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The Spirit of the Lake Erie Islands: The Drama, the Beauty, the Science

Program Number: 1804RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Price starting at: $844.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Make your way to the islands in the western basin of Lake Erie to learn about their fascinating human and natural history. Narrated walks and on-site presentations teach you about the wildflowers, cliffs, snakes, grape harvests and bird and butterfly migrations that make the islands unique.




Highlights

• On a boat trip to Kelleys Island, study geology at gigantic glacial grooves and fossil-filled quarries.
• A scientific voyage with staff from the Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory introduces you to lake ecology.
• Learn about the Battle of Lake Erie as you stand in the shadow of the country’s third-tallest national monument, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, and visit other sites relevant to island history.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, some uneven terrain. Stairways to reach caves and the elevator platform for Perry’s Memorial. Ferry boat to South Bass, day trips by boat to outer islands.



Participants will stay in one of four charming Put-in-Bay Bed and Breakfasts. All B&Bs feature private baths and Continental breakfast. Participants will not be assigned rooms until four weeks prior to the start date.




Date Specific Information

9-7-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center.




Put-In-Bay

Put-in-Bay is a tiny village on South Bass Island, 90 miles west of Cleveland. The village played a big role in the war of 1812 as the location from which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry sailed to engage and defeat the British. A national memorial marks that history. The island is also a popular summer resort and recreational destination.



Accommodations
Participants will stay in one of four charming Put-in-Bay Bed and Breakfasts. All B&Bs feature private baths and Continental breakfast. Participants will not be assigned rooms until four weeks prior to the start date.

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

Tom Bartlett is a Master Bird Bander for the U. S. Geologic Survey and a certified bird bander/trainer for the North American Banding Council. He has banded over 50,000 birds of 200-plus species. He has led bird banding and census efforts at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve for nearly 30 years and the Lake Erie Islands for more than 20 years.
 
Lisa Brohl

Lisa Kutschbach-Brohl is chair of the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy, treasurer of the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, and director of the Nature Camp programs. She earned a master’s in environmental studies with a specialty in wetlands from Ohio State University. She has an abundance of educational work experience including work with the National Park Service, as an instructor at the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, as well as being certified Project WET, WILD, and Learning Tree facilitator. Lisa worked as a biological technician with the U.S. Geological Survey at their Lake Erie Biological Field Station and the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Research Station. Lisa is the recipient of the Wildlife Conservation Award for 2010, O. D.N. R. Cardinal Award in 2010, and the Ohio Lake Erie Award in 2013.
 
Kristin Stanford

Kristin Stanford is an expert in amphibian and reptile ecology, including population census and habitat assessment. She developed a website dedicated to understanding snakes, as well as literature addressing snake-human conflicts. Kristin has appeared on “Wild Ohio,” a PBS show produced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as well as the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” She is the 2012 recipient of the Ohio Division of Wildlife's Diversity Conservation Award.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Ahoy Bed & Breakfast or Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast or Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast or English Pines Bed & Breakfast
  Put-in-Bay, Ohio 5 nights
 Ahoy Bed & Breakfast
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Contact info: 361 Doller Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456 USA
phone: 419-285-2469
web: www.ahoypib.com
  Facility amenities: All rooms equipped with king bed, private bath, satellite tv/vcr, wireless internet access, air conditioning and hair dryer. The owners are on site 24 hours a day, and all have ample free parking. Housing arrangments will not be made until four weeks prior to the start date. If you have questions regarding one of the bed and breakfast, please do not contact the B&B directly. Contact the Road Scholar program provider directly.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Private bath in each room.

 Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: Cape Cod style 4 bedroom bed & breakfast nestled on a quiet, secluded 3-acre wooded lot overlooking vineyards. Private baths, king size beds, satellite TV/VCR, hair dryer, AC, wireless internet, deluxe continental breakfast. Small fridge and microwave in breakfast room. Complimentary bicycles and golf cart rental.
  Contact info: 511 Trenton Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456 USA
phone: 419-285-2306
web: www.arborinnpib.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a king size bed, private bath, AC, satellite TV/VCR, hair dryer and wireless internet.
  Facility amenities: All bed and breakfast feature private baths and Continental breakfast. The owners are on site 24 hours a day, and all have ample parking. Housing arrangements will not be made until 4 weeks prior to the start date. If you have questions regarding one of the bed and breakfasts, please do not contact the bed & breakfast owner, but the Road Scholar program provider directly.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: Downtown historic Victorian home, the island's oldest and largest B&B. Central air, wireless internet, deluxe continental breakfast, large front porch.
  Contact info: 557 Catawba Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456 USA
phone: 419-285-2844
web: www.ashleysislandhouse.com
  Room amenities: Television, private bath and air-conditioning
  Facility amenities: All bed and breakfast feature private baths and Continental breakfast. The owners are on site 24 hours a day, and all have ample parking. Housing arrangements will not be made until four weeks prior to the start date. If you have questions regarding one of the bed and breakfast, please do not contact the B&B directly. Contact the Road Scholar program provider directly.
  Smoking allowed: No

 English Pines Bed & Breakfast
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: A circa mid 1800’s original settlers’ home, English Pines Bed and Breakfast is a lovely twelve-room bed and breakfast nestled on two quiet acres in the downtown district. English Pines Bed and Breakfast is just steps away from the new Put-in-Bay Conference Center and a short walk to the Winery, caves, restaurants and shops
  Contact info: 182 Concord Avenue
Put in Bay, OH 43456 USA
phone: 419-285-2521
web: www.englishpines.com
  Room amenities: Rooms feature air-conditioning and cable television. All rooms used for the Road Scholar programs have a private bath in the room. Refrigerators and hair dryers available in many rooms. Wireless Internet access. Picnic area with tables and grill.
  Facility amenities: Rooms feature air-conditioning and cable television. All rooms used for the Road Scholar programs have a private bath in the room. Refrigerators and hair dryers available in many rooms. Wireless Internet access. Picnic area with tables and grill. The owners are on site 24 hours a day, and all have ample parking. Housing arrangments will not be made until four weeks prior to the start date. If you have questions regarding one of the bed and breakfast, please do not contact the B&B directly. Contact the Road Scholar program provider directly.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5 PM at Crew's Nest (waterfront dining), Put-in-Bay, Ohio. You will be staying at Ahoy Bed & Breakfast or Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast or Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast or English Pines Bed & Breakfast that night.
  End of Program:
1 PM at Local Restaurant, Put-in-Bay, Ohio You will be staying at Ahoy Bed & Breakfast or Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast or Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast or English Pines Bed & Breakfast the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking at Bed and Breakfasts and all sites.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Put-in-Bay, Ohio
  Nearest city or town:  Port Clinton, Ohio
  Nearest highway: State Rt. 53
  Nearest airport:  Toledo or Cleveland, Ohio
  From End of Program
  Location: Put-in-Bay, Ohio
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Miller Ferry at Catawba Point

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Ferry costs: $7.00 per person ($15 car each way) Taxi cost: $3 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

2 miles from ferry to B&B locations

   

Ferry service info is found at www.millerferry.com and runs from Catawba Point, Route 53, to South Bass Island. The trip takes about 20 minutes and there is plenty of free parking on the mainland if a participant wishes to leave their car on the mainland. There is also plenty of free parking on the island. There is a taxi service from the dock to the B&B for $3 per person if the participant leaves their car on the mainland. Most of our Road Scholars that fly in, rent a car and drive themselves.

 

Detroit Metro Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from Detroit Metro airport 

 

Distance:

 

107 miles

 

Toledo Express Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

71 miles from Toledo Express airport to Put-in-Bay, Ohio

 

Cleveland Hopkins Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately 1 hr and 45 mins. from Cleveland Hopkins airport 

 

Distance:

 

80 miles

 
Driving Directions
  East Take the Ohio Turnpike to Exit 110, Rt.4. Go North to Rt. 2 West, about 5 miles. Take Rt.53 North exit and follow Rt.53 North until it ends at Catawba Island Point. This is location of Miller Boat Line Ferry Dock.
  West Take the Ohio Turnpike to Exit 91 Fremont. Go North on Rt.53. Stay with Rt.53 until it ends at Catawba Island Point where the Miller Boat Line Ferry Dock is located.
Equipment Requirements: Rainwear, binoculars
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
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in at B&B
 Dinner: Dinner at The Crew's Nest (waterfront dining).
 Evening: Orientation presentation at the Town Hall following dinner
   
Accommodations: Ahoy Bed & Breakfast or Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast or Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast or English Pines Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Tour of Island Including History Museum/Local Lighthouse/Perry's Victory and IPM
(Monday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: South Bass Island-Local Cultural History--tour by tour train, visit South Bass Island Lighthouse, and the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, day will be led by local history expert.
 Lunch: Noon Lunch at The Crew's Nest (waterfront dining).
 Afternoon: Visit to Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, talk by Interpretive Staff, other historic island locations
 Dinner: Dinner at The Crew's Nest (waterfront dining).
 Evening: Lecture at historic island Town Hall on natural and cultural history topics.
   
Accommodations: Ahoy Bed & Breakfast or Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast or Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast or English Pines Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gibraltar Island/ the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory/Lake Erie Ecology
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Boat transportation from Put-in-Bay to Gibraltar Island, home of the Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, the oldest freshwater lab in the US. We visit the Plankton Lab and explore the island and its buildings with OSU staff with a view of the historic home of Jay Cooke, financier of the Civil War. Enjoy a limnology science cruise on Lake Erie. Return by boat back to Put-in-Bay
 Lunch: Stone Lab's lakefront dining hall on Gibraltar.
 Afternoon: Visit to the Aquatic Resources Visitor Center. Enjoy a bat program with Debbie Nofzinger.
 Dinner: Dinner at The Crew's Nest (waterfront dining).
 Evening: Lecture at historic Town Hall on natural and cultural history topics.
   
Accommodations: Ahoy Bed & Breakfast or Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast or Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast or English Pines Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: South Bass Island Natural History / Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center / Caves
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Visit Perry's Cave and Butterfly House.
 Lunch: Noon: The Crew's Nest (waterfront dining).
 Afternoon: Visit to churches on South Bass Island and tour of Heineman's Winery and Crystal Cave.
 Dinner: Dinner at The Crew's Nest (waterfront dining).
 Evening: Lecture at historic Town Hall on natural and cultural history topics.
   
Accommodations: Ahoy Bed & Breakfast or Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast or Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast or English Pines Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ferry to Kelleys Island / Glacial Grooves / Fossils
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Ferry trip to Kelleys Island, Tour of Glacial Grooves to discover these unique geological formations and to the East Quarry to hunt for fossils.
 Lunch: Lunch on Kelleys Island
 Afternoon: Continuation of field Trip at Kelley's Island. Visit to Ohio Historical Society Petroglyphs. This field trip will be led by experts in geology and natural history from local universities and Kelleys Island. Return to Put-in-Bay by Ferry.
 Dinner: Dinner at The Crew's Nest (waterfront dining).
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Ahoy Bed & Breakfast or Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast or Ashley's Island House Bed & Breakfast or English Pines Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Natural and Cultural History / Put-in-Bay
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Vineyard tour and bird banding demonstration with Master Bird Bander Tom Bartlett.
 Lunch: 11:30am - Lunch at local restaurant
   
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.

Suggested Reading List


Research List


Author: Susan Byrnes


Description: The local books listed below are probably not in your library. Instead, we suggest you use the list of subjects at your library's electronic card catalog. Battle of Lake Erie and the War of 1812 Birds of Lake Erie Islands, Ohio, Ontario Ecology of Lake Erie Geology of the Lake Erie Islands Including Limestone Caves and Glacial Grooves Jay Cooke, Civil War Financier Lake Erie Islands Wine Industry Another good source is the internet. We suggest the following sites: www.nps.gov/pevi/ Perry's Peace Memorial www.nps.gov/pevi/HTML/geology.html island geology www.sg.ohio-state.edu/publications/twineline.html Articles on this area especially 7/99 www.osu.edu/cookecastle/island01.html Gibraltar Island www.osu.edu/cookecastle/lighthouse_01.html South Bass Lighthouse www.middlebass.org Island History www.put-in-bay.com Our Chamber of Commerce site www.canadianparks.com/ontario/ppelenp/index.html Point Pelee www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/cranecrk.html is Crane Creek Plus: www.leihs.org Lake Erie Islands Historical Society www.lakeerieislandswildlife.com Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center www.lakeerieislandsbsc.com Lake Erie Islands Chapter Black Swamp Conservancy www.crewsnest.com is the restaurant www.millerferry.com is the ferry boat company that gets you to the island www.weather.yahoo.com Enter 43456 zip to see our weather





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