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Whales and Trails: A San Juan Island Intergenerational Adventure

Program Number: 19929RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/24/2013 - 6/28/2013; 6/22/2015 - 6/26/2015; 7/20/2015 - 7/24/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Friday Harbor (San Juan Island), Washington
Price starting at: $725.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

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

On the adventure of a lifetime with your grandchild, explore the waterways and trails of the magnificent San Juan Islands afoot and afloat in search of orca whales in their natural environment. Revel in the scenery and wildlife, join a naturalist on a half-day whale cruise, and hike to island vistas that reveal intimate details of the local ecosystem.




Highlights

• During a three-hour boat expedition to highlight the week, search for orca whales, porpoises, seals, sea birds and sea lions.
• Enjoy two easy to moderate hikes through spectacular San Juan Island National Park to spot wildflowers, butterflies, Bald Eagles and prairie grasses, and learn why the Americans and British quarreled over a perished pig.
• Learn about the orca whale’s social intelligence on a field trip to a whale research outpost station at a historic lighthouse.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over gently rolling terrain; some stairs.



Coordinated by Skagit Valley College.




Friday Harbor (San Juan Island)

Friday Harbor is a picturesque, walkable, fishing port town nestled on the edge of the harbor. The island is home to a National Historic Park, Lime Kiln State Park (for whale-watching), plus serene harbors, farmland and outdoor opportunities.



Accommodations
Stylish inn in the heart of Friday Harbor with heated indoor pool, fitness center, complimentary bikes.

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

Cindy Hansen is education curator for The Whale Museum. Born in Gary, Ind., she earned a degree in zoology with a focus on marine mammals at the University of Washington in Seattle. While working as a naturalist onboard a whale-watching fleet, she fell in love with the San Juan Islands and the Orcas who live in the surrounding waters. Cindy has also worked with Orca Network for several years as a naturalist onboard the Washington State Ferries.
 
Shona Aitken

A native of Scotland, Shona Aitken earned a degree in ecology and broadened her background in environmental education while working in her home country and spending two years in Sweden. She is currently the Education Coordinator for Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on San Juan Island where she teaches people about local wildlife and increases awareness of the impact of human activities on wild creatures.
 
Erin Corra

Erin Corra has been an experienced environmental educator and interpreter in the Pacific Northwest since 1999. From one of the most iconic land-based whale watching locations in the world, she is now operating Lime Kiln Point State Park’s volunteer programs under the auspices of Center for Whale Research in a unique partnership with the Washington State Parks Department. Erin's expertise in the Salish Sea ecosystem and cultural history on the will inform and inspire folks of all ages!
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Earthbox Inn & Spa
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island 4 nights
 Earthbox Inn & Spa
Type: Motel
  Description: You will stay in a stylishly renovated local Inn, proudly preserving the comfortable simplicity of its classic motor inn structure completely renovated with natural design choices and a full complement of modern, more upscale features and amenities. Inn amenities include heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, dry sauna, and limited exercise facilities open year round. The Spa at Earthbox is on site and available for massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Rooms at the Inn have 2 queen sized beds, a mini-fridge, complimentary WiFi, and private baths. The Inn is easy walking distance (1-3 blocks) from all of the Friday Harbor amenities and just 3 blocks from the waterfront. Earthbox Inn & Spa provides complimentary courtesy shuttle from the ferry landing. To reserve a space on the courtesy shuttle, please call 1-800-793-4756. Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).
  Contact info: 410 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-793-4756
web: www.earthboxinn.com
  Room amenities: All rooms include private bathroom, free wireless internet, telephone, cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, and free off-street parking
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, telephone, free wireless internet, complimentary beach cruiser bikes, full-service day spa, dining hall, conference room, and limited exercise facility on-site. Free off street parking. Courtesy shuttle from Ferry dock, seaplane dock, or local airport upon request. *Please note: courtesy shuttle is only available during limited times of the day (8am-5pm) and may not be available when hotel staffing is limited. Please contact the hotel prior to arrival to arrange shuttle service. Taxi cabs are also available for approximately $5-$7.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Varies by season Please call Earthbox Motel & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies by season Please call Earthbox Motel & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will begin with an orientation at 5:00 pm in hotel conference room. You will be staying at Earthbox Inn & Spa that night.
  End of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will at conclude after breakfast (approximately 8:30am) to allow ample travel time for those returning to the greater Seattle area and points beyond. You will be staying at Earthbox Inn & Spa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking available at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
  Nearest city or town:  Friday Harbor
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5, 30 miles
  Nearest airport:  Major: Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle. Small: Friday Harbor Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

SeaTac Airport

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Bellair Airporter Shuttle
phone: 866-235-5247
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Senior fare approx $35 one way or $55 round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours to ferry landing plus scenic 1.5 hour ferry ride 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

This service runs 7 days a week all year except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Select route from SeaTac Airport to Anacortes/San Juan Ferry Terminal (www.airporter.com)

 

Anacortes Ferry Terminal

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Washington State Ferry
phone: 206-464-6400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Foot passengers approx $10-15 round trip varies by day of week and season.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

   

Select Anacortes to Friday Harbor/San Juan Island route. Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries for the most current information.

 

From Friday Harbor Ferry Landing to Hotel

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Earthbox Inn & Spa Shuttle
phone: 800-793-4756
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 minute 

 

Distance:

 

3 blocks

   

Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).

 

Seattle to Friday Harbor

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry
phone: 800-888-2535
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $40-$50 depending upon season.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

The Victoria Clipper offers high speed passenger ferry service between the downtown Seattle Waterfront and Victoria's Inner Harbour. Limited sailings daily vary by season. Visit www.victoriaclipper.com for current schedule, rate and reservation information. The Clipper ferry lands in Friday Harbor conveniently approx 3 blocks from the Earthbox Inn and Spa. *Note: Victoria Clipper often runs summer fare specials which feature free child fare with paid adult fare. Ask at time of booking.

 
Driving Directions
  Bellingham From Bellingham, drive south on I-5. Turn west (exit 230) onto Highway 20. Follow the signs to the San Juan Ferry Terminal (6 miles west of Anacortes).
  Friday Harbor Ferry Landing Drive off ferry, turn right and follow Spring Street up the hill. The Earthbox Inn & Spa is about 3-4 blocks up on the right. The address is 410 Spring Street.
  Seattle The Anacortes terminal of the Washington state ferry is located about 2 miles from downtown Anacortes. From Seattle, drive north on I-5, about 60 miles to Burlington/Mt. Vernon. Turn west (exit 230) onto Highway 20 and continue another 20 miles west to Anacortes. Follow the signs through town to the San Juan Ferry Terminal.
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: Welcome and Orientation
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Afternoon: Hospitality Room opens at 3:30 PM in conference room. Room check in at front desk 4:00 PM. Program Orientation begins at 5:00 in conference room.
 Dinner: In Conference Dining Room featuring healthy & delicious home-style meals served buffet-style. Meals are prepared by our private caterer and proudly served with enthusiasm! A varied menu is designed to please adults as well as children.
 Evening: Welcome and get acquainted program following dinner.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Exploring the "Orca's of the Salish Sea" / Journal Creation / Coastal Hikes / "Living On An Island"
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: In Conference Dining Room featuring healthy & delicious home-style meals served buffet-style. Meals are prepared by our private caterer and proudly served with enthusiasm! A varied menu is designed to please adults as well as children.
 Morning: Learn from a local expert about the incredible Orca Pod's. Discover what makes this population unique and special and hear their actual recorded language. Next, create a very unique and special wildlife journal for your use throughout the week to chronicle your experience. Children and participants also receive a special "Checklist" listing wildlife, flora, and cultural elements to record their sightings throughout the program.
 Lunch: In Conference Dining Room featuring healthy & delicious home-style meals served buffet-style. Meals are prepared by our private caterer and proudly served with enthusiasm! A varied menu is designed to please adults as well as children.
 Afternoon: Learn the historical and archaeological importance of San Juan Island's American Camp National Park. Our naturalist guided hike through American Camp National Park (approximately 2-3 hours) will bring multiple opportunities to stop and observe/reflect/sense the flora, fauna, and wildlife along the way.
 Dinner: In Conference Dining Room featuring healthy & delicious home-style meals served buffet-style. Meals are prepared by our private caterer and proudly served with enthusiasm! A varied menu is designed to please adults as well as children.
 Evening: Presentation "Living On An Island" gives an insider's perspective on what its like to grow up and live on an island. Are there really no traffic lights or fast food?
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: "Wildlife Rehabilitation Expert and Raptor Visit/ Whale Museum Program/ Limekiln Lighthouse Whale Research Outpost/Evening "Dock Walk"
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: In Conference Dining Room featuring healthy & delicious home-style meals served buffet-style. Meals are prepared by our private caterer and proudly served with enthusiasm! A varied menu is designed to please adults as well as children.
 Morning: Enjoy a visit with a Wildlife Rehab Expert and see up close a Raptor rescued by the local organization. Next, walk to the nearby Whale Museum for a docent guided field trip to the Whale Museum. The Whale Museum is the first museum in the country dedicated to the interpretation of whales living in the wild. Discover the social intelligence of these amazing creatures. Children will learn which whales are up for adoption and discover how each is unique.
 Lunch: In Conference Dining Room featuring healthy & delicious home-style meals served buffet-style. Meals are prepared by our private caterer and proudly served with enthusiasm! A varied menu is designed to please adults as well as children.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, visit LimeKiln State Park. Limekiln Park offers great wildlife viewing from shore, a lighthouse, and currently serves as an Orca research station. Learn about Orca acoustics and how research interpret Orca dialects from the stations underwater hydrophone
 Dinner: In Conference Dining Room featuring healthy & delicious home-style meals served buffet-style. Meals are prepared by our private caterer and proudly served with enthusiasm! A varied menu is designed to please adults as well as children.
 Evening: Take a guided evening stroll down to the docks to discover undersea life abundant on a "Dock Walk". Possible sightings of "Popeye", the resident one-eyed Harbor Seal who frequents the area.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Whale & Wildlife Search Boat Cruise Excursion / English Camp National Park Hike /Farewell Program and Orca Adoption Kits
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: In Conference Dining Room featuring healthy & delicious home-style meals served buffet-style. Meals are prepared by our private caterer and proudly served with enthusiasm! A varied menu is designed to please adults as well as children.
 Morning: Search for Orca Whales, Bald Eagles, Porpoises, Seals, Sea Birds and Sea Lions in their natural environment while on a three hour chartered boat cruise through the islands.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch during excursion
 Afternoon: Learn the historical importance of San Juan Island's British Camp National Park. Our naturalist guided hike through British Camp National Park (approximately 1-2 hours) will bring several opportunities to stop and observe/reflect/feel the flora, fauna, and wildlife along the way.
 Dinner: Enjoy a special farewell dinner.
 Evening: Following dinner, as part of a farewell program, enjoy a group gathering where the children are presented with their of "Orca Adoption" kits to take home.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Departure Day
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Conference Dining room. Breakfast available early for those wishing to leave on an early ferry.
 Morning: Program concludes after breakfast with independent departer to allow comfortable timing for the scenic ferry ride back to the mainland and greater Seattle area by mid-late afternoon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island San Juan Island Activities
Among the many free time activities in Friday Harbor are whale watching, kayaking, beachcombing, bicycling, fishing, shopping, museums, outdoor sculpture park, historic sites, and ferry trips to other islands. For additional information, visit www.sanjuanisland.org
  San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
The San Juan Islands are just a scenic ferry ride or a short flight from the northwest Washington mainland. Whether you yearn for the slow pace of island time or the excitement of new experiences, you're sure to enjoy your time in the San Juan Islands. For additional information, visit www.visitsanjuans.com
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


Birding in the San Juan Islands


Author: Mark G. Lewis and Fred A. Sharpe


Description: Handy guide for visitor's and residents alike to learn more about Island birds, seasonality, local "hot spots", and how the insular ecosystems affects bird behavior.



Friday Harbor


Author: Mike Vouri, San Juan Historical Society, Julia Vouri


Description: A book that reviews the rich history and residents of Friday Harbor throughout the past 100 years.



North Puget Sound: Afoot and Afloat


Author: Marge & Ted Mueller


Description: An insiders guide to the North Puget Sound region of Washington State.



Rainshadow World: A Naturalist's Year in the San Juan Islands


Author: Susan Vernon


Description: The San Juan Archipelago of Washington State is a wondrous place where the land meets the sea. In Rainshadow World, naturalist Susan Vernon explores the fascinating world of wildlife in one of the earth's richest biological realms. From rocky shores and tall grass prairies, to forests draped with mosses and lichens and resonating to the drumbeat of pileated woodpeckers, she encounters the first wildflowers of spring, watches a bald eagle's first flight, surveys rare island marble butterflies, and wonders at whales playing in the moonlight. Susan knows the secret places to explore and takes readers on a compelling journey through an island year.



San Juan Islands Wildlife: A Handbook for Exploring Nature


Author: Evelyn Adams


Description: Natural beauty and a rich diversity of wildlife draw thousands of visitors annually to Washington's San Juan Islands. Until now, there has never been a book that provides an overview of natural life in this beautiful archipelago. San Juan Islands Wildlife is an informative and affectionate look at the habits and habitats of the flora and fauna found within the unique environment of the region.





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