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Climate Change and Nature’s Fury

Program Number: 17486RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/18/2013 - 3/21/2013; 3/16/2015 - 3/19/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Makanda, Illinois
Price starting at: $526.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Hurricanes, tornados, blizzards and floods — extreme weather events are more and more common in the headlines. Get to the bottom of what scientists consider the biggest issue facing humankind today — climate change. Meet with lead forecasters and meteorologists to analyze the latest scientific evidence on how extreme weather is affecting our planet. Investigate the interests of the people and corporations who debate climate issues and get the real story on how climate change influences our society and politics while learning what you can do to minimize your own carbon footprint.




Highlights

• Join the pros at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Paducah, Ky., to see how this weather nerve center alerts the region to severe weather outbreaks.
• Minutes matter when severe weather breaks out. Learn how the SKYWARN spotter program coordinates spotters and amateur radio operators to spread the word quickly.
• Learn how to track biological trends as experts in phenology teach you how to recognize climatic shifts by observing plant and animal cycles around your home.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven, hilly terrain.



Coordinated by Land for Learning Institute.




Makanda

The village of Makanda near Carbondale is a quaint gateway to Illinois’ Giant City State Park, known for its unique sandstone structures and popular among campers, hikers, rock climbers, horseback riders and boaters. The park and Makanda are both convenient to the Southern Illinois Wine Trail, premier golfing opportunities, fishing lakes and more.



Accommodations
Historic lodge located in the heart of Giant City State Park. One room cabins with two double beds. Outdoor swimming pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Curt Carter

Curt Carter received a master’s in environmental education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is the co-founder of the Land For Learning Institute and has more than 20 years experience leading canoe expeditions on rivers, lakes and swamps. He is a lead instructor for birding expeditions and a facilitator for Project Wild and Leave No Trace programs. Curt is also a musician who performs with an environmental message.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
  Makanda 4 nights
 Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Type: Lodge
  Description: Found in the heart of the park is Giant City Lodge. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park. Multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber were two of the native building materials used. The spacious and historic Lodge has a rustic beauty that creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois. The Bald Knob dining room, with seating for 200, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, our all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner.
  Contact info: 460 Giant City Lodge Rd
Makanda, IL 62958 USA
phone: 618-457-4921
web: giantcitylodge.com
  Room amenities: 2 full beds, privte bath, television, outdoor swimming pool
  Facility amenities: Giant City Lodge has private rooms perfect for your special event, banquets, and meetings. The Lodge also features a historic lounge and bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway. Outdoor swimming pool, numerous hiking trails, Visitor's Center nearby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $69.00-$105.00 Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $69.00-$105.00 Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in begins at 4:00pm until 5:00pm. Introductions and dinner at 5:30, opening presentation at 6:30. You will be staying at Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins that night.
  End of Program:
Check-out and departures at 10:00am after morning session. You will be staying at Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Makanda
  Nearest city or town:  Carbondale, IL
  Nearest highway: IL. Route 13, I-57, I-24
  Nearest airport:  Williamson County Regional Airport (MWA) Marion IL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Makanda
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Louis, MO

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
B.A.R.T. Transportation
phone: 800-284-2278
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60/adult reduced rate for children
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 

 

Distance:

 

144 miles

   

Shuttle service arrives/departs from the Ramada Inn in Carbondale. You then need to arrange taxi service to Giant City State Park Lodge. Taxi Service phone number: 618-457-8122 and 618-457-8121.

 
Driving Directions
  Chicago, IL Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to "Restaurant & Lodge".
  Indianapolis, In Take I-70 west to Effingham, Il. where you will pick up I-57 at mile #160. Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to "Restaurant & Lodge".
  Kentucky Take I-24 west/north to I-57 (in Illinois). Go North on I-57 approx. 7 miles to exit #54, Ilinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to "Restaurant & Lodge".
  St. Louis, MO Take I-64 East to I-57. Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to "Restaurant & Lodge".
Elevation Note: 1200 ft max.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Monday, March 18)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival/Introductions/Program Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. Dinner at 5:30
 Dinner: Family style at Lodge restaurant
 Evening: Introductions and overview. Southern Illinois Natural Divisions presentation
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: NWS field trip
(Tuesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Giant City Lodge Restaurant
 Morning: A field trip to the National Weather Service Forcast Office located in Paducah, Ky will show us how NOAA predicts the weather, issues watches and warnings, and manages severe weather events (such as the May 8, 2009 southern Illinois derecho).
 Lunch: Lodge Restaurant
 Afternoon: NWS field trip continued. Short hike at state park to observe weather, and overview of southern Illinois natural divisions.
 Dinner: Lodge Restaurant
 Evening: Presentation on the New Madrid Earthquake
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Southern Illinois University seismologist presentation
(Wednesday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Giant City Lodge Restaurant
 Morning: Field Trip to the Earth Quake Center at Southern Illinois University and presentation from seismologist.
 Lunch: in the field
 Afternoon: Presentation of weather forcasting models and methodologies past and present.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local winery, with optional wine tasting.
 Evening: Evening Music with a focus on folk and bluegrass music inspired by the natural world and intertwined with stories of life and adventure!
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Tri-State Tornado/Check-out and departures at 10:00 a.m.
(Thursday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Lodge Restaurant
 Morning: Historical accounts of the infamous 1925 Tri-State tornado.
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Forgotten Storm: The Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925


Author: Wallace E. Akin


Description: Wallace Akin recounts the great tri-state tornado as a survivor. He uses interviews, period newspaper reports, and other resources to reconstruct the path and devastation of the 1925 tornado.



The Weather Book


Author: Jack Williams


Description: Easy-to-understand weather graphics, weather patterns, and state-by-state records.





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