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Hiking, Canoeing and an Amazing Underground Adventure in the Ozarks

Program No. 20269RJ
Discover the pristine beauty of the Ozarks and learn about the region’s natural history through hikes, cave walks, canoeing adventures and a pontoon ride on an underground lake!
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,249
Special Offer
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
Starting at
1,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2023
Starting at
1,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
Starting at
1,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2023
Starting at
1,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

At a Glance

Set amidst thousands of acres of forest-covered hills, a pristine lake and near one of America’s most remarkable underground playgrounds, Trout Lodge is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise in the Ozarks. Join the outdoor staff to experience the natural history of the area on a hike, canoe Sunnen Lake and learn about aquatic ecology, try your hand at archery or riflery and take a pontoon ride on an underground lake. You can even learn about horses at the Triangle Y ranch and go for a ride. You’ll be amazed at all the activities so close!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to 2 miles, caving requires getting muddy and wet. Horseback riding, canoeing and more physical activities included. Elevations of 880 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Voted one of America’s Top 100 Adventures, take a pontoon ride on the underground lake in the Bonne Terre Mine.
  • Venture out on a naturalist-led hike to a mud cave, then explore inside.
  • Visit a local winery to sample local wines, try line dancing with ranch staff and enjoy a campfire under the stars!

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Melissa Voyles
Melissa Voyles is right at home on the ranch and in the saddle. Passionate about riding horses since she was young, Melissa became an instructor with The Certified Horsemanship Association in both English and Western riding. Following the horse and ranch career path, she started out as a part-time wrangler at the Triangle Y Ranch and worked her way up to ranch director. She loves sharing her passion of horses and horsemanship skills with others. Melissa also holds a BS in animal science.

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

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Steve Schmich is a retired teacher who is passionate about sharing his great love for the outdoors with others. During his teaching career, he taught health, physical education, and outdoor education. Steve has specific interests in aquatic ecology and geology.
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Melissa Voyles View biography
Melissa Voyles is right at home on the ranch and in the saddle. Passionate about riding horses since she was young, Melissa became an instructor with The Certified Horsemanship Association in both English and Western riding. Following the horse and ranch career path, she started out as a part-time wrangler at the Triangle Y Ranch and worked her way up to ranch director. She loves sharing her passion of horses and horsemanship skills with others. Melissa also holds a BS in animal science.
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Ileana Friese has been working in the outdoor education and camp world since 2017. She has a passion for bringing people together to experience unique learning opportunities. She firmly believes that the best way to learn is through outdoor, hands-on experiences and loves watching people grow through those experiences. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. Ed. in Natural Science and Environmental Education. Ileana loves to travel, hang out with her pets (dog, cat, leopard gecko), and experiment with various types of art.
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.
Washington County, Missouri: including its History, the Horine Cemetery, the Hughes Mountain State Natural Area, and More
by Sharon Clyde
Missouri Geology: Three Billion Years of Volcanoes, Seas, Sediments, and Erosion
by A.G. Unklesbay and Jarry D. Vineyard
Roadside Geology of Missouri
by Charles G. Spencer
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Potosi, MO
D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Arrive and check in beginning at 3:30pm. Snacks will be provided at Orientation. A welcome dinner will follow Orientation.

Afternoon: After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Orientation: 4:30 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. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. Meals will be in the Trout Lodge dining hall unless indicated otherwise. Periods in the 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 YMCA of the Ozarks-Trout Lodge includes a wide selection of activities and amenities, ranging from rec centers to workout facilities and hikes that vary based on the seasons. The Group Leader will be happy to review these opportunities and offer free time suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/current conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet meal in the dining hall with savory choices, vegetarian, gluten free, soft drinks, tea, coffee, sweet treats and much more!

Evening: We will set out with our Group Leader to explore the campus of Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood. We’ll learn a little about the history of the YMCA and how we go the name Trout Lodge.

DAY
2
Nature Hike, Onondaga Cave State Park
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Group will meet in the main lobby before heading to activity areas. Guests may be split into smaller groups to maximize the time and quality at each activity.

Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.

Morning: Take a guided 2 mile nature hike through the woods here on our 5200 acres.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.

Afternoon: Travel to Onondaga Cave State Park for a cave excursion that includes beautiful formations and underground hiking.

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.

Evening: Karaoke - an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better. Hot tea, coffee, and cookies will be available as well as some of your favorite songs to sing along with.

DAY
3
Mud Cave Tour, Archery & Riflery, Canoeing & Ecology Lesson
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: We will meet in the lobby to go to activity areas - participants may be split into groups to maximize time at activities

Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.

Morning: Learn about natural cave systems we have on property while exploring our very own mud cave. Bring clothes you can dirty in!

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.

Afternoon: Archery and riflery lessons followed by over 2 hours of canoeing on Sunnen Lake learning about the history and exploring the Aquatic Ecosystems

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.

Evening: Barn Dance - Line dancing instruction with our professional ranch staff

DAY
4
Cold Springs Hike, Bonne Terre Mine, Free Evening
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Bus will depart at 12:15pm and return at dinner time. Must be able to walk down 60 stairs to enter the mine. Bring your camera as this is a sight to see!!

Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.

Morning: Hike through our beautiful forest ending by our natural cold springs before enjoying free time at our facility with more canoeing, archery or riflery.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.

Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to the well known Bonne Terre Mine. This is truly a natural wonder. We will hike through the mines as well as take a pontoon ride on the underground lake. This destination was voted as one of America's top 100 adventures.

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.

Evening: We will finish on the evening with an ice cream social! Hang out and enjoy the company of your fellow guests around some delicious ice cream with all the toppings.

DAY
5
Zip Line, Edg-Clif Winery, Campfire
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Today will require closed toed shoes. You will get muddy and wet while exploring the mud cave located here on property.

Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.

Morning: Enjoy a ride on our 50 foot zip line. This is quite a thrill. You will also learn a bit about horses down at the Triangle Y Ranch as we visit the stables and enjoy a peaceful ride.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.

Afternoon: Enjoy a local winery including a guided talk from the owners, beautiful scenery and a wine tasting!

Dinner: In the Meeting Rooms, enjoy a catered dinner with a salad, choice of two entrées, assorted side dishes, and dessert. Water, iced tea, coffee and hot tea are included.

Evening: Campfire with s'mores under the stars followed by an Astronomy lesson.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Potosi, MO
B,L

Activity note: Check out time is by 11:30am

Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.

Morning: Enjoy a relaxing morning, play a round of mini golf or try more activities such as archery, riflery or more canoeing. Say goodbyes to your new friends with one last classroom period viewing a slideshow of pictures from the week.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch with salad bar. Menu varies. and has vegetarian, gluten free choices, assorted beverages, sweet treats, etc.

Afternoon: Program concludes. Free time available to use YMCA Trout Lodge after check-out for all participants. Do some of the activities that you wanted to do but didn't get the chance.






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.