With Your Grandchild: Sharing a Common Love for Animals
Learn about wildlife rehabilitation, practice animal tracking, get hands on in the lab and enjoy insider access at the Oregon Zoo as you share you love of nature with your grandchild.
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Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Therapy Animals
Portland, Oregon
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel

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

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

Evening: Orientation: 6:30 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 intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children 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. Especially for kids: In our meeting room at the hotel, we’ll meet Rojo the llama and Napoleon the alpaca! Their “Llama Mama” will tell us how they became certified therapy animals and we’ll learn how this animal therapy team uses their special bond to make a difference in the community. Be prepared for kisses! Lots of opportunity for contact with these two furry gentlemen. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Critter Cabana, Reptile Presentation, Oregon Zoo Backstage
Portland, Oregon
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel

Activity note: The drive from the hotel to Oregon Zoo is about 13.5 miles. Walking at your own pace around the zoo.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet that includes milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Especially for kids: We’ll be joined at the hotel by a local expert who will introduce and help us get acquainted with some special creatures. We’ll meet incredible mammals such as chinchillas, bunnies, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and others as we learn about their lives, diet, and habits. Next, staff from the non-profit International Reptile Rescue organization will join us to talk about the importance of reptiles in ecological diversity, their suitability as pets, and the safe and humane way to handle and care for them. Get ready for turtles, a boa constrictor, and other reptiles.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have a lunch buffet with deli choices and dessert plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We'll take a few hours in the early afternoon for a good swim or rest since it will be late this evening when we return from our zoo safari. Later in the afternoon, we’ll head out via motorcoach to the Oregon Zoo for some independent exploration time before dinner.

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

Evening: Especially for kids: We’ll go on an after hours “safari” led by members of the Oregon Zoo staff to explore areas including the elephant complex, food preparation center, medical center, and education facility. In addition to elephants, we’ll see bats, cougars, and lions! We’ll learn about their habitats, how the animals are monitored and treated, how their food is prepared, and other special information. We’ll head back to the hotel after our field trip. Since we’ll be going on an overnight field trip tomorrow, pack a bag with everything you’ll need when we get on the motorcoach in the morning.

Chintimini Wildlife Center, Birds of Prey Lesson, Beach
Newport, Oregon
Elizabeth Street Inn

Activity note: Walking short distances, up to 30 minutes 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.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and depart for Newport, Oregon. On our way, we’ll stop at Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis for a full day field trip. The wildlife center cares for injured and orphaned wildlife from baby skunks to bald eagles, more than 1,000 each year. 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’ll learn from expert environmental educators about peaceful and positive ways to coexist with wildlife in our environment. Especially for kids: We’ll meet some of Chintimini’s resident birds of prey, watch a raptor in flight with its handler, 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’ll dissect an owl pellet to make observations about an owl’s lifestyle based on what it eats. With expert Chintimini staff, we’ll also discover some of the fantastic diversity of creatures that live in ponds and learn about the importance of wetland systems. We’ll also use scoops and specimen jars to collect samples, then use identification charts and other tools to determine what we’ve collected. We may see newts, frogs, salamanders, and a variety of invertebrates. There’s also a station where we can have an interactive experience of how to rehabilitate wildlife and other activities.

Lunch: At the Wildlife Center, we’ll have boxed lunches with a sandwich, fruit, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: We’ll meet an animal care specialist and do a mock wildlife exam on a stuffed animal. We’ll learn what’s involved in assessing the condition of a wild patient and what’s needed for rehabilitation with the goal of releasing it back into the natural environment. Departing Chintimini, we’ll ride on to Newport, Oregon, and check in to our hotel where we’ll spend the night. After checking in, you might like to walk to the beach, just a few blocks from the hotel, to dig in the sand, look for seashells, or stick toes in the water.

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 enjoy the lovely sunset, walk down to the tide pools, or watch a bonfire on the beach. Then prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

Marine Science Center, White Wolf Sanctuary, To Portland
Portland, Oregon
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel

Activity note: Possibly getting wet at the Marine Science Center. Walking at White Wolf Sanctuary; unpaved, uneven surfaces. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; variable mountaintop weather. No cameras, cologne/perfume.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as waffles, eggs, bacon/sausage, yogurt, cereal, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Especially for kids: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll 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’ll have a chance to handle critters that may be there such as snails, sea urchins, barnacles, crabs, and sea anemones.

Lunch: At a popular restaurant in Newport, choose from a pizza buffet, soup, salad, and hot dishes plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to the non-profit White Wolf Sanctuary near Tidewater. The sanctuary covers 60 acres of countryside with meadows, trees, ponds, and shelters. About 50 acres are completely fenced and isolated for the protection of Arctic wolves that run freely. The average population is 12 wolves that have been rescued, were injured, unwanted, donated, or abandoned, and can now live out their lives in a safe and comfortable environment. We’ll learn about the wolves, their habits, and instincts from the founder, then walk around the sanctuary. You may stay on the observation deck and still see the wolves.

Dinner: At a community restaurant in Corvallis, we’ll have a choice of hot plated meals, sandwiches, salads, with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll return to Portland and check back in to our hotel.

Animal Tracking, Nature Walk, Free Time, Storyteller
Portland, Oregon
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 mile; unpaved, uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Especially for kids: We’ll ride to Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve where a naturalist will lead an interactive, hands-on animal tracking workshop. We’ll learn how to use claw marks, toes, heel pads, and webbing to identify animals in the wild. We’ll then apply our newly acquired skills of animal tracking as we walk in the Preserve with a naturalist. Gain insights into animal and bird behavior in the wild and see how many animal prints you can identify!

Lunch: At nearby Rood Bridge Park along the Tualatin River, we’ll have boxed lunches with a sandwich, fruit, dessert, water.

Afternoon: Free Time. For our final afternoon, we’ll have playtime activities in the park with time before dinner for a swim or a rest at the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: After dinner, we’ll be joined by a very special storyteller who will tell us things we never knew about our favorite animal friends. Then prepare for check-out and departure after our wrap-up session in the morning.

Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
Portland, Oregon

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

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll get together for the last time with our Group Leader and say good-byes. 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!

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