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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.
Barbara from Strykersville, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
Wonderful program. Learned so much about the importance of the marshes. Good mix of presentations and activity. Very true to the program description. Educational and fun, just what you'd expect from a Road Scholar experience!

Sylvia from Pewaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
This is an interesting educational fun program with excellent presenters.

Patricia from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/18/15
If you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, attend the shrimp trawl! Nothing else like it in this world!

Paul from Roseville, MN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/18/15
A chance to get up close and personal with the culture, history and people of St Simons, Jekyll and Sapelo Islands (from modest means to the wealthy) and much in between. The mix of history, nature and culture of these Islands (past and present) was well presented by our leaders, lecturers and hands-on nature/cultural guides. A very nice experience and pretty close to the way it was described in the materials before we came. A-.

SUSI from Monroeville, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/17/15 - 05/22/15
This program is absolutely delightful! It has something for everyone: culture, biology, history, the ocean, island-hopping...and the instructors are wonderful! We knew nothing about the Barrier Islands before this trip and this program covered just about every aspect of the islands. We stayed in a lovely resort with a wonderful view of the wetlands and also a lagoon where we saw alligators and many different birds. I am so glad that we chose this program and would highly recommend it to others!!

Toby from Saint Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
This was a wonderful experience. The Islands were new to us and the surroundings, expert presenters and other participants made this a memorable event.

Laura Lee from West Friendship, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
This trip is a nice mix of education and exploration. I had no idea how many or how diverse the Georgia Islands are and how much there is to behold.

Janet from South Dennis, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
Went on 3/15-3/20 Island hopping event. It was interesting, educational and fast paced. No time to be bored. To get the most put of this trip, read the suggested readings before you go. The history will come alive as you go from place. Bring Skin so Soft. You'll enjoy the walking.

Kenneth from Tallahassee, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
The program provided me with a comprehensive and interesting overview of the history, culture and ecology of an area of the country with which I was not very familiar. The program itself was very well-organized and executed to deliver a wealth of information in an efficient and enjoyable format. The uniformly high quality and enthusiasm of the leader and instructors contributed immensely to the overall positive experience. This was my first Road Scholar program, and I expect it will not be my last!

Susan from Tallahassee, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
This was our first Road Scholar program, but it won't be our last. Although we did not live very far from the program location, we had never visited these islands, and learned a great deal! It certainly helped to have done some of the suggested reading prior to the trip. Rusty and all the instructors were great!

Marilyn from Seal Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
A delightful step into the early history of our country and the characteristics of this part of our country.

John from Orlando, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/08/15 - 03/13/15
We had a great coordinator plus several expert guides/lecturers at different times plus bus drivers. Everything went smoothly -- rooms, meals, buses, lectures. The tour design was super, with very diverse activities: beachcombing with a naturalist; touring St Simons with a lifelong resident; touring a vacation compound for titans of industry 1886-1942 with a historian; touring a former plantation/slave island guided by a remarkable resident who drove the bus and also cooked lunch for us; riding a shrimp boat that trawled samples, which were described by an expert; visiting chapels with large authentic Tiffany stained glass windows (worth many million$ each). This was a fun way to learn about an area I knew nothing about that has deep and significant history, and about barrier islands, associated plants and animals, and US history generally. Fantastic trip.

Mary from Tallahassee, FL Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 03/08/15 - 03/13/15
Well-organized and informative trip to three very different islands. Rusty Fleming provided outstanding leadership and we had many excellent lectures and field trips. Consistently good food.

Calvin from South Windsor, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
Our first Road Scholar program was all we expected and more. The coordinator, guides, and facility staff did a wonderful job. We especially appreciated the listening devices which made the guides more understandable and enjoyable. Great program.

Patricia from Havre De Grace, MD Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
This was a wonderful, very interesting and informative program. Excellent Road Scholar guide and lecturers.

Philip from Montreal, QC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/08/15 - 02/13/15
If you are interested in the Barrier Islands, and you should be if you want to understand a very important but fragile part of America, this is the program for you. Very well presented. A beautiful and interesting location.

Martha from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
Anyone interested in history would probably enjoy this trip. Reading books about the area which Road Scholar sends ahead of the trip make one enjoy the trip even more. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting all three of the islands.

Becci from Canyon Lake, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
The tour director, Georgia Graves, as well as the guest lecturers were passionate about their areas of expertise and equally passionate about sharing that knowledge in an easily understood and interesting manner. It was a fun, informative, friendly tour in a beautiful part of our country.

Dominica from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
I chose this program because they were willing to accommodate my dietary restrictions: Gluten-free, dairy-free, yeast-free and egg-free. The chef and staff bent over backwards to meet my needs and they did very well! D Bazeley, Cincinnati OH

Paul from Madison, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
This was my first time with Road Scholar and will be doing more. Our Coordinator Rusty Fleming made the trip for me. Road Scholar material and educational programs went beyond norm. If you are a history and outdoor/environmentalist buff then this is the trip for you.

Arnold from Hendersonville, NC Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
Georgia's one hundred mile coast line provides unique support for the environment of the ocean as well as geographical and economic structure. Prepare to be well instructed and probably somewhat surprised by the presentation, and hospitality, that the local experts will give you. The accommodations are comfortable and more than adequate.

Eileen from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
This was a very good program, with an excellent mix of lectures and field trips. Our days were very busy, with one afternoon free so that we could have lunch on our own and relax, shop, or see a sight that the tour did not visit. On other days, we always returned to the hotel so that we had least an hour to relax before dinner. While not essential, having a car is nice as the hotel is not within easy walking distance of any stores or shopping. The hotel was very nice -- large rooms, views of the salt water marsh, refrigerator, with a screened-in porch included for most rooms. Our week was very hot and humid, so many of us took advantage of the resort swimming pool. Included in the holder with our name tag was the phone number of our coordinator and a small copy of the week's itinerary; this would be a good practice for all trips. Also, the hearing devices are a great addition to Road Scholar programs. It is so nice to be able to hear a presenter, even if one wanders away slightly from the group. The outside speakers were excellent, and contributed to our understanding of the culture, history, and ecology of the area. The final morning's presentation on "The Southern Woman" was a fun way to end the week. For me, the other highlight of the program was the trip on the converted shrimp boat to learn about (and to even hold) the many creatures that inhabit the waterways around the island. The food was good, although it would have been nice to have more choices at dinner or to at least know the day before what the entree would be. As always, one of the best parts of the program is meeting and getting to know so many fun people. This time our 35 participants came from 17 different states! I have written a blog about the program; the web address is http://emknesper.blogspot.com/. I can reaching through email at emknesper@gmail.com. Happy traveling!

Ronald from Marietta, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
This was my first experience with Road Scholars. If it is representative of other programs--and I have no reason to believe it isn't--I look forward to many more.

Pam from Pensacola, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
This was my first Road Scholar adventure and it surely will not be the last! The program was well thought out and organized. The educators were knowledgeable in their field and made learning the content very enjoyable. There was plenty variety in our activities and the other attendees were fun loving and like minded individuals. I truly got a lot of "bang for the buck" and I look forward to many explorations with Road Scholar.

Karen from Lawrenceville, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
An outstanding program that provides both very interesting lectures and field trips. Exceptional group leader who genuinely wants everyone to have a good time and learn something new.

Al from Clermont, FL Number of programs attended: 56
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
Don't miss this! These barrier islands are where a lot of our history began, and it's also where the fresh water hits the salt water. Some call it a swamp, but it is the marsh land where it all happens on a daily basis. You won't believe what you will all see.

Doris from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
My husband and I enjoyed every moment of this program. Lodging was spacious and comfortable and meals were delicious. There were 37 Road Scholars in our bunch, and we enjoyed being with all of them. Transportation to each attraction was on a comfortable motorcoach. It would be difficult to decide which one of the presenters/field trips was best as each program was presented in an interesting way. The week just kept getting better and better. My personal favorite was the trip to Sapelo Island where a visit to the community of Hog Hammock allowed us to interact with the residents of that community, all descendents of the slaves who labored there on rice plantations before the Civil War. It was a privilege to meet the "matriarch" of the community, Cornelia Bailey, and to listen to her account of life on Sapelo. I purchased her book "God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man" and couldn't put it down until I had read every last word. Our coordinator, Rusty Fleming, had everything perfectly organized, including a surprise wine and cheese party. Nice touch, Rusty!

Natalie from Jackson, MS Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
This was an excellent program: It was well organized and stayed on track; the balance between lectures and excursions was perfect; the instructors were all good; the setting was beautiful.

Gerald from Canton, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
Best group leader ever! Interesting and informative instructors. Beautiful weather and scenery. Put this trip on your bucket list!

Cathy from Huntsville, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
This was a beautiful and extremely interesting program with a nice variety of experiences. The staff was excellent and the accommodations very nice.

Mary from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
One of the best organized and executed programs I've participated in. Everything about it was good: food and lodging, program coordinator, bus driver, instructors -- the whole ball of wax was outstanding! I was particularly grateful for the new listening devices they used. They were state of the art. I would highly recommend this program.

Rebecca from Candler, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
TERRIFIC trip,history,nature,boat trips,great leaders and trip guides.

Dick from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
Best of the best !!!! Do not miss to trip you will not be disappointed !!!

Frank from Plymouth, MI Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
You are never disappointed in a Road Scholar program.

Georgette from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
having limited sight and hearing I was hesitant about the physical qualifications as well as my physically aging ability. I was assisted somewhat by my daughter as well as the instructors care and safety I felt well cared for and able to participate inmost activity.

Jere from Cary, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
I just returned from a Mid-March Road Scholar Trip Island Hopping Adventure on Three Barrier Islands in Georgia. It was my first Road Scholar Trip but it will not be my last! The 38 participants were delightful, trip leaders first rate, lecturers experts in their field, and I returned home with a new appreciation of the important maritime/war history, barrier island ecology, and the complex dynamics of plantation life before, during and after the Civil War. It was a well paced, informative, excellent program.

Arthur from Audubon, PA Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
A brief but full look at loife on the barrier islands of Georgia -- including the rich and famous and the descendants of slaves. Highlight of the program for us was the day on the shrimp boat.

Joyce from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
We found the island-hopping most informative, fun, and just a great getaway. The programs on seaturtles, history of the islands, and just on-site tours broadened our knowledge of the area and its habitats. And the variety of birds in the lagoon just behind our room was amazing.

Debby from Midland, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
As always, a fabulous time with like-minded people. We all have an increased sensitivity about turtles, a new appreciation for horse shoe crabs, a growing interested in the Gee Chee Gulee people, and a deepening love for pelicans. Great learning experience. Very very fun

Julia from Saskatoon, SK Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
This program is excellent for individuals who are interested in marine biology and ecology, as well history. There were many opportunities to learn and many opportunities for hands-on experiences and field trips. A very worthwhile program.

Virginia from Casselberry, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
One of the most enjoyable tours I have ever had. Everything, the facilities, food, transportation, speakers and guides were just wonderful. Don't miss this one.

Judy from Ormond Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Bill and Judy Speno together filled out the evaluation!

Janice from Paso Robles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
Delightful, interesting and entertaining program. Who knew there was so much to learn about the history and ecology of Geoegia's barrier islands? We highly recommend it.

Bonnie from Cape Coral, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Had a wonderful and educational time. This was my first Road Scholar trip, but it will not be my last. Everything was top notch.

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