1966
Texas
Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches and Buccaneers
Learn the story of Port Aransas and discover unique ecosystems on Mustang Island as you visit historic sites, explore protected coastal habitats and board an aircraft carrier.
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Program No. 1966RJ
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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
Corpus Christi
D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

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

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table at 4:30 p.m. in the hotel breakfast and meeting room 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, other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. 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. We will travel in passenger vans all week, which requires the ability to climb in/out of vans. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always 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 local restaurant, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure. 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.

DAY
2
Padre Island National Seashore & Mariculture Laboratory
Corpus Christi
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Walking on sandy beach and may include being ankle deep in the water.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, we will enjoy a meal with selections of hot and cold items, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will ride to Padre Island National Seashore, rich in natural and cultural history and, at 70 miles, is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. The seashore includes a coastal prairie and extensive dune system, both havens for hundreds of species of birds and other avian and marine life. Also a renowned sight for nesting sea turtles.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant. Menu selections available,

Afternoon: We will learn how scientists raise fish from an egg in a behind-the-scenes look at the Fisheries & Mariculture Lab with a researcher. We will see these microscopic fish in the first stages of life and learn about the special diets they are fed as part of the larger conservation effort at the UT Marine Science Institute. Followed by a movie called La Salle's Voyage of Doom, about the excavation of the 1685 shipwreck of Robert de La Salle’s ship La Belle in Matagorda Bay. We’ll learn how historians excavated the site to find a wealth of artifacts, including cannons, muskets and leather shoes.

Dinner: At local restaurant.

Evening: Free evening for self exploration

DAY
3
USS Lexington & Corpus Christi Museum Science & History
Corpus Christi
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Walking and standing for periods of 3.5 hours total aboard the USS Lexington and at the museum. Ability to climb narrow stairs aboard the ship. Elevator provides limited access to some areas. Wear comfortable shoes.

Breakfast: Hotel meal.

Morning: We will explore the aircraft carrier the USS Lexington with a guide and learn of its history as we meander the multi decks to the Flight Deck and much more followed by a 3D movie Aircraft Carrier; Guardians of the Sea. Elevator available to limited decks. The Japanese reported LEXINGTON sunk no less than four times! Yet, each time she returned to fight again, leading the propagandist Tokyo Rose to nickname her “The Blue Ghost.” The name is a tribute to the ship and the crew and air groups that served aboard her.

Lunch: Lunch overlooking Corpus Christi Bay with magnificent views of the USS Lexington,

Afternoon: The restaurant is located in the Art Museum of South Texas so lets take a quick look at the latest art exhibits before starting our tour at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History one block away, for a self-directed exploration, where we will find exhibits and displays on the replica Columbus ships, Karankawa Indians, shipwrecks and more.

Dinner: At local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Oso Wetlands Preserve and Cruise on the Bay
Corpus Christi
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Standing for 1.5 hours possible. Seating is available on upper and lower partially covered deck. Wear closed toe shoes and clothing appropriate for boats.

Breakfast: Hotel meal.

Morning: At the hotel, a presentation on Marine Debris and how it affects the animals that live there. Followed by a demonstration and hands-on activity as we learn how to fly a drone and find out how they are used in marine science. Then we'll take a 15 minute drive to the Oso Wetlands Preserve - a 162-acre nature preserve filled with the wonders of our natural world. We will explore a section of the two miles of nature trails and walk away with a new-found experience and understanding of an unique ecosystem..

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a bay sampling and nature cruise. We’ll see what treasures the trawl reveals as a naturalist describes the fish, crabs, mollusks, shrimp and much more that we find in detail. We’ll also have the opportunity to see dolphins up close and personal and hear about shipwrecks and local history.

Dinner: At local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Birding and Prehistoric Indians
Corpus Christi
B,D
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Padre Island

Activity note: Terrain consists of boardwalks, grassland, beach etc.

Breakfast: Hotel meal.

Morning: We will visit some of the most productive and renowned birding sites for year-round birds in and around the Coastal Bend with a local expert.

Afternoon: Early settlers is the theme for this presentation by the Texas Archaeological Society. Learn about prehistoric Indians, Spanish mission - La Bahia and underwater exploration.

Dinner: At local restaurant.

Evening: Attend the University of Texas Marine Science Institutes renowned Public Lecture Series. Title not available at the time of this printing. On the return to the hotel prepare for check out and departure following our final event in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Corpus Christi
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel meal.

Morning: Demonstration and hands-on activity as we learn how to fly a drone and find out how they are used in marine science.

Lunch: The Group Leader will provide a snack pack to take away with you. 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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