12512
Wisconsin
Explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Discover the Apostle Islands’ many charms as you enjoy local culture, see a presentation on shipwrecks, learn about the region’s ecology and hear tales of early settlers.
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Program No. 12512RJ
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Bayfield, Wisconsin
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Bayfield Inn

Activity note: Hotel check in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: From 3:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby 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. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the inn, we’ll have a plated and served meal with coffee, tea and water.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that 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.

DAY
2
Bayfield Area History, National Park Service
Bayfield, Wisconsin
B,L,D
Bayfield Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day with up to 1 hour standing at the Coast Guard Station.

Breakfast: In the inn’s meeting room, with a gorgeous view of the public pier on Lake Superior, Madeline Island and the sunrise, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with choices including 2 hot items which will change daily, muffins/pastries, oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit with coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: Retired National Park Service historian Bob Mackreth will join us at the hotel and present the history of the Apostle Islands and the Bayfield area from the early encounters between Native Americans, explorers, missionaries and fur trappers, to the construction of the famed Apostle Islands lighthouses.

Lunch: At the inn, we’ll have a light lunch with a sandwich, side, dessert and coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We will go on a walking field trip through town and visit the historic National Park Service Building. Learn about this small town and it's role as the gate way to the Apostle Islands. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this quaint lakeside town.

Dinner: Inn plated meal.

Evening: We will make an excursion over to the Coast Guard Station where we will be joined by some of the staff at this particular station for a special presentation. on protecting our shores on one of the worlds largest lake. Afterwards, we will walk back to the inn for the remainder of the evening at leisure.

DAY
3
Apostle Islands Study Cruise
Bayfield, Wisconsin
B,L,D
Bayfield Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day; getting on/off a ship.

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: We will begin with a short walk to the nearby dock where we will embark on a 3-hour study cruise to see historic lighthouses and get close-up views of the sea caves in the area.

Lunch: At the inn, we’ll have a light lunch of a sandwich and sides.

Afternoon: At the hotel, a retired director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center/Army Corps of Engineers in Duluth, Minnesota will give a presentation about shipwrecks among the Apostle Islands. We will see images and hear stories about some of the many ships that went down in and around the Apostle Islands, further emphasizing the importance of the Coast Guard.

Dinner: Inn plated meal.

Evening: Tonight we will hear a lecture from the director of the Indigenous Cultures Center on the Native Americans in the Apostle Islands area.

DAY
4
Madeline Island
Bayfield, Wisconsin
B,L,D
Bayfield Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day; periods of standing up to 1 hour each; getting on/off the ferry.

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: We will transfer via school bus to take the ferry to Madeline Island and, once on the island, we will visit the Madeline Island Museum for a presentation on the fur trade given by a local expert. The rustic museum, an amalgamation of several different structures, includes the only remaining building from the American Fur Company. It tells the story of the Ojibwe people who lived in this area for centuries as well as exhibiting explorer and fur trade artifacts. From there, we will head out on foot to Big Bay City Park where we will walk along the pristine sandy barrier beach.

Lunch: At Big Bay City Park, we will have a boxed lunch of sandwiches and sides.

Afternoon: On a narrated field trip by bus around the island, we will learn how natives thrive in the summer and survive in the winter while making various stops along the way including visits to an artisan shop and a church. We’ll then catch the ferry and return to the inn.

Dinner: Inn plated meal.

Evening: We will have a special presentation given by a local expert about “The House That Sank.” A comical story stemming from a can-do attitude in the very cold winter of 1977, The House That Sank received attention from everyone, including the LA Times and folk singers alike, after it (and the truck hauling it) broke through the ice on the way across Lake Superior.

DAY
5
Program Concludes
Bayfield, Wisconsin
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: Our final session of the program will wrap up with two short lectures on the ways in which the people of the Apostle Islands and surrounding region made their living in the challenging Lake Superior environment – fishing, logging, farming, and more – followed by a closer examination of women's lives on the islands.

Lunch: Before departure take a boxed lunch to go. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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