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Program #5178RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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 Mountain Lake Conservancy is located at 3800 feet above sea level in Southwest Virginia.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for walks around the property. The weather can be unpredictable, so a raincoat is also recommended. Nights can be cooler than the surrounding valleys. Property is hilly and you must be able to walk up and down hills and stairs throughout the week.

Itinerary for Apr 20 — Apr 25, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of the 2,600 acre Mountain Lake Conservancy. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 20 - Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, ...
Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, join for a wine and cheese mixer to meet fellow Road Scholars. Enjoy dinner in Harvest Restaurant, and a brief orientation to prepare you for the week's learning adventure!

Afternoon: 4:00-5:00 pm - Program registration in the lodge lobby. 5:00-6:00 pm - Enjoy a wine and cheese meet and greet with fellow participants in Stony Creek Tavern.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Buffet dinner in the Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Orientation session in the meeting room.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of the 2,600 acre Mountain Lake Conservancy. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 21 - Start the week's program with a day of introducto...
Start the week's program with a day of introductory sessions to astronomy and planets. Join in the optional trip to SELU Observatory at Radford University, or relax and enjoy a free evening of the program.

Note: The trip to SELU Observatory is optional due to the narrow, spiral staircase that must be ascended to reach the observation deck. Transportation is provided, one way drive is approximately 50 minutes to Radford, VA.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Buffet breakfast in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 am - Astronomy and Planets 101 with Jack Brockway.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30-3:00 pm - Planets 101 continued with Jack Brockway.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 6:30 pm - Depart for SELU Observatory in Radford, VA, or relax and enjoy a free evening at the Lodge.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of the 2,600 acre Mountain Lake Conservancy. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 22 - "Explore the Radio Universe" in the morning and t...
"Explore the Radio Universe" in the morning and then engage in conversation about "Galaxies, Building Blocks for Astrophysical Understanding" in the afternoon. Stargazing in the evening at Mountain Lake with Roanoke's Mobile Astronomy Outreach.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00am - Buffet breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00-11:30 am - "Exploring the Radio Universe" with Sue Ann Heatherly from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30-4:00 pm - "Galaxies, Building Block for Astrophysical Understanding" with Matt Fleenor.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Stargazing on the front lawn of Mountain Lake Lodge with Roanoke Mobile Astronomy Outreach.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of the 2,600 acre Mountain Lake Conservancy. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 23 - Morning classroom session includes "Telescopes 10...
Morning classroom session includes "Telescopes 101 & Meteorites" with Roanoke Mobile Astronomy Outreach. Enjoy a free afternoon of the program to relax or explore the grounds and local communities. Stargazing this evening at the lodge.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Buffet breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 am - Session on Telescopes 101 and Meteorites with Mike Overacker.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. Enjoy activities offered at the Mountain Lake Conservancy & Lodge, or explore the New River Valley area on your own.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Sky Observation on the front lawn with Mike Overacker.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of the 2,600 acre Mountain Lake Conservancy. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 24 - Expand upon all that you've learned in the week w...
Expand upon all that you've learned in the week with the day's complex subjects of "The Life of Stars" and "The Interstellar Medium". Gain a sense for the region's ecological night life with the evening presentation "Songs of the Night".

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Buffet breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00-11:30 am - Session on "Birth, Life and Death of Stars" with Radford University professor, Jack Brockway.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Session on "The Interstellar Medium" with Virginia Tech professor Phil Nelson.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Evening presentation "Songs of the Night" with Jerry Via, expert ecologist and ornithologist. Become familiar with some of the fascinating nocturnal creatures that you may encounter during your stargazing in Appalachia.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of the 2,600 acre Mountain Lake Conservancy. Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, April 25 - Wrap up the week's program with a brief closing g...
Wrap up the week's program with a brief closing gathering. Check out from the lodge is 11:00 am.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Buffet breakfast in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - A brief program wrap up and closing. Farewell and safe travels!

Morning: Check out of Lodge by 11:00 am.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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