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Springtime in the Ozarks

Program Number: 1625RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 4/3/2016 - 4/8/2016; 4/17/2016 - 4/22/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Potosi, Missouri
Price starting at: $595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian; Low Fat    

Spring in the Ozarks is an exhilarating adventure — a time to awaken the senses to the singsong of unique birds, the pageantry of flowers and grasses popping through the rich earth, and nightly stargazing in the black skies for constellations. Discover and learn about the region’s tranquil beauty, rich biodiversity, and clear streams as local experts lead you into the splendid highlands of the Ozark Plateau. Bring your binoculars for early morning wildlife and bird quests and hope for an evening glimpse of our friends — the insect-eating bats.




Highlights

• Learn how to identify the unique wildflowers and trees on expert-led forays of botanical discovery, such as the persimmon blossoms, dogwoods, and chinquapin oaks.
• Observe songbirds and critters in the huge forested tracks, home to the local Ozark long-eared bat, collared lizards, and fish of the clear waters.
• Scan the dark skies as you learn basic astronomy and the position of the constellations.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to one mile with slight to moderate inclines.



Coordinated by YMCA of Greater St. Louis/Trout Lodge.




Potosi

The Eastern Ozarks are defined as much by its history and culture as by geology, geography and landscapes. Potosi is one of several rural communities in this region of clear streams, big springs and pastoral scenery. Gently rolling hills, deep valleys and plateaus are home to small farms and an abundance of wineries which dot the countryside.



Accommodations
Conference center with comfortable lodge-style rooms that have a lake-view.
Meals and Lodgings
   YMCA Trout Lodge
  Potosi, MO 5 nights
 YMCA Trout Lodge
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.
  Contact info: 13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org
  Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.
  Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $65 per person special rate. Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $65 per person special rate. Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 pm at the Lodge, main lobby. You will be staying at YMCA Trout Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
11:30 am at the Lodge, main lobby. You will be staying at YMCA Trout Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking. Located up a small hill from the lodge. Handicapped parking is available in the front drive.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Potosi, MO
  Nearest city or town:  Potosi, MO
  Nearest highway: MO State Hwy AA
  Nearest airport:  Lambert International (STL)
  From End of Program
  Location: Potosi, MO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Louis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YMCA Trout Lodge
phone: 314-241-9622
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40 per person / $65 per couple round-trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 depending on traffic 

   

Shuttle is run by YMCA Trout Lodge. Sign up form is sent out with Health Forms approx 6 weeks before arrival. Current pick up times... 1:30pm St. Louis Airport 2:30pm St. Louis Amtrak Station Return at end of program is approx 2:00 PM to airport and 2:45 to Train Station

 
Driving Directions
  Greater St. Louis Follow I-70 West to I-270 South. I-270 South to State Hwy 21 South. Follow 21 South to the town of Potosi. Turn right onto State Hwy 8. Follow 8 through town and continue for 10 miles. Turn right onto State Hwy AA. Main entrance to YMCA of the Ozarks is about 2 miles on the right.
Elevation Note: Elevation ranges from 800 - 1100 feet

Equipment Requirements: Bring a spirit that is ready for some fun!!
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: Check-in & orientation. Get to know you activities.
(Sunday, May 3)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in: Available from 3:30pm. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. Help yourself to the fruit basket! If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check-in. Orientation: 4:30pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, or activities. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: In the Trout Lodge dining room, enjoy a buffet with selections from two soups, salad bar, two entrees, assorted side dishes, and dessert bar. Drink options include: coffee, tea, water, juice, soda and milk.
 Evening: Introduce yourself, meet the instructors and get to know one another better. Enjoy an evening snack, decaf coffee and tea.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 2 expert-led sessions in the morning. Two more in the afternoon session, followed by a guided mini-bus excursion around Trout Lodge. Wine tasting in the evening.
(Monday, May 4)

Note: Gentle walking outside. Wear appropriate footwear.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: 2 - 75 minute class sessions. Coffee and water available during class.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch with salad bar. Menu varies.
 Afternoon: Two expert-led sessions. One on native Ozark plants and trees, the second session takes you outside on a gentle hike. Later, explore more of our 5000 acre facility on a mini-bus.
 Dinner: In the dining room, enjoy choices of two entrees from the hot buffet bar, soup and salad bar, desserts and beverages all included.
 Evening: Peaceful Bend Vineyard brings local wines to us. Experience their fully Missouri-made wine. Join the owner in tasting wines and learning about the wine-making process.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 3 expert-led lectures in the classroom and outside. Afternoon pontoon boat ride. Evening bonfire and Bright Star Viewing session.
(Tuesday, May 5)

Note: All outdoor activities are weather-permitting. Some rescheduling may be necessary.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in the dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Learn more about local Ozark history and then follow the guide outside.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Afternoon: Continue outdoor hikes and exploration from the morning session. Followed by a chance to see Sunnen Lake up close on a pontoon boat ride.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Evening: Share stories, enjoy s'mores and watch the sun set at a bonfire. Once it is dark, lean back and experience the wonder of space through Bright Star viewing.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 2 expert-led lectures. Field Trip to Maramec Springs and Peaceful Bend Vineyard. Movie night.
(Wednesday, May 6)

Note: The field trip involves walking on sidewalks and gravel. Wear appropriate footwear.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: 2 - 75 minutes classroom sessions. Coffee, tea, and water available in classroom.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Maramec Spring Park, which boasts the fifth largest natural spring in Missouri. Learn about the spring from the park naturalist, and explore the iron works based there in the late 1800's and early 1900's, through the museum and remaining historical markers. Immediately after the park, we will visit Peaceful Bend Vineyard. Learn about the wine-making process and machinery from the experts. Taste the local wine. Wine is available for purchase.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Evening: Relax at the lodge and enjoy some popcorn while watching a film about the music and history of the Ozark region.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field Trip to Elephant Rocks State Park. Nature Center. An evening with Daniel Boone. Ice cream social.
(Thursday, May 7)

Note: Elephant Rocks has two available routes, one paved, one over the rocks themselves.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Field trip to Elephant Rocks State Park - home of giant elephant-shaped granite boulders and lots of history. Afterwards, explore Caledonia, known for antiques, hand-dipped ice cream, and candy at the general store.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch for a picnic at the park. Meal included in the program price.
 Afternoon: Start the afternoon with an expert led classroom session, then visit our Nature Center where you will get to learn about different reptiles like snakes and lizards, rodents like chinchillas and sugar gliders and many more.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.
 Evening: Daniel Boone comes to visit! Celebrate a great week with an ice cream social. Don't forget to pick up your passport sticker and enjoy one final evening with new friends.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up the week with two final expert led sessions.
(Friday, May 8)

Note: Check out time is by 11:30am. Please check with the Group Leader if you'd like to stay longer after the program concludes.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in the dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.
 Morning: Two final expert-led sessions round out the week.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies. Lunch is included in the program. A boxed lunch is available for an additional fee for those that wish to leave as soon as class is over.
 Afternoon: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! Free time available to use YMCA Trout Lodge after check-out for all participants. Do some of the activities that you wanted to do but didn't get the chance like horseback riding or climbing towers.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Potosi, MO YMCA Trout Lodge
Full use of YMCA Trout Lodge. Includes boathouse, fishing, hiking, tennis, golf, mini-golf, lake swimming, Arts and Crafts, horseback riding and climbing towers. Some may require an additional fee. For additional information, visit www.ymcatroutlodge.org
  Fort Davidson
The history of Pilot Knob is inextricably linked with its sister communities, Ironton and Arcadia. A traveler will barely perceive the difference from one community to the next, along the three mile stretch which is seemingly continuous. History, however, sets each apart as important events occurred and historical landmarks appear, in all three. For additional information, visit www.missourihistorictowns.com/missouri-historic-places/pilot-knob-missouri-history-landmarks.htm
  Johnson Shut-ins
Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites. For additional information, visit mostateparks.com/park/johnsons-shut-ins-state-park
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


Birds of Missouri Field Guide


Author: Stan Tekiela


Description: Learn about and identify birds using Stan Tekiela's state-by-state field guides. The full-page, color photos are incomparable and include insets of winter plumage, color morphs and more. Plus, with the easy-to-use format, you don't need to know a bird's name or classification in order to easily find it in the book. Using this field guide is a real pleasure. It's a great way for anyone to learn about the birds in your state.



Footprints in the Ozarks


Author: Ellen Gray Massey


Description: This collection of short essays, written over a period of years, pictures the true Ozarks and its people as Ellen Gray Massey has experienced them. While it captures the scene it also shows how the area has influenced her personal and professional life. From her childhood attending school in Washington D.C., and living all her adult years in the Ozarks, came the material and background to become a writer, her life-long ambition.





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