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Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life

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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. 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.
South Texas is the only spot in the United States where the endangered Whooping Crane can be viewed at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce celebrates this astonishing natural wonder with an annual festival. Cruise along the intracoastal waterways to observe the crane in a winter habitat shared by a diverse group of wildlife. Hear about current efforts to protect and rehabilitate cranes and other birds.


• Take a study cruise in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and marvel at the only flock of endangered, naturally migrating whooping cranes in the world.
• Birding and wildlife sightings abound on a hay-wagon ride in the rich habitat of the Fennessey Ranch.
• Learn about bird and turtle rescue on a field trip to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK).

Program Notes

So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1. Road Scholar birding programs are conducted in accordance with the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html

Activity Notes

Walking up to one-half mile. Boat trips up to four hours.

Date Notes
The Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas starts February 25-28, 2016. Independent from your Road Scholar program participants interested in this festival may want to extend their stay a few days to attend. For information regarding the festival contact the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce 361-749-5919 or www.portaransas.org

Coordinated by University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips


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