Boxcar Children: A Literary Adventure With Your Grandchild
Bring to life the fun and adventure of “The Boxcar Children.” Learn about storytelling, visit Turtle Bay Exploration Park and create lasting memories with your grandchild.
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Program No. 14993RJ
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Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Dunsmuir CA
Railroad Park Resort

Activity note: Check in at Cabin 5 is available after 3:00 PM.

Afternoon: Program Registration: When you check in with Road Scholar, you will receive your room assignment, and 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: On the Railroad Park grounds, we’ll have a welcome dinner with pizza.

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 including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. 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 discussing about the Boxcar Children stories. All transfers and transportation will be provided via motorcoach unless otherwise specified. Free time is reserved for your 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

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

Activity note: Getting on an off a motorcoach; walking up to 1/2 mile on park trails.

Breakfast: At Railroad Park's restaurant we will have a breakfast buffet of pastries, muffins, scrambled eggs, breakfast meat, potatoes, fresh cut fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, and beverages including coffee, tea, juice and milk.

Morning: In our first writing workshop with our Study Leader, the kids will learn more about writing and begin writing their own stories. While the kids work on their writing chops, grandparents will have an opportunity to relax before our first day of adventure. We’ll take our first field trip via motorcoach to Hedge Creek Falls. Next, we’ll head to Mt. Shasta City Park. This is the source of the headwaters of the Sacramento River. We’ll explore (and taste!) the waters where they first gush into daylight. We'll learn about converting “trash to treasure” like the Boxcar Children did in the first story, when they rescued items from a dump to outfit their home in the woods. Our Study Leader will connect our modern-day understanding of recycling to Depression-era thriftiness, when families had to make do with what was available.

Lunch: At Mt. Shasta City Park, we’ll have sandwiches with a side dish and beverage followed by a sweet treat.

Afternoon: Our next field trip is to the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery to see hundreds of fingerlings — juvenile fish about the size of a finger. Watch trout leap out of the water as you feed them from the handy food dispensers. Returning to Railroad Park, the kids will have an arts and crafts activity with the help of their grandparent. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Take a dip in the pool, go for a hike, spend time together, or just relax. We’ll regroup and travel to dinner together.

Dinner: At the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens we’ll enjoy a dinner that’s both kid and adult friendly, followed by a fun exploration of the gardens.

Evening: Back at Railroad Park, we’ll gather for story time with our Study Leader. Get ready for tomorrow's book!

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

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach; walking up to 1 mile with long periods of standing.

Breakfast: Railroad Park breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the morning by continuing to write our own adventure stories. Kids and grandparents can work together to let the creativity flow! We’ll then go on a field trip 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. There’s a museum, forestry and wildlife center, arboretum, and botanical garden. We’ll explore the park and have fun as a group.

Lunch: In the picnic area near Sundial Bridge, we’ll have sandwiches with a side dish and beverage.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll stroll along the amazing Sundial Bridge. It’s named that because the bridge really is a sundial, one of the largest in the world. The bridge 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 learn more about it from our Study Leader while we’re walking across. Back at Railroad Park, generations will work together on an arts and crafts activity followed by free time.

Dinner: At Railroad Park we will enjoy a plated meal with a salad, choice of entree and a dessert, plus milk, lemonade, iced tea and coffee.

Evening: We’ll gather to enjoy sharing our stories and reading together from the Boxcar Children series.

Morning Writing, Shasta Caverns, Evening Story Readings
Dunsmuir CA
Railroad Park Resort

Activity note: Bending and walking through caverns with some uneven surfaces; walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Railroad Park breakfast buffet.

Morning: Our writing workshop continues as we develop our own adventure stories. We’ll hop aboard our motorcoach and take a field trip to a historic train depot to learn about the history of the railroad in this Northern California town. Our Study Leader will be joined by an expert at the depot. We’ll then move on the Shasta Caverns.

Lunch: At Shasta Caverns, we’ll eat outdoors (if the weather is nice) and have sandwiches with a side dish and beverage.

Afternoon: At Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark we’ll ride on a catamaran across Lake Shasta as the captain talks 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. A local expert will tell us the history of the caverns and how they were formed. 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. As we explore, we’ll see that the caves are highly “decorated” with formations from tiny to huge. Returning to Railroad Park, we will continue working on an arts and crafts activity followed by free time.

Dinner: At Railroad Park.

Evening: For our last session together as a group, we’ll read our stories. The Study Leader will listen attentively and give encouraging feedback to continue writing and learning in the Boxcar Children’s spirit of resourcefulness and independence. Have a good time with new Road Scholar friends, then prepare for departure in the morning.

Program Concludes
Dunsmuir CA

Activity note: Check out by 10:00 AM.

Breakfast: Railroad Park breakfast buffet.

Morning: The program concludes with breakfast. 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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