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Intergenerational: Exploring the Waters and Wilds of the Outer Banks

Program Number: 18561RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/2/2014 - 7/6/2014; 6/7/2015 - 6/11/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Southern Outer Banks, North Carolina
Price starting at: $449.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Science & Nature
Intergenerational
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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

Get up close and personal with the marine life of North Carolina’s Outer Banks as you and your grandchild cast fishing nets, examine your catch and thrill in the sight of creatures swimming along the shorelines. Onboard a research vessel, observe species trawled from waters supporting five species of sea turtles and nearly 100 species of fish and invertebrates. Any creatures you don’t observe at sea are sure to be out and about when you visit the North Carolina Aquarium’s 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck exhibit. Practice wilderness survival techniques and hear stories and songs around the campfire.




Highlights

• Visit the fragile nesting habitat of endangered sea turtles with a naturalist and learn about the journey of baby sea turtles from nest to ocean.
• Take a scientific look at the market squid during squid dissection class.
• See owls, hawks and more during a live birds of prey presentation.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, some sandy gravel trails, low rolling dunes.




Date Specific Information

7-2-2014

Enjoy the fourth of July celebrations at the Atlantic Beach Circle Boardwalk. Fireworks and outdoor concerts as only the beach can provide!



Coordinated by Trinity Conference Center.




Southern Outer Banks

The southern outpost of the scenic barrier islands known collectively as the "Outer Banks" is an ecologically rich region that stands in contrast to the more developed destinations in the north. This relative remoteness lends to quiet beaches, abundant wildlife and tranquil vistas.



Accommodations
Conference center located on 62-acre island preserve.

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

After graduating with a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin, Mindy Furrer wasn't sure she was quite ready to teach in the classroom. Instead, she joined the Peace Corps and for two years taught ESL and social sciences on the island nation of Kiribati. Her next adventure brought her to the Outer Banks, where she is now the program coordinator at the Trinity Center for the Sound to Sea Environmental Education Program.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Trinity Conference Center
  Salter Path, NC 4 nights
 Trinity Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Our conference center features attractive meeting and dining areas, double occupancy rooms (limited singles, extra charge), private bath.
  Contact info: Salter Path Road
Salter Path, NC 28575 USA
phone: 252-247-5600
web: www.trinityctr.com/facilities.html
  Facility amenities: Outdoor pool is available mid-May to mid-October. 1500 feet of private beach on the Atlantic Ocean (no lifeguards). Internet access is available in all meeting spaces.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $45 for the room. Meals extra. Additional nights are offered on a space available basis. Meals can be added on individually. Breakfast is $9, Lunch is $10 and Dinner is $14.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $45 for the room. Meals extra. Additional nights are offered on a space available basis. Meals can be added on individually. Breakfast is $9, Lunch is $10 and Dinner is $14.
  Check out time: 9:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration Begins 4pm You will be staying at Trinity Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program Ends After Lunch 12:00 Check out of room 9:30am You will be staying at Trinity Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available on site. There is limited RV parking. Please call ahead to reserve space.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Salter Path, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Pine Knoll Shores
  Nearest highway: NC Highway 58
  Nearest airport:  New Bern Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Salter Path, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

New Bern, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cherry Cab Co.
phone: 252-447-3101

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

42.8

   

If flying into New Bern, taxi service is available. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

 

Raleigh, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Various car rentals

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$80-$110 per day
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

155

   

The easiest way to get to Trinity Center is to fly into Raleigh Durham Airport and rent a car for your stay.

 

Jacksonville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Carolina Express Transportation
phone: 910-353-3300
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 23 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

If flying into Jacksonville, taxi service is available. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 24 or Highway 70 From Highway 70: Follow US 70 into Morehead City. Follow signs to Atlantic Beach and cross the bridge onto Bogue Banks. Turn Right at the traffic light onto Highway 58 (West Fort Macon Road). Continue approximately 7 miles. Trinity Center is on the right, between mile markers 9 and 10. (If you pass the blue water tower, you have gone too far!) From Highway 24: Follow NC 24 through Swansboro. At the Highway 24 and 58 intersection, turn right. Cross the bridge to Emerald Isle. Continue approximately 11 miles. Trinity Center is on the left, between mile markers 10 and 9 (just past the blue water tower.)
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/ Check In/ Orientation
(Wednesday, July 2)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at Trinity Center and get checked into your room. After you get settled in, take some time to walk our trails through the maritime forest to check out the beach.
 Dinner: Join us in the dining hall to meet your fellow participants and eat some good southern food.
 Evening: Welcome meeting and orientation to facility includes introductions and itinerary discussion. After business it is time for some fun with introduction and team building games.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Wild Animals/ Sound Exploration/ Beach Exploration
(Thursday, July 3)

Note: Sound and Beach classes will include walking on uneven and sandy paths. Golf Cart will be available.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8 am.
 Morning: Time to enjoy our pool or beach.
 Morning: Join a Sound to Sea instructor on a nature walk of our 62 acre preserve. Walk from the sound to the sea in a matter of minutes. As you walk be on the lookout for birds, crabs, and dolphins!
 Lunch: Lunch is at 12 pm.
 Afternoon: Feel the spray of a mountain waterfall. Watch river otters play. Touch a stingray. Look a shark in the eye. Explore shipwrecks – without getting wet. Thousands of aquatic animals take you on a journey from the state’s grand peaks to the open Atlantic on your trip to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. After exploring the aquarium a guide will take you on a behind the scenes tour where you will visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs, and get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6 pm.
 Evening: This 1 ½ hour class showcases our live birds of prey. One lucky participant will get to dress up as an owl to show us all of those great adaptations. Bring your cameras!
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Beach Class/ Boat Ride/ Evening Program
(Friday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8 am.
 Morning: Join our staff naturalist for a discussion of North Carolina’s endangered sea turtles and an exploration of their fragile nesting habitat. We will get to touch a loggerhead sea turtle shell as we discuss the anatomy of a sea turtle. Then head to the beach to play some games that illustrate the difficult life of a baby sea turtle.
 Lunch: Lunch is at 12 pm.
 Afternoon: Climb aboard the Research Vessel Susan Hudson where you will observe first-hand the diverse species trawled from the ocean and inlet waters. You will see two common fishing techniques as a naturalist from the Maritime Museum identifies the creatures we pull up from the blue. These animals vary on each trip from the familiar to the bizarre.
 Dinner: Dinner is served picnic style in out pavilion overlooking the ocean. Traditional July 4th fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon and other treats will be served.
 Evening: Field trip to the Atlantic Beach Circle Boardwalk for a beautiful firework display.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Aquarium Field Trip
(Saturday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8am.
 Morning: Free Time to explore our coast or rest and relax on our beach front.
 Lunch: Lunch is at 12:00pm
 Afternoon: Don your water shoes and jump right into the sound habitat! In sound class a Sound to Sea instructor will take you on a fishing expedition using dip, seine, and cast nets. After we have a good haul we will take a look at our catch and identify the species we have found. Several hands on activities will help you to understand how this diverse ecosystem works.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6 pm
 Evening: Join our Sound to Sea staff at a camp fire to hear stories and songs about different ways native Americans and early settlers lived on the coast.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dissection
(Sunday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8am
 Morning: Get up close and personal to an animal found in our local waters with a scientific look at the market squid during squid dissection class.
 Lunch: Lunch is at 11:30
 Afternoon: Departure
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Salter Path, NC General Overview
There are so many cultural and natural areas of interest in coastal North Carolina. Please read about the many options at Trinity Center's website. For additional information, visit www.trinityctr.com/other.html
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


Seaside Naturalist: A Guide to Study at the Seashore


Author: Deborah A. Coulombe


Description: Illustrated guide book to plants and animals found on the Eastern coast. This is the go to book for our education staff when faced with unknown species from the sound or the sea.





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