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Program #8503RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Albert from Albany, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/05/14 - 09/11/14
What a fabulous program. Just back from the Fall 2014 Session during which I joined 8 serious birders. Yes we did see dozens of birds in desert, marsh and forest habitats. But what made the experience truly extraordinary was how Duncan Evered put it all into a coherent overall context. He has a tremendous fund of knowledge not only about Natural History and Ornithology but also local geology, archeology, botany and politics which provided a "Big Picture" understanding of what we were seeing. Yes the accomodations are somewhat rustic and yes it's in the middle of nowhere but this is the kind of Road Scholar program that Road Scholar is all about.

Caryn from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/13 - 09/10/13
This is a wonderful program! The trip leaders, Duncan and Lyla, are knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. Malheur is beautiful and I look forward to returning for another birding adventure.

Gail from Woodinville, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/13 - 09/10/13
The leaders were fantastic. The program was great!

Cayce from Woodinville, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/13 - 09/10/13
A fantastic week!

Holiday from Anacortes, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/13 - 09/10/13
This trip in education to the high desert of Oregon is fascinating because of the knowledge, motivation, physical and mental energy, kindness, and humor of the presenters - a husband and wife team. They are perfectly balanced, highly educated, and very considerate in their approach to the participants and the environment being explored.

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