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23650
Pennsylvania

Animal Adventures in the Poconos With Your Grandchild

If you and your grandchild love animals, you’ll love this program in the Poconos. Learn about wolves, birds of prey and other wildlife as you observe them and their habitats up close!
Program No. 23650RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
799 / ADULT
499 / CHILD
Pennsylvania

Animal Adventures in the Poconos With Your Grandchild

If you and your grandchild love animals, you’ll love this program in the Poconos. Learn about wolves, birds of prey and other wildlife as you observe them and their habitats up close!
Length
6 days
Starts at
799 / ADULT
499 / CHILD
Program No. 23650 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
Age 5 - 12
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
The figures below indicate the rooming options available.
DATES
Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2021
Per Adult
799
Per Child
499
Select
Itinerary Note

This week is open to grandchildren ages 5-12.

Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2021
799
/ Adult
499
/ Child
799
/ Adult
499
/ Child
1,249
/ Adult
499
/ Child
SOLD OUT
Itinerary Note

This week is open to grandchildren ages 5-12.

Age 5 - 9
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
The figures below indicate the rooming options available.
DATES
Aug 15 - Aug 20, 2021
Per Adult
799
Per Child
499
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Itinerary Note

This program week is for children ages 5-9.

Aug 15 - Aug 20, 2021
799
/ Adult
499
/ Child
799
/ Adult
499
/ Child
1,249
/ Adult
499
/ Child
Limited Space
Itinerary Note

This program week is for children ages 5-9.

Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
Per Adult
849
Per Child
499
Select
Itinerary Note

This program week is for children ages 5-9.

Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
-
849
/ Adult
499
/ Child
1,299
/ Adult
499
/ Child
Limited Space
Itinerary Note

This program week is for children ages 5-9.

Age 8 - 12
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
The figures below indicate the rooming options available.
DATES
Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2022
Per Adult
849
Per Child
499
Select
Itinerary Note

This program week is for children Ages 8-12.

Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2022
-
849
/ Adult
499
/ Child
1,299
/ Adult
499
/ Child
Select Date
Itinerary Note

This program week is for children Ages 8-12.

Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
Per Adult
849
Per Child
499
Select
Itinerary Note

This program week is for children Ages 8-12.

Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
-
849
/ Adult
499
/ Child
1,299
/ Adult
499
/ Child
Select Date
Itinerary Note

This program week is for children Ages 8-12.

At a Glance

The mountains, lakes and forests of the Poconos of Pennsylvania are home to a wealth of wildlife, from wolves and beavers to eagles and hawks. Gather your animal-loving grandchild and head to your mountain retreat for a week-long animal adventure. Find out how rehabilitation centers and preserves in the area help protect and care for the wildlife that live in the Poconos, and discover animal habitats like a beaver lodge, a bat cave and an eagle’s nest. Observe the ecosystem in person on a nature hike, and visit a local farm to meet and touch domesticated animals like Gunther and Wilhelm (the workhorses) and Janie the mule.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to three miles on mostly flat, but sometimes rocky, terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve to learn about wolf behavior as you observe four packs of wolves playing (and maybe even howling) around you.
  • Go on a three-mile scenic nature hike with a biology professor along the Appalachian Trail as you learn about edible vegetation, geology, wildlife and plants.
  • Wake up with an optional morning stretch each day, and enjoy evening activities like s’more-making by the fire, live music and movies.

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.
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Rick Koval
Rick Koval is a longtime resident of Luzerne County and a professional naturalist, consultant, wildlife photographer and award-winning outdoor writer. He was the director of land conservation for the North Branch Land Trust before becoming the head naturalist for Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. Rick is a local television personality as a naturalist on the popular show, “Pennsylvania Outdoor Life.” He is currently writing a book on the native orchids of the Poconos.

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

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Rick Koval is a longtime resident of Luzerne County and a professional naturalist, consultant, wildlife photographer and award-winning outdoor writer. He was the director of land conservation for the North Branch Land Trust before becoming the head naturalist for Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. Rick is a local television personality as a naturalist on the popular show, “Pennsylvania Outdoor Life.” He is currently writing a book on the native orchids of the Poconos.
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Midge McClosky is the Cultural Program Director for the Shawnee Institute, Executive Director of the Shawnee Playhouse and the Artistic Director of the Worthington Players. Before moving to Shawnee, Midge worked as a professional actress, singer and dancer performing musical theatre in 49 of the 50 states. Her extensive credits cross over into film, television, commercials, voice-overs and live industrials. She and Chris, her husband of more than 20 years, have two active boys, ages 13 and 14.
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.
The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts
by Maja Säfström
New York Times bestseller • An artfully playful collection of unexpected and remarkable facts about animals, illustrated by Swedish artist Maja Säfström. Did you know that an octopus has three hearts? Or that ostriches can't walk backward? Or that a group of owls is called a parliament, or that they have three eyelids? Sea otters hold hands in their sleep, bees never sleep, and penguins laugh when they're tickled! This charming compendium contains over 100 pages of fascinating facts about the animal kingdom illustrated with whimsical detail.
The Wise Animal Handbook Pennsylvania
by Kate B. Jerome
Read-aloud time is about to get a lot more fun! The Pennsylvania Wise Animal Handbook offers laugh-out-loud animal kingdom advice for kids of every age! Engaging animal photos entertain while charming read-aloud rhymes help jump-start conversations about practical life solutions. The Read Together/Do Together? experience continues with pull out coloring pages in the back of the book featuring fun facts about special Keystone State animals including the firefly and Great Dane. Enjoy the opportunity to share your own practical wisdom with your favorite little one as you read-aloud... and laugh-aloud....again and again.
Wildlife of Pennsylvania: and the Northeast
by Charles Fergus
Natural history narratives for more than 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians found in Pennsylvania and throughout the northeastern United States-written in an engaging, straightforward style. An invaluable addition to any nature-lover's library. Each narrative offers a species description as well as up-to-date information on habitat, breeding behavior, feeding habits, biology, migration, and current population status, as well as the author's personal observations of the animal's life in the wild. Includes game and nongame mammals, birds of prey, songbirds, waterfowl, snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, and more.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 3 L 5 D
DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Class
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
D
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Inn check-in begins at 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Check-in and Program Registration begin at 4:00 p.m. After you have checked into your room, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing 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. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. 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. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the daily 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 preferences. 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 set out on a short walk to become familiar with the Shawnee Institute campus.

Dinner: At the inn, the American, home-style dinner buffet offers choices of salads and main dishes with vegetarian options, vegetables, side dishes, fresh fruit, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll gather for a class on animal safety to prepare us for our upcoming adventures. We’ll then have Q&A just for kids, get to know each other, and enjoy s’mores by the campfire out on the grand lawn. We’ll then settle in and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Movie Night
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B,L,D
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Stretch session. Getting in/out of van. Driving 15 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 2 miles, mostly flat, even terrain as we explore the rehabilitation center.

Breakfast: In the inn's River Room Restaurant, we’ll choose from hot and cold breakfast selections such as an omelet station, make-your-own waffles, breakfast meats, pancakes, French toast, homemade granola, fruit, and homemade pastries plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: After our morning stretch, we will board the vans and travel to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center where we can expect to see owls, hawks, falcons or vultures, plus many species of native mammals and perhaps some reptiles with a staff member. Please note Pennsylvania state law prohibits contact with mammals and birds, but we will see how we care for the wildlife.

Lunch: We will enjoy a boxed lunch of sandwiches and chips in the picnic area at the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.

Afternoon: The center's staff will lead us through a service learning activity. This will be a small task/project for the children to complete with their grandparents. We will then return to the inn.

Dinner: Inn buffet. Tonight’s theme is Italian cuisine!

Evening: We’ll watch a family-friendly movie with new friends and enjoy expert commentary to enhance the experience.

DAY
3
Wolf Preserve, PEEC, Golf Cart & Concert
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B,L,D
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Stretch session. Getting in/out of van and golf cart. Driving 30 miles, over 1.5 hours total. Walking up to 2 miles, mostly flat, even terrain as we explore the preserve.

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: After our morning stretch, we will board the vans and travel to the Lakota Wolf Preserve in nearby New Jersey where we will explore and learn about some of the world's most amazing animals through their educational Wolf Watch field trips. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a scenic 1/2-mile nature walk from the parking area to the preserve. At the preserve, we will be invited into the observation area located in the center, where we will observe 4 different packs of wolves. During the presentations, we will learn about the social structure of wolf packs, their eating habits, their interaction with man, and many other interesting facts about their behavior. While in the observation area, we will be able to watch the wolves play and interact with each other. We may be able to even hear them howl! We will also get to see and learn about the fox and bobcats that live at the preserve.

Lunch: We will enjoy a boxed lunch outdoors consisting of sandwiches and chips.

Afternoon: We will get back in to the vans and travel to the Pocono Education Environmental Center, situated within the boundaries of the 77,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. We will explore and discover a beaver lodge, a bat cave, an eagles’ nest, a fossil pit, and more! We will then return to the inn for dinner and entertainment this evening.

Dinner: Inn buffet. Tonight's farm-to-table meal will be presented by our executive chef and is preceded by a golf cart ride out to the Shawnee Golf Island.

Evening: We’ll attend a concert at Shawnee featuring local musicians. It might be anything from classical to doo-wop, bluegrass to rock and roll. Whatever the music, feeling the rhythm and hearing the notes is part of learning how to be a performer. For those who’d like a snack at their own cost after the concert, the Buckwood Café is open until 8:00 p.m. They make yummy homemade cookies, muffins, and breads.

DAY
4
AT Naturalist Walk, Free Time, Evening NPS Lecture
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B,D
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Stretch session. Today's hike will be 3 miles and offer moderately rocky terrain, elevation gain under 500 feet, and a slower "learning" pace.

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: We will begin the day with an invigorating stretch. Led by a biology professor/naturalist, we will then set out on a 3-mile nature walk on the Appalachian Trail around Lake Lenape and into the town of Delaware Water Gap, which is a favorite stop for AT thru-hikers. On our scenic nature walk, we'll learn about edible vegetation, geology, wildlife, and exquisite plant life while observing ecosystems.

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 and give directions.

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 and give directions. The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort has many offerings, such as a spa, watercraft and bicycle rentals, and productions at The Shawnee Playhouse. The concierge and Group Leader can both assist you in finalizing these plans.

Dinner: Inn buffet. Tonight’s theme is Mexican cuisine!

Evening: We’ll gather for a presentation by a National Park Service ranger from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

DAY
5
Service Learning, Historic Farm, Farewell Dinner
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B,L,D
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Stretch session. Getting in/out of van. Driving 20 miles, approximately 40 minutes. Walking up to 2 miles, mostly flat, even terrain as we explore the animal shelter and farm.

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: After our morning stretch, we will board the vans for a short ride to the AWSOM animal shelter—Animal Welfare Society of Monroe. Here we will learn about caring for domestic animals and donate our time to be dog walkers, kitty cuddlers, and kennel cleaners under the watchful eye of staff.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: We will take a short ride to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. This is a unique opportunity for both children and the young-at-heart to see and touch a variety of farm animals including chickens, rabbits, goats, and pigs. We will get to know the workhorses, Gunther and Wilhelm, and meet Janie, the mule. We will then return to the inn for dinner.

Dinner: At the inn, we’ll have a pre-selected, plated meal — made to order by our executive chef — featuring freshly-prepared local fare, salad, bread, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner, make sure to exchange contact information with your new friends so you can keep in touch. Prepare for check-out and departure after our closing session in the morning.

DAY
6
Scavenger Hunt, Program Concludes
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B

Activity note: Inn check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: Before we wrap up the program, we’ll meet up to partake in a scavenger hunt with the recreation staff and each other! This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. 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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