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 RanchMeals Included: Dinner
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 RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner