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Back to the Farm: Nature Studies With Your Younger Grandchild

Program Number: 14858RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/24/2013 - 6/26/2013;
Duration: 2 nights
Location: Mount Vernon, Washington
Price starting at: $395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 6; 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 6 - 8 years of age.

Create bonds to last a lifetime and learn fascinating facts about nature on an unforgettable farm stay with your grandchild. Pet animals, hike nature trails, peer through a microscope to spark your curiosity, and have fun working as a team by assembling a birdhouse and hand-cranking ice cream. Enjoy a sheep-shearing demonstration, adopt a farm animal to care for during your stay and investigate wonders in the night sky through a telescope and more.


• The fun starts as soon as you arrive — spend your first afternoon cranking homemade ice cream and enjoy a hayride to an outdoor barbecue dinner.
• Nail together your very own birdhouse and decorate it any way you’d like with watercolor paints.
• Take pictures of all your cool experiences, then arrange them in a memory book for you to take home and keep as a memento.

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.

One youth per adult.

Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.

Mount Vernon

Located in the foothills of the Cascades in Skagit County, the small city of Mount. Vernon is both the county seat and a popular destination for its annual spring tulip festival. The community is blessed with a mild Pacific Northwest climate, scenic views, and proximity to skiing, hiking and other outdoor recreation.

Motel-like rooms with private baths.
Meals and Lodgings
   Camp Brotherhood
  Mt. Vernon, WA 2 nights
 Camp Brotherhood
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Camp Brotherhood is a 200 acre "family friendly" retreat facility where people from different faiths, ethnic and racial backgrounds can come together and learn from one another in a tranquil setting.
  Contact info: 24880 Brotherhood Road
Mt. Vernon, WA 98274 USA
phone: 866-344-2267
  Room amenities: Each uniquely furnished.
  Facility amenities: Farm, forested setting, walking trails.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Not available.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Not available.
  Check out time: 1:30 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive and check in between 3-5 PM. You will be staying at Camp Brotherhood that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 1:30 PM after final lunch. You will be staying at Camp Brotherhood the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is complimentary during the program.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mt. Vernon, WA
  Nearest city or town:  Seattle Washington
  Nearest highway: I-5
  From End of Program
  Location: Mt. Vernon, WA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
airporter shuttle/bellair charters
phone: 866-236-5247
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Airporter Shuttle/Bellair charters 1-866-235-5247. With 24 hour prepaid, space can be reserved. $50 for seniors-round trip from Sea-Tac Airport to Mt. Vernon. Camp Brotherhood will pick up from shuttle stop in Mt. Vernon with advance notice.

Driving Directions
  Mt. Vernon/Bellingham/Vancouver BC Take I-5 South to exit #221 (Lake McMurray). Turn left to head East on hwy 534. Go approx 6 miles to a "T" in the road, turn right (south) onto Hwy 9. Go 1.5 miles to Brotherhood Road, turn left and follow uphill to the Camp.
  Seattle/Tacoma Take I-5 North to exit #208 (Arlington/Sylvana). Turn right to head East on Hwy 530. Go 3 miles to the first stoplight, turn left to head North on Hwy 9 for 9 miles. After 9 miles look for Brotherhood Raod (just past mile marker 38. Turn right onto Brotherhood Road and follow to the camp.
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: Check-In/Orientation
(Monday, June 24)
 Afternoon: Check in at between 3-5 PM. Kids will assist adults in making their own beds and unpacking. Each child will be given a disposable camera for shots during their stay. Crank home-made ice cream from 4-5. Reception, Welcome, introductions and orientation at 5 PM.
 Dinner: Hayride to outdoor barbeque at picnic shelter.
 Evening: Under instruction, nail a bird house together. Meet the animals. At dark, view the heavens with telescopes under the direction of amateur astronomers.
Accommodations: Camp Brotherhood
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Paint a Bird House, Feed the Animals and Make S'mores with Your Grandchild
(Tuesday, June 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 AM in Dining Hall.
 Morning: Under instruction, the two of you will paint your own birdhouse using water color paint. A nature hike and free time will take you to lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: After lunch, a science teacher will instruct adults and kids on the use of a microscope there will be free time for rests and/or walks. Children and adults will also have time to swim together with a lifeguard present, as an option. Feeding the Camp's farm animals will again take place before the humans have dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: Field games for the kids will be followed by a campfire and smores.
Accommodations: Camp Brotherhood
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Departure
(Wednesday, June 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 AM. Each make their own sandwiches for lunch.
 Morning: Each child will put together a memory book from the pictures taken during days 1 & 2, with the assistance of their grandparents. There will be a time for grandparents to meet as a group and share their experience and discuss ways in which to build on the new relationships that have been developed.
 Lunch: Grandparent and child pick a spot on the grounds to have providing.
 Afternoon: The packing up and leaving process will take place. Adults may want to select a scenic drive on their way home.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

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