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From the Land to the Sea to the Swamp: An Intergenerational Experience

Program Number: 2533RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/27/2014; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Amelia Island, Florida
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

Experience a special coastal world in northeast Florida whose amazing residents have included pirates, shrimpers, noblemen and confederates. Venture into the Atlantic Ocean on a shrimp trawler and explore the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp in a small boat. Witness the sights and sounds of an exciting range of animals, from sea turtles and wild horses to alligators, local snakes, and maybe even a black bear. Bring big pockets to hold your sea shells!




Highlights

• Take an exciting boat ride to Georgia’s Jekyll Island to learn about sea turtles, then visit a hospital to see how injured and distressed turtles are returned to health.
• Explore a Civil War fort with an 1800s soldier who explains why the fort’s ocean-side location was so important.
• Travel by ferry to Cumberland Island to explore the beach, see wild horses and visit crumbling ruins of a mansion.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 3.5 miles for adults on field trip, or optional two-mile hike.



Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.




Amelia Island

Amelia Island is a picturesque resort community rich in history. It was the playground of the affluent, and today, visitors – as well as seasonal and year-round residents – enjoy its sandy beaches, colorful seaside villages and popular dining spots.



Accommodations
Spacious suites with full kitchen, swimming pool, five-minute walk to Atlantic Ocean. Golf, tennis, horseback riding, kayaking nearby.

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

Kevin grew up in Gloucester, Mass. and settled in Fernandina Beach in 1968. He spent 41 years sailing the waters of northeast Fla. and southeast Georgia. He holds a 100 ton master’s license and developed his knowledge of the wildlife and history exploring the waters that surround Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and St. Mary's, Ga. Generations of Kevin’s family have been shrimpers, and he shares with participants his knowledge of shrimp farming and the future of the shrimp industry in the U.S.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island
  Fernandina Beach, Florida 5 nights
 Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island
Type: Hotel
  Description: Near Atlantic Ocean beach - three tenths of a mile - easy 5 minute walk Evening Reception Swimming Pool Pets Allowed-extra charge Kitchenette Interior Corridors Local restaurants within easy walking distance Barb que and/or picnic area
  Contact info: 2301 Sadler Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-277-2440
web: residenceinnameliaisland.com
  Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Coffee maker/tea service, individual climate control, iron and board Luxury bedding-crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows Pillows: down/feather Pillows: foam Pull-out sofa bed Roll away bed
  Facility amenities: Swimming Pool Non-smoking High-Speed Internet Pets Allowed Kitchenette Fitness Facility All-Suites Property Dry Cleaning/Laundry Meeting Rooms Interior Corridors
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for seasonal rates. Participants are responsible for making additional nights reservations.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for seasonal rates. Participants are responsible for making additional nights reservations.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in 3:00 pm, Program registration 4:00 pm. You will be staying at Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island that night.
  End of Program:
Check-out 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. We have also enclosed a Parental Consent Form and a Rules And Regulations Form that is required for all children who participate in our Intergenerational programs. Please complete these forms and mail back to your Program Provider. They cannot be submitted online. If you have a Senior Pass, Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass, please bring it with you.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for length of the program at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fernandina Beach, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Fernandina Beach
  Nearest highway: Hwy A1A
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Fernandina Beach, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville, FL to Fernandina Beach, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Amelia Island Shuttle and Transportation
phone: 904-753-6480
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$55 one way - up to 5 people may fit in the van at no additional cost
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 - 40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 - 30 miles

 

Jacksonville, FL to Fernandina Beach, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GO Airport Shuttle
phone: 904-353-8880
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$47 for 1 person, $8 for each additional person. Return trip to airport is $55 up to three people.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 - 40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 - 30 miles

   

Call for most recent pricing. www.gojacksonvilleairportshuttle.com/ Round trip rate is $90 for up to three people.

 
Driving Directions
  North to South on I-95 Take Exit 380, US-17 South toward Yulee. Turn left onto US-17/FL-5S. Take SR200 E/SR A1A toward Yulee/Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach. After the Shave Bridge, turn right at the 2nd traffic light onto Sadler Road/CR-108. Hotel will be located on your left - approximately 1.5 miles.
  South to North on I-95 Take Exit 373, Callahan/Fernandina Exit. Take SR200 E/SR A1A toward Yulee/Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach. After the Shave Bridge, turn right at the 2nd traffic light onto Sadler Road/CR-108. Hotel will be located on your left - approximately 1.5 miles.
Equipment Requirements: Binoculars are always good to bring along for birding on Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee Swamp.
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: Arrival/Get Acquainted Games
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Arrive To: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Registration and check-in 6:00 pm buffet style dinner
 Dinner: 6:00 PM Buffet style dinner in the Hotel conference room.
 Evening: We have lots of fun getting to know one another through interactive games.
   
Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cumberland Island/Brain Twister
(Monday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet served daily with fresh fruit, eggs, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, danish, bacon or sausage.
 Morning: Field trip to Cumberland Island. Ferry to Cumberland on a 45-minute ride aboard the Cumberland Queen. A 3.5 mile hike on Cumberland Island takes you across the sandy paths where trees form an umbrella for your hike. Continue over a wooden boardwalk and onto the sandy white beaches for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. Box lunches are provided. The walk will take you from the shaded paths of the maritime forest to the brilliant sunlight of the pristine beach. Wild horses, armadilla, raccoons, and birds wait your arrival. A naturalist will go along to inform you about the flora and fauna of the island. Seining nets allow you to collect specimens from the ocean which you will identify. Collect shells and take back for a classroom shell identification program one night. There are bathrooms located on the island. This is a national seashore and the island is protected. There are no stores or commercial establishments on the island...no vehicles except the park rangers. Cumberland only allows 350 guests per day. You are invited to join us on the experience of a lifetime. We'll take our bathing suits for a swim and a cooling off time.
 Lunch: Box lunches are provided on the field trip.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Cumberland island continues.
 Dinner: Held in meeting room of hotel.
 Evening: Driftwood Education Center presents Brain Twister. This activity is for kids and grandparents.
   
Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Shrimp Trawl/Jekyll Island/Free Evening
(Tuesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast located in lobby area.
 Morning: Come along for a shrimp trawl on a real shrimp vessal. Boat into the Atlantic Ocean where you will seine for shrimp or for whatever comes up in the nets. We always bring up a few sharp, stingrays, shrimp and all kinds of fish. Your guide on-board will tell you all about boating and shrimping. Boat trip is about two hours long. Lunch afterwards will be on Jekyll Island or another selected location. Bring sunscreen. There is some shade on the vessal for those who cannot take the sun. It is a very nice trip that moves up and down the intracoastal waterway and goes out into the ocean, which provides a constant breeze. This is a very popular and informative trip. Don't miss it!
 Lunch: Lunch at a popular restaurant on Jekyll Island.
 Afternoon: We will head for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. You'll learn all about sea turtles in the museum and then you will visit the sea turtle hospital for injured and distressed turtles. Afterwards, you will board a trolley for a tour of the historical district of Jekyll Island to explore the cottages of the millionaires and see the famous and historic Jekyll Island Hotel where the elite gathered. It is a beautifual island with huge live oaks that are hundreds of years old. The trolley tour takes you to the main points of interests. Enjoy this gorgeous island owned by the state of Georgia. It is a full long day of exciting adventures in learning.
 Dinner: Held in hotel meeting room.
 Evening: Participants are able to rest after field trip or enjoy pool with grandchildren.
   
Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fort Clinch/Free Afternoon/Amelia River Cruise
(Wednesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is located in lobby area.
 Morning: Explore Fort Clinch with an interpretive guide. Involves walking around the fort. You may climb to the highest point that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide is one of the best reenacters anywhere. Even if you try to get him out of the character of a soldier, you won't be able to. He is the best! The fort is located near your hotel and on Amelia Island. It sits right on the ocean and you'll learn why its location was so critical in the war. This is another favorite thing to do for both kids and grandparents!
 Lunch: Catered meal in hotel meeting room.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the beach, visit the historic village of Fernandina Beach, or just take a nap and rest...I doubt it. There is so much to see and do in the area. We'll help you decide. The beach is right across the street from your hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Explore as you cruise the backwaters of Amelia Island and Cumberland Island and enjoy the spectacular views. Watch for rare birds, dolphins, manatees and other wildlife as you glide back in time along the rivers, creeks and marshes that surround Amelia Island. The boat is covered and may be closed to protect guests against inclement weather.
   
Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Okefenokee Swamp Exploration/Ring Shouters
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel breakfast located near lobby.
 Morning: Note: Approximately 500 square miles of the Okefenokee Swamp burned in 2011. Our Road Scholar field trips to the Okefenokee learn about the benefits of fire to the swamp. Lack of fire threatens the healthy diversity of forests and wildlife habitat, and leads to a build up of vegetative fuels in the forest's understory. Swamp fire is beneficial for forest health and wildlife habitat, as well as for public safety through the reduction in frequency and severity of wildfires. A naturalist will lead a field trip to one of America's most famous national wildlife refuges. The Okefenokee Swamp has been officially designated as a "Wetland of International Importance" but that doesn't begin to describe its incomparable beauty or the complex web of life that exists. Rich in history, "swamp culture", flora, and fauna, this one-of-a-kind giant peat bog contains uplands and islands covered in pine & oak forests; black-water lakes of varying sizes; and interior freshwater marshes (locally called "prairies) dotted with floating mats of "botanical gardens" interspersed among stands of pond cypress, black gum, mixed-bay trees, and shrubs. The Okefenokee also provides significant wilderness habitat for large populations of Florida black bear and American alligator. Boat ride is approx. 1.5 hours into the swamp.
 Lunch: Enjoy a hamburger cookout at the swamp with homemade peach cobbler and ice cream for dessert.
 Afternoon: Take a drive along Swamp Island Drive and explore the19th to early 20th century farmhouse located deep in the swamp that was home to a family that lived in the swamp for several generations. Its ability to survive the wet swamp conditions serves as a reminder of the swampers who once lived there. They were able to save the Chesser Homestead from the fire of 2011.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Welcome The Ring Shouters whose performance will include the lyrical Gullah language, spiritual songs, games, and redemptive shouts passed down from the slaves on Georgia’s southeastern coast. The Ring Shouters participated in the Obama Presidential Parade in January, 2013. This is our final night on the island so sit back and be entertained.
   
Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Reptile Encounter
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel breakfast located near lobby.
 Morning: Learn all about snakes...the good ones and the bad ones. Learn to identify poisonous snakes and learn about why non poisonous snakes should be protected. Handle the snakes if you dare. This is a hands-on class.
 Lunch: Program ends at 10:30 am.
   
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


Adventures on Amelia Island, A Pirate, A Princess and Buried Treasure


Author: Jane R. Wood


Description: Older Elementary



Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach


Author: Ron Kurtz


Description: Eight flag history with contemporary photographs/Adult....Older children can benefit from the photography and the story



Arfie Finds A Job


Author: Ron Kurtz with photographs by Roger Moore


Description: Adventures of a dog who really lives on the Island....Up to Third Grade level



Arfie Plays Pirates


Author: Ron Kurtz with photographs by Roger Moors


Description: Preschool



Boomer the Carriage Horse


Author: Yvonne Zaleski


Description: About a real horse who carries visitors through the downtown Historic District.....Younger Children



Ghosts of Amelia Island and Other Tales


Author: Maggie Carter-de Vries


Description: Adults and Children



Images of Amelia Island


Author: Rob Hicks in association with the Amelia island Museum of History


Description: Light text with historic photographs, many from the Museum's collection/ Adult...Older children can benefit from the photography



The Big Sand Dune & the Beach Lady on an African American Beach


Author: Annette McCollough Myers


Description: Broad age range, about an historical presence on Amelia Island: Environmental Activist; Historian; Opera Singer; Unique Character!



The Golden Age of Amelia Island, Revised


Author: Suzanne Davis Hardee and Kathleen Davis Hardee Arsenault


Description: Late 19th Century history/Adult



Yesterday's Reflections II, Nassau County Florida


Author: Jan H. Johannes, Sr


Description: County history with historic photographs/ Adult





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