Inn check in from 3:00 p.m.
Program Registration: 4:30-6:00 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.
In the Nittany Lion Inn dining room, choose what you like from the dinner buffet with coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.
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. Three instructors will lead lessons and field trips, each with their own style and areas of expertise. All instructional sessions will take place at Davey Lab, which is about ½ a mile from the Inn. Transportation will be provided for those who prefer not to walk. Given the nature of celestial observation, some activities — the telescopic observation evening activity in particular — may be altered depending on weather conditions. To account for these weather conditions, night observation will take place on 1 of 3 evenings and the other 2 will be at leisure. For two lunches, participants will receive prepaid debit cards to choose and buy lunch (included in the program cost) from an extensive selection at the Hetzel Union Building. 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. We’ll wrap up as our presenters give an introduction to the universe! Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.