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The Spirit of the Lake Erie Islands: The Drama, the Beauty, the Science

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6 Days | 5 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.
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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.

Kristin Stanford

Kristin Stanford is an expert in amphibian and reptile ecology, including population census and habitat assessment. She developed a website dedicated to understanding snakes, as well as literature addressing snake-human conflicts. Kristin has appeared on “Wild Ohio,” a PBS show produced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as well as the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” She is the 2012 recipient of the Ohio Division of Wildlife's Diversity Conservation Award.

Gene Zajac

Gene Zajac taught 41 years in the Shaker Heights School District in Ohio and was director of the local planetarium. In 2003, he was chosen for the MUSE (Mars Museum Visualization) program for NASA and is a past vice president of the Cleveland Astronomical Society. Gene has made six telescopes, including a two/thirds replica of the telescope Sir William Herschel used to discover the planet Uranus in 1781. He and his wife retired to Put-in-Bay in 2013.

Lawrence Krissek

Lawrence Krissek is professor and associate director in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University, where he teaches oceanography, sediments and sedimentary rocks, and earth history. Born in Kansas City, he became interested in oceanography as a seventh-grader. To be near the ocean, he did his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and his graduate studies at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the history of Earth’s climate and oceans.

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.
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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
4 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips


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