Boxcar Children: Storytelling and Adventures With Your Grandchild

Bring your grandchild and join other bookworms and explorers as the Boxcar Children stories come to life, and learn how to tell stories inspired by the week’s adventure field trips.
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Program No. 14993RJ
5 days
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1,199 / ADULT
749 / CHILD
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 3 L 4 D
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Dunsmuir CA
Railroad Park Resort

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in Cabin 5 to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously).

Dinner: On the Railroad Park grounds, we’ll have a family style dinner with pizza and a beverage choice of lemonade, juice, water.

Evening: Orientation: 7:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. In addition to our Group Leader, we’ll have a Study Leader who will serve as our primary instructor and who will lead an opening discussion about the Boxcar Children stories. All transfers and transportation will be provided via motorcoach unless otherwise specified. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Morning Writing, Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery, McCloud Falls
Dunsmuir CA
Railroad Park Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 40 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking up to 1/2 mile; dirt path; gradual incline.

Breakfast: At the Railroad Park's restaurant, we will have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of dishes such as pastries, muffins, scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, fresh cut fruit, yogurt, oatmeal and beverages choices of juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: In the Railroad Park Resort meeting room, we’ll have our first writing workshop with our Study Leader. We’ll learn more about writing and begin writing our own stories. We’ll ride via motorcoach to the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery. On arrival, we’ll set out on a walking field trip with our Study leader to observe hundreds of fingerlings — juvenile trout about the size of a finger. We’ll observe the trout leaping out of the water as we feed them from the handy food dispensers. Next, we will ride to McCloud Falls.

Lunch: At McCloud Falls, we’ll have a box lunch including a sandwich, a side, a sweet treat, and a beverage.

Afternoon: We will explore trails at McCloud Falls with our Study Leader. As we walk, we’ll learn about the natural history of the area. Then, we will head to Mt. Shasta City Park. This is the source of the headwaters of the Sacramento River. We will explore (and taste!) the waters. We’ll then craft our own survival kit and play a variety of active games. Returning to Railroad Park, we’ll have an arts and crafts activity with our Study Leader. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Take a dip in the pool, go for a hike, socialize with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax. We will regroup at a time and place designated by our Group Leader and travel to the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens for dinner.

Dinner: At the gardens, we’ll have a family friendly Italian buffet dinner with a beverage choice of lemonade, tea, water.

Evening: We’ll set out on a walking field trip with our Study Leader to explore and learn about the gardens. On the bus ride back to Railroad Park, our Study Leader will introduce the next story. Get ready for tomorrow's book!

Writing Session, Explore Turtle Bay Park, Evening Stories
Dunsmuir CA
Railroad Park Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 55 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 1 mile; paved paths. Standing up to 1 hour at a time. Walking and standing on bridge for about 1/2 hour.

Breakfast: Railroad Park buffet.

Morning: At Railroad Park Resort with our Study Leader, we’ll continue writing our own adventure stories. Kids and grandparents will work together to let the creativity flow! We’ll then ride to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, located on the banks of the Sacramento River. The river looks entirely different at this location! The 300-acre park highlights the natural wonders of Northern California. We’ll set out on a field trip with our Study Leader to explore the exhibits, including stops at the Aviary, Butterfly Exhibit, and The Paul Bunyan Mill. We’ll learn about animal behavior and the history of the area. At the Wildlife Center, we’ll attend an animal show. We’ll observe and learn about various animals and their unique adaptations.

Lunch: In the picnic area, we will have a boxed lunch including a sandwich, a granola bar, a bag of chips, a cookie, and water.

Afternoon: We will continue to explore Turtle Bay. With our Study Leader, we’ll stroll along the amazing Sundial Bridge and learn about its construction. This unique bridge gets its name because it actually is a sundial, one of the largest in the world. It is constructed of steel, glass and granite but it appears light and airy thanks to the design of renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiagao Calatrava. We’ll return to Railroad Park. With our Study Leader, we’ll participate in an arts and crafts activity. We’ll then have time to relax or freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: At Railroad Park, we will have a dinner buffet with a salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage choices of milk, lemonade, coffee, tea, water.

Evening: We’ll gather in Cabin 5 for a reading from the Boxcar Children series by our Study Leader.

Writing Session, Shasta Caverns, Share Our Stories
Dunsmuir CA
Railroad Park Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 80 miles, approximately 2 hours roundtrip. Getting on/off catamaran for caverns; bending down while walking about 1 mile through some dark and narrow areas; uneven surfaces; paved and unpaved cavern paths; unavoidable stairs. Getting on/off bus; traveling about 80, approximately 2 hours.

Breakfast: Railroad Park buffet.

Morning: We’ll continue to workshop the stories we started earlier in the week with our Study Leader. We will hop aboard our motorcoach and ride to a historic train depot. We’ll set out on a walking field trip with our Study Leader to explore the site and learn about the history of the railroad. We will travel via motorcoach to the Shasta Caverns. With a local expert, we’ll descend the dirt ramp to the catamaran and enter the caverns. As we explore, we’ll observe the formations and learn about the unique geology of the caverns.

Lunch: At Shasta Caverns, we’ll have a box lunch including a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a cookie, and a bottle of water.

Afternoon: At Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark, we’ll ride on a catamaran across Lake Shasta. As we sail, the captain will teach us about the lake and its natural history. After landing on the other side of the lake, we’ll hop aboard a bus and ride to the entrance of the caverns for an on-site lecture. A local expert will tell us about the history of the caverns and how they were formed. Then, we’ll enter the caverns. As we explore, we’ll observe and learn about the different formations in the caves. It took 270 million years to create this incredible underground world. The caverns are a series of caves made of calcite, a mineral used in everything from fabricating optical lenses to toothpaste! In its natural state, calcite can be many colors depending on other minerals and impurities. Then, we’ll return to Railroad Park for an arts and craft activity led by our Study Leader.

Dinner: Railroad Park buffet. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At Railroad Park, we’ll share our stories with each other. Our Study Leader will listen attentively and provide encouraging feedback. Spend the remainder of the evening relaxing or socializing with new Road Scholar friends. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

Program Concludes
Dunsmuir CA

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

Breakfast: Railroad Park buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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