2534
Georgia
Three Islands With Your Grandchild: Sea Turtles and Shrimp Trawl
Haul in great adventure as you and your grandchild sail on a shrimp boat, visit cultural centers, help rehabilitate injured sea turtles and hear ghost tales on a lantern-lit night walk!
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Program No. 2534RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Games
St. Simons Island, GA
D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. 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. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren during the program. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children 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.

Dinner: In the dining room of conference center, we’ll have a buffet meal, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase at the hotel bar.

Evening: We’ll then gather for games so everyone of both generations can get to know one another better. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Ft. Frederica & St. Simons, Mock Turtle Activity, Ghost Walk
St. Simons Island, GA
B,L,D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Walking approximately 1.5 miles throughout the day on field trips to Fort Frederica and St. Simons Island; paved surfaces and some unpaved/uneven terrain including sand and grass. Getting on/off motorcoach.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet meal including choices such as assorted pastries, cereals, fresh fruit, breakfast meats, biscuits and gravy, eggs, grits, fresh squeezed juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Leaving from the hotel, we’ll travel by motorcoach to Fort Frederica and St. Simons for a self-led field trip around the grounds. Set up by the English when Georgia was still a colony under the king, Fort Frederica was the main defensive site from when it was built in 1736 under Georgia founder, General James Edward Oglethorpe. We’ll learn about its history as we explore the fortress’s barracks, walls, moat, and surrounding houses as we read the plaques commemorating historical events. We’ll also see a film on site to gain a deepened perspective on the colonial and Civil War eras of Georgia.

Lunch: At a popular island restaurant, we’ll have plated meals, plus tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next we’ll take a trip via motorcoach to the beach for a "mock nest" adventure during which we will dig our own nests similar to those of sea turtles and recreate their crawl to the sea. If the tides are right, we’ll also go seining (fishing with a vertical net that floats on top and is weighted on the bottom) with our instructor from the Driftwood Education Center; if they’re not, we'll go seining on Sapelo or Jekyll Islands when the tides are agreeable. After returning to the hotel, we’ll have some time to do what we like before dinner; perhaps we can all jump into the swimming pool and cool off!

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Afterwards, we will transfer to the St. Simons Island Village where a local historian will lead us on a fun and spooky lamplight walking field trip of Olde St. Simons and the waterfront while introducing us to some of the legendary ghost stories of the island. Have fun!

DAY
3
Sand Sculpture, Shrimp Trawl, Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Walk
St. Simons Island, GA
B,L,D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Minimal walking on group activities; various terrain including sand and paved sidewalks. Driving approximately 25 miles throughout the day; about 1.5 hours total, with stops. Getting on/off the ship; shrimp trawl is approximately 1.5 hours; vessel has spacious decks, an air conditioned cabin, and an onboard restroom.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the hotel bar.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll transfer to the dock where we will board the Lady Jane, a 49 passenger steel ship that was retired from the United States Coast Guard and is now a shrimping boat. We’ll ride in comfort and look on as the crew demonstrates how to trawl the waters for a catch. If you like you can help our fishermen friends by helping to sort out the shrimp from the other types of fish that could be in the net. Species may include bluecrab, sand shark, puffer fish, horseshoe crab, blacktip, bonnethead, amberjack, whiting, spot, crocker, or others. While aboard, our captain and his mates will provide educational commentary. We’ll then return to the dock and transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: After transferring to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center via motorcoach, we’ll settle in for a presentation given by a staff member from the Sea Turtle Center about the natural history of sea turtles. We’ll then set out on the beach with a local expert and Center staff to search for nesting sea turtles. Taking into account the safety and laws regarding these creatures, flashlights, camera flashes and other lights are not allowed; our leader will have a particular flashlight in accordance with the Jekyll Island Lighting Ordinance. We’ll then return to the hotel.

DAY
4
Jekyll Island Historic District, Boneyard Beach, Sea Turtles
St. Simons Island, GA
B,L,D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Driving approx. 45 miles roundtrip to Jekyll Island for both adults and children. Adults: Light walking indoors and out throughout the day; getting on/off motorcoach and trolley. Kids: Light walking outdoors on sand and grass and indoors.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After transferring to Jekyll Island, the grandparents and grandchildren will split into separate groups for their morning field trips, each under the leadership of local experts and Group Leaders. The grandchildren will explore the beaches on Jekyll Island including Boneyard Beach and North End Beach. As described by Richard J. Lenz, “North End Beach, best walked at low tide, shows dramatic evidence of erosion, with the exposed roots of dead, decorticated oaks and pines producing a boneyard beach that wraps around to the eastern side of the island. The oaks have flat root mats and the pines have deep, vertical roots. During storms, the heavier oaks tend to tip over and remain, while the pines snap off at the roots and are carried off by the tides.” As such, these beaches are some of the most frequently photographed locations on Jekyll Island to capture natural beauty. Meanwhile, the grandparents will be taking a field trip on the trolley to see the millionaire village and cottages on Jekyll Island. Getting on and off the trolley, we’ll go inside cottages, Faith Chapel, and the Jekyll Island Hotel.

Lunch: We'll all meet back at a local restaurant for a plated lunch, plus lemonade, milk, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll walk right next door to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where we will learn more about the habitat of these unique animals, the conservation efforts being taken by researchers and environmentalists, and how to be responsible people in caring for the ecosystem’s health. This unique facility promotes these educational initiatives by doing research and conducting rehabilitation efforts for sick and injured animals while inviting people to learn about the situation. While here, a local expert will take us through the hospital and the exhibit area. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Sit back and relax at the hotel with a local entertainment group specializing in Gullah Geechee cultural performing arts such as singing, chanting, and acting, much of it with a historical focus on slavery. They were invited to participate in the inaugural parade in Washington for President Barack Obama.

DAY
5
Sapelo Island, Hog Hammock Beach, Colonial Dress
St. Simons Island, GA
B,L,D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 mile over several hours throughout the day; uneven terrain including sand and grass. Driving about 60 miles, approx. 2 hours. Getting on/off the ferry; the ride is approximately a ½ hour; restrooms on board.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will start out our transfer by traveling via motorcoach from St. Simons to Darien, GA. We'll gather at the Darien dock to go over on the ferry to Sapelo Island. Once we arrive at the Sapelo dock, a bus will pick us up for the field trip to a building housing exhibits dedicated to the local habitat. While here, we’ll explore the exhibits and engage in a lecture with a local expert about local wild and marine life. Next, we’ll walk outside to a nearby stream where we will learn more about the importance of marshlands on the islands and Sapelo in particular. Then we will transfer to the African American community called Hog Hammock. Many of the full time residents of Hog Hammock are Gullah-Geechees, descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to Sapelo to work on plantations in the 17 and 1800s. While here, we will meet with a Sapelo resident who will share information about the community with us as we explore. Our last stop of the morning will be to the beach for lunch.

Lunch: Under the beach pavilion on Sapelo Island, we’ll enjoy a home-cooked picnic lunch with soft drinks and water.

Afternoon: While at the beach, we’ll enjoy an educational session focused on beach ecology with a naturalist. Afterwards, we’ll return to the hotel the way we came via ferry and motorcoach.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: A local expert will join us at the hotel to teach us about colonial life in Georgia. Our instructor will talk about life in the colonies, what people of the period wore, what they ate, and further aspects of their way of life. Our expert will even bring in some colonial clothing so we can dress up in it and see what we look like in colonial dress. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Hands-On With Reptiles & Critters, Program Concludes
St. Simons Island, GA
B

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

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Staff from the Driftwood Education Center will bring in some reptiles to show us as they explain characteristics of these animals. Believe it or not, it is a hands-on experience that includes many different reptiles so everyone will get a turn to touch the reptiles if they wish. The favorites so far have been the snakes! 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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