16349
Plymouth (Massachusetts)
Intergenerational: Discovering Plimoth Plantation and Cape Cod Maritime Life
Discover Plimoth Plantation, historical artifacts, delicate marine ecosystems and the world’s leading oceanographic institute in this educational adventure for you and your grandchild.
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Program No. 16349RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Plymouth, MA
D
John Carver Inn

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: 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. 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. For field trips outdoors, wear sneakers, casual clothes you don’t mind getting wet, and always apply sun protection. Bring a windbreaker or sweatshirt, towel, bathing suit, and change of clothes/shoes for our coastal exploration. Scheduled 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.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with soda, coffee, tea, water options included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Harbor
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles at Plimoth Plantation; unpaved and hilly terrain, ramps that can be steep according to the rise and fall of the tides.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have vouchers for a plated meal with table service.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to Plimoth Plantation. Led by an expert, we’ll walk through this living history museum complete with actors who portray 17th century colonists and learn about these early settlers. We’ll also visit the Wampanoag Village and the Pilgrim Settlement with a museum expert, and have some time to explore on our own.

Lunch: At Plimoth Plantation.

Afternoon: We’ll continue at Plimoth Plantation with presentations and hands-on activities including games as the Pilgrim and Native American children did. We’ll then head to Plymouth Harbor for a 30 minute walking excursion lead by a Plimoth Plantation expert. This is the exact location where the Plymouth Colony stood for the first few years of it's existence and normally where the Mayflower II floats as well. Although the ship, Plimoth Plantation's full-scale reproduction of the original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620, is currently in dry dock being restored, you will learn about it's voyage with the expert. Additionally, you will see and learn about other major sites vital to Plymouth's history like Plymouth Rock, Cole's Hill, Leyden Street and Town Brook. We’ll then return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure. Take a dip in the hotel pool, walk down to the waterfront or through downtown Plymouth, or just relax.

DAY
3
Coastal Exploration, Marine Biological Lab Study Cruise
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: The coastal exploration takes place on a remote part of the beach, no seating areas. Walking up to 2 miles; standing approximately 1-1/2 hours; terrain includes sand, rocks, and seaweed beds, some slippery surfaces. Sneakers or sturdy water shoes required. Getting on/off vessel via a small ladder. Date and timing of activities may be adjusted due to changing tides.

Breakfast: Hotel vouchers.

Morning: Experience life along the coast by observing and learning about the creatures that inhabit these shores. On this fun, hands-on learning adventure we will enhance our knowledge of the ecology of Cape Cod while searching for local sea critters. Hear how this peninsula's habitats are rapidly changing and the effects humans have on this change. We will connect to the natural world by becoming part of that world with a personalized approach to “scientific” learning that reveals the vital role we play in the health of the world.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We’ll take an ocean study cruise on Vineyard Sound and actively engage in learning oceanography through first-hand observations of natural marine phenomena and data collection. Discover the wonders of ocean science aboard the fishing vessel Gemma with the Marine Biological Laboratory. As “guest” scientists, we will take plankton and bottom samples to see what might be found in our area. A great way to learn more about Cape Cod's ecological systems!

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Whale Watching Expedition, Free Time
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: Walking up a ramp to board the whale watch boat; depending on tides, the ramp may be at an incline or decline.

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: As a special highlight, we’ll go on a whale watching expedition out of Plymouth Harbor. Throughout our adventure, expert naturalists will provide an intriguing look into the “wonderful world of whales” plus commentary on local ecology and the area’s unique history.

Lunch: Aboard the whale watch boat.

Afternoon: Free Time: Returning to the hotel, take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: We’ll have an evening of fun games with our Group Leader.

DAY
5
Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Greenbriar Nature Center
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets, grass.

Breakfast: Hotel vouchers.

Morning: Boarding our motorcoach, we’ll head to Hyannis, a charming and characteristic Cape Cod village. We’ll spend the morning at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum on the waterfront, learning about the Cape’s maritime history and culture, ships past and present, and participating in an expert-led hands-on activity.

Lunch: We’ll have box lunches picnic style.

Afternoon: Our next field trip is to the town of Sandwich, the oldest on the Cape, where we’ll visit the Greenbriar Nature Center, “a quiet corner of peace and beauty.” We’ll walk through the grounds with a freshwater pond, then participate in a hands-on activity to learn about the creatures that inhabit local waters and analyze them under microscopes. We’ll then return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and share our favorite experiences.

Evening: At leisure. Have one more dip in the pool, take a walk, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends, and prepare for departure after our final session in the morning.

DAY
6
Plimoth Grist Mill, Independent Departures
Plymouth, MA
B

Activity note: Hotel check out is by 11:00 AM.

Breakfast: Hotel vouchers.

Morning: We’ll walk to the Plimoth Grist Mill with our Group Leader. After more than a decade of laboriously grinding corn by hand in wooden mortars, the Plimoth colony authorized construction of a water-powered corn grinding (grist) mill on Town Brook in 1636. The mill we see today is a reproduction the 1636 original. Many of the parts — the stones, spindle, and stone furniture — are from the early 1800s and were salvaged from another mill. During our visit, we’ll explore the mill and learn how important the process of grinding corn was in the 1600s. We’ll also learn about the ecology of the Town Brook area, including the annual herring run. We’ll return to the hotel. 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!