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Program #10013RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
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.


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

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.

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, Ed.D. is leader of a group of musicians called “Sugar on the Floor” who perform historical music and dances from the folk traditions. Michael is a self-described innovative scientist-counselor-eco psychologist-traditional musician-naturalist. A long time outdoor educator, Michael founded Project Nature Connect, a nature connected psychological science that restores people to their fullness, their natural integrity and deeper ideals.

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.

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.

Debbi Fincher

After traveling the world on ships as a port lecturer and shore excursion manager for nine years, Debbi and her husband settled on San Juan Island in 1997 because of its natural beauty and her love of orcas. Debbi quickly became involved as a naturalist on the whale watch boats to share her passion for these amazing marine mammals and to use this as an educational platform to help bring awareness to the issues that affect these creatures.

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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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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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3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Performances


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