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Intergenerational Outdoor Discovery Camp in Southern Illinois

Program Number: 14848RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/26/2014; 7/27/2015 - 7/31/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Makanda, Illinois
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 13 years of age.

Connect with both nature and your grandchild as you create lifelong memories together. Conquer new challenges as you canoe, kayak, rock-climb, hike and explore the unique diversity of southern Illinois. Learn the history of megafauna in North America and join naturalists on hikes along the scenic lakes and trails. Climb towering sandstone rocks and enjoy swimming, fishing, owl-prowling and campfires to round out your week of adventure.




Highlights

• Explore miles of uninterrupted shoreline by canoe and kayak, stopping to learn about native cultures, throw replica atlatl’s and practice other skills used by prehistoric peoples.
• Go rock-climbing on sandstone bluffs with experts who teach you the techniques you need to reach heights of 70 feet.
• On the final night, relax with a beach party cookout and a campfire with singing, storytelling, and a sunset pontoon ride.



Activity Particulars

Hiking up to 1.5 miles on hilly terrain, dirt and/or rocky path. Canoeing/kayaking up to three miles on flat water.



Coordinated by Land for Learning Institute.




Makanda

The village of Makanda near Carbondale is a quaint gateway to Illinois’ Giant City State Park, known for its unique sandstone structures and popular among campers, hikers, rock climbers, horseback riders and boaters. The park and Makanda are both convenient to the Southern Illinois Wine Trail, premier golfing opportunities, fishing lakes and more.



Accommodations
One-room cabins in the heart of Giant City State Park. Outdoor seasonal swimming pool.

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

Alan Shearer received his bachelor’s in outdoor recreation from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is the co-founder of the Land for Learning Institute, is a Wilderness First Responder, and facilitator for Project Wild and Leave No Trace. Alan has over 15 years experience leading canoe expeditions on rivers, lakes and swamps and is also a lead instructor for birding excursions.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
  Makanda, IL 5 nights
 Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Type: Lodge
  Description: Found in the heart of the park is Giant City Lodge. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park. Multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber were two of the native building materials used. The spacious and historic Lodge has a rustic beauty that creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois. The Bald Knob dining room, with seating for 200, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, our all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner.
  Contact info: 460 Giant City Lodge Rd
Makanda, IL 62958 USA
phone: 618-457-4921
web: giantcitylodge.com
  Room amenities: 2 full beds, privte bath, television, outdoor swimming pool
  Facility amenities: Giant City Lodge has private rooms perfect for your special event, banquets, and meetings. The Lodge also features a historic lounge and bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway. Outdoor swimming pool, numerous hiking trails, Visitor's Center nearby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $69.00-$105.00 Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $69.00-$105.00 Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Afternoon registration 4:00-5:00 p.m. You will be staying at Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins that night.
  End of Program:
Check out at 10 a.m. You will be staying at Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on-site for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Makanda, IL
  Nearest city or town:  Carbondale, IL
  Nearest highway: IL Route 13, I-57, I-24.
  Nearest airport:  Williamson County Regional Airport (MWA), Marion, IL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Makanda, IL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Louis, MO

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
B.A.R.T. Transportation
phone: 800-284-2278
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies $60-$75 per person reduced rate for children
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 

 

Distance:

 

144 miles

   

Shuttle service arrives/departs from the Ramada Inn in Carbondale. You then need to arrange taxi service to Giant City State Park Lodge. Taxi Service phone number: 618-457-8122 and 618-457-8121.

 
Driving Directions
  Chicago, IL Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to Lodge/Restaurant for parking and check-in
  Indianapolis, In Take I-70 west to Effingham, Il. where you will pick up I-57 at mile #160. Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to Lodge/Restaurant for parking and check-in
  Kentucky Take I-24 west/north to I-57 (in Illinois). Go North on 1-57 approx. 7 miles to exit #54, Ilinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to Lodge/Restaurant for parking and check-in .
  St. Louis, MO Take I-64 east to Mt. Vernon, Il. where you will pick up I-57 at mile #95. Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to Lodge/Restaurant for parking and check-in.
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/Orientation
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive between 4:00 - 5:00 PM for program registration and check-in.
 Dinner: Family style in Lodge Restaurant.
 Evening: Program overview, introductions, games and swimming!
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Lodge restaurant.
 Morning: Morning hike at Giant City State Park. Explore the diversity of this mixed hardwood forest, get "lost" among the towering sandstone bluffs and search for critters with our naturalist guides.
 Lunch: At the Lodge.
 Afternoon: Beginning canoe and kayak techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to try canoeing and kayaking as we explore a scenic southern Illinois lake. Our paddling will take us to a swimming destination.
 Dinner: At the Lodge.
 Evening: Night hike and Owl Prowl--- search and call for these winged predators.
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Lodge restaurant.
 Morning: Explore a unique and primordial Cypress Swamp as we canoe over duckweed and navigate through ancient cypress knees. Wildlife sightings may include great blue herons, the endangered barn owl, snakes, and beaver!
 Lunch: In the field.
 Afternoon: After paddling the swamp we will head to another natural area to learn about previous cultures and mega fauna through a combination of primitive skills and tools. We will have the opportunity to throw replica atlatls and create our own working bull-roarer, a primitive wind instrument and "ancestor of the cell phone".
 Dinner: At the Lodge.
 Evening: Wrap up the day with a campfire!
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Lodge restaurant.
 Morning: Rock Climbing on the sandstone bluffs in the Shawnee Hills. Experts will guide us through safety and basic climbing techniques before we traverse the rugged rocks up to 70 feet high!
 Lunch: In the field.
 Afternoon: Enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing at our lake front beach. Fishing poles and bait will be available.
 Dinner: Cookout at the lake.
 Evening: Sunset pontoon cruise on the lake!
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Program Wrap Up/Departure
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: In the Lodge restaurant
 Morning: Program wrap up and check out. Independent optional opportunity for swimming and canoeing.
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
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.

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