19469
Sarasota
From the Canopy to the Key: Ecology Along Florida’s Gulf Coast
With its fascinating history, iconic architecture and renowned cultural centers, Florida’s Gulf Coast is the ideal place to learn a lot in a world-class setting.
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Program No. 19469RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sarasota, FL
D
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Activity note: All activities take place at the hotel today.

Afternoon: ORIENTATION: Begins at 5:00pm in our private meeting room. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered by the hotel's restaurant in our private room at 6:00pm. We offer vegetarian and gluten free meals. If you only dine on fish, chicken or are lactose intolerant, please list on your form. Please fill out your Personal Health & Information form and return to us in a timely manner to ensure a pleasant stay.

Evening: GETTING TO KNOW YOU: After dinner we'll spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full day of activity ahead.

DAY
2
Beach, Rivers Class, Free Time, Evening Musical Presentation
Sarasota, FL
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Activity note: Walking on the beach participants will experience, wet and uneven terrain with shells and a variety of other marine life. (please bring water shoes or other shoes that can get wet and sandy)

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and is a continental breakfast.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit a local beach with a shelling expert for a close up look at Florida shells. There are over 50,000 different kinds of shells (ie, seashells and landsnails and fresh water shell-bearing Molluscs), many with dozens or even hundreds of color and pattern combinations to find and enjoy. Expert will help to identify various shells you may find on the beach as you walk. Learn the various types of shells you will encounter as you walk on the beach. Learn what is rare and what is common. Shelling guide will be provided for your use during the field trip. Interactive walk with shelling expert on a local beach for shell identification.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in our private meeting room at the hotel.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Learn more about Florida's river ecology, history and culture. Free time

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in our private room.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were introduced in 1919, when both attended Columbia University and were asked to write an amateur club show. After writing together for several years, they produced their first successful Broadway musical, The Garrick Gaieties, in 1925, which introduced their hit song, "Manhattan." Listen and discuss their musicals and films

DAY
3
Mote Marine Laboratory Shark Research, Shark Habitat
Sarasota, FL
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Activity note: In order to see all of the exhibits at Mote there will be walking up to 1 mile. Bus trip to Mote will be approximately 30 min. there and 45 min. back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and will be continental breakfast with eggs and a breakfast meat.

Morning: Depart for Mote Marine PRESENTATION: Shark Secrets education program, by Mote Staff. Florida has nurse sharks, bull sharks, black tips and sandbar sharks — among others — and you can get closer than you’d like at Mote’s 135,000-gallon shark habitat. This exhibit is also home to the world’s largest grouper species, the Goliath grouper (yes, he’s a cousin to Florida ’s favorite seafood dish) and some of the world’s most sporting fish: tarpon, snook and redfish. That's nearly a grand slam, by local angling lore. PRESENTATION: Shark presentation by Mote biologist (subject to their availability or other qualified staff)

Lunch: Lunch at the Deep Sea Diner a retro '50s-style diner offers a fun atmosphere at Mote Marine. Or dine at the Old Salty dog or New Pass Grill, both are just a short walk from Mote.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: At Mote, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel in our private meeting room.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Rodgers & Hart their music, lives and relationship.

DAY
4
Myakka River State Park, Airboat, Picnic, Dinner on Your Own
Sarasota, FL
B,L
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Activity note: Walking at Myakka State Park could be up to 1 mile on paths and uneven terrain. The giant airboat ride is very smooth. The bus trip to Myakka will be approximately 45 min. each way.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and is a continental breakfast.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Myakka River State Park and discover how The Myakka was designated a Florida Wild and Scenic River by State legislature in 1985. It is one of only two rivers in Florida to be recognized with this special status. The act provides for preservation and management of the 34-mile portion of the river within Sarasota County. Hop aboard one of the world's largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal, and take a scenic cruise of the Upper Myakka Lake. Hear intriguing stories about the alligator, anhinga and sandhill crane as you become acquainted with the variety of creatures that make their home here. These slow-moving but powerful air-powered boats venture into shallow, grassy areas where traditional craft of such size could not go. The leisurely ride is safe and smooth, allowing ample time for photographs. In the event of rain, the field trip will be moved to the South Florida Museum. The South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species. Other exhibits cover local maritime traditions, early 20th-century medical practices and Spanish exploration in the New World. The Parker Manatee Aquarium at the museum, part of Florida’s manatee rehabilitation network, is home to the oldest known living manatee.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the state park.

Afternoon: CONTINUATION OF FIELD TRIP: The canopy walkway is on a spur trail that goes off of the Boylston Nature Trail. Group walk to the spur trail and then to the walkway, it takes about 5 minutes to reach the walkway. Then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. (Must be able to climb stairs to participant in the canopy walkway. If you are unable to there are benches to wait while the group climbs to the top.) Return to the hotel and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at a Lakewood Ranch area restaurant. Opportunity to dine with new friends with transportation provided. The hotel also has a restaurant on premises and there is a seafood restaurant within walking distance. Please RSVP to the group leader no later than Monday to ensure a seat on the bus.

DAY
5
Emerson Point Park, Rodgers & Hart, play "The Originalist"
Sarasota, FL
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch

Activity note: Uneven walking up to one mile through various uneven terrain, shorelines, sandy beaches and mangrove areas. The bus trip to Emerson Point Park will be approximately 30 min. there and 45 min. back to the hotel. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and will be continental breakfast with eggs and a breakfast meat.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore Emerson Point Park, with three rotating naturalists to view the Coastal Ecosystems. Explore the shoreline as an expert helps you identify varied forms of marine life and fossils. Trek through a Mangrove Forest to view up close native coastal plants. Hands on experience with Native American tool demonstration. In order to fully appreciate this experience you will get your feet wet. (Water shoes or old sneakers are recommended.)

Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel in our private meeting room.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Learn how Hart's lyrics, facile, vernacular, dazzling, sometimes playful, sometimes melancholic, raised the standard for Broadway songwriting. His ability to write cleverly and to come up with unexpected, polysyllabic rhymes was something of a trademark and learn how he also had the even rarer ability to write with utmost simplicity and deep emotion.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in our private meeting room.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: See the play “The Originalist” by John Strand and directed by Molly Smith Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death at age 79 has thrown a wrench into the political arena, but has brought intense interest in this daring new stage play that had its world premiere at Arena Stage last spring. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. Written by Charles MacArthur Award-winning playwright John Strand and starring four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Scalia), this powerful work depicts passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their interpretation of the truth. Bus to hotel.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Sarasota, FL
B,L

Activity note: Morning class at the hotel, lunch to go or stay, program ends.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and is a continental breakfast.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Wrap-up of the magical music of Rodgers & Hart.

Lunch: Opportunity to create your own sandwich with a to go lunch offered on Fridays to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Students who do not need to leave can enjoy their lunch in the meeting room or on the patio by the pool. Program ends at 10:30am followed by lunch.