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A Summer Adventure on the Oregon Coast With Your Grandchild!

Program Number: 4745RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/2/2014 - 8/8/2014; 8/1/2015 - 8/7/2015; 8/10/2015 - 8/16/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
Price starting at: $965.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Natural History
Intergenerational
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 11 years of age.

Coastal adventure awaits you and your grandchild on Oregon’s diverse and exciting southern coast. Hands-on educational opportunities will open up new worlds of natural history and unique geology for all. You’ll be busy having fun together as you learn how the dunes were formed, hike through trails, learn about a local Native American tribe, fly kites, and make s’mores!




Highlights

• Spend time on the beach touching marine life at tide pools, playing on the beach and toasting marshmallows around a bonfire.
• Fish on a wild and remote section of the Umpqua River, where you will catch and release Smallmouth Bass.
• Feel the spray of the Rogue River on your face as you race up 32 miles to Lucas Lodge, and then down 32 miles back to Gold Beach. Be sure to keep a lookout for osprey, sea lions, bald eagles, black bears, and other wildlife.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day on mostly flat terrain. One nature hike on dirt, gravel, and sand with moderately steep inclines. Must be able to keep up with grandchild.



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 with four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, shared living / dining area and kitchen. Campus features wooded walking trails and freshwater lake.
Meals and Lodgings
   Southwestern Oregon Community College
  Coos Bay, OR 6 nights
 Southwestern Oregon Community College
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: Apartment-style campus residences. The configurations of the apartments follow: two private bedrooms sharing one bathroom; a common living room, dining room and kitchen; two private bedrooms sharing a bathroom. This is a total of 4 private bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Bathrooms only have toilet and shower/tub, outside of them are double vanities. The kitchen has a full-sized stove and refrigerator. No microwaves or TV's are in the room. Both can be found in the student lounge, along with laundry facilities. The apartments are located on a freshwater lake with easy access to wooded walking trails. Each room will have six hangers, alarm clocks, desk lamps, and phone. *In the Participant Informatory Material, participants will find an example layout of the apartments. If participants have any questions please contact the program coordinator to clarify the layout.*
  Contact info: 1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 800-962-2838 x7311
web: www.socc.edu/housing/pgs/apartments/index.shtml
  Room amenities: Each bedroom has a desk lamp, alarm clock, 6 hangers, and telephone. Local calls are free.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Each apartment has two bathrooms. The shower/tub and toilet are separate from the double-sink 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 that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast (9am-12pm) You will be staying at Southwestern Oregon Community College the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Included in the packet grandparents will receive documents and waivers. It is the grandparent(s) responsibility to return the child waiver form (to be signed by the legal guardian of the child), the model release form for grandparent and grandchild (more can be obtained the day of check-in), and lodging agreement (do not worry about filling out the room assignment and key issued) when mailing the forms.
  Parking availability:
Parking on campus is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Coos Bay, OR
  Nearest city or town:  Coos Bay, OR
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  North Bend, OR (OTH)
  From End of Program
  Location: Coos Bay, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

EUG

 

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.

 

OTH

 

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:

 

8 minutes from campus 

 

Distance:

 

2.6 miles

   

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

 
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, you will 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: Arrival and Check-in. Welcome and Introductions. Program Orientation
(Saturday, August 2)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK-IN: At Lighthouse Depot from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

After you receive your room assignment, you will also get an arrival packet containing your name tag(s), up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation this evening.

The daily schedule that follows is an outline of what has been planned. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

 Dinner: Dinner is a buffet in the Empire Café (dining hall) with a variety of choices. Grandparents are responsible for supervising their grandchildren in their selections.

The college food service is supervised by the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) and offers opportunities for OCCI students to work under the direction of industry professionals.

 Evening: WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS: Meet the program staff and begin getting to know your fellow participants.

ORIENTATION: We will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, your gear, and answer any questions you may have.

Evening Activity: Make your own kite!

   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bring your pen and paper as you learn about the Oregon Coast with Marty Giles. Explore marine life through tide-pooling. Take a stroll at Shore Acres State Park. Sit and talk to a local tribe inside of their Plank House. End the day at the beach.
(Sunday, August 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Empire Cafe, on campus
 Morning: Lecture: Marty Giles will impart a wealth of knowledge as she talks about the formation of the Oregon Coast, the sea critters found during tide pooling, Oregon's not-so-crazy weather, and answer any questions.

Field Trip: Start the day off with tide pool exploration at Sunset Bay led by naturalist Marty Giles. During low tide we will walk out over the slippery and rugged rocky outcroppings to learn about what is on the ocean floor. We'll search for sea stars, sea urchins, mussels, and other interesting marine life. Following our tide pool adventure, we will drive to Simpson Reef to see pinnipeds at Cape Arago.

 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Shore Acres State Park. After lunch, take a leisurely stroll through the botanical gardens and hidden beach of Shore Acres. At the outlook you can check out the view of the crashing waves. Don't forget to bring the kite you made from yesterday's Evening Activities!
 Afternoon: Field Trips: We will have the pleasure of meeting a member of a local Native American tribe who will talk about his culture and traditions.

Following the presentation, our group will have an afternoon of beach activities with an ambiance fire! Get any end-of-the-day questions answered by Marty, learn more about the sand and ocean, play on the beach, toast marshmallows, and make s'mores.

 Dinner: BBQ Beach Dinner. Catered and served on the beach at Sunset Bay! Make room for dessert too as we'll be toasting marshmallows and making s'mores later in the evening.
 Evening: Evening activities on campus.
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Enjoy the drive to Elkton, where we will meet The Oregon Angler and his fishing team. Prepare to embark on a Smallmouth Bass Trip.
(Monday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on the go.
 Morning: Field Trips: During the drive to Elkton we will watch a family friendly movie. We will make a stop at The Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The area is year-round residence for a herd of about 100 Roosevelt elk. A mild winter climate and abundant food allow the Roosevelt elk to remain at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area all year. Morning and evening are the best viewing times, but elk may be out at any time of day. Start at the interpretive facility. A series of panels tells about elk and the environment of the Dean Creek area. Use the spotting scope at the facility or your own binoculars or spotting scope to scan the area. You may spot elk anywhere throughout the meadows. They may be lying down, so do not neglect to carefully peruse the tall grass. The viewing area stretches almost 3 miles along the south side of the road, so be sure and drive its length. There are turnouts along the way where you can stop to watch. The journey will continue to Elkton, where we will meet Todd Hannah ("The Oregon Angler") at his home and ready for the fishing trip.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on the Umpqua River with the fishing teams.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Fish along the beautiful Umpqua River. Fishing is done on a wild and remote section of the river and all fishing is catch and release only using barbless hooks. This insures the future of one of the most productive Umpqua River fisheries. The National television show "America's Outdoor Journal" chose "The Oregon Angler" as their Umpqua River Smallmouth Bass fishing guide. "The Oregon Angler" teams up with a near-by lodge where you will enjoy an outback dinner.
 Dinner: Empire Cafe, on campus
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike up a sand dune with Marty at John Dellenback Trail. After your first-hand experience, jump in a buggy tour to learn more about the Oregon dunes.
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Empire Cafe, on Campus
 Morning: Field Trip: Hike the John Dellenback Trail with naturalist Marty Giles. Learn about sand, sand formation, the surrounding terrain, and plants and animals that live in the sand dunes. We will experience the rugged terrain as you hike the one mile trail. The halfway mark of the trail is the challenge-by-choice walk to the top of a major mountain of sand! At the top you will feel like you can see the sand dunes forever! Bring you camera and good hiking shoes.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch
 Afternoon: Field Trip: After finishing our meal, our group will drive up to Sandland Adventures in Florence. The group will feel the thrill of riding a Giant Dune Buggy through 8 miles of dunes and 2 miles of beach. In this 1-hour scenic tour, we will learn about the dunes from our guide and experience their vastness firsthand.

 Dinner: Empire Cafe, on campus
 Evening: Evening activities vary.
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Climb the stairs to the top of Cape Blanco Lighthouse for a magnificent view. Feel the spray of the Rogue River on your face as you race 32 miles up and down the Rogue River on Jerry's Jet Boats. Eat dinner served "family style" at Lucas Lodge.
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Empire Cafe, on campus
 Morning: Field Trip: Enjoy the morning by exploring the Cape Blanco Lighthouse with a guided tour. Pictures cannot capture the majestic view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding terrain from the top of the Lighthouse, so do not miss out!
 Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch at Humbug Mountain State Park. Feel free take a seat at a picnic table or under a Myrtlewood tree as you eat your lunch!
 Afternoon: Field Trip: 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 knowledgeable navigators as we hope to spot ospreys, bald eagles, black bears, and other wildlife! Be sure to wear layers, caps, and gloves and 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 in Agness, Oregon next to the Rogue River. Take a sip of the fresh lemonade or tea to cool down from the heat! Dinner is served "family style," meaning everyone sits at long picnic tables and passes the food around the table just like at home. Lucas Lodge is the original home and is still owned and operated by the original family. You can look forward to a delicious home cooked meal!
 Evening: Field Trip: We will ride down the Rogue River for 32 miles to get to Agness and then back up the stretch for a total of a 64-mile trip! We will hope to spot otters, blue herons, jumping fish, and more wildlife! Once back on the dock we will board the bus around 8:00 p.m.

By then end of the day, you'll be tired, sometimes cold, but very happy! We usually play a kid friendly movie on the bus ride home and will get back to campus around 10:00 p.m.

   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: A local Bandon woman expresses her artistic talents at the Washed Ashore Exhibits. Walk through the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum and engage in activities. Farewell Dinner.
(Thursday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Empire Cafe, on campus.
 Morning: Field Trip and Hands-on: Ever wonder what items wash up on the shore? (Plastic.) Maybe even what happens to items that have been washed ashore? (Works of art.) At the Washed Ashore Exhibit you will learn about marine debris and plastic pollution. After you walk through the exhibits, workshop time has been allotted for you and your grandchild to assemble an art piece that will be added to the works of art.
 Lunch: Empire Cafe, on campus
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Following the presentation, a trip to the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum will solidify your newly acquired insight. A representative of the museum will walk us through the exhibits, images, and archives. Additionally, there will be visits to local historical and cultural sites to help us discover the issues and relevance of local history. We will focus on the economic and transportation issues of the local coal and timber industries to unveil the culture and landscape of the Coos County region.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on campus. Time to relax and visit before packing up to head home on Friday.
 Evening: Evening activities vary.
   
Accommodations: Southwestern Oregon Community College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure Day. Safe Travels!
(Friday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Empire Cafe between 7:30-9:00am.
 Morning: For your convenience, check-out at the Lighthouse Depot will be after breakfast from 9:00am-11:00am.

The staff hopes you have enjoyed this exciting program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Please return your keys and lanyard for your end-of-the-week DVD at the Lighthouse Depot. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Coos Bay, OR Chamber of Commerce
Found in the about us section of the website: The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is a non-profit, professional organization made up of the Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston business communities (Oregon's Bay Area). Together we work to create a strong business voice, promote business and improve the economy of the Bay Area. Businesses in the Bay Area increasingly endorse the Chamber of Commerce and we continue to be recognized as a vital link between the Cities, State and regional parties of leadership, and act as the promoting entity for community spirit within the Bay Area. For additional information, visit www.oregonsbayareachamber.com
  Oregon Coast website
For additional information, visit www.oregoncoast.com
  Southern Oregon Visitors Association
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


Pacific Coast


Author: Bayard & Evelyn McConnaughey


Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast


Author: Jim Pojar; Andy MacKinnon, ed.


Geology of Oregon


Author: Elizabeth & William Orr; Ewart Baldwin


Description: Most updated edition.



A Guide to Oregon South Coast History: Traveling the Jededia Smith Trail


Author: Nathan Douthit


The Northwest Coast: A Natural History


Author: Steward Schultz


Description: All books are suggestions to offer an understanding of the natural history of the area





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