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Program #14872RJ
5 Days | 4 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
Sagamore's elevation is 1900 feet. Trails in the surrounding area may rise to 2100 feet.

Equipment Requirements
A good pair of binoculars is recommended. You may also want your camera. A notebook and pencil are useful.

Itinerary for May 26 — May 30, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is on a private lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3 1/2 mile walk.

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

Bathroom: Not all baths are private. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: $99.
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, May 26 - Welcome/ Introduction to the Vanderbilt Great Cam...
Arrive To: Check in is between 4P and 6P.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6P in the Dining Hall. You will select from an ample buffet. After dinner we will meet for introductions, schedule review, orientation, and a brief 14-minute presentation on Sagamore's history, programs, and preservation. Then you will relax and retire. This list is some of our most recent sitings during this course. You may want to use it as a reference: Kingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow, Chimney Swift, Tree Swallow, Least Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Blackburnian, Winter Wren, Canada Warbler, Swainson's, Yellow Throat, Black Duck, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Turkey, Robin, Red-eyed Vireo, Purple finch, Alder Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Common Grackle, Osprey, Red-shoulder Hawk, Yellow Warbler, Northern Water thrush, Raven, Hairy Woodpecker, Crow, Pine Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Duck, Oven Bird, Turkey Vulture, Black-throated Green Warbler, Loon, Woodcock, Black-capped Chickadee, Yellow Rump, Boreal Chickadee, Hummingbird, Bluebird, Junco, Broad-winged Hawk, Barn Swallow, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, White Crown Sparrow, Pewee, Rose-breasted Nuthatch, Parula, Whip-o-will, Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker, Grey Jay.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is on a private lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3 1/2 mile walk.

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

Bathroom: Not all baths are private. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: $99.
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, May 27 - Birding on Sagamore trails and at the Sagamore La...
Note: 1 Field Trip, 2 Lectures

Breakfast: Coffee is on by 6A in the dining hall. Meet there for optional birding on the Sagamore grounds. Return at 8A for full breakfast.

Morning: BIRDING: This morning, we'll spend time in or around Sagamore itself. Your instructor will guide you in identifying birds by both sign and sound. Remember your binoculars, guide, notebook, pencil.

Lunch: Lunch at noon.

Afternoon: GUIDED TOUR: Vanderbilt Great Camp. Then, you'll have a few hours of free time before dinner. You may want to hike, canoe, bowl, try croquet or play one of our other lawn games. There are also ample jigsaw puzzles, reading materials, and games to choose from for a bit of relaxation.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 in the Dining Hall.

Evening: BIRDING LECTURE: Around 7:00 there will be a lecture on loons, arguably the most interesting of all water birds. Gary Lee, Sagamore's instructor for this course, is a retired NYS Ranger, and one of the founders of the Adirondack Loon Project, a park-wide initiative to inventory, protect and advocate for the regions common loon. After the lecture you will relax with options already mentioned or a period movie, or one of the special DVDs on the Adirondacks. Your group may also elect to meet around one of the fireplaces for an evening "camp" fire.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is on a private lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3 1/2 mile walk.

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

Bathroom: Not all baths are private. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: $99.
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, May 28 - Out trip to Important Birding Areas / Demonstrati...
Note: 1 Field Trip, 3 Lectures

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at 5:45 in the Dining Hall. Board the van by 6:00

Morning: BIRDING: You will travel by van to one of two designated IBAs (Important Birding Areas) near Sagamore: Ferd's Bog or The Moose River Plains. Both of the locales offer the possibility of adding some birds to your life list.

Lunch: We'll stop at one of several locations to eat our packed lunches and enjoy the Adirondack spring.

Afternoon: BIRD BANDING: After lunch, we'll head to the home of our instructor, Gary Lee, to watch (and participate) in bird banding. Gary has been banding birds for nearly 40 years, helping to document and track the behavior and health of many North Country bird species.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6P in the Dining Hall.

Evening: BIRDING LECTURE: After dinner, we'll enjoy a lecture or presentation on an issue related to birds and birding in the Adirondacks. In addition to conservation of the Common Loon, Gary Lee is also involved with the protection and habitat restoration of many other bird species, and is frequently involved in projects to pursue these goals.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is on a private lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3 1/2 mile walk.

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

Bathroom: Not all baths are private. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: $99.
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, May 29 - Birding at an Important Birding Area / Visit a re...
Birding at an Important Birding Area / Visit a regional museum of natural history.

Note: 2 Field Trips, 1 Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast will at 8:00 this morning, Our birding today won't be as time sensitive as our earlier field trips, so we can take a little more time.

Morning: BIRDING EXCURSION: Today we'll be getting off to another early start, this time heading out the Massawepie Mire, another IBA located relatively close-by. One of the largest boreal peat lands in the state, the mire contains extensive wetland habitat fringed by spruce and fir forests. Spruce Grouse and Palm Warblers breed at this site, along with other lowland boreal species including Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird and Pine Siskin.

Lunch: We'll eat our packed lunches somewhere between stops, or at the picnic grounds of the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, we'll stop at the WILD Center, the national history museum of the Adirondacks. Established in 2006, the Center has several exhibits on birds of the Adirondack region, as well as demonstrations and presentations on birds and birding in the North Country. During our visit, we'll meet with one of the Center's naturalists, and walk some of the trails that encircle the facility.

Dinner: We'll return in time for dinner back at Sagamore at 6:00

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Tonight we'll be entertained by an Adirondack native storyteller and musician, who will share the history of the Adirondack region in song and stories. Be prepared to sing along!

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, May 30 - Final Q&A/ good-byes
Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8:00 in the Dining Hall.

Morning: As always, pre-breakfast birding is your option. We will follow breakfast with a Q&A session with your program host. Check out and good-byes are at 10:00.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Raquette Lake, NY
Adirondack MuseumA 27-building complex of art and culture called the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks." 518-352-7311
For additional information, visit: www.adirondackmuseum.org
W.W.DurantThe Durant is a dine and cruise boat on Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks.It has meals and excursions. 315-354-5532
For additional information, visit: www.raquettelakenavigation.com

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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4 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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