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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
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Tom Bartlett

Tom Bartlett is a Master Bird Bander for the U. S. Geologic Survey and a certified bird bander/trainer for the North American Banding Council. He has banded over 50,000 birds of 200-plus species. He has led bird banding and census efforts at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve for nearly 30 years and the Lake Erie Islands for more than 20 years.

Lisa Brohl

Lisa Kutschbach-Brohl is chair of the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy, board member of the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, and founder of the Nature Camp programs. She earned a master’s in environmental studies with a specialty in wetlands from Ohio State University. She has an abundance of educational work experience including work with the National Park Service, as an instructor at the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, as well as being certified Project WET, WILD, and Learning Tree facilitator. Lisa worked as a biological technician with the U.S. Geological Survey at their Lake Erie Biological Field Station and the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Research Station. Lisa was the recipient of the Wildlife Conservation Award for 2010, O. D.N. R. Cardinal Award in 2010, and the Ohio Lake Erie Award in 2013.

Dr. Andy Jones

Dr. Andy Jones is the curator of ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He is the first person hired as the William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Endowed Chair of Ornithology, and his current research involves the evolutionary history of birds from the Appalachian Mountains, the Andes and the Philippines. Andy received his bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and his Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Minnesota.

Group Leaders

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.

Mrs. Dianne Smith

Dianne Smith is a retired resident of South Bass Island in Ohio’s western Lake Erie and a lifelong educator, having taught pre-schoolers to graduate students. She has been audiologist at the Ohio School for the Deaf, a special education teacher and director of education at the Cleveland Children's Museum. She and her husband have traveled worldwide with Road Scholar, including on Intergenerational programs with four of their 10 grandchildren.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners


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