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Program #19583RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
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.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Peter Chausse

A Massachusetts native, Peter Chausse is a teacher and passionate local historian in Portland, Ore. Though a position with the U.S. Forest Service originally brought him to the Pacific Northwest, Peter is now an instructor at The Heritage Institute, a branch of Antioch University. He runs his own small walking excursion business in Portland and enjoys leading field trips with Road Scholar, during which he shares his knowledge of local art and natural history.

Joseph Couture

Joseph Couture is an expert on the geology and history of the Pacific Northwest. He studied geology at Portland State University and criminology at Southern Oregon University, and combined the degrees for his interest in forensic geology (geo-criminology). He is an accomplished lecturer on topics ranging from the Hawaiian Volcanoes to the Granite Plutons of Acadia National Park in Maine.

Michael Vouri

Michael Vouri is chief of interpretation and historian for San Juan Island National Park. He is a passionate historian with an unmatched knowledge of regional history and exploration, and the author of five books about the Pig War, the Royal Marines and San Juan Island history. He has worked as a reporter and editor for weekly and daily newspapers, as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Air Force and as assistant director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. He began his career in history with the Whatcom Museum History and Art in Bellingham, Wash., where he curated exhibitions in addition to being the museum's public affairs officer. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a crew chief of an O-1 Bird Dog in the Mekong Delta. Mike has been a popular Road Scholar instructor on San Juan Island since 1997.

Kevin Loftus

Kevin Loftus is the executive director of the San Juan Historical Museum. He grew up in Chicago before attending college at Northern Arizona University. A love of cycling led Kevin to begin visiting the San Juan Islands, and after five years and many adventures, the beauty of the islands inspired him to move there. In 2008, Kevin found his dream job as director of the museum. He says he feels very fortunate to be able to share the unique history of the San Juan Islands with others.

Cindy Hansen

Cindy Hansen is education curator for The Whale Museum. Born in Gary, Ind., she earned a degree in zoology with a focus on marine mammals at the University of Washington in Seattle. While working as a naturalist onboard a whale-watching fleet, she fell in love with the San Juan Islands and the Orcas who live in the surrounding waters. Cindy has also worked with Orca Network for several years as a naturalist onboard the Washington State Ferries.

Carol Barton

Carol Barton has been introducing Road Scholar participants to her favorite city since 1996. As a native Washingtonian with an interest in local history, she loves to bring the past to life with stories of area pioneers. Her experience writing for a newspaper, working in the hotel industry and leading a Girl Scout troop have prepared her well for coordinating Road Scholar programs in Seattle. She delights in discussing books, working crossword puzzles and choosing restaurants with participants.

John Adams

John Adams is the author of “Old Square-Toes and His Lady: The Life of James and Amelia Douglas.” Part historian and part storyteller, John has turned a passion for the past into a long career in history. His family-owned business Discover the Past provides a variety of historical educational programs for the community. His natural, lively, humorous and clear style makes his presentations both informative and memorable.

Chet Orloff

The former executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, Chet Orloff is the director of the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History. When not teaching courses on urban studies and planning at Portland State University and the University of Oregon School of Architecture as an adjunct professor, Chet serves on numerous local, national and international committees relating to history and urban planning. He teaches and lectures extensively on Oregon and Western American history.

Mimi Sheridan

A historic preservation consultant for more than 15 years, Mimi Sheridan has taught preservation in the graduate planning program at the University of Washington for the past decade. Her completed projects include studies of Seattle’s parks and boulevards that were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, as well as histories of neighborhoods including Queen Anne and Capitol Hill. Mimi holds an M.U.P. in historic preservation and urban design from the University of Washington.

John Atkin

John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He if the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.

Shona Aitken

A native of Scotland, Shona Aitken earned a degree in ecology and broadened her background in environmental education while working in her home country and spending two years in Sweden. She is currently the Education Coordinator for Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on San Juan Island where she teaches people about local wildlife and increases awareness of the impact of human activities on wild creatures.

Emily Reed

Emily Reed is a longtime islander. She was an adviser to students at U.C. Berkeley in the 1960s before moving to San Juan Island in 1972, and a beloved counselor for 18 years at Friday Harbor High School. From 1991-2011 she wrote and published "Emily's Guide & Maps to the San Juan Islands," and for five years wrote a monthly column on art in The Islands Weekly newspaper. She is a member of the new San Juan County Arts Council and finds delight and challenge in her new career as an editor for authors far and near. Emily is a veteran Road Scholar group leader for Skagit Valley College.

Nancy Dorey

Nancy Dorey is a retired teacher and principal who enjoys journeying to historical places around the U.S. and the world. As an avid volunteer for the Trails to Rails program at Klondike National Historic Park, Nancy utilizes her past experience as an educator to share her knowledge of the beautiful Northwest. In her free time, Nancy is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to hike, bike, kayak, snowshoe and explore.

Marc Moscato

Marc Moscato is executive director of Know Your City, a non profit organization whose mission is to connect people to place through explorations, lectures, publications and youth programs. He has a long interest in public art, and been involved with several public art projects and publications, including "Walls Of Pride: A Tour of African American Public Art" in Portland and "Art For the Millions: The Enduring Legacy of the Works Progress Administration." Also a filmmaker, his short films and videos have screened at film festivals, theaters and non-traditional spaces across the country.

Dr. Tracy Prince

Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D. is a Scholar-in-Residence at PSU’s Portland Center for Public Humanities. Dr. Prince uncovers forgotten historical moments by digging through archives and talking to folks about the good ol’ days. She has taught in or spent extensive research time in Turkey, Australia, England, Canada, and throughout the U.S. She is the author of "Portland’s Goose Hollow" and "Culture Wars in British Literature," and co-author of "Portland’s Slabtown."

Mary Kalbert

Mary Kalbert is a former on-line columnist and author of “Reflections on Life in the San Juan Islands,” a series of essays on everyday life and island living throughout the seasons. She earned her degree in business administration and retired after 30 years of a combination of federal and self-employed positions. Her involvement in charitable work has led to national and international speaking opportunities. Mary and her husband share their island home with one high maintenance cat.

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11 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
22 Field trips


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