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Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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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.
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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Ms. Diana Barrios

Diana Barrios’ cooking-class techniques, spiced with warmth and wit, were honed during her years of weekly cooking segments on San Antonio morning television. Her local celebrity status resulted in guest cooking appearances on National TV shows as "Good Morning, America" and the Food Network. Encouraged by her new friend, Emeril Lagasse, Diana collected family recipes for the "Los Barrios Family Cookbook" that is sold nationally and for which Emeril wrote the forward.

Bill Perryman

A fifth generation Texan and an award-winning teacher, Bill Perryman is known throughout Texas for his historical portrayals of heroic figures in Texas and American history and for his teacher trainings, seminars and educational explorations of historic San Antonio. He is the founder of History In Person Theater which is an official arts program for the Texas Commission on the Arts. Bill’s passion for history captivates audiences!

Bruce Martin

Bruce Martin is a native Texan who has lived in San Antonio for more than 30 years. A Texas Master Naturalist, he leads informative and entertaining explorations throughout San Antonio’s downtown, historic districts, cemeteries, missions, and natural areas, as well as the nearby Texas Hill Country. A keen observer of the built environment, Bruce shares his appreciation for San Antonio’s architectural details and public artwork, as well as some scandalous stories that are very much a part of local history. Bruce drives a white pickup and tries not to take himself too seriously — he and his wife Barbara live in a 1937 white stucco house near the San Antonio River.

Tim Draves

Tim Draves teaches Texas History at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He has been the editor of The Journal of the Life and Culture of San Antonio since 2005, where he promotes research and understanding of over 300 years of the town’s settlement. Tim serves on the Bexar County Historical Commission, and has won several Texas research and teaching awards.

Allen Hamilton

Allen Lee Hamilton is a professor of Texas and American history at St. Philip's College in San Antonio who has taught more than 400 college classes during his 35 year career. The author of four books and over 30 articles in historical and popular journals, Allen has won three NISOD Awards from the University of Texas for Teaching Excellence, was named Professor of the Year twice, and is a Minnie Stevens Piper nominee for the Outstanding College Professor in Texas. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington, and his doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma. Perhaps most importantly, Allen is a fourth generation Texan whose family has been in this great state since 1866.

Eugene Kranz

As the leader of the “Tiger Team” of flight directors who brought the Apollo 13 spaceship safely back to Earth on April 17, 1970, Gene Kranz demonstrated extraordinary courage and heroism. The hit film, “Apollo 13,” chronicles his struggle to bring the ship and its crew of three astronauts home after its oxygen system failed. Gene joined the NASA Space Task Group at Langley, Virginia, in 1960, and was assigned the position of assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He was selected as division chief for Flight Control in 1968, and continued his duties as a flight director for the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing before taking over the leadership of the Apollo 13 “Tiger Team.” Gene also contributed his expertise to a number of other NASA missions during his career, including the Skylab Program. In 1994, Gene retired from NASA after 37 years of federal service, and has received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Lynne Christopher

Lynne Christopher coordinates education programs for the San Antonio Water System (SAWS). Educated in Alabama and Georgia, she taught school for 12 years and has worked in informal education for 15 years. Previously employed by the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Lynne loves reading and singing in her church choir, and she admits to being a huge “Star Trek” fan.

Jim Kersey

A native of Texas, Jim Kersey has been interested in the history of the Lone Star state from an early age. Following a career in criminal justice for both state and federal agencies, Jim has been a private investigator, a contract investigator for the FBI, and has led educational excursions throughout San Antonio. He volunteers for the San Antonio Missions Historical National Park, as well as for Haven of Hope, a comprehensive program for persons experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Andres Tijerina

Dr. Andrés Tijerina, a native of Ozona, Texas, is an expert on the history of The Lone Star State. He earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, followed by a master's from Texas Tech, and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at colleges throughout the state, but is currently a faculty member of Austin Community College and serves with distinction as professor of history at the Pinnacle Campus. Andrés is the author of “Tejanos and Texas Under the Mexican Flag and Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos,” and has edited several other books. His writing and editing work has received the Presidio La Bahía Award, the Kate Broocks Bates Award, and the T. R. Fehrenbach Award.

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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.
Please note that changes may occur.

Chita Harris

If walking is your passion, Chita Harris is your go-to expert. From the Alamo to the River Walk, from the Hill Country to San Antonio’s fascinating array of missions, Chita has the energy and the expertise to lead you on illuminating hikes to the region’s many iconic sites. When she’s not putting one foot in front of the other, Chita can be found volunteering with a variety of local charities. Remind her to tell you about her time living on a Hereford cattle ranch.

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7 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
4 Performances


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