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AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA

From the Land to the Sea to the Swamp: An Intergenerational Experience

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Program #2533RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Equipment Requirements
Binoculars are always good to bring along for birding on Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee Swamp.

Itinerary for Jun 15 — Jun 20, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Near Atlantic Ocean beach - three tenths of a mile - easy 5 minute walk Evening Reception Swimming Pool Pets Allowed-extra charge Kitchenette Interior Corridors Local restaurants within easy walking distance Barb que and/or picnic area

Contact info:
2301 Sadler Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-277-2440
web: residenceinnameliaisland.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Coffee maker/tea service, individual climate control, iron and board Luxury bedding-crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows Pillows: down/feather Pillows: foam Pull-out sofa bed Roll away bed

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool Non-smoking High-Speed Internet Pets Allowed Kitchenette Fitness Facility All-Suites Property Dry Cleaning/Laundry Meeting Rooms Interior Corridors

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for seasonal rates.
Participants are responsible for making additional nights reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 15 - Arrival/Get Acquainted Games
Arrive To: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Registration and check-in 6:00 pm buffet style dinner

Dinner: 6:00 PM Buffet style dinner in the Hotel conference room.

Evening: We have lots of fun getting to know one another through interactive games.

Lodging: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Near Atlantic Ocean beach - three tenths of a mile - easy 5 minute walk Evening Reception Swimming Pool Pets Allowed-extra charge Kitchenette Interior Corridors Local restaurants within easy walking distance Barb que and/or picnic area

Contact info:
2301 Sadler Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-277-2440
web: residenceinnameliaisland.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Coffee maker/tea service, individual climate control, iron and board Luxury bedding-crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows Pillows: down/feather Pillows: foam Pull-out sofa bed Roll away bed

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool Non-smoking High-Speed Internet Pets Allowed Kitchenette Fitness Facility All-Suites Property Dry Cleaning/Laundry Meeting Rooms Interior Corridors

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for seasonal rates.
Participants are responsible for making additional nights reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 16 - Cumberland Island/Brain Twister
Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet served daily with fresh fruit, eggs, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, danish, bacon or sausage.

Morning: Field trip to Cumberland Island. Ferry to Cumberland on a 45-minute ride aboard the Cumberland Queen. A 3.5 mile hike on Cumberland Island takes you across the sandy paths where trees form an umbrella for your hike. Continue over a wooden boardwalk and onto the sandy white beaches for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. Box lunches are provided. The walk will take you from the shaded paths of the maritime forest to the brilliant sunlight of the pristine beach. Wild horses, armadilla, raccoons, and birds wait your arrival. A naturalist will go along to inform you about the flora and fauna of the island. Seining nets allow you to collect specimens from the ocean which you will identify. Collect shells and take back for a classroom shell identification program one night. There are bathrooms located on the island. This is a national seashore and the island is protected. There are no stores or commercial establishments on the island...no vehicles except the park rangers. Cumberland only allows 350 guests per day. You are invited to join us on the experience of a lifetime. We'll take our bathing suits for a swim and a cooling off time.

Lunch: Box lunches are provided on the field trip.

Afternoon: Field trip to Cumberland island continues.

Dinner: Held in meeting room of hotel.

Evening: Driftwood Education Center presents Brain Twister. This activity is for kids and grandparents.

Lodging: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Near Atlantic Ocean beach - three tenths of a mile - easy 5 minute walk Evening Reception Swimming Pool Pets Allowed-extra charge Kitchenette Interior Corridors Local restaurants within easy walking distance Barb que and/or picnic area

Contact info:
2301 Sadler Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-277-2440
web: residenceinnameliaisland.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Coffee maker/tea service, individual climate control, iron and board Luxury bedding-crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows Pillows: down/feather Pillows: foam Pull-out sofa bed Roll away bed

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool Non-smoking High-Speed Internet Pets Allowed Kitchenette Fitness Facility All-Suites Property Dry Cleaning/Laundry Meeting Rooms Interior Corridors

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for seasonal rates.
Participants are responsible for making additional nights reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 17 - Shrimp Trawl/Jekyll Island/Free Evening
Breakfast: Breakfast located in lobby area.

Morning: Come along for a shrimp trawl on a real shrimp vessal. Boat into the Atlantic Ocean where you will seine for shrimp or for whatever comes up in the nets. We always bring up a few sharp, stingrays, shrimp and all kinds of fish. Your guide on-board will tell you all about boating and shrimping. Boat trip is about two hours long. Lunch afterwards will be on Jekyll Island or another selected location. Bring sunscreen. There is some shade on the vessal for those who cannot take the sun. It is a very nice trip that moves up and down the intracoastal waterway and goes out into the ocean, which provides a constant breeze. This is a very popular and informative trip. Don't miss it!

Lunch: Lunch at a popular restaurant on Jekyll Island.

Afternoon: We will head for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. You'll learn all about sea turtles in the museum and then you will visit the sea turtle hospital for injured and distressed turtles. Afterwards, you will board a trolley for a tour of the historical district of Jekyll Island to explore the cottages of the millionaires and see the famous and historic Jekyll Island Hotel where the elite gathered. It is a beautifual island with huge live oaks that are hundreds of years old. The trolley tour takes you to the main points of interests. Enjoy this gorgeous island owned by the state of Georgia. It is a full long day of exciting adventures in learning.

Dinner: Held in hotel meeting room.

Evening: Participants are able to rest after field trip or enjoy pool with grandchildren.

Lodging: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Near Atlantic Ocean beach - three tenths of a mile - easy 5 minute walk Evening Reception Swimming Pool Pets Allowed-extra charge Kitchenette Interior Corridors Local restaurants within easy walking distance Barb que and/or picnic area

Contact info:
2301 Sadler Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-277-2440
web: residenceinnameliaisland.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Coffee maker/tea service, individual climate control, iron and board Luxury bedding-crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows Pillows: down/feather Pillows: foam Pull-out sofa bed Roll away bed

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool Non-smoking High-Speed Internet Pets Allowed Kitchenette Fitness Facility All-Suites Property Dry Cleaning/Laundry Meeting Rooms Interior Corridors

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for seasonal rates.
Participants are responsible for making additional nights reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 18 - Fort Clinch/Free Afternoon/Amelia River Cruise
Breakfast: Breakfast is located in lobby area.

Morning: Explore Fort Clinch with an interpretive guide. Involves walking around the fort. You may climb to the highest point that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide is one of the best reenacters anywhere. Even if you try to get him out of the character of a soldier, you won't be able to. He is the best! The fort is located near your hotel and on Amelia Island. It sits right on the ocean and you'll learn why its location was so critical in the war. This is another favorite thing to do for both kids and grandparents!

Lunch: Catered meal in hotel meeting room.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the beach, visit the historic village of Fernandina Beach, or just take a nap and rest...I doubt it. There is so much to see and do in the area. We'll help you decide. The beach is right across the street from your hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Explore as you cruise the backwaters of Amelia Island and Cumberland Island and enjoy the spectacular views. Watch for rare birds, dolphins, manatees and other wildlife as you glide back in time along the rivers, creeks and marshes that surround Amelia Island. The boat is covered and may be closed to protect guests against inclement weather.

Lodging: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Near Atlantic Ocean beach - three tenths of a mile - easy 5 minute walk Evening Reception Swimming Pool Pets Allowed-extra charge Kitchenette Interior Corridors Local restaurants within easy walking distance Barb que and/or picnic area

Contact info:
2301 Sadler Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-277-2440
web: residenceinnameliaisland.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Coffee maker/tea service, individual climate control, iron and board Luxury bedding-crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows Pillows: down/feather Pillows: foam Pull-out sofa bed Roll away bed

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool Non-smoking High-Speed Internet Pets Allowed Kitchenette Fitness Facility All-Suites Property Dry Cleaning/Laundry Meeting Rooms Interior Corridors

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for seasonal rates.
Participants are responsible for making additional nights reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 19 - Okefenokee Swamp Exploration/Ring Shouters
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast located near lobby.

Morning: Note: Approximately 500 square miles of the Okefenokee Swamp burned in 2011. Our Road Scholar field trips to the Okefenokee learn about the benefits of fire to the swamp. Lack of fire threatens the healthy diversity of forests and wildlife habitat, and leads to a build up of vegetative fuels in the forest's understory. Swamp fire is beneficial for forest health and wildlife habitat, as well as for public safety through the reduction in frequency and severity of wildfires. A naturalist will lead a field trip to one of America's most famous national wildlife refuges. The Okefenokee Swamp has been officially designated as a "Wetland of International Importance" but that doesn't begin to describe its incomparable beauty or the complex web of life that exists. Rich in history, "swamp culture", flora, and fauna, this one-of-a-kind giant peat bog contains uplands and islands covered in pine & oak forests; black-water lakes of varying sizes; and interior freshwater marshes (locally called "prairies) dotted with floating mats of "botanical gardens" interspersed among stands of pond cypress, black gum, mixed-bay trees, and shrubs. The Okefenokee also provides significant wilderness habitat for large populations of Florida black bear and American alligator. Boat ride is approx. 1.5 hours into the swamp.

Lunch: Enjoy a hamburger cookout at the swamp with homemade peach cobbler and ice cream for dessert.

Afternoon: Take a drive along Swamp Island Drive and explore the19th to early 20th century farmhouse located deep in the swamp that was home to a family that lived in the swamp for several generations. Its ability to survive the wet swamp conditions serves as a reminder of the swampers who once lived there. They were able to save the Chesser Homestead from the fire of 2011.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Welcome The Ring Shouters whose performance will include the lyrical Gullah language, spiritual songs, games, and redemptive shouts passed down from the slaves on Georgia’s southeastern coast. The Ring Shouters participated in the Obama Presidential Parade in January, 2013. This is our final night on the island so sit back and be entertained.

Lodging: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 20 - Reptile Encounter
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast located near lobby.

Morning: Learn all about snakes...the good ones and the bad ones. Learn to identify poisonous snakes and learn about why non poisonous snakes should be protected. Handle the snakes if you dare. This is a hands-on class.

Lunch: Program ends at 10:30 am.

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

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