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Cape Cod and Woods Hole: Oceanography and Natural History

Program Number: 16765RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2014 - 5/21/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/8/2014; 5/17/2015 - 5/20/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/10/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/26/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Flexed like an arm jutting out into the Atlantic from Massachusetts, Cape Cod was formed by glaciers and changed through the ages by rising and falling seas. The Cape is cherished today as a place of extraordinary natural beauty, and the home of notable scientific institutions based at Woods Hole Village including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory, and The Woods Hole Science Aquarium, the oldest marine aquarium in the country. Join us to learn about Cape Cod, its natural history, and advanced scientific research.




Highlights

• Encounter scientists and their work at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the oldest independent marine laboratory in the Americas, where 54 MBL-affiliated scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
• At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the U.S., see ALVIN — the deep sea sub of “Titanic” fame.
• Explore the Woods Hole Aquarium, and take a whale watch study cruise to the Stellwagen Bank National marine sanctuary.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile daily on flat and uneven terrain outdoors, such as sandy beaches. Boarding a boat from a short ramp, stepping over a railing and down a few steps.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Falmouth (Massachusetts)

Tucked in the southwest corner of Cape Cod, Falmouth’s rocky coast and abundant ponds and marshes are characteristic of this enchanting region. The town’s rich cranberry bogs and busy harbors hearken back to its Yankee traditions, and the modern oceanographic research center in Woods Hole strengthens Falmouth’s ancient connection to the sea.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with indoor saltwater pool.

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

Bill is a consultant for the popular science show NOVA and author of a dozen books on science and the environment. He studied plankton at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and was the first director of the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He has taught science writing at Harvard University and marine biology at the Briarwood Field Station in Bourne. Bill’s research on horseshoe crabs in Pleasant Bay was used in the creation of a reserve for this strategic biomedical resource.
 
Jim Coogan

Jim Coogan is an author and retired teacher who lives in the historic seaside town of Sandwich on Cape Cod. He grew up on the Cape, graduated from Boston College and served in the U.S. Navy before teaching high school history for almost 30 years. Since his retirement in 1999, Jim has written eight books about Cape Cod, including three for children. His “Sail Away Ladies: Stories of Cape Cod Women in the Age of Sail” won the 2004 U.S. Maritime Literature Award. Jim is a popular speaker on Cape Cod history, a regular columnist for the Cape Cod Times daily newspaper and the owner and publisher of Harvest Home Books.
 
Alan Kuzirian

Alan Kuzirian is an associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He conducts his laboratory research at the Marine Resource Center, exploring the functional morphology and ultrastructure of various organ systems in mollusks. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a doctorate in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Falmouth
  Falmouth, MA 3 nights
 Holiday Inn Falmouth
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Holiday Inn is situated one-half mile from historic downtown Falmouth, MA on the Cape Cod peninsula. Moments from beautiful seaside vistas, the Holiday Inn is less than two miles from pristine beaches and from three ferries that carry you to picturesque Martha's Vineyard. The hotel is 13 miles from Historic 6A and many incredible offshore whale watching excursions.
  Contact info: 291 Jones Road
Falmouth, MA 02540 USA
phone: 508-540-2000
web: www.capecodhi.com/
  Room amenities: The hotel has 98 nicely appointed rooms, the majority of which are with two double beds. Standard in all of the rooms are coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, free HBO, free local calls, and complimentary wireless internet access.
  Facility amenities: Lobby Computer Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access 24-Hour Front Desk Heated Indoor Pool Restaurant/Cocktail Lounge - Kansas City Steakhouse Meeting and Event Facilities (up to 200 guests) Fitness Room - Treadmills, step machine and light free weights A/C Public Areas Express Check-in/Check-out Free Local Phone Calls Ice Machine On-site Guest Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Dry Cleaning/Laundry Safety Deposit Box Secretarial Services Vending Machine Wake-Up Calls Room Service Complimentary On-Site Parking Kids Eat Free Government Rates Priority Club Rewards
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies based on availability Please call the hotel directly to book additional nights before or after.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies based on availability Please call the hotel directly to book additional nights before or after.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3PM at Hotel You will be staying at Holiday Inn Falmouth that night.
  End of Program:
12:30-1PM at Hotel You will be staying at Holiday Inn Falmouth the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Falmouth, MA
  Nearest city or town:  Mashpee, Sandwich, Bourne
  Nearest highway: I-95/Rt-128, I-495, Rt-6, Rt. 28
  Nearest airport:  Logan International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Eastham, MA
Travel Details
 

Boston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Numerous Taxi Services Available

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$150
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 Hours 

 

Distance:

 

70 Miles

 

Boston

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Numerous Taxi Services Available

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$150
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 Hours 

 

Distance:

 

70 Miles

 

Boston

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Peter Pan Bus Lines
phone: 800-343-9999

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

   

For booking information, call the Peter Pan Bus Lines or go to www.peterpanbus.com. The bus departs from Boston's South Station. Before departing, call Falmouth Taxi at 508-548-3100 to make arrangements for a taxi to pick you up from the Peter Pan bus station in Falmouth and take you the 1.5 miles to the Holiday Inn. The Taxi fare is approximately $5.

 

Boston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Peter Pan Bus Lines
phone: 800-343-9999
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

   

For booking information, please call the Peter Pan Bus Lines or go to www.peterpanbus.com. The bus departs from Boston's Logan Airport at Terminals A, B, C,and E on the Lower Level near Scheduled Bus Sign. Pay the driver exact fare cash only. Before departing, call Falmouth Taxi at 508-548-3100 to make arrangements for a taxi to pick you up from the Peter Pan bus station in Falmouth and take you the 1.5 miles to the Holiday Inn. The Taxi fare is approximately $5.

 

Boston

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Numerous Taxi Services Available

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$150
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 Hours 

 

Distance:

 

70 Miles

 
Driving Directions
  From Metropolitan Boston Area (over Sagamore Bridge) Southeast Expressway to Route 3. Cross over the Sagamore Bridge and take Exit 1C to Massachusetts 6A. Take a slight right onto the Mid-Cape Connector. Turn left onto US-6 Bypass/Sandwhich Rd. At the rotary take the fourth exit onto MA-28 S. At the next rotary contine straight on MA-28 S and drive for about 9 miles. Turn left onto Jones Rd and the Holiday Inn will be on the right.
  From Points North (over Bourne Bridge) From I-93 S take exit 4 on left to MA-24 S. Take exit 14A to merge onto I-495 S toward Cape Cod. Continue onto MA-25 E and at the rotary continue onto MA-28 S after you cross over the Bourne Bridge. At the next rotary continue straight onto MA-28 S and drive about 9 miles. Turn left onto Jones Rd and the Holiday Inn will be on the right.
  From Providence and New York (over Bourne Bridge) From I-195 E take exit 22A to merge onto MA-25 E toward Cape Cod. Continue onto MA-28 S and cross over the Bourne Bridge. At the rotary continue straight onto MA-28 S. At the next rotary continue straight onto MA-28 S and drive about 9 miles. Turn left onto Jones Rd and the Holiday Inn will be on the right.
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, May 18)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at hotel between 3-5 PM. Check into the hotel, then register with your group leader and pick up your welcome packets.
 Afternoon: 5:00 PM Orientation at the hotel
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Lecture: Introduction to Cape Cod with John Galluzzo
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Falmouth
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cape Cod Canal/Whale Watch Study Cruise/Sandwich Glass Museum
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Depart for Sandwich, the oldest town on the Cape. Tour the Sandwich Glass Museum, then journey to the Cape Cod Canal where interactive films and exhibits illustrate the history of the canal project and its impact on New England shipping.
 Lunch: Lunch in Hyannis
 Afternoon: Depart out of Barnstable Harbor for a naturalist-led whale watch study cruise at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
 Dinner: Return to the hotel for dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Falmouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution / Woods Hole Research Center
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Hear from a Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, followed by a tour of the Marine Resources Center for a look at the marine animals used in MBL research.
 Lunch: Eat lunch among the scientists at the Marine Biology Laboratory Cafeteria.
 Afternoon: Visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's to learn about the Institution's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research. Afterwards, coach to the Woods Hole Research Center and hear about the Center's ongoing research projects aimed at mapping changes in the world's ecosystems. Discuss science based solutions to global evvironmental challenges and take a tour of the Center's facilities
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Falmouth.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Falmouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bill Sargent Lecture/Program Departures
(Wednesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant
 Morning: Lecture By Nova Scientist and Author Bill Sargent.
 Lunch: Boxed Lunches/Check Out and program departures
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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