Accommodation check-in available from 4:00 p.m.
Program Registration 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Come to the Road Scholar table in the main cottage to register with the program staff, get your room assignment, and be sure to bring your preparatory materials con-taining the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Then take some time to meet the Group Leaders, have a brief introduction to the site, settle into your cottage and meet the others who will be sharing your cottage before gathering at the Community Cottage for a reception with appetizers, wine and cheese.
In the dining room, we’ll enjoy a cozy and inviting buffet featuring traditional Lowcountry fare made from scratch, plus coffee, tea, hot cocoa and water. Please submit any dietary requirements or preferences before the start of the program; we’ll be happy to accommodate.
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. Unless noted otherwise, our Group Leader and on-site instructor, an expert naturalist, will lead classes, lectures, and field trips. Field trip locations are all within 1 hour’s drive from our accommodation and will depend on local conditions. Walking distances for most days will not exceed 2 miles total throughout the day, unless otherwise specified. Transportation will be provided primarily by passenger van. Be sure to bring your own refillable water bottle. The majority of meals will be buffets featuring local ingredients and regional favorites prepared home-style. 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 prefer-ences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we’ll talk more specifically about our activities for tomorrow and introduce some photo topics and techniques that we’ll use on our first full day in the Lowcountry. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.