave and fridge. Use free wired and Wi-Fi access to check email while you stretch out on a triple-sheeted bed. A 37-inch flat screen TV has many HD channels for your viewing pleasure. Premium Services Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room Continental Breakfast, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Direct Dial Phone Separate phone bills for separate lines Speaker Phone Telephone Jack Adapter Available Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Data Services Analog Dial-up High-speed Internet Access Initial Charge: $ USD Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Bathroom / Personal Care Bathtub Hairdryer Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Microwave Oven Mini Refrigerator Tea Maker Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Crib Double Glazed Windows Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Rollaway Bed/Cot Nightly Fee: $20.00 USD Separate Hanging Closet All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Services Business Center E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Printer Unstaffed Business Center Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Health and Fitness Center (On-site) All you need to get your day started, Tuff Stuff and Matrix Treadmills, with Flat screen tv for your entertainment. To refresh a water cooler and towels are always available. Health/Fitness Center On-Site Fitness Center Type: LIMITED Public Space Data Services Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Entertainment and Recreation We provide family board games Outdoor Pool (heated in winter) Activities and Services for Children Children's Activity 1 Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Concierge Services Ice Machine Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk World news - Global Newspaper Service Kids Eat Free Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Convenience Store Gift Shop Newsstand

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
At your expense. Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 17 - Birding in Port Aransas. A favorite stop over are...
Birding in Port Aransas. A favorite stop over area for many migratory birds.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include: eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, pastries, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Depart for Port Aransas and the Birding Center and Paradise Pond both very productive birding sites year round. Look for warblers, wading birds, hawks and more.

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Continue Birding the Port Aransas sites.

Dinner: Enjoy the sea breezes while sampling some local seafood.

Evening: DVD on Whooping Cranes in preparation of the following days tour. 50 minutes.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Conveniently located to local attractions, wonderful views of the bay, Complimentary hot breakfast, Wireless Internet, Outside pool heated in winter, Guest laundry.

Contact info:
925 Lady Claire Street
Rockport, TX 78382 USA
phone: 361-729-4444
web: www.holidayinnexpress.com/rockporttexas

Room amenities: After a day exploring Rockport, return to this hotel room and enjoy the modern decor and perks, such as a microwave and fridge. Use free wired and Wi-Fi access to check email while you stretch out on a triple-sheeted bed. A 37-inch flat screen TV has many HD channels for your viewing pleasure. Premium Services Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room Continental Breakfast, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Direct Dial Phone Separate phone bills for separate lines Speaker Phone Telephone Jack Adapter Available Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Data Services Analog Dial-up High-speed Internet Access Initial Charge: $ USD Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Bathroom / Personal Care Bathtub Hairdryer Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Microwave Oven Mini Refrigerator Tea Maker Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Crib Double Glazed Windows Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Rollaway Bed/Cot Nightly Fee: $20.00 USD Separate Hanging Closet All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Services Business Center E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Printer Unstaffed Business Center Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Health and Fitness Center (On-site) All you need to get your day started, Tuff Stuff and Matrix Treadmills, with Flat screen tv for your entertainment. To refresh a water cooler and towels are always available. Health/Fitness Center On-Site Fitness Center Type: LIMITED Public Space Data Services Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Entertainment and Recreation We provide family board games Outdoor Pool (heated in winter) Activities and Services for Children Children's Activity 1 Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Concierge Services Ice Machine Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk World news - Global Newspaper Service Kids Eat Free Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Convenience Store Gift Shop Newsstand

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
At your expense. Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 18 - Cruise along the bays to the Aransas National Wil...
Cruise along the bays to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to see Whooping Cranes and other birds

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include: eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, pastries, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Take a 3.5 hour cruise along the bays to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to see endangered Whooping Cranes in their winter habitat, plus a myriad of other birds.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Birding at the Goose Island State Park

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: DVD on the history of the King Ranch in preparation for the next days tour.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Conveniently located to local attractions, wonderful views of the bay, Complimentary hot breakfast, Wireless Internet, Outside pool heated in winter, Guest laundry.

Contact info:
925 Lady Claire Street
Rockport, TX 78382 USA
phone: 361-729-4444
web: www.holidayinnexpress.com/rockporttexas

Room amenities: After a day exploring Rockport, return to this hotel room and enjoy the modern decor and perks, such as a microwave and fridge. Use free wired and Wi-Fi access to check email while you stretch out on a triple-sheeted bed. A 37-inch flat screen TV has many HD channels for your viewing pleasure. Premium Services Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room Continental Breakfast, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Direct Dial Phone Separate phone bills for separate lines Speaker Phone Telephone Jack Adapter Available Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Data Services Analog Dial-up High-speed Internet Access Initial Charge: $ USD Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Bathroom / Personal Care Bathtub Hairdryer Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Microwave Oven Mini Refrigerator Tea Maker Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Crib Double Glazed Windows Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Rollaway Bed/Cot Nightly Fee: $20.00 USD Separate Hanging Closet All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Services Business Center E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Printer Unstaffed Business Center Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Health and Fitness Center (On-site) All you need to get your day started, Tuff Stuff and Matrix Treadmills, with Flat screen tv for your entertainment. To refresh a water cooler and towels are always available. Health/Fitness Center On-Site Fitness Center Type: LIMITED Public Space Data Services Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Entertainment and Recreation We provide family board games Outdoor Pool (heated in winter) Activities and Services for Children Children's Activity 1 Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Concierge Services Ice Machine Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk World news - Global Newspaper Service Kids Eat Free Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Convenience Store Gift Shop Newsstand

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
At your expense. Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 19 - King Ranch guided birding tour,
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include: eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, pastries, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Early start. Drive 1.5 hours to the King Ranch for a 4 hour driving/walking guided birding trip with expert instructor. Expect to see Green Jay, Kiskadee, Vermilion Flycatcher and lots more.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the ranch.

Afternoon: Continue birding on en-route to hotel. Perhaps a visit to Hazel Bazemore

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Conveniently located to local attractions, wonderful views of the bay, Complimentary hot breakfast, Wireless Internet, Outside pool heated in winter, Guest laundry.

Contact info:
925 Lady Claire Street
Rockport, TX 78382 USA
phone: 361-729-4444
web: www.holidayinnexpress.com/rockporttexas

Room amenities: After a day exploring Rockport, return to this hotel room and enjoy the modern decor and perks, such as a microwave and fridge. Use free wired and Wi-Fi access to check email while you stretch out on a triple-sheeted bed. A 37-inch flat screen TV has many HD channels for your viewing pleasure. Premium Services Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room Continental Breakfast, complimentary Entertainment Cable / Satellite TV Color TV Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Direct Dial Phone Separate phone bills for separate lines Speaker Phone Telephone Jack Adapter Available Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Data Services Analog Dial-up High-speed Internet Access Initial Charge: $ USD Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Bathroom / Personal Care Bathtub Hairdryer Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Microwave Oven Mini Refrigerator Tea Maker Miscellaneous Connecting Rooms Crib Double Glazed Windows Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Rollaway Bed/Cot Nightly Fee: $20.00 USD Separate Hanging Closet All rooms non smoking Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1

Facility amenities: Business Services Business Center E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Printer Unstaffed Business Center Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Health and Fitness Center (On-site) All you need to get your day started, Tuff Stuff and Matrix Treadmills, with Flat screen tv for your entertainment. To refresh a water cooler and towels are always available. Health/Fitness Center On-Site Fitness Center Type: LIMITED Public Space Data Services Analog Dial-up Service Provider: High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Entertainment and Recreation We provide family board games Outdoor Pool (heated in winter) Activities and Services for Children Children's Activity 1 Housekeeping and Laundry Services On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Daily Housekeeping Weekly Housekeeping Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Concierge Services Ice Machine Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk World news - Global Newspaper Service Kids Eat Free Alternative for business services Rockport Mail Center. 5 minutes from hotel Convenience Store Gift Shop Newsstand

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
At your expense. Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 20 - Guided birding tour of the Corpus Christi area an...
Guided birding tour of the Corpus Christi area and Mustang Island beach:

Note: This day will be used to visit a variety of sites to try and pick up any species that may have eluded us during the week.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include: eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, pastries, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Birding sites will depend on what birds we are targeting.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Beach and Shorebirds

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: University of Texas Public Lecture Series. Dr. Alan Wanamaker, Iowa State University "Insights from the Past: The Ocean Climate in Historical Perspective"

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 21 - Rockport Beach Park.
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: A typical breakfast menu would include: eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cereal, pastries, toast, juice, coffee.

Morning: Rockport Beach Park. See Black Skimmer nesting area and an abundance of wading birds, followed by a final bird tally at the hotel before you leave.

Brunch: Program ends at 11 am. Take boxed lunch with you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch

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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