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Missouri

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.
Featured Expert
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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 View biography
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
Meals
15 Meals
5 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Low Fat
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
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Aug 20, 2023 - Aug 25, 2023
  • Aug 13, 2023 - Aug 18, 2023
  • Aug 20, 2023 - Aug 25, 2023
5 nights
Potosi
Perched on 5,200 acres of picturesque, forested hills in the northeast corner of the Mark Twain National Forest, newly renovated Trout Lodge offers hotel-style lodging with two queen beds, full bath and a balcony or patio overlooking beautiful Sunnen Lake. Walking paths abound and there are dozens of places to sit and socialize, indoors and out. An exceptional array of available activities includes nature hikes, horseback riding, zip lining, many water and boating activities, a ropes course and a climbing wall. Good to Know: Alcohol allowed only in rooms. Soap provided, but not shampoo. No TVs in rooms; TV in common area. Cell phone service spotty. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.
5 nights
Potosi
Perched on 5,200 acres of picturesque, forested hills in the northeast corner of the Mark Twain National Forest, newly renovated Trout Lodge offers hotel-style lodging with two queen beds, full bath and a balcony or patio overlooking beautiful Sunnen Lake. Walking paths abound and there are dozens of places to sit and socialize, indoors and out. An exceptional array of available activities includes nature hikes, horseback riding, zip lining, many water and boating activities, a ropes course and a climbing wall. Good to Know: Alcohol allowed only in rooms. Soap provided, but not shampoo. No TVs in rooms; TV in common area. Cell phone service spotty. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.





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If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.