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Service Learning with Earthwatch: Loons and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

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Program #20967RJ
9 Days | 8 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.
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Itinerary for Jan 11 — Jan 19, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. There is a complimentary shuttle bus to New Orleans' most popular attractions, including the French Quarter. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
web: www.holidayinnneworleans.com

Room amenities: Iron/Ironing Board, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool, High-speed Internet Access, Health/Fitness Center On-Site, ATM/Cash Machine, Concierge Services, Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry, Ice Machine, Newsstand, Porter/Bellman, Room Service, Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 plus tax
Call the hotel to make individual reservations. 504-267-5833 Mon-Fri 9-5 CT Ask for Trudy Guidroz. Do not speak to national reservations. The following dates require a 2 night minimum stay:Feb10 and 11, March 16 and 17, March 23 and 24. April 27 and 28, May 4 and 5($149 per night) May 11 and 12($149 per nt), Oct 12 and 13 ($149). Oct 26 and 27

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, January 11 - Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration & ...
Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration & Orientation, Dinner & Introduction to New Orleans

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

ORIENTATION: During the orientation session, you'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet the local staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. Variety of New Orleans special dishes from which to choose.

Evening: PRESENTATION: New Orleans and Its Unique French Quarter. Your instructor is from New Orleans and loves her city. Learn and be entertained at the same time.

This new service learning program is a cooperative effort between Road Scholar and Earthwatch. During the service learning project portion of the program, you will be working with and assisting scientists in their research. It is a cooperative effort in many ways. For example, participants assist in meal preparation and clean-up at the Earthwatch field station.

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. There is a complimentary shuttle bus to New Orleans' most popular attractions, including the French Quarter. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
web: www.holidayinnneworleans.com

Room amenities: Iron/Ironing Board, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool, High-speed Internet Access, Health/Fitness Center On-Site, ATM/Cash Machine, Concierge Services, Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry, Ice Machine, Newsstand, Porter/Bellman, Room Service, Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 plus tax
Call the hotel to make individual reservations. 504-267-5833 Mon-Fri 9-5 CT Ask for Trudy Guidroz. Do not speak to national reservations. The following dates require a 2 night minimum stay:Feb10 and 11, March 16 and 17, March 23 and 24. April 27 and 28, May 4 and 5($149 per night) May 11 and 12($149 per nt), Oct 12 and 13 ($149). Oct 26 and 27

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, January 12 - The Oil Spill & Its Aftermath, City Field Trip In...
The Oil Spill & Its Aftermath, City Field Trip Including Katrina Museum, Preservation Hall

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel. Spread of eggs, meats, oatmeal, grits, yogurts,fruit, cereals, pastries. The choice is yours.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Oil Spill Clean Up First Responders. Meet a team member from one of the first groups of responders for the oil spill clean up, a long time resident who will tell you what the experience was really like.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant. New Orleans is known for its special southern dishes--you will have choices.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Get an overview of the city’s environment including Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John, City Park with its magnificent oak trees, and the famous above-ground cemeteries. You’ll also see a neighborhood that still shows the effects of Hurricane Katrina and visit the Katrina Museum.

Dinner: DINNER ON YOUR OWN: Choose from the multitude of options to savor the flavors of your choice (at your expense). The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. If you’re interested in one of the famous New Orleans restaurants, we advise that you make reservations well in advance.

Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR: You’ll have a voucher to attend Preservation Hall in a building originally constructed in 1750. After numerous incarnations from private home to tavern to art gallery, Preservation Hall opened its doors in 1961 as a shrine and sanctuary to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz. Patrons flock to hear New Orleans jazz played by veterans in their 70's and 80's and younger musicians learning and embracing this music that animates your spirit.

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Field Station

Contact info:
27335 Hwy 23
Port Sulpher, LA 70083 USA
phone: 197-845-0122 x1
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: 4 bathrooms to be shared by all


Day Three: Sunday, January 13 - Transfer to Port Sulphur, Begin Service Project
Note: Field trips in Gulf

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: TRANSFER: A van from Earthwatch will pick up the group and drive to Port Sulpher to begin work on the service project, "Loons and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill." The trip should be approximately an hour-and-a-half depending on traffic.

Lunch: Arrive at the Earthwatch field station and have lunch -- typically sandwiches (cold-cuts), fruit, and vegetables. During the project, participants assist in meal preparation and clean-up.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Under the guidance of Earthwatch scientists, you’ll take the boat out and spend time on the water, helping to gather data on habitat use, daily and seasonal movements and behavior of loons. At the end of the afternoon, we return to dock and drive back to the field station.

Dinner: Join in helping to prepare the evening meal and eat together. Dinners may include pasta, rice, tortillas, seafood, meat, vegetables, fruit (depending on seasonal availability).

Evening: VARIABLE: Evening activities range from night capture of loons and related research to presentations and discussions, entering data, and free time for relaxation.

Lodging: Port Sulpher Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Contact info:
27335 Hwy 23
Port Sulpher, LA 70083 USA
phone: 197-845-0122 x1
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: 4 bathrooms to be shared by all


Day Four: Monday, January 14 - Service Learning Project: Loons and the Gulf of M...
Note: late evening captures

Breakfast: Breakfast typically includes choices such as oatmeal, cereal, eggs, pancakes, toast, fruit.

Morning: SERVICE PROJECT: Go over the capture protocol for the evening, go over data sheets, assign specific duties to individuals and ensure that everyone is comfortable with the evening's capture protocol.

Lunch: Typically sandwiches (cold-cuts), fruit, vegetables.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Spend several hours on the water looking for loons and gathering data on behavior and habitat use. Or, we will try to get radio signals by driving along the point and getting out on the levees. At the end of the field trip, we'll return to the field station.

Dinner: Early Dinner. Join in helping to prepare the evening meal and eat together. Dinners may include pasta, rice, tortillas, seafood, meat, vegetables, fruit (depending on seasonal availability).

Evening: FIELD TRIP: First team goes out in the boat and assists in capture, which can take anywhere from one to one-and-a-half hours. After we catch one bird, the first team will return and the second team will head out on the boat. As long as the weather is cooperative and capture conditions are good, we will keep going until midnight.

Lodging: Port Sulpher Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Contact info:
27335 Hwy 23
Port Sulpher, LA 70083 USA
phone: 197-845-0122 x1
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: 4 bathrooms to be shared by all


Day Five: Tuesday, January 15 - Service Learning Project: Loons and the Gulf of M...
Note: enter data

Breakfast: Breakfast typically includes choices such as oatmeal, cereal, eggs, pancakes, toast, fruit.

Morning: SERVICE PROJECT: Go over the capture protocol for the evening, go over data sheets, assign specific duties to individuals and ensure that everyone is comfortable with the evening's capture protocol.

Lunch: Typically sandwiches (cold-cuts), fruit, vegetables.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Spend several hours on the water looking for loons and gathering data on behavior and habitat use. Or, we will try to get radio signals by driving along the point and getting out on the levees. At the end of the field trip, we'll return to the field station.

Dinner: Early Dinner. Join in helping to prepare the evening meal and eat together. Dinners may include pasta, rice, tortillas, seafood, meat, vegetables, fruit (depending on seasonal availability).

Evening: Depart Field station. First team of volunteers goes out in the boat and assists in capture, which can take anywhere from one-to one and a half hours. After we catch one bird, the second team of volunteers will head back out on the boat. As long as weather is cooperative and capture conditions are good, we will keep going until midnight.

Lodging: Port Sulpher Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Contact info:
27335 Hwy 23
Port Sulpher, LA 70083 USA
phone: 197-845-0122 x1
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: 4 bathrooms to be shared by all


Day Six: Wednesday, January 16 - Service Learning Project: Loons and the Gulf of M...
Note: gather info on loon behavior

Breakfast: Breakfast typically includes choices such as oatmeal, cereal, eggs, pancakes, toast, fruit.

Lunch: Typically sandwiches (cold-cuts), fruit, vegetables.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Spend several hours on the water looking for loons and gathering data on behavior and habitat use. Or, we will try to get radio signals by driving along the point and getting out on the levees. At the end of the field trip, we'll return to the field station.

Dinner: Early Dinner. Join in helping to prepare the evening meal and eat together. Dinners may include pasta, rice, tortillas, seafood, meat, vegetables, fruit (depending on seasonal availability).

Evening: Depart Field station. First team of volunteers goes out in the boat and assists in capture, which can take anywhere from one-to one and a half hours. After we catch one bird, the second team of volunteers will head back out on the boat. As long as weather is cooperative and capture conditions are good, we will keep going until midnight.

Lodging: Port Sulpher Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Contact info:
27335 Hwy 23
Port Sulpher, LA 70083 USA
phone: 197-845-0122 x1
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: 4 bathrooms to be shared by all


Day Seven: Thursday, January 17 - Service Learning Project: Loons and the Gulf of M...
Note: 6 hours on water

Breakfast: Breakfast typically includes choices such as oatmeal, cereal, eggs, pancakes, toast, fruit. We'll also pack lunches for later.

Morning: DAY PREP: go over the day's objectives, pack lunch.

FIELD TRIP: Depart for one of two boat launches. Teams will take a boat out and spend 6-8 hours on the water, where we will gather data on habitat use, daily and seasonal movements and behavior.

Lunch: We'll have the lunches we prepared this morning.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP continues.

Dinner: Dinners may include pasta, rice, tortillas, seafood, meat, vegetables, fruit (depending on seasonal availability).

Evening: VARIABLE: Evening activities range from night capture of loons and related research to presentations and discussions, entering data, and free time for relaxation.

Lodging: Port Sulpher Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Field Station

Contact info:
27335 Hwy 23
Port Sulpher, LA 70083 USA
phone: 197-845-0122 x1
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: 4 bathrooms to be shared by all


Day Eight: Friday, January 18 - Service Learning Project: Loons and the Gulf of M...
Note: study loons

Breakfast: Breakfast typically includes choices such as oatmeal, cereal, eggs, pancakes, toast, fruit. We'll also pack lunches for later.

Morning: DAY PREP: We'll go over the day's objectives.

FIELD TRIP: Depart for one of two boat launches. Teams will take a boat out and spend 6-8 hours on the water, where we will gather data on habitat use, daily and seasonal movements and behavior.

Lunch: We'll have the lunches we prepared this morning.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP continues.

Dinner: Dinners may include pasta, rice, tortillas, seafood, meat, vegetables, fruit (depending on seasonal availability).

Evening: VARIABLE: Evening activities range from night capture of loons and related research to presentations and discussions, entering data, and free time for relaxation.

Lodging: Port Sulpher Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Free Time Opportunities


New Orleans, Louisiana
ATTRACTIONS AND EXCURSIONSAquarium of the Americas
Audubon Institute Insectarium
Audubon Zoo
Cafe du Monde
Free Ferry
Flea Market
French Market
Glassworks School
IMAX Theater
Mardi Gras World
Natchez Steamboat
St. Charles Streetcar
HISTORIC HOMESBeauregard-Keyes House
Faulkner House
Gallier House
Ursuline Convent
MUSEUM AND EXHIBITSLouisiana State Museum (closed on Monday)
Confederate Museum
New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden
Musee Conti (Wax Museum)
St. Louis Cathedral
Voodoo Museum
World War II Museum
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
NIGHTCLUBS AND MUSICGazebo (daily jazz outdoors)
House of Blues
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
Maison Bourbon
Market Café (daily jazz outdoors)
Mid City Lanes Rock n Bowl
Mulate's (Cajun Dancing)
Palm Court Jazz Café
Pat O' Briens'
Patout's Cajun Corner
Preservation Hall
Tipitina's
Snug Harbor
Spotted Cat
PERFORMING ARTSContemporary Arts Center
Le Petit Theatre
Mahalia Jackson Perfoming Arts Center

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