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From Sea Turtles to Space Center: An Intergenerational Exploration of Galveston

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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.

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 13 years of age.

Does your grandchild love the ocean and marine mammals? What about space travel? On an adventure with you in Galveston on the Texas Gulf Coast, your grandchild can indulge a fascination with both the sea and the sky while making memories with you to last forever. Visit Moody Gardens to learn about aquatic creatures at their aquarium pyramid and about how plants and animals adapt to tropical climates at their indoor rainforest. Get an up-close view of rescued sea turtles while staff at a rescue facility explain efforts to save these and other endangered marine animals. At NASA, visit with an astronaut or staff member from Mission Control to find out more about space travel, both in the past and the future. Visit a university Sea Camp program to learn all about sharks. You'll have the opportunity to dissect a small shark, if you wish!


• Go inside the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at NASA, a massive underwater tank used to simulate weightlessness for astronauts preparing for long-term assignment to the International Space Station.
* Participate in hands-on activities with your grandchild as you learn about coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks, and hurricanes.
• Enjoy lodgings at an upscale hotel on the Gulf of Mexico, climb aboard a tall sailing ship and marvel at Galveston’s resilient recovery from multiple hurricanes by discovering its “tree sculptures” carved from damaged trees.

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Program is for grandchildren ages 9-13. Click here to see more Road Scholar programs with the University of Texas at Austin. For a comparable family program that includes all generations, click here

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Walk and stand for several hours, mostly indoors. All venues visited are air conditioned and have benches and opportunities to sit when needed.

Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.

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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences


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