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Monadnock Birding and Mammals, and Treasures of Conservancy

Program Number: 21650RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Birding; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal standing and walking.




Date Specific Information

9-7-2014

Please bring binoculars, hat, good walking/hiking shoes, rain gear and camera. Some field trips will require hiking on uneven terrain, distance up to one mile.



Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.



Monadnock Birding

From the Bald Eagle to New Hampshire’s state bird, the Purple Finch, learn identification skills by sight, habit, and song from an Audubon Society expert. Bring your binoculars and develop observation skills during guided field trips.



Monadnock Mammals

Examine life patterns of mammals native to the Monadnock region such as the White-tailed Deer. Through presentations and easy walks led by the staff at the Harris Conservation Center, discover the remarkable life of wild creatures that surround us.



Treasures of Conservancy: Land and People

People once had a deep connection with the land. Amid modern pressures, how does a farm remain a farm? A forest a forest? Through lectures, interviews, and fieldtrips, learn about the mission and process of conservancy. Opportunities for hiking.




West Swanzey

Nestled in the valley of southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard-perfect towns in the Monadock region. Winding roads pass covered bridges, historic sites and the 3,000-foot Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular ascents in New England.



Accommodations
Conference facility with cabins and condos on the shore of beautiful Swanzey Lake; professional chefs serve all meals in traditional New England lodge. Alcohol-free site.

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

Ryan Owens joined the Monadnock Conservancy as a conservation project manager in 2006, and was promoted to executive director in 2008. He completed his master’s degree through the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont, where he studied natural resource inventory and interpretation with an eye to apply science and communication to land conservation challenges. Prior to that, he worked in nonprofit development with The Wilderness Society in Boston. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, where he studied ecology and environmental studies. In addition to his professional work, Ryan is a member of the Chamber Singers of Keene, and enjoys identifying plants, pondering overgrown cellar holes and baking sourdough bread. He lives with his wife and son in Walpole.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
  West Swanzey 5 nights
 Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Tranquil and beautiful, Pilgrim Pines Conference Center is nestled on the scenic shores of Swanzey Lake and it is surrounded by tree laden hills. In this setting, you are invited to relax and be renewed in mind, body and spirit.

Pilgrim Pines is owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church of the East Coast Conference and has been a provided for Road Scholar since 1988. It has been our policy not to allow alcoholic beverages on campus. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas in the out-of-doors. Most Road Scholar classes are presented in our beautiful open-space Meetinghouse while the Undercroft (lower level of our Chapel) and Chapel are used as needed.
  Contact info: 220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org
  Room amenities: All rooms have private baths, new beds and walk-in showers with liquid soap. Each room has a table, a chair or chairs, a clock, radio, Kleenex, closet and lamps, along with its own heating unit and fans for the summer season.

Since we do not have daily housekeeping services our guests are asked to make their own beds (linens and towels and bath mats provided), and at the end of their stay strip the beds, put the linens and towels in a pillow case and bring to designated location. Replacement linens and towels/washcloths are available upon request during the week.

There are no TVs or phones in any of the rooms. A TV set with full cable access is available in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room. A courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of the Mayflower Lodge along with Wi-Fi access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel.
  Facility amenities: Our main class area at Pilgrim Pines is in the Meetinghouse, a beautiful structure with nature views through the windows and capable of holding up to 60 people. Our onsite Chapel which houses a grand piano, pipe organ and video projector is also occasionally used for classroom activities, while the Undercroft is used for our hands-on craft programs.

Meals are served buffet style in our Mayflower Dining Room by full-time professional chefs who not only provide excellent meals with many choices, but also work to create alternate menus for special dietary needs indicated on Participant Information Forms returned prior to the start of the program. The superb quality and consistency of our food service has been a trademark of our Conference Center.

Before or after meals, relax in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room and browse through our small library, enjoy conversation and/or view a favorite program on our one TV set with full cable access. While there are no phones in each room, a courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of Mayflower Lodge along with wireless internet access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel. Snacks including fruit are provided each evening in the dining room and juices, soda, coffee and tea are available at any time. Morning coffee and snack is served in the classroom. Additionally Pilgrim Pines features the opportunity to enjoy (weather permitting) the sandy beach, waterfront activities, golf on our 9 hole course, tennis or a hike around the lake all at no additional cost.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after:  Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.
  Check out time: 10:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 p.m. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Swanzey
  Nearest city or town:  Keene, NH
  Nearest highway: Interstate Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
  Nearest airport:  Manchester, NH
  From End of Program
  Location: West Swanzey
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Boston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportaton
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$152
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

95 miles

   

$20 for each additional person. Please call Chuck Anderson, Coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about the possibility of coordinating schedules with other participants.

 

Boston / Manchester / Hartford / Springfield

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-2.5 

 

Distance:

 

75 - 95 miles

   

There are various car rental options available from the nearby airports. Avis and Enterprise have drop-sites in Keene. (Logan - 95 mi.; Bradley - 85 mi.; Manchester - 75 mi.)

 

Bradley Int'l Airport (Windsor Locks, CT)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportation
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$128
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-2.5 

 

Distance:

 

75 miles

   

$20 for each additional passenger. Please call Chuck Anderson, Coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about the possibility of coordinating schedules with other participants.

 

Manchester

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportation
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$137
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-2.5 

 

Distance:

 

85

   

$20 for each additional passenger. Please call Chuck Anderson, Coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about the possibility of coordinating schedules with other participants.

 
Driving Directions
  Boston, MA From Boston, take Highway 2 West to 140 N toward Wincendon, MA. 140N will merge into 12 N in Wincendon. Continue to follow 12 North through Troy, NH. Approximately 2 miles north of Troy you will see a sign for Pilgrim Pines. Continue on 12 North and turn left onto Flat Roof Mill Rd. (If you go by a Honda dealership on your left you missed the turn.) Follow Flat Mill Rd for approximately 4 miles to route 32 (T intersection). At the intersection, turn right onto Route 32 and then take an immediate left onto Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow Swanzey Lake Rd for 2.2 miles and you will come to the dam on Swanzey Lake. Just after the dam, the first road you will see on your right will be East Shore Road. Continue driving 100 yards more to your second right, which will be West Shore Rd (there should be a sign for Pilgrim Pines). Turn right and follow West Shore Road one mile to the Pilgrim Pines sign. Continue 1/4 mile past the sign to the Conference Center. The Mayflower Lodge will be on your left and that is where we will meet and eat.
  Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA From Hartford, CT or Springfield, MA, take Route 91 N to Exit 28A (just N of Greenfield, MA) toward Route 10 North. Follow 10 North through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester, look for Pilgrim Pines sign. Just before the Ashuelot River, turn right onto Westport Village Road. Continue straight on Westport Village Road for approximately half a mile and then bear right at the fork onto Homestead Ave. Continue for another half mile before taking a right onto Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow Swanzey Lake Road for approximately 1.5 miles, before turning left onto West Shore Rd. Continue one mile to the Pilgrim Pines sign and the Mayflower Lodge - Office will be on your left.
Equipment Requirements: Please bring binoculars, sunglasses, hat, good walking shoes or hiking boots, camera
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/Registration Welcome Reception, Opening Dinner, Orientation
(Sunday, September 7)

Note: Check-in/welcome packet, Dinner and Orientation session



   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION beginning 3:00-3:30 pm in the Mayflower Lodge Office on the Pilgrim Pines Campus. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive you welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information for the week. WELCOME RECEPTION: Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00 pm with an opportunity to meet fellow Road Scholars.
 Dinner: Our welcome dinner begins at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served buffet style the meal will include a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are provided by our professional chefs on request
 Evening: Orientation 7:30 pm, will begin with introductions of our instructors and program for the week. Time will be given to review the schedule, cover responsibilities safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer questions. PROGRAM OVERVIEW... We are honored to have three outstanding instructors this week who will give us insight into bird watching, mammals of this region and special treasures on lands that have been put into conservancy.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Fundamentals of bird watching and a field trip to help develop our learning experience.
(Monday, September 8)

Note: Opportunity to do bird watching on campus



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: Phil Brown, a sanctuaries manager for New Hampshire Audubon will give an opening lecture on the fundamentals of bird watching. Coffee Break will feature homemade danish rolls, fruit, coffee, tea and water. The session on bird watching will continue with hands-on experience indoor and out-of doors.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to the choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies and drinks of your choosing. Gluten free or special vegetarian meals are available upon request.
 Afternoon: In the early afternoon you will have an opportunity to do bird watching on-site. Later afternoon enjoy the recreational opportunities on campus including boat rides, canoeing and the incredible beauty of the autumn season.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day, a full buffet dinner awaits your palate featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Alternative entrées and special dietary menus are available upon request.
 Evening: Ryan Owens, President of Monadnock Conservancy will present his first lecture on the purpose and mission to conserve lands and its people in the Monadnock region.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Our focus will be on the hiking to one of the regions treasurers and mammals
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: Hike to Tippin Rock and learning about Mammals of the region at Harris Center



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, breads to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: After breakfast Mr Owens will lead us on a hike to Tippin Rock, an unusual treasure located only three miles from the campus. Hike is about one mile round trip, easy incline." The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. will be served on site. Hike will continue.
 Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style 12:00- 12:45 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, chicken sandwiches, dessert and choice of drinks. Our professional chefs are always available to prepare alternative food requests..
 Afternoon: The afternoon will feature an excursion to the Harris Center for a lecture and an easy walk to look for tracks/habitat identification.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style beginning at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
 Evening: Entertainment tonight will feature the outstanding voice and guitar of John Cucchi, along with a friend. . After the concert you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, puzzle-making, TV or whatever.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Focus of the day - Bird Watching .
(Wednesday, September 10)

Note: Field trip will take us for the day for a hands-on experience of bird watching. Places will be determined by weather and potential bird havens.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring pancakes, sausage or bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: Our field trip will be by maxi-vans to destinations determined by weather and our instructor. Bird watching will continue with a box lunch on site.
 Lunch: A delicious Box Lunch will be served onsite - place to be determined.
 Afternoon: Bird watching will continue in the afternoon returning late afternoon to the Pilgrim Pines Campus.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day, feast on make your own salad from the salad bar, hot buffet of meat and vegetable, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
 Evening: We will close our day with a DVD produced by Conservancy. After our films this evening you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, and your favorite way to conclude the day.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hiking to another treasure put into conservancy and an opportunity to learn more about mammals of the region. .
(Thursday, September 11)

Note: Today there will be a hike - place to be determined and a second visit to the Harris Center.



   
 Breakfast: A delicious breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. Enjoy the many choices that await your palate.
 Morning: Mr Owens will lead us on a hike to a second treasure available in the Monadnock region - place still to be determined." The morning break will bring coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy - on site. There will also be an opportunity to interview one or two people whose lands are in conservancy.".
 Lunch: To facilitate our schedule a delicious Box lunch will be available on site. .
 Afternoon: The afternoon will provide us an opportunity to return to the Harris Center to continue our learning about mammals of the region, followed by an easy walk.
 Dinner: Tonight a full linen dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm with no dessert as we will be making our own sundaes later in the evening.
 Evening: Tonight, there will be an opportunity to view the art work of another Road Scholar program this week. Then, the Road Scholars are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they will have the opportunity to share their favorite story, poem, writing, song, joke, etc with all their friends.
 Evening: After our Homespun, return to the Dining Room where we will make our own sundaes, enjoy conversations and close the day, the week with informal stories.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bird watching and check out
(Friday, September 12)

Note: Opportunity to test what we have learned about bird watching, check out of rooms and farewell luncheon.



   
 Breakfast: A full buffet Breakfast will be served from 7:45- 8:30 am and will feature baked oatmeal, a specialty of the house.
 Morning: After a review by our instructor, there will be an opportunity to test your bird watching skills you have learned this week. Then, we will check out of our rooms to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. The morning will conclude with Q & A and help define next steps in developing skills.
 Lunch: Our farewell luncheon will be served at 12:15 pm and will feature once again our full buffet style menu and box lunches for those who need to leave early. We hope you have enjoyed this immersion into bird watching, mammals and conservancy of this region.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  West Swanzey New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism
State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development 172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856 Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1856 Fax: 603-271-6870 or travel@dred.state.nh.us To order your vacation kit please call: 800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) To speak with one of our Division office staff please call: 603-271-2665 For additional information, visit www.visitnh.gov/
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


Eastern Region, Stokes Beginner Guide to Birds


Author: Donald and Lillian Stokes


Description: This pocket-size, brilliantly colorful, simple-to-use guide is an ideal introduction to the birds of the Eastern United States. It contains dozens of full-color photographs that enable readers of all ages to identify he most common species, range maps; tips on attracting and observing birds; information on habitat needs, life cycle, food preferences and much more. It is available in paper back from Amazon for $8.99.





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