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10 Days | 9 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.

Russel Barsh

A graduate of Harvard University, Russel Barsh has devoted his career to educating and advising Native peoples on land and environmental issues. He has served as an adviser to United Nations agencies as an advocate for indigenous peoples in developing countries, and worked as the science adviser to indigenous organizations participating in the "Earth Summit," carrying out field missions in South Africa and Asia. Russel serves as the director of KWIAHT, a nonprofit laboratory in the Salish Sea.

Michael Vouri

Michael Vouri is chief park interpreter and historian for San Juan Island National Park. He is a passionate historian with an unmatched knowledge of regional history and exploration. He is the author of "The Pig War," and co-author of "Images of America – Friday Harbor." Michael is well known regionally for “An Evening with George Pickett,” a critically acclaimed stage play based on a local historical figure. Mike is a long-time and very popular Road Scholar instructor.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Turmel

Paul Turmel is a retired horticulturalist from Butchart’s Gardens. While living near Boston, he trained in ornamental horticulture prior to earning a liberal arts degree. Eventually immigrating to Canada, Paul has been a resident of Victoria, British Columbia for 35 years. His career at Butchart Gardens as gardener, trainer, and specialized expert lasted more than a decade.

Dr. Lorraine McConaghy

Dr. Lorraine McConaghy is the public historian at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), in Seattle, and a lecturer in museum studies at the University of Washington. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History and the Robert Gray Medal, the most distinguished award in Washington State for a historian. Her ongoing research interests are focused on the Civil War in Washington Territory.

Nancy Spaulding

Nancy Spaulding is an artist who has been inspired by San Juan Island since moving there in 1978. Nancy’s work has been featured on the covers of numerous books and magazines, and can be found in museums and galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest, and she is a founding member of the San Juan Island Artist’s Studio Tour.

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Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Carol Barton

Carol Barton has been the coordinator for Road Scholar programs in Seattle since 1996. She is an avid reader, a local history buff, a struggling gardener, a novice birder and a pretty darned good cook. Carol learned to be a Road Scholar coordinator not only by working many years in the hotel industry, but especially by leading a Girl Scout troop. A degree in French from the University of Washington has been useful primarily in solving crossword puzzles and ordering fine food in French restaurants.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
9 nights of accommodations
23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Performances


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