Springtime in the Ozarks

Spring is to the Ozarks as Mozart is to music — the best! Join us to learn about the region’s blooming orchestra of sights and sounds on this uniquely beautiful outdoor adventure.
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Program No. 1625RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

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 lands of the Ozark foothills. Bring your binoculars for many birding activities during peak migration season! Hope for an evening glimpse of our friends — the insect-eating bats.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walks up to one mile with slight to moderate inclines.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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 peak migration season for North American birds in the huge forested tracks, look for collared lizards and fish of the clear waters.
  • Scan the dark skies as you learn basic astronomy and the position of the constellations.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Richard Heuermann
Until his retirement in 2014, Rich served as the Administrative Officer of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Outreach Program Coordinator for the NASA Missouri Space Grant Consortium at Washington University. An active member of the Saint Louis Astronomical Society for many years, he has continued involvement in outreach programs, presenting lectures and assisting with public telescope observing sessions. Rich holds two degrees in physics and has taught courses in astronomy and planetary sciences at Washington University and the University of Missouri.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Shannon Skaggs
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