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Program #14314RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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. 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.
Helaine from Princeton, NJ Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/17/12 - 06/22/12
If you’d like to increase your astronomical knowledge, head to Penn State. I agree with the other reviewers that Chris and Kevin’s teaching skills are superb; the supplementary materials (videos) are great; moreover, there are no “dumb” questions . My peak experience was seeing Saturn and its rings through a “modest” telescope. The hotel and food were first rate. We are ready to “re-up” if the program is offered next year. You can never be too rich, too thin, or know too much astronomy.

Linda from Schenectady, NY Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 06/17/12 - 06/22/12
I have to say "ditto" to David's review.Kevin and Chris were terrific teachers and made difficult concepts understandable without loosing the wow factor of the splendid universe in which we live! The Nittany Lion Inn was superb and the food very plentiful and delicious!

David from Mint Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 48
Date attended: 06/17/12 - 06/22/12
Excellent program. Road Scholar instructors always seem to be excellent, a pattern that certainly applies to this course. These were two of the best instructors we've had to date. Although they didn't use handouts, they had something better: web-based charts, graphs, animations, movies, and other graphics they could bring up in a second's notice. Sometimes, when someone in the class asked a question, the other instructor had a relevant graphic displayed while the first had barely begun to answer the question! These guys were tops. And the Nittany Lion Inn accomodatations and food were great.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
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