2017 Programs with Road Scholar Family Learning Programs Adirondack Regional History Programs Outdoor Adventure Programs Arts & Cultural Programs
For over 40 years, Sagamore has partnered with educational travel organization, Road Scholar, to offer a series of unique, educational and fun experiences for individuals and families! Below is our list of 2017 programs. Please note: some programs have multiple dates. Reservations are made through the Road Scholar website, not directly through our Registration Office.
Click on the link below each program to learn more about the details of that program and to register directly through the Road Scholar website. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel welcome to call the Sagamore Registration Office: 315-354-5311 x1021.
Family Learning Programs
Grands Camp at an Adirondack Great Camp: Sagamore's Intergenerational Program 5-Night Program -- 3 Sessions Offered
Sunday, July 9th - Friday, July 14th
Sunday, July 23rd - Friday, July 28th Sunday, July 30th - Friday, August 4th
Designed for Road Scholar grandparents and their grandchildren, this program brings the generations together in a unique and beautiful natural setting. Morning sessions include nature hikes and other outdoor activities. Afternoons are spent making crafts or making music. Program is tailored to the skill levels of grandchildren ages 6-9. Come and see why Time Magazine described Sagamore as "the granddaddy of intergenerational programs"
Register through Road Scholar #4977
Hiking and Paddling Adirondack Woods and Waters: An Intergenerational Program
5-Night Program -- 3 Sessions Offered
Sunday, July 9th - Friday, July 14th
Sunday, July 23rd - Friday, July 28th
Sunday, July 30th - Friday, August 4th Relive your childhood as you explore the lakes, forests and mountains of the Adirondacks with your grandchild. Learn first-aid, canoeing, camping and fire-making skills. Identify the local fauna while you bond with the natural world and each other. Bring your grandchild to the wilderness of the Adirondack Park to hone your outdoor skills together while learning about the unique history and ecology of the largest park in the lower 48 states. Embark on a different outdoor adventure each day and spend your evenings around the campfire soaking up the history and rustic atmosphere of Great Camp Sagamore, summer retreat of the Vanderbilt family. Tailored towards grandchildren ages 10-13, this program is offered several times during the summer season.
Register through Road Scholar #21809
Adirondack Great Camp Adventure: Sagamore's Family Program
5-Night Program -- Only 1 Session Offered
Sunday, August 6th - Friday, August 12th Building off of many years of Intergenerational experience, Sagamore's Family Program brings families together in a unique natural setting in the Adirondack wilderness. Together with members young and old (and in between!), experience a memorable adventure tailored to all interests and skill levels while enjoying a fun, educational adventure in a camp that is not a hotel, but a piece of regional and American history.
Register through Road Scholar #21022
Adirondack Regional History Programs
America's Treasures: Three Adirondack Great Camps of the Gilded Age
5-Night Program -- 4 Sessions Offered Tuesday, July 5th - Sunday, July 9th
Sunday, August 13th - Friday, August 18th
Sunday, September 17th - Friday, September 22nd
Sunday October 15th - Friday, October 20th
Few have ever experienced “roughing it” like the wealthy businessmen of the Gilded Age, who turned the quiet wilderness of the Adirondacks into a haven for the rich and famous. Today, the Great Camps of the Gilded Age remain icons of the early Adirondack lifestyle, and Great Camp Sagamore is the perfect location to study this opulent era. Join historians for a 5-night, in-depth look into the lives of these famous camp owners, their well-known guests and the workers who maintained their lavish properties. Then, gain an appreciation for the region’s natural treasures as naturalists share insights on the natural history of the Adirondack Park, largest park in the contiguous United States. Program includes visits to Uncas and Pine Knot, two other Great Camps not open to the public.
Register through Road Scholar #20944RJ
The Illusion of Roughing It: The Vanderbilt's Great Camp Sagamore 3-Night Program -- 3 Sessions Offered
Sunday, August 27th - Wednesday, August 30th
Tuesday, September 5th - Friday, September 8th
Tuesday, October 10th - Friday, October 13th
Get an abbreviated taste of what was meant by “roughing it” in the Gilded Age, as you live in and learn about Camp Sagamore, the wilderness estate once owned by the Vanderbilt family. Situated on pristine Sagamore Lake, the camp's rustic architecture and idyllic setting recall the opulent era of the “Robber Barons.” Learn about the heyday of the Great Camps and the fascinating work being done to preserve this historical era. Of course, there’s plenty of time to canoe the lake, explore the Adirondack wilderness on 20 miles of adjacent trails, play croquet or just relax.
Register through Road Scholar 14875RJ
Saratoga, Glens Falls and Lake George: Emergence of the Vacation Nation (NOTE: This is an off-site Program) 5-Night Program -- 3 Sessions Offered
Sunday, May 21st - Friday May 25th
Sunday, October 1st - Friday, October 6th
Sunday, October 22nd - Friday, October 27th
Your 5-night accommodations for this program will be at the beautiful "Inn at Saratoga," a perfect marriage of past and present and the oldest operating hotel in sophisticated Saratoga Springs, our base for this exploration of a scenic region that includes beautiful Lake George and historic Glens Falls. A hotbed of French & Indian and Revolutionary War activity, the area is rich in history and emerged early on as a destination for vacationers. Health seekers since the Mohawk and other Iroquois have come to Saratoga to take the waters. Later, the region became a playground of the rich, and eventually a vacation destination for America’s middle class. Learn from local experts as you experience all this and more on our exclusive Road Scholar off-site learning adventure.
Register through Road Scholar #21808RJ
Outdoor Adventure Programs
Feathers and Flora of the Northern Forest 4-Night Program -- 2 Sessions offered representing 2 distinct Birding Programs*
Monday, May 29th - Friday, June 2nd Sunday, June 11th - Thursday, June 15th Sunday, August 27th - Thursday, August 31st Monday, September 11th - Friday, September 15th
See and hear the flora and fauna that make their home in the Adirondack Mountains. Lectures and slide shows will supplement hikes, excursions, and a number of hand-on activities. Spring sessions include trips to nearby IBAs (Important Birding Areas), while summer sessions focus on efforts to protect various Adirondack birds of prey, and include a number of hands-on activities. All sessions include an introduction to the flora of the region.
*May & June sessions focus on boreal and migrating species *August & September sessions focus on raptors and owls
Register through Road Scholar #14872
Hiking and Paddling at Great Camp Sagamore: Adirondack Nature and History 5-Night Program -- 2 Sessions Offered Sunday, September 24th - Friday, September 29th
Tuesday, October 10th - Sunday, October 15th
Led by naturalists and historians, participants will learn about the qualities that make the Adirondack Park unique: specifically, the interesting mix of public and private lands that compromise the largest park of any kind in the Lower 48. Combining paddles, hikes, lectures and a trip to the world-class Adirondack Museum, students will retrace parts of the route taken by visitors to the region, and in so doing, enjoy the same connection with the natural environment that drew the Gilded Age elite here starting over a century ago. Register through Road Scholar #21360
Kayaking the Adirondacks 4-Night Program -- 2 Sessions Offered
Monday, August 21st - Friday, August 25th
Monday, September 11 - Friday, September 15th
Many describe kayaking as "being at-one with the water." Begin with discussions about equipment and safety, then learn the best techniques for flat water kayaking, with a professional guide for your instructor. Kayaking 2-6 miles a day on mostly flat-water, although some lakes are large enough to experience choppy conditions. Learn techniques for maneuvering your craft on flat water and tips for paddling in flowing rivers. All equipment is provided but you may bring your own. One day is spent on Sagamore Lake and another on an out trip. Evening activities include campfires, lectures, or evening entertainment.
Register through Road Scholar #16454
Art & Culture Programs
Adirondack Mountain Music and Dance Workshop 3-Night Program -- 2 Sessions Offered
Sunday, June 18th - Wednesday, May 21st
Tuesday, October 3rd- Friday, October 6th
In isolated Adirondack communities, music and story-telling provided not only respite from work but a means of passing along traditions and values. Barn dances were entertainment, recreation, and a way to connect with neighbors. Relive these traditions as you get your rhythm on in an Adirondack music and dance workshop at Great Camp Sagamore. Develop your talents and abilities, discover those you didn’t even know you had, join in lots of shared activities, and enjoy a grand finale group show where everyone is guaranteed a standing ovation! Instructors may include well-known regional musicians such as John Kirk and Trish Miller, Dan Berggren, and legendary Adirondack storyteller Bill Smith. (Not all instructors will be in both sessions).
Register through Road Scholar #14641RJ
Art in the Adirondacks: Painting Workshops at Great Camp Sagamore 5-Night Program -- 3 Sessions Offered at Sagamore / 1 Session offered in Lake George NY Sunday, June 18th - Friday, June 23rd
Sunday, July 16th - Friday, July 21 (Special off-site program at the Wiawaka Holiday House in Lake George NY)
Sunday, August 13th - Friday, August 18th
Sunday, August 20th - Friday, August 25th
Located on a remote lake in the middle of the Adirondack wilderness, Great Camp Sagamore is a painter's fantasy. Along with sublime views of lakes, streams, mountains, and forests, the Camp itself presents the creative eye with unique examples of "Adirondack rustic" architecture. Consider compositions ranging from grand vistas (the Adirondack mountains, rolling, forested hillsides and bucolics lakes) to intimate natural details (a mushroom, a cobweb, a bird’s nest). And all of this is just steps away from your bedroom, dining room and classroom! *June session focuses on Still Life painting with instructor Emily Gibbons
*July session focuses on Plein Air painting with instructor Wes Sherman in Lake George NY
*August sessions focus on Plein Air painting with instructor Wes Sherman
Register through Road Scholar #21547RJ
Digital Photography: Conquering Cameras and Computers Without Curses 5-Night Program -- 3 Sessions Offered for participants of different skill levels
Sunday, June 18th - Friday, June 23rd (Advanced session)
Sunday, August 20th - Friday, August 25th (Beginner session)
Sunday, September 24th - Friday, September 29th (Intermediate session)
Digital cameras have given anyone with technical ability and a hint of creativity the opportunity to take photos that would have been envied by those using film just a few years ago. Advances in post-processing technology allow even weekend photographers to enhance images in ways unimaginable until now. Join us to cross the line from simply taking pictures to creating art. With expert guidance from an accomplished professional photographer-artist, unlock the secrets of digital enhancement. Each session is targeted to different skill levels. Register through Road Scholar #16453