Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day. 1 mile/5 minute drive to Northern Arizona University. Challenge course is on paved and unpaved terrain with a 'challenge by choice' philosophy. 30 miles/30 minute drive to Williams, AZ. Walking on mostly paved pathways at Bearizona. Some walking on uneven terrain -- no more than 1/4 mile -- for survival activity. Return to hotel 30 minutes.
Hotel buffet including waffles, hot and cold cereals, coffee, juice and fruit.
Especially for Kids: Shuttle to Northern Arizona University's Challenge Course on south campus for a morning of team building events led by certified leaders who are college students at NAU. The goal is to build a trusting and cohesive group of grandparents and grandchildren who just met each other the night before. We will start out with on the ground games, move to low and then to high element activities. This will include some of the elements of the static course with activities at heights 25-30 feet off the ground. This progression of activities will challenge the group with increasingly difficult tasks while encouraging cooperation, inspiring confidence and having fun, all within a supportive and safe environment. Grandparents as well as grandchildren are encouraged to participate, but all activities are 'challenge by choice'. Then travel to Williams, AZ to Bearizona.
Sack lunch with cold cut sandwich, fruit, cookie and chips to enjoy at Bearizona.
At Bearizona, watch hawks, owls, falcons and other raptors in “free flight” demonstrations while learning about their natural history, conservation and important role in ecosystem health from High Country Raptors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting raptor conservation through education. Visit Fort Bearizona to see black bear cubs and other North American animals in a walk-through setting. Then travel through the Drive Thru Wildlife Park to see large North American mammals including bison, wolves, big horn sheep and black bears. Depart Bearizona for the surrounding ponderosa forest where your group leader/naturalist will teach some basic survival techniques and lead us in building an emergency shelter out of natural materials. Return to the hotel in late afternoon.
At a local Greek restaurant with a variety of entree choices for all ages and palates, we’ll have plated meals. Beverages include water, tea, soft drinks or coffee; other beverages available for purchase at your own cost.
Especially for Kids: In a meeting room on campus, our kid-focused presentation given by a biologist from the university will cover some aspects of Arizona wildlife. We will learn about some of the critters living in the Grand Canyon region and look at their adaptations to this high desert environment.