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SARASOTA, FLORIDA

Florida: Beaches, Shells & Marine Life; Rodgers and Hart; Florida's River Ecology: Ride an Airboat

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Program #19469RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Feb 22 — Feb 27, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron/board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay moves, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA discount rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 22 - Arrival & Check-in Registration & Orientation, Ge...
Note: Participants are not scheduled to leave the hotel grounds on the first evening.

Arrive To: PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Takes place outside our private meeting room. Please visit the Road Scholar registration table between 3:30 - 4:55pm.

HOTEL CHECK-In: 3:00pm, room may be ready earlier.

Afternoon: ORIENTATION: Begins at 5:00pm in our private meeting room. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered by the hotel's restaurant in our private room at 6:00pm. We offer vegetarian and gluten free meals. If you only dine on fish, chicken or are lactose intolerant, please list on your form. Please fill out your Personal Health Information form and return to us in a timely manner to ensure a pleasant stay.

Evening: GETTING TO KNOW YOU: After dinner we'll spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full day of activity ahead.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron/board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay moves, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA discount rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 23 - Musical theatre, shark research, field trip to Mo...
Musical theatre, shark research, field trip to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, evening DVD

Note: In order to see all of the exhibits at Mote there will be walking up to 1 mile. The bus trip to Mote will be approximately 30 min. there and 45 min. back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and is a continental breakfast.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were introduced in 1919, when both attended Columbia University and were asked to write an amateur club show. After writing together for several years, they produced their first successful Broadway musical, The Garrick Gaieties, in 1925, which introduced their hit song, "Manhattan." Listen and discuss their musicals and films.

PRESENTATION: Learn about the shark research taking place at the Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote staff continue their shark obsession with the Shark Habitat, the nation's only congressional designated Center for Shark Research.

Lunch: Lunch at the Deep Sea Diner a retro '50s-style diner offers a fun atmosphere at Mote Marine.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: At Mote, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Florida has nurse sharks, bull sharks, blacktips and sandbar sharks — among others — and you can get closer than you’d like at Mote’s 135,000-gallon shark habitat. This exhibit is also home to the world’s largest grouper species, the Goliath grouper (yes, he’s a cousin to Florida ’s favorite seafood dish) and some of the world’s most sporting fish: tarpon, snook and redfish. That's nearly a grand slam, by local angling lore.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in our private room.

Evening: Enjoy a DVD that relates to your musical theatre studies.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron/board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay moves, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA discount rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 24 - Rodgers & Hart their music, lives and relationshi...
Rodgers & Hart their music, lives and relationship, Florida's river ecology, history and culture, Florida's river economics and politics, Interactive walk with shelling expert on a local beach for shell identification.

Note: Enjoy walking up to 1/2 a mile on a sandy beach with uneven terrain. Bus trip to local beach will be approximately 30 min. there and 45 min. back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and will be continental breakfast with eggs and a breakfast meat on the third and fifth mornings.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit a local beach with a shelling expert for a close up look at Florida shells. There are over 50,000 different kinds of shells (ie, seashells and landsnails and fresh water shell-bearing Molluscs), many with dozens or even hundreds of color and pattern combinations to find and enjoy. Expert will help to identify various shells you may find on the beach as you walk. Learn the various types of shells you will encounter as you walk on the beach. Learn what is rare and what is common. Shelling guide will be provided for your use during the field trip.

Lunch: Lunch catered by hotel's restaurant in our private meeting room.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Florida's river economics and politics.

PRESENTATION: Florida's river ecology, history and culture.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel in our private room.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Rodgers & Hart their music, lives and relationship.



Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron/board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay moves, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA discount rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 25 - Myakka River State Park for ride on a giant airbo...
Myakka River State Park for ride on a giant airboat, picnic lunch, Dinner on your own in the Lakewood Ranch area.

Note: Walking at Myakka State Park could be up to 1 mile on paths and uneven terrain. The giant airboat ride is very smooth. The bus trip to Myakka will be approximately 45 min. each way.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and is a continental breakfast.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Myakka River State Park and discover how The Myakka was designated a Florida Wild and Scenic River by State legislature in 1985. It is one of only two rivers in Florida to be recognized with this special status. The act provides for preservation and management of the 34-mile portion of the river within Sarasota County.

Hop aboard one of the world's largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal, and take a scenic cruise of the Upper Myakka Lake. Hear intriguing stories about the alligator, anhinga and sandhill crane as you become acquainted with the variety of creatures that make their home here. These slow-moving but powerful air-powered boats venture into shallow, grassy areas where traditional craft of such size could not go. The leisurely ride is safe and smooth, allowing ample time for photographs.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the state park.

Afternoon: CONTINUATION OF FIELD TRIP: The canopy walkway is on a spur trail that goes off of the Boylston Nature Trail. Group walk to the spur trail and then to the walkway, it takes about 5 minutes to reach the walkway. Then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. Return to the hotel and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at a Lakewood Ranch area restaurant. Opportunity to dine with new friends with transportation provided.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron/board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay moves, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA discount rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 26 - Roger's & Hart, Florida River presentation, field...
Roger's & Hart, Florida River presentation, field trip to park on the Key, see the play "tba," at the Asolo.

Note: Uneven walking up to one mile through various uneven terrain, shorelines, sandy beaches and mangrove areas. The bus trip to the Key will be approx. 30 min. there and 45 min. back to the hotel. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and will be continental breakfast with eggs and a breakfast meat on the third and fifth mornings.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Learn how Hart's lyrics, facile, vernacular, dazzling, sometimes playful, sometimes melancholic, raised the standard for Broadway songwriting. His ability to write cleverly and to come up with unexpected, polysyllabic rhymes was something of a trademark and learn how he also had the even rarer ability to write with utmost simplicity and deep emotion.

PRESENTATION: Talkback on your airboat ride at Myakka River State Park.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel in our private meeting room.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Learn how Hart's lyrics, facile, vernacular, dazzling, sometimes playful, sometimes melancholic, raised the standard for Broadway songwriting. His ability to write cleverly and to come up with unexpected, polysyllabic rhymes was something of a trademark and learn how he also had the even rarer ability to write with utmost simplicity and deep emotion.

PRESENTATION: Talkback on your airboat ride at Myakka River State Park.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in our private room.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: See the play "tba," at the Asolo Theatre.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, February 27 - Wrap up of week with a musical theatre presentati...
Note: Morning class at the hotel, lunch to go or stay, program ends.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and is a continental breakfast.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Wrap-up of the magical music of Rodgers & Hart.

Lunch: Opportunity to create your own sandwich with a to go lunch offered on Fridays to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Students who do not need to leave can enjoy their lunch in the meeting room or on the patio by the pool. Program ends at 10:30am followed by lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sarasota, FL
Sarasota attractionsSarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Sarasota Opera House, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks. The Sarasota Polo Club is close to the Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch.
For additional information, visit: www.sarasotafl.org/

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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