Travel/Study – Local & State Trips

Coastal Processes and Conservation: What Will Be Left for Future Generations?
April 28-30, 2015

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[Participation in the pre-trip OLLI course (April 20-24) is REQUIRED, trip participants will automatically be enrolled in the class. The deadline for registration for the trip is February 15, 2015. Registration is limited to 28 participants.]    St Simons island lighthouse, Georgia

An optional, three-day field trip to the Georgia Coast (Jekyll and St. Simons Islands) will follow the OLLI course taught April 20-24, 2015. The trip will depart Athens on the morning of Tuesday April 28 and return to Athens the evening of Thursday April 30. Transport will be by rental 12-passenger vans. Accommodation for both nights will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Jekyll Island. A group reservation has been made and you will secure your room with your personal credit card information.

Tuesday we will examine the relatively pristine coast of Jekyll Island where the dynamics of natural shoreline processes will be observed. During the morning we will traverse a portion of the north shore of Jekyll Island. During the afternoon we will do a similar transect across the southern Jekyll coast. Each traverse will require approximately one mile of easy beach walking. Wednesday we will examine St. Simons Island and observe myriads of attempts at coastal “stabilization”. Their effects stand in stark contrast to the more natural and productive coastal environments observed on Jekyll Island. Stops on St. Simons will be close to parking areas and will require limited beach walking. We will depart for Athens in the afternoon.

A non-refundable trip registration fee of $125 per person will be required. This will cover the cost of van rental, fuel and staff expenses. It will not include participant lodging and meals. Accommodation costs will be $77.50/night (based upon double occupancy) with breakfast included. Monday night we will enjoy dinner at the Jekyll Island Club and Tuesday evening we will have dinner at a restaurant on St. Simons Island.


Explore Georgia’s Great Southwest   Providence Canyon
March 5-6, 2015
The deadline for registration is Friday, February 20.  The trip is limited to 35 registrants.
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Join OLLI friends to explore the unique landscape and heritage of Georgia’s Great Southwest on an overnight trip Thursday- Friday, March 5-6, 2015.  We will begin our exploration at Providence Canyon State Park, where gold and red cliffs and crevices give the sensation of the Grand Canyon.  We will overnight at George T. Bagby State Park enjoying lakeside walks and trails.  On Friday we will travel to Westville, a village restored to the appearance and uses of the mid 1800s, displaying crafts and stories of a pioneer past.

Your OLLI registration cost of $174 per person will include all transportation, refreshments on the bus, a picnic meal at Providence Canyon State Park, and park and heritage site admissions.  When you register for the trip, we will provide contact information to make your own room reservation.  Single room cost is $65, plus 13% tax, for a total of $73.45 until February 5.  After this date, the room cost will increase to $75 plus tax. Your dinner and breakfast at Bagby State Park will be on your own, as will your lunch.

Activity Level Information (rated: Active): The trip offers reasonable hiking opportunities for hiking enthusiasts; however, there are sitting places around all venues and shorter walks are available for the less-energetic hikers.  Much of the trail at the canyon is paved or well-maintained, although the path does go down (and what goes down must come up).  George Bagby offers opportunities for walks or relaxing.  Westville is set on 83 acres, which will require some walking.


center-atl  Atlanta History Center and National Center for Civil and Human Rights
February 25, 2015
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OLLI members will enjoy a 20-30 minute personal tour of a special Civil War exhibition at the Atlanta History Center, guided by AHC historian Gordon Jones. Participants will then have time to view other permanent and temporary exhibitions at the History Center, demonstrations at an onsite 1850s-era farm, or the historic Swan House.

After lunch the tour will continue to the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened in downtown Atlanta in 2014.  It is one of the few centers that focuses on connections between the American civil rights movement and contemporary human rights movements around the world.

The cost of the trip is $77.50 per person, which includes all transportation expenses, admissions to both attractions, refreshments on the bus, and tip for the driver.  Participants will pay their own lunch expenses, and will have an opportunity to make reservations for a full lunch at the Swan Coach House, or select from vending areas or provide their own snacks.

Activity Level: Moderate