20899
Florida
Beautiful Sanibel Island and the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast
Discover the rich cultural and ecological heritage of Sanibel Island as you explore its museums, photograph its diverse wildlife and beachcomb for shells with an expert conchologist.
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Program No. 20899RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sanibel Island, Florida
D
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Activity note: Hotel check-in 4:00 p.m. Receive author and lecturer Charles Sobczak's book, "The Living Gulf Coast."

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. 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.

Dinner: Enjoy a plated dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates
Sanibel Island, Florida
B,L,D
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; walking approximately 1 mile; standing at musuem.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel

Morning: Enjoy an exciting morning at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Gardens as we explore the museum, Edison's lab and hear tales of these two famous men.

Lunch: Lunch at Edison and Ford Estates.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Edison and Ford Estates during free time at the museum.

Dinner: Plated and served dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Presentation at the hotel by local Sanibel author - Charles Sobczak.

DAY
3
Sanibel Historic Village & Museum, Bailey Shell Museum
Sanibel Island, Florida
B,L,D
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; walking approximately 1 mile; standing for up to 3 hours during visits.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel.

Morning: Spend the morning exploring the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. The historic center was founded in 1982 as a tribute to the early pioneers on Sanibel Island. Each building has been restored to its original state. Volunteer docents guide visitors through this mystical place.

Lunch: Return to the hotel for a plated lunch with the group.

Afternoon: Visit to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, which features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more.

Dinner: Plated and served dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Beachcombing, Free Time
Sanibel Island, Florida
B
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Activity note: Walking for approximately 2 hours on sand; field trip is weather dependent.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning of beachcombing! All kinds of shells, sea beans, sea glass, and more await—it’s more than just surf and sand on Sanibel! We will hear a lecture from expert Conchologist, Joyce Matthys to further our understanding of the natural treasures found on the sands of Sanibel.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: Free time. 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. Complimentary beach chairs, bikes, kayaks and more are available at the Sundial Resort.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge
Sanibel Island, Florida
B,L,D
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; boarding and disembarking a pontoon boat.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel.

Morning: We will visit the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, located on the subtropical barrier of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the US. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations.

Lunch: Plated and served lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, return to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge for an afternoon cruise. Relax aboard a quiet, environmentally friendly, covered pontoon boat. Look for the numerous species of birds that call this area their home including egrets, herons, ibis, cormorants, and pelicans. Learn about the mangrove estuary, the Ding Darling refuge, and it's amazing wildlife. Dolphins and manatees are often spotted.

Dinner: Farewell dinner plated and served at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Presentation by Local Historian, Program Concludes
Sanibel Island, Florida
B

Activity note: Check-out 11:00 a.m.; independent departures.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel.

Morning: During our final session hear about Sanibel's fascinating history from a local expert. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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