The Sunshine State: Beyond the Oranges

Learn about the history and heritage of the state of Florida as you study its architecture, artists and natural resources in the classroom and on fascinating field trips.
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Program No. 23304RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

“The Sunshine State” is more than just oranges, beaches and theme parks. Find out about the rich history, architecture and natural resources of this beautiful and diverse state. Journey through the Sunshine State’s history from the state’s beginnings, discussing the influence that American presidents, Catholic settlers, the military and more have had on its development. Explore the artwork of artists who lived and worked in Florida, from Thomas Moran to Louis Mignot. See how the stunning landscapes of Florida inspired their work and step out from the San Pedro campus to explore these landscapes for yourself.
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On Your Feet

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join a local expert for an on-site lecture about the Carpenter Gothic Churches of Florida.
  • Enjoy an study cruise on the St. John’s River to learn about local wildlife and ecology, and take a field trip to De Leon Springs to find out about this state park.
  • Take in daily lectures on a variety of Florida-friendly topics, from Florida’s native orchids and natural springs, to its local artists.

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 single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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Susan M. Rosoff
Susan Rosoff served as Curator of Education at Orlando Museum of Art where she developed many award-winning programs and educational materials. She taught undergraduate and graduate level art history courses at the University of Central Florida. Now head of Susan Merrill Rosoff Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC, she lectures across throughout Florida and works with museums and schools in creating arts integrated learning resource materials, which include co-authoring “Teaching Through the Arts: Writing,” a book using the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to teach writing.

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

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