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Oregon Coast Geology and Cultural History

Program Number: 5542RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/3/2013 - 8/9/2013; 8/11/2014 - 8/17/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
Price starting at: $633.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Be moved by the beauty of your incredible natural surroundings while discovering amazing geological treasures and fascinating cultural tales on Oregon's South Coast. Amid old-growth forests, pristine beaches, vast expanses of sand dunes and a rugged coastline, combine education and entertainment in one fascinating adventure in this beautiful region.




Highlights

• Explore active archaeological sites with a geology professor who weaves together both the geological and historical narratives of the Oregon Coast into a tapestry of oral histories and fossil identification.
• Sample the diversity of the Oregon Coast by racing 64 miles along the Rogue River on a narrated jet-boat excursion.
• Experience the vast and wondrous sand dunes of the Oregon Coast in the most immersive way possible — from the passenger seat of a dune buggy cruising over the dunes.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

8-3-2013, 8-11-2014

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Coordinated by Southwestern Oregon Community College.




Coos Bay

Marine estuaries, old-growth forests and beaches characterize the natural landscape of this historic port city on Oregon’s South Coast. Coos Bay is close to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Cape Arago and the fishing port of Charleston.



Accommodations
Apartment-style campus residences near fresh-water lake and walking trails.
Meals and Lodgings
   Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls
  Coos Bay, OR 6 nights
 Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: Southwestern Oregon Community College is a dry campus, meaning that no alcohol is allowed in housing. Our housing arrangements are apartment-style campus residences with four private bedrooms. There are two bathrooms on opposite ends of the apartment with double vanities. A common living room, dining room and kitchen with full-size stove and refrigerator are provided. The apartments are located on a freshwater lake with easy access to wooded walking trails.
  Contact info: 1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-888-7238
web: www.socc.edu/housing/pgs/apartments/index.shtml
  Room amenities: Each bedroom has one twin bed, lamp, and alarm clock. A phone is provided in the apartment. Local calls are free. Complimentary coffee/tea service included. No hangers are provided and there are no microwave.
  Facility amenities: - 24-hour computer lab with internet - large-screen TV in "clubhouse" - laundry facilities
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Each apartment has two bathrooms which have a shower/tub, and toilet located on opposite ends of the apartment. Outside of the bathroom are double vanities.
  Additional nights prior: $48 for two, $34 for one. Additional nights are subject to availability.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $48 for two, $34 for one. Additional nights are subject to availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in from 2-5pm at the Lighthouse Depot You will be staying at Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast (9am-11am) You will be staying at Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Paperwork will be sent out with welcome materials approximately one month in advance. It is the responsibility of the participant to return this paperwork to program staff via mail, email, fax, or in person.
  Parking availability:
Parking on campus is free and does not require a parking permit during the summer.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Coos Bay, OR
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Coos Bay
  From End of Program
  Location: Coos Bay, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 541-267-3111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.00 for taxi from the airport to Lighthouse Depot on campus
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

24 hours a day 

   

Call Taxi after arrival. Ask driver to take you to the Lighthouse Depot at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Cost is $7.00 one way

 

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From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Porter Stage Lines
phone: 541-269-7183
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Contact Porter Stage Lines
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approx. 2 Hours 25 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

107 Miles

   

Porter Stage Lines (PSL) does not operate on Saturdays, and there is a limited schedule Sunday-Friday. Alternative to PSL is a car rental.

 
Driving Directions
  San Francisco, California Go northbound on Interstate-5 past Grants Pass, OR. Take Exit 112 for Coos Bay. Proceed west into Winston and turn left at the first stop light, following signs to Coos Bay. Stay on Highway 42 until it merges with Highway 101 northbound and proceed through downtown Coos Bay. Turn left at Newmark Avenue one block before the Mill Casino. After going up a very steep hill, Newmark splits into two lanes. You will want to get into the right lane in order to continue going forward. After crossing Sherman St., get into the left lane. About a block after Broadway, get back into the right lane. You will see a sign for Southwestern Oregon Community College on your right and a Walmart on your left. Instead, continue past the traffic light and turn right at the next street (SWOCC Way) -- Staples will be on your left. Continue for several yards and then turn left into an apartment complex. The Lighthouse Depot will be on your left.
  Seattle, Washington Go southbound on Interstate-5 past Eugene, OR. Take Exit 162 (Highway 38) and proceed west through Drain, following signs to Coos Bay. In Reedsport, turn left onto Highway 101 and proceed south to Coos Bay.* After entering North Bend until you see the Mill Casino on your left. Turn right onto Newmark Ave. After going up a very steep hill, Newmark splits into two lanes. You will want to get into the right lane in order to continue going forward. After crossing Sherman St., get into the left lane. About a block after Broadway, get back into the right lane. You will see a sign for Southwestern Oregon Community College on your right and a Walmart on your left. Instead, continue past the traffic light and turn right at the next street (SWOCC Way) -- Staples will be on your left. Continue for several yards and then turn left into an apartment complex. The Lighthouse Depot will be on your left. *GPS/Navigational Devices might offer this alternate route: As you drive south on Highway 101, turn right onto Virginia Ave. Go to the left lane and after 0.8 miles, turn left onto Broadway St. Stay right on Broadway, and go right when the road forks to merge into Newmark Ave.
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: Arrive and be ready to enjoy all the wonders our beautiful Oregon Coast has to offer!
(Saturday, August 3)
   
 Arrive To: Check-in is from 2-5pm. The schedule that follows is representative of the week. Some activities may differ due to the tides and other unforeseen circumstances.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style meal on campus at the Empire Cafe.
 Evening: Following dinner, a program welcome/orientation by staff and Dr. Ron Metzger will take place. Participant will then have the opportunity to introduce themselves.
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Geology Introduction, Fossil presentation and overview, Beach walk at beautiful Horsfall beach and discovery time.
(Sunday, August 4)

Note: Expert-led Lectures: Rock Types and Earthquakes in Oregon. Field Trip: Ocean and Fossil Observation



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Empire Cafe on campus
 Morning: Local Geology presentation and overview of rock types with Professor Ron Metzger.
 Lunch: Lunch on campus at the Empire Cafe
 Afternoon: A quick fossil observation in the field. Followed by a beach walk at Horsfall. Here we will discuss sand and beach dynamics.
 Dinner: Empire Cafe, on campus
 Evening: The day will conclude with an interesting presentation on past, present, and future earthquakes and tsunamis. "Earthquakes in Oregon" will be presented by Professor Metzger
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Archaelogical Site and Rogue River Jet Boat Trip. Feel the spray of the Rogue River on your face as you race 32 miles up and then down the Rogue River in Jerry's Jet Boats. Eat dinner served "family style" in authentic "Lucas Lodge".
(Monday, August 5)

Note: Field Trip: Cape Blanco Lighthouse Excursion: Jerry's Jet Boat



   
 Breakfast: Empire Cafe
 Morning: Climb to the top of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse for a magnificent view of the area. Afterwards, we will have an archaeological discussion of the site. Then we depart for Gold Beach/Rogue River
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful Humbug Mountain State Park. Sit under a Myrtlewood tree, too!
 Afternoon: Jump on board! Our group will ride on the World Famous Jerry's Jet Boats as we go 32 miles up the Rogue River. The ride will be narrated by the fabulous navigators, as we hope to spot ospreys, bald eagles, black bears, and other wild animals! Be sure to wear many layers, stockings, caps, and gloves. Bring binoculars and cameras in protective containers so they don't get wet. Hang on tight and have a great experience.
 Dinner: Dinner will be provided by Lucas Lodge up the Rogue River. Meals will be served "family style". Which means you all sit at long tables and pass the food around the table just like you do at home. The home is the original Lucas home still owned and operated by the original family.
 Evening: We get back down the river and board the bus around 8:00 p.m. Tired, sometimes cold, but very happy. Arrival back to campus will be around 10:00p.m.
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dune Buggy Ride and Free Afternoon with Optional Trip. Ride an Oregon Dune Buggy exploring the vastness of the beautiful Oregon Sand Dunes with an experienced guide.
(Tuesday, August 6)

Note: Field Trips: Dune buggy ride and hike



   
 Breakfast: Empire Cafe
 Morning: A wonderful start to the morning! The group will ride a Giant Dune Buggy for 8 miles of dunes and 2 miles of beach. In this 1-hour scenic tour, we will learn about and experience first-hand, the size of these great dunes.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at Heceta Head State Park. Walk along the beach and enjoy the splendid sight of the lighthouse.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon or optional Oregon Dunes Hike.
 Dinner: Empire Cafe
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Learn about the Oregon Resource Corporation. Explore: Bandon Marsh, Tupper Rock, Race Rock and Old Town Bandon.
(Wednesday, August 7)

Note: Field Trips: ORC and exploring Bandon Lecture: Cape Arago



   
 Breakfast: Empire Cafe
 Morning: The Oregon Resource Corporation has been in Coos Bay for a few years mining for chromite. Though we cannot walk in the site, we will drive through and learn about their plans and projects.
 Lunch: Empire Cafe
 Afternoon: You can visit many of these stops in Bandon, but here you will have the opportunity to learn their significance: the Coquille Lighthouse base, Bandon Marsh, Tupper Rock, and the legend of Face Rock. After, enjoy a stroll down Old Town Bandon.
 Dinner: Empire Cafe
 Evening: A Cape Arago History Lesson presented by a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe.
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Explore Geological Sites along Cape Arago Highway presented by Professor Ron Metzger. Then, for cultural history, we will stop at the Coquille Tribal Headquarters.
(Thursday, August 8)

Note: Field Trip: Archaeological sites along Cape Arago and the Coquille Tribal Headquarters.



   
 Breakfast: Empire Cafe
 Morning: Explore various archaeological sites along Cape Arago Highway presented by Professor Ron Metzger. Prepare for a possible 1/2 mile hike in a very mussy and muddy estuary. Wear good hiking shoes or shoes that can get very muddy.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at Shore Acres. You will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful botanical garden packed with history, wildlife, and great views of crashing waves.
 Afternoon: We will meet with a member of the Coquille Tribe for an overview of local cultural Indian history and visit the Coquille Plankhouse
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College Residence Halls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Journey Back Home.
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Depart From: Please return your keys and lanyard for your end-of-the-week DVD at the Lighthouse Depot.
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Empire Cafe. Pack your bags and say farewell. Check-out will be at the Lighthouse Depot. Thank you for coming and have a safe trip home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Coos Bay, OR Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit www.oregonsbayareachamber.com
  Oregon Coast Website
For additional information, visit www.oregoncoast.com
  Southern Oregon Visitors Assn
For additional information, visit www.sova.org
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


Geology of Oregon


Author: Elizabeth L. Orr, William N. Orr


Description: Text will provide a general overview and history of the region.



Geology of the Pacific Northwest


Author: William N. Orr, Elizabeth L. Orr


Description: Text will provide an overview and history of the region.



Roadside Geology of Oregon (Roadside Geology Series)


Author: David D. Alt


Description: Product Review and Description from Amazon.com: Review: Roadside Geology of Oregonprovides a handy and understandable account, either to read at home, or to carry along on trips." --Oregon Historical Quarterly Product Description: Until about 200 million years ago, the western margin of North America lay to the east, along the present Idaho border, and a broad coastal plain spread westward into Oregon. The rest of the state was ocean floor. Then the continent began moving slowly westward away from Europe and the floor of the Pacific Ocean began sliding beneath the western edge. That is what created Oregon, and this book tells how it happened.





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