Activity note: Check into room Make your bed and if you need help with your luggage one of our staff members are available upon request.
Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION beginning 3:00-3:30 pm in the Mayflower Lodge Office on the Pilgrim Pines Campus. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive you welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information for the week. WELCOME RECEPTION: Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00 pm with an opportunity to meet fellow Road Scholars.
Dinner: Our welcome dinner begins at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served buffet style the meal will include a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are provided by our professional chefs on request.
Evening: Orientation will begin at 7:15 pm, with introductions of our instructors and program for the week. Time will be given to review the schedule, cover responsibilities safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer questions. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: We are honored to have three outstanding instructors this week who will give us insight into bird watching, mammals of this region and special treasures on lands that have been put into conservancy.
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
Morning: Phil Brown, a sanctuaries manager for New Hampshire Audubon will give an opening lecture on the fundamentals of bird watching. Coffee Break will feature homemade danish rolls, fruit, coffee, tea and water. Following the coffee break we will load maxi-vans for a field trip to Pack Monadnock Mountain, a beautiful place for bird and especially hawk watching.
Lunch: A bag lunch will be served on site - Pack Monadnock
Afternoon: We will spend the afternoon hawk watching and enjoying the beauty of Pack Monadnock. In the late afternoon we will return to Pilgrim Pines Campus.
Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day, a full buffet dinner awaits your palate featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Alternative entrées and special dietary menus are available upon request.
Evening: At 7:15 pm, Ryan Owens, Executive Director of Monadnock Conservancy will present his first lecture on the purpose and mission to conserve lands and its people in the Monadnock region. Following the session there will be snacks available, time to converse, do a puzzle, watch TV or enjoy your favourite way to wind down the day.
Activity note: Hiking to Tippin Rock, easy grade, one half mile each way. Afternoon hike to be determined by interest of the group; will only be moderately difficult.
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room, buffet style featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, breads to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea and juice.
Morning: After breakfast Mr. Owens will lead us on a hike to Tippin Rock, an unusual treasure located only three miles from the campus. Hike is about one mile round trip, easy incline." The plan is to return to the campus for lunch and then head to a second treasure for the afternoon hike with the place to be determined.
Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style 12:00- 12:45 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, chicken sandwiches, dessert and choice of drinks. Our professional chefs are always available to prepare alternative food requests.
Afternoon: The afternoon will feature an excursion to another treasure put in conservation. The afternoon will include hiking and standing but will only be moderately difficult. Return to the campus late afternoon for relaxation.
Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style beginning at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
Evening: Entertainment tonight will feature the outstanding voice and guitar of John Cucchi, along with a friend. After the concert you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, puzzle-making, TV or whatever.
Activity note: Field trip will take us for the day for a hands-on experience of bird watching. Places will be determined by weather and potential bird havens.
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring pancakes, sausage or bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.
Morning: This morning we'll journey by maxi-vans to the Connecticut River Valley by Hinsdale, NH or an alternate site because of weather/bird conditions for watching of Warblers, Song Birds, Nesting Eagles, etc.
Lunch: A delicious bag lunch will be served onsite during our field trip.
Afternoon: Bird watching will continue in the afternoon returning late afternoon to the Pilgrim Pines Campus.
Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day, feast on make your own salad from the salad bar, hot buffet of meat and vegetable, dessert and choice of drinks. Gluten free and special dietary menus are always available upon request.
Evening: We will close our day with a DVD produced by the Conservancy. After our films this evening you are invited to the Dining Room for a light snack, conversation, and your favorite way to conclude the day.
Activity note: Today there will be a hike around or we will canoe on Willard Pond - located in Hancock, NH. There will be a teaching class on mammals of the Monadnock region at the beautiful Harris Center.
Breakfast: A delicious breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. Enjoy the many choices that await your palate.
Morning: This morning we will load the maxi-vans and head for Willard Pond where we will bird watch from canoes. (Note: If the weather does not cooperate we will walk along the shore.) There will be a coffee break and instruction in bird watching.
Lunch: To facilitate our schedule we will enjoy our bag lunches onsite, perhaps sharing them at the Harris Center.
Afternoon: The afternoon we will continue our field trip with a stop at the Harris Center, located near Hancock, NH, to learn about mammals of the region, followed by an easy walk to observe tracking and habitats.
Dinner: Tonight a linen dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with making your own sundae as our dessert.
Evening: Tonight at 7:15 pm there will be n opportunity to view the art work of the other Road Scholar program in session this week. Then, all of the Road Scholars are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they will have the opportunity to share their favourite story, poem, writing, joke, etc. with their friends. Following our Homespun enjoy a snack, conversation, watch TV, to wrap up the week.
Activity note: Hike to beaver habitat is less than a half mile round trip on Pilgrim Pines Campus. Rough terrain with tree roots.
Breakfast: A full buffet Breakfast will be served from 7:45- 8:30 am and will feature baked oatmeal, a specialty of the house.
Morning: After a review by our instructor, there will be an opportunity to test your bird watching skills you have learned this week. Then, we will check out of our rooms to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. The morning will conclude with a hike to the beaver habitat on campus.
Lunch: Our farewell luncheon will be served at 12:00 noon and will feature once again our full buffet style menu and box lunches will be provided for those who need to leave early. We hope you have enjoyed this immersion into bird watching, mammals and conservancy of this region.