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Program #18520RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
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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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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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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.

Mike O'Connell

Mike O’Connell manages the Glenwood Springs Salmon Restoration Hatchery on Orcas Island, sponsored by the private non-profit organization called “Long Live the Kings.” LLTK is committed to restoring wild salmon to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Mike is a long time fisheries biologist with experience and training in many areas of natural resource management. Prior to joining LLTK's staff in 2001, he was a district watershed manager for the Middle Deschutes Watershed in central Oregon.

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.

Emily Reed

Emily Reed is a longtime islander who writes a monthly column on art in the Islands Weekly newspaper. She served as a college adviser at UC Berkeley in the 1960s before moving to San Juan Island, where she later worked as a high school counselor for 18 years at Friday Harbor High School. Emily is a veteran Road Scholar contributor, and has published “Emily’s Guides to the San Juan Islands,” the definitive travel information source for the region.

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.

Bruce Dunlop

Bruce Dunlop owns and operates the small livestock farm and specialty food business called Lopez Island Farm. He started the environmentally friendly farm over 10 years ago, and now his products are sold throughout the Northwest. Bruce received bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and spent 17 years working in the food and agricultural industries. Bruce lives on his farm and produces lamb and pork to help feed his community.

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Dr. Lauri Fahlberg

Dr. Lauri Fahlberg is a recently retired professor of health sciences from Carroll College in Montana. Lauri has also studied at yoga institutes from Colorado to Kathmandu, and has been a yoga teacher for 30 years. Lauri grew up skiing, hiking, and climbing in Colorado, and has climbed extensively in the Rocky Mountains and the Himalaya. She has been a marathon runner, triathlete, and cyclist, competing in national and international cycling classics, and in ski marathons. In 2005, she and her husband replaced their sea kayaks with a bluewater sailboat, and lived aboard it for 18 months. In years past, Lauri’s passion for health, education, travel, and service led her to establish tuberculosis prevention programs in Nepal, work with HIV/AIDS patients and their families in Africa, assist in a medicinal plant clinic in Guatemala, and help develop a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention program in Alaska. She and her husband divide their time between San Juan Island and other parts of the world.

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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances


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