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Program #19584RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Instructors

These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

David Lukas

David Lukas is a naturalist and writer based in the Sierra Nevada. He has been teaching natural history and bird programs for 16 years and is the author of "Wild Birds of California," and the co-author of "Sierra Nevada Natural History." He is currently at work on a field guide to birds of the Sierra Nevada. David has traveled the world extensively, spending a year in Borneo as a member of the Harvard Research Team and in the Peruvian Amazon under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.

Mark Wheeler

Mark Wheeler has a M.S. in education and has spent nearly thirty years hiking and studying the mountain and desert landscapes of the West Coast. Mark has worked extensively with wilderness-adventure programming groups such as Outward Bound, training both students and instructors in wilderness travel skills and group dynamics. A working writer, he has focused on subjects about the natural world, and is near completion of a book on traveling alone in the wilderness for extended periods.

Darrell McMahon

Darrell McMahon has worked in natural resource management for more than three decades and has extensive experience as a wildlife biologist, entomologist and habitat biologist. In addition to teaching college courses in geology and natural history, Darrell has taught at Dixie State College and Southern Utah University the past seven years and has knowledge of natural history, forest ecology and wildlife.

Martin Tyner

At the age of 19, Martin Tyner was hired as curator of birds of prey at Busch Gardens, Calif., and was soon working in the movie industry as a trainer of big cats, elephants, primates, sea mammals and raptors. He is the founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit wildlife rescue and environmental education organization. With the help of his Golden Eagle, Bud, they received a donation of 22.6 acres of property for the development of a permanent wildlife rescue facility in Utah.

Marc Deshowitz

Marc Deshowitz is a native New Englander who grew up in the Boston area, but left the region to pursue a graduate degree in geology. After 30 years as a petroleum geologist working for Shell Oil Company, Marc and his wife Chrystal moved to southern Utah to be closer to family. Marc is now doing what he is passionate about — teaching and enlightening anyone who cares to listen about the geology of the Colorado Plateau Region.

Mr. Peter Hickey

With a rich family history that is tied to Sequoia National Park, Peter Hickey continues to share his appreciation for the Sequoias and his family’s story through his career as a wood carver and storyteller. Peter is the descendent of Thomas Gamlin, who in 1867 purchased a deed to the 160 acres in which the famous General Grant Tree is situated — later, his family opened a dry good store inside the Fallen Monarch, an ancient Sequoia log, and built a cabin. Both structures are still standing today. Peter’s father worked for the National Park Service for 22 years, and for the first 14 years of Peter’s life, he lived with his family every summer in Sequoia National Park and frolicked in the Giant Forest. The collecting of Sequoia wood has been a passion of his for many years, and eventually he turned to wood carving as a way to give a new life to the beautiful pieces he collected.

Dr. Stanley Beus

From his early days growing up on a dairy farm in Idaho, Dr. Stanley Beus quickly became fascinated with nature. He earned a Ph.D. in geology from UCLA before beginning a career as an exploration geologist, and later became the first head of the Geology Department at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Beus has been both a field and class instructor for Road Scholar programs for over 20 years, and has enjoyed bringing geology to life for literally thousands of participants.

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.

Marcia Burns

Artist and nature lover Marcia Burns was born and raised in the redwood forests of Northern California. Thirty years ago she moved to Arizona to be closer to the Grand Canyon, where she has worked at both rims and hiked to the bottom numerous times, both solo and as a group leader. Marcia has been guiding people around the southwest for years, and for the past 10 has worked as a coordinator for Northern Arizona University Road Scholar programs. When not on the road, Ms. Burns enjoys time in her ceramic studio, creating critters, plants and landscapes out of clay.

Our Value Promise To You

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

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4.6
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