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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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Boyd Pratt

A former local subscription farmer, Boyd Pratt has a background in historic preservation and has worked with the State of New Mexico doing field studies of historic archaeological and architectural resources. A long time San Juan islander, he has researched and promoted local architectural preservation and has a great knowledge of local history. Boyd served as a recent president of the San Juan Island School Board.

Darleen Nixon

Darleen Nixon did an about-face in her career after earning an MBA and working in marketing in the health care industry in Colorado. Her curiosity had been consistently piqued for arts and crafts, but not until moving to San Juan Island in 1998 did working in glass catch her imagination. Today, Darleen is an accomplished glass-bead artist with her own studio and her art on display in galleries in four states and the Virgin Islands.

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


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