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Oregon

Amazing Animal Encounters in Oregon With Your Grandchild

Meet an array of animals at a zoo, aquarium and sanctuaries, and get your hands dirty as you dissect owl pellets, track animal prints and more on an animal adventure with your grandkid.
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Program No. 17282RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Oregon

Amazing Animal Encounters in Oregon With Your Grandchild

Meet an array of animals at a zoo, aquarium and sanctuaries, and get your hands dirty as you dissect owl pellets, track animal prints and more on an animal adventure with your grandkid.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Program No. 17282 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Age 8 - 11
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Jun 6 – Jun 11, 2021
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1,199
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949
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Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
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949
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1,199
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949
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949
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Jun 20 – Jun 25, 2021
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1,199
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Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2021
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949
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Jul 18 – Jul 23, 2021
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1,199
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Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2021
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Jul 25 – Jul 30, 2021
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Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2021
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949
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Aug 1 – Aug 6, 2021
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1,199
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949
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Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2021
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At a Glance

On this adventure, you and your grandchild will meet fantastic creatures, from engaging elephants to lovable llamas! Get up close with some of these animals during live demonstrations at marine centers and sanctuaries. Put newfound animal tracking skills to use on a nature walk, dissect an owl pellet and learn about marine critters during an identification lesson. Go behind the scenes at the Oregon Zoo after hours to see elephants, otters, bats and lions and so much more on this animal adventure with your grandchild.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Short but frequent daily walks; terrain varies from pavement to dirt roads.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get outside and learn about local animals in Oregon during an animal tracking lesson.
  • At the Hatfield Marine Science Center, meet the resident octopus, and get hands-on with snails, barnacles and crabs.
  • On an after-hours exploration at the Oregon Zoo, explore exciting exhibits and meet one of their friendly animal ambassadors.
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Lesa Carnahan
Lesa has been a Road Scholar group leader since 2001 and led numerous programs in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about Oregon and loves to share her knowledge about the region while taking groups to explore local cuisine, culture and wildlife. When she’s not out leading programs, she spends her time helping students gain self-control and achieve their goals in the classroom and out on educational field trips around Oregon.

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

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Lesa has been a Road Scholar group leader since 2001 and led numerous programs in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about Oregon and loves to share her knowledge about the region while taking groups to explore local cuisine, culture and wildlife. When she’s not out leading programs, she spends her time helping students gain self-control and achieve their goals in the classroom and out on educational field trips around Oregon.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Grant's Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids
by Grant McOmie
Local Oregon expert, Grant McOmie, shares some of his favorite spots to take the family. His adventures lead you all across the state to experience the many different characteristics of Oregon. This is a great book if you are looking for more adventures before or after your program.
The Magnificent Book of Animals
by Tom Jackson
Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest
by Fiona Cohen (Author), Marni Fylling (Illustrator)
Get acquainted with the animals of Oregon. This book has facts and illustrations of the flora and fauna that call the Pacific Northwest their home. Learn about local habitats, ecosystems, and diverse wildlife.
Rojo: Where is My Hair?!
by Shannon Joy
"Lllama Mama" Shannon Joy authors delightful children's books about her pair of therapy llamas and alpacas, Rojo and Napoleon. In this adventure, Rojo and Napoleon discover what llama and alpaca hair is used for. If you purchase the book through the following website, your book will include stamped llama kisses on the inside cover. Use discount code ROADSCHOLAR to receive free shipping. https://classy-camelids.myshopify.com/products/rojo-books
Rojo: The Perfectly Imperfect Llama
by Shannon Joy
"Lllama Mama" Shannon Joy authors delightful children's books about her pair of therapy llamas and alpacas, Rojo and Napoleon. In this installment, Rojo learns to accept his own value - even if he's not "perfect" in the show ring! If you purchase the book through the following website, your book will include stamped llama kisses on the inside cover. Use discount code ROADSCHOLAR to receive free shipping. https://classy-camelids.myshopify.com/products/rojo-books
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Portland, Oregon
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment from checking in at the hotel, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing an up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes and other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 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. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the daily 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.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have a plated meal with main and side dishes, salad, plus beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Local Farm, Nature Walk, Oregon Zoo
Portland, Oregon
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 1.5 hours throughout the day. Walking approximately 1 – 2 miles at a time; unpaved, uneven surfaces. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing and shoes for animal tracking as the terrain is variable and the trails might be wet or muddy. Walking at the zoo includes paved paths, stairs, and some uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will choose from a variety of breakfast buffet options; drinks include milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will ride to a local farm to learn about the importance of animals in Oregon and interact with some of the animals that call the farm home. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel, we will have a buffet lunch including sandwiches and salads; drinks include coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We will head out via motorcoach to the Oregon Zoo for some independent exploration time and animal encounters before dinner.

Dinner: In the African Café at the Oregon Zoo, we will have a pizza buffet with lemonade and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: On an after-hours visit led by members of the Oregon Zoo staff, we will explore areas including the elephant complex, Stellar Cove, and other animal exhibits. We will learn about animal habitats, how the animals are monitored and treated, how their food is prepared, and other special information. We will head back to the hotel after our field trip and pack for our two-day field trip out to the coast beginning tomorrow morning.

DAY
3
Chintimini Wildlife Center, Animal Tracking, Newport
Newport, OR
B,L,D
Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving about 3 hours to Newport with two stops along the way. Walking short distances, up to 1 mile at a time; limited seating; unpaved and uneven surfaces. Activities at Chintimini will take place based on the schedules of staff at the time of the program and may vary from the order below. Wear comfortable clothing for the outdoors and closed-toe shoes; variable mountaintop weather.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and depart for Newport, Oregon. On our way, we will stop at Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis and a local park. The wildlife center cares for more than 1,000 injured and orphaned wildlife each year, from baby skunks to bald eagles. Their goal is to return these animals to their natural habitat. The center also conducts education programs to promote connections between people and wildlife. We will meet some of Chintimini’s resident birds of prey, explore an artifacts table, and learn about the awesome adaptations it takes to be a top predator of the sky. Just as researchers do, we will dissect owl pellets to make observations about an owl’s lifestyle based on what it eats, as our instructor leads us during this outdoor hands-on experience. With expert Chintimini staff, we will enjoy another activity and discover some of the fantastic diversity of creatures that live in forests and ponds and learn about the importance of wetland systems.

Lunch: At the Chintimini Wildlife Center, we will have boxed lunches including a sandwich, fruit, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: Next, we will head to a local park, where a naturalist will lead an interactive, hands-on animal tracking workshop. We will learn how to use claw marks, toes, heel pads, and webbing to identify animals in the wild. Then we will apply our newly acquired skills of animal tracking on a nature walk. We will gain insights into animal and bird behavior in the wild and see how many animal prints we can identify!

Dinner: At Izzy’s, a popular restaurant in Newport, we will choose from a pizza buffet, salad, and hot dishes, plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will check into our hotel in Newport where we will spend two nights.

DAY
4
Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport, OR
B,L
Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; minimal driving. Possibly getting wet at the Marine Science Center. Walking and standing at the Marine Science Center and Aquarium; unpaved, uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Traveling via motorcoach, we will head to the Hatfield Marine Science Center for a field trip to explore the rocky intertidal habitat, see some of the creatures that live there, and learn about environmental forces that make this ever-changing habitat a challenging place. We will have a chance to handle and observe critters that may be there such as snails, sea urchins, barnacles, crabs, and sea anemones. We will learn about each animal's habitat, anatomy, diet, and more from a marine science educator After, we will head to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Lunch: At the aquarium, we will enjoy a plated meal with a main dish, a side, and a beverage.

Afternoon: We will have time to explore the Oregon Coast Aquarium and learn more about the marine life on the Oregon Coast on our own. Then we will head back to our hotel in Newport for some time on our own.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. You can take a swim in the pool, walk down to the tide pools,enjoy the lovely sunset, or watch a bonfire on the beach. Then prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
Critter Cabana, Therapy Animals, Portland
Portland, Oregon
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 3.5 hours to Portland with 2 stops along the way. Walking approximately 1 mile; unpaved, uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of our hotel in Newport, we will ride to a therapy animal center to learn about the roles therapy animals play in our lives from the local staff. Then, we will board our motorcoach and continue our journey back to Portland. On the way, we will stop at a local community center.

Lunch: We will have boxed lunches at the community center with a sandwich, fruit, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: A local expert will join us at the community center to introduce and help us get acquainted with some special creatures. We will meet incredible mammals and reptiles as we learn about their lives, diet, and habits. We will then return to Portland, and we will check back into our Portland hotel. We will have some time to ourselves before our wrap-up and final presentation.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a plated meal with main and side dishes, plus beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We will meet a therapy llama and/or alpaca. Their “llama mama” trainer will tell us how they became certified therapy animals, and we will learn how this animal therapy team uses their special bond to make a difference in the community. Be prepared for kisses and lots of opportunity for contact with these furry friends. Then prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Portland, Oregon
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel 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 another rewarding program 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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