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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.
Joyce from La Crosse, WI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/04/16 - 02/11/16
The program was well organized and educational. The Everglades are an amazing place. We learned how a few feet of elevation can change what plants and trees grow there and how important the amount of rain is to the birds and animals. Our leader Julie knows the area very well and loved sharing what she knew with us.

George from Richmond, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/27/15 - 04/03/15
Bob Nesmith, the naturalist on our hike though the Corkscrew Swamp said it best and I paraphrase. To understand and appreciate the Everglades, you must re-calibrate. What occurs over thousands of feet in the mountains happens between sea level and eight feet in the Glades. A subtle but fascinating trip. We covered pretty much everything the Parks could offer. Julie, our intrepid leader was awesome and the folks were varied, friendly and interesting. Bruce the driver was great and the food ranged from ho hum to a truly outstanding meal at Chefs on the Run. Strongly recommend!!

Eleanor from Yuba City, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/27/15 - 04/03/15
Interesting program. The program gave good coverage to the history and current condition of the area as well as explanation of how valuable the swamps, marshes and rainfall are to the entire area. The group leader, and the bus driver, were knowledgeable, helpful and very easy to work with. Food was excellent. Great program, interesting lectures and outings. Very informative.

Juliann from Hollywood, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/30/15 - 02/06/15
It was a lovely vacation. As a result of this trip, I am more likely to take another Road Scholar tour and I want to return to the Everglades. 1) Program: I have always wanted to see the Everglades, and it didn’t disappoint. I was delighted to visit so many parks and ecosystems in a fairly small geographic area. My favorite activity was the wet walk. I developed a greater appreciation for and enjoyment of the Everglades on this walk than any other activity. The water was never above our knees. 2) Weather: Warm, but not hot. No problem with mosquitoes in Feb. It rained one day. 3) Hotels: The Ivey House in Everglades City was nice; comfortable room, good buffet breakfast (good variety of fresh and tasty food), pleasant staff, and convenient location. The Best Western in Florida City was adequate. The best thing going for it is proximity to the sites we visited on the east side of the Everglades. 4) Food: I was quite satisfied with the meals. Buffet breakfast (good at Ivey House and below average at Best Western). Lunches were generally sandwiches served on location (i.e., eat at a picnic bench in the park you’re visiting) rather than a restaurant. I prefer that format because it maximizes the time spent at the parks. Dinners were good to excellent. Chefs on the Run restaurant in Homestead was the best! A suggestion for improvement would be to offer a second dessert option besides Key Lime pie. 5) Group Size: There were 22 people in our group and we were transported in a full size bus. 6) Guide: Julie Cardenas is an excellent group leader. Knowledgeable, efficient, easy-going, and she adjusted the program on the fly as needed. For example, the rain made our plans on the last day of the tour less feasible, so she found an interesting ranger program in Flamingo Key as an alternative (and I think the day turned out to be more pleasurable than it might have been if we’d followed the scheduled agenda).

Kay from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 01/30/15 - 02/06/15
Much of what I thought I knew about the Everglades was wrong. I went on this trip to humor my husband and was dreading murky, mosquito-infested waters, crawling with Burmese pythons. Turns out the water is clear, mosquitoes are scarce during February, and I only saw one small snake on the entire trip. Instead, I was treated to an incredible array of birds (including a purple gallinule, wood storks, and many types of herons). On the last walk of the trip, on the Anhinga Trail, we were so close to the herons that we could see their breeding plumage without binoculars. The birds and alligators simply ignore the visitors on the boardwalk and go about their business: presenting photo ops. And then there was the Orchid Greenhouse--gorgeous blooms and a beautifully designed private garden, whose owner also collects sculptures of such high quality that he needs dogs to patrol his garden at night to deter thieves. Did I mention the crocodiles, who coexist with alligators at Flamingo Key. Can't wait to go back! And woe betide any misguided member of Congress who tries to derail Everglades Restoration; he'll have me to answer to.

Patricia from Canton, CT Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/11/14
Develop a love for a place in the US that you may never have visited. It is a wonderful, diverse place unlike any other place.

Frederick from Canton, CT Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/11/14
This Road Scholar trip to the Everglades was stimulating and informative about the diversity of plants and animals and the problems associated with managing the demands for water between urban areas and the Everglades ecosystem.

Robert from Newark, DE Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 02/14/14 - 02/21/14
Wonderful experiences in various parts of the Everglades, with numerous up-close views of alligators, beautiful birds, and a wonderful guide too. It was great to only have to move hotels once during the week.

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