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Capture the Wonders of Nature: Waterfall Photography in the Pocono Mountains

Program Number: 21216RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 4/17/2016 - 4/22/2016; 6/12/2016 - 6/17/2016; 9/25/2016 - 9/30/2016; 10/9/2016 - 10/14/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

With the beautiful vistas of the Pocono Mountains as your muse, join professional photographer Len Rue for a hands-on workshop dedicated to improving your digital photography skills in the outdoors. Leisurely morning hikes lead to some of the region’s most picturesque waterfalls and trails where you can practice your photography techniques, while afternoon classroom sessions offer instruction on photo enhancement and technology. Photographers of all ability levels can learn to improve their nature and wildlife photography!


• Photograph some of the region’s most beautiful locales, including Buttermilk Falls, Tumbling Waters and the Copper Mine Trail.
• Learn about the region’s cultural history during a private presentation by a National Park Service Ranger.
• Join a naturalist for an evening hike that offers a look at vernal pools, nocturnal critters and owls.

Activity Particulars

Hiking 1-2 miles over varied terrain, some inclines.

Date Specific Information


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Coordinated by Shawnee Institute.

Shawnee on Delaware

This quaint, historic village is situated amid the sylvan beauty of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area at the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania, just 75 miles from New York City.

Historic Shawnee Inn, located on the only inhabited island of the Delaware River, overlooks the river and 27-hole championship golf course with indoor pool and full-service spa.

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

Cindy Miano retired in 2004 from a career in elementary education where she taught fourth grade and served as a language Arts chairperson. In addition to managing Shawnee Institute Road Scholar programs, Cindy is a personal trainer and life coach. She practices Pilates, yoga and various strength training programs, and helps to promote wellness plans for individuals while helping them to achieve overall good health.
Leslie Underhill

An avid student of yoga for the last seven years, Leslie Underhill has combined her love of the discipline with her enthusiasm for teaching. In 2004, she opened the studio Yogannamaste, and recently opened a bed and breakfast where she teaches yoga to guests. In addition to taking her classes to businesses and schools in the area, Leslie also teaches yoga to cancer survivors at the Pocono Medical Center. She is certified in spanda yoga and is classified as an ERYT 200.
Len Rue

For over 20 years, Len Rue has led educational photo excursions in North America, Africa, Australia and South America. He teaches credited courses in photography for both undergraduate and graduate programs as an adjunct professor at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Len’s photos have been published in hundreds of publications worldwide, including Newsweek, National Geographic and Readers Digest. Len has a B.A. in professional photography and a M.A. in instructional technology.
Rick Koval

Rick Koval is a longtime resident of Luzerne County and a professional naturalist, consultant, wildlife photographer and award-winning outdoor writer. He was the director of land conservation for the North Branch Land Trust before becoming the head naturalist for Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. Rick is a local television personality as a naturalist on the popular show, “Pennsylvania Outdoor Life.” He is currently writing a book on the native orchids of the Poconos.
Meals and Lodgings
   Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
  Shawnee on Delaware, PA 5 nights
 Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Historic Inn on serene Delaware River setting.
  Contact info: 1 River Road
Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356 USA
phone: 800-742-9633
  Room amenities: Phone, TV, free wireless Internet, air conditioning, iron, and blow dryer.
  Facility amenities: Concierge, 24-hour front desk, fitness room, ice machine, laundry service, lounge, room service (limited hours), 24-hour security, wake-up service, restaurants, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, tennis courts, and full-service spa. Free Internet access in the business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Most bathrooms have a step up from the bedroom.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Room rate is $195 total. Call hotel for reservations: 1-800-742-9633. Mention that you are with Road Scholar to get the special rate.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Room rate is $195 total. Call hotel for reservations: 1-800-742-9633. Mention that you are with Road Scholar to get the special rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM. You will be staying at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM. You will be staying at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Participants can bring their car to the front of the hotel to unload luggage, then drive around the back to park for the week.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Shawnee on Delaware, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Shawnee on Delaware
  Nearest highway: I-80
  Nearest airport:  Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ and Lehigh Valley International Airport, Allentown, PA
  From End of Program
  Location: Shawnee on Delaware, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

New York - Kennedy Airport


From Airport




Public Transportation
New York Airport Express Bus Service
phone: 718-875-8200


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes to Port Authority of NY 




15 miles to Port Authority of New York


Bus stop is located at the Express Bus Stop at each airline terminal. Departure every 20-30 minutes. At the Port Authority bus terminal, take the Martz Trailways bus to Delaware Water Gap.


Newark - Liberty Airport


From Airport




Public Transportation
Olympia Trails Bus Company/Liberty Express
phone: 877-863-9275


Per Person/One Way:


Adults - $16 Seniors - $8
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes to Port Authority of NY 




10 miles to Port Authority of NY


Tickets are available at Greyline in in the airport terminal, or can be purchased on the bus. From the Port Authority terminal in New York, take Martz Trailways to Delaware Water Gap.


Port Authority of NY


From Bus Terminal




Public Transportation
Martz Trailways
phone: 570-424-3040


Per Person/One Way:


Adults - $34.00 Seniors - $29.95
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1.5 hours to Delaware Water Gap 




90 miles to Delaware Water Gap


Bus service ends at Delaware Water Gap, about 2.5 miles from the Inn. Transportation from the bus terminal to the Inn is available by taxi for $10.


The Delaware Water Gap


From Bus Terminal




Pocono Cab Company
phone: 570-424-2800


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 minutes 




2.5 miles


Taxi service is available 24/7

Equipment Requirements: Digital single lens reflex camera, Lens from wide angle to telephoto (zoom lenses will work), a tripod, ideally one that goes low to the ground for close-ups, filter(s) such as a polarizer, camera batteries,extension tubes for close-ups (optional), cleaning aid for lenses and camera, extra flash cards for camera (cf or sd cards), electronic shutter release cord (optional), laptop computer with imaging software such as Adobe Elements, Lightroom or Photoshop is very desirable and external hard drives for backup of photos taken.
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:
(Sunday, October 19)
 Afternoon: Road Scholar orientation and introductions followed by a tour of the Inn
 Dinner: Buffet Dinner
 Evening: The evening lecture will be an instructional lecture in exposure for the outdoors and photo filters and design. This lecture will be given by world class photographer and photography professor Len Rue.
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The first photo field trip will be to the Poconal Environmental Education Center to photograph beautiful scenes in nature and ideally Tumbling Waters waterfall. Len Rue will instruct filters and lighting and help you to hone your craft.
(Monday, October 20)

Note: A two mile walk while photographing and learning about filters and idealistic lighting and how to achieve it.

 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast
 Morning: Tumbling Waters at Pocono Environmental Education Center for a photo tour of the fauna and flora, beautiful waterfalls and other natural subjects. This is a hands-on photography workshop that will include shooting in the field and learning about the lenses and other equipment usage to enhance your photography skills.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch will be on-site in a beautiful waterfall destination.
 Afternoon: Photography Workshop at Shawnee Inn will be a critique discussion on earlier work. Len Rue will also discuss close-up photography of nature and particularly waterfalls. Also, a yoga class will be offered to strech tired muscles and learn a relaxing breathing technique. This class will be instructed by Leslie Underhill.
 Dinner: Buffet Dinner
 Evening: Cultural History Talk--NPS is a popular lecture and describes the cultural history in the area and interesting facts.
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Photo field trip to Raymondskill Falls will be a scenic hunt for your close-ups with nature. Len Rue will lead this instructional field trip and teach Bird and animal photography which will include angles and lighting in this lesson.
(Tuesday, October 21)

Note: Using tripods and electronic shutters.

 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast
 Morning: Raymondskill Falls
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch in a rustic woodland area.
 Afternoon: Photography Workshop today will focus on a critique session with our expert; Len Rue. Len will also discuss imaging software and help you to enhance your work.
 Dinner: Buffet Dinner
 Evening: An evening concert on the grand lawn of the Shawnee Inn. Listen to the fantastic musicians while glancing out at the serene waters of the Delaware River.
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: This field trip will lead you to The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area along the scenic Delaware River. You will learn about environmental literacy in photos, panoramas and perspective control in photographing the breathtaking Buttermilk Falls.
(Wednesday, October 22)

Note: A two mile walk through a pristine woodland forest to view and photograph nature and waterfalls. Another chance to photograph this evening with a nocturnal hike with Rick Koval, our naturalist.

 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast
 Morning: Buttermilk Falls for a hike and shooting in the field. There will be a lot to photograph today. Walk through woodland forests and arrive at Buttermilk Falls to photograph the majestic falling water,
 Lunch: Buffet Lunch
 Afternoon: Free Time Afternoon
 Dinner: Buffet Dinner
 Evening: Nocturnal Waterfall Hike will be led by our naturalist to see how the waterfalls are illuminated at night. we will visit and learn about vernal pools wearing headlamps.
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Today's field trip will lead you to an old copper mine and a series of waterfalls, as Len Rue will instruct you on the art of landscape photography.
(Thursday, October 23)
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast
 Morning: Today you will be transported to a rustic Appalachian trailhead and experience the Copper Mine trail visiting an old copper mine and walk past a series of waterfalls photographing every step of the way. Len Rue will lead you in the instruction of landscape photography.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch
 Afternoon: Photo Workshop today will cover an advanced version of equipment, technology and natural light followed by a critique session.
 Dinner: Gem and Keystone
 Evening: Guest Speaker Len Rue will exhibit some of his famous published photography and share his techniques on how he created and developed his talent.
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: This will be your final photo workshop, a chance to ask questions and receive advice in any specific area of photography. You will have this opportunity to work with our expert Len Rue, to complete any work and take your photos to the next level.
(Friday, October 24)

Note: A classroom lecture and workshop at the Shawnee Inn.

 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast
 Morning: Wrap-up Photo Lecture led by our expert to conclude the lesson in editing and photo management.
 Lunch: Check out and Depart
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Shawnee on Delaware, PA Bushkill Falls
Eight magnificent waterfalls. Walking trails and steps. For additional information, visit
  Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
For 40 miles the Middle Delaware River passes between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. Then the river cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed"Water Gap." Exiting the park, the river will run 200 miles more to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at Wilmington, Delaware. For additional information, visit
  Mt. Airy Poconos Resort
A new casino/hotel just 1/2 hour away. For additional information, visit
  Pocono Indian Museum
Route 209, Bushkill, PA. Historical displays and information about Native Americans in the area. For additional information, visit
  Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
19th century Pennsylvania German Farmstead For additional information, visit
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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