2018 Programs with Road Scholar
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 2018 programs. Please note that some programs have multiple dates. Reservations are made through the Road Scholar website, not directly through Sagamore's 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: 518-796-5823 (Nov-April): or 315-354-5311 x1021 (May-Oct).
Family Learning Programs
Sagamore's Great Adirondack Camp With Your Grandchild 5-Night Program -- 3 Sessions Offered
Sunday, July 1st - Friday, July 6th, 2018 Special Instructor: George Steele
Sunday, July 8th - Friday, July 13th, 2018 Special Instructors: John Kirk and Trish Miller Sunday, July 29th - Friday, August 3rd, 2018 Special Instructor: Dan Duggan
Designed for Road Scholar grandparents and their grandchildren, this program brings the generations together in a unique and beautiful natural setting. Daily sessions include nature hikes, water and boating activities, and making nature crafts. The first session (July 1-6) is dedicated to nature awareness, environmental activities, and campfires full of stories, songs and activities, and is perfect for the budding naturalist in the family! The second sessions (July 8-13, and July 29-August 3) include more musical programming. Programs are tailored to the skill levels of grandchildren ages 6-11.
Register through Road Scholar #4977
Paddle & Hike: An Adirondack Park Adventure with Your Grandchild
4-Night Program -- 2 Sessions Offered
Sunday, July 8th - Thursday, July 12th
Sunday, August 12th - Thursday, August 16th Bring your grandchild to the wilderness of the Adirondack Park to learn 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 on night hikes, engaged in nature activities, or spend it around the campfire soaking up the history and rustic atmosphere of Great Camp Sagamore. Tailored towards grandchildren ages 12-15, participants will hike, paddle the lake, and make an heirloom canoe paddle to bring home.
Register through Road Scholar #21809
Adirondack Great Camp Adventure: Sagamore's Family Program
5-Night Program -- Only 1 Session Offered
Sunday, August 5th - Friday, August 10th Sagamore's Family Program brings participants 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 -- 8 Sessions Offered Sunday, June 24th - Friday, June 29th
Sunday, August 12th - Friday, August 17th
Sunday, August 19th - Friday, August 24th Sunday, August 26th - Friday, August 31st Sunday, September 2nd - Friday, September 7th
Sunday, September 9th - Friday, September 14th Sunday, September 16th - Friday, September 21st Sunday September 30th - Friday, October 5th
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. This program will help you gain an appreciation for the region’s natural treasures as educators and naturalists share insights on the architecture and natural history of the Adirondack Park and the Great Camps. At Sagamore, guests will tour the grounds and learn about the Durant and Vanderbilt families, have access to the canoes to paddle Sagamore Lake, enjoy a campfire at the historic leanto, and live and dine in the same buildings as the original owners. The program also includes a walking tour of Camp Uncas, and a luncheon cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake viewing Pine Knot, the two other Great Camps that are not open to the public. A wonderful program filled with history and fun!
Register through Road Scholar #20944RJ
The Illusion of Roughing It: The Vanderbilt's Great Camp Sagamore 3-Night Program -- 2 Sessions Offered
Sunday, July 22nd - Wednesday, July 25th
Monday, October 8th - Thursday, October 11th
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. Guests will also have 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
Outdoor and Adventure Programs
Feathers and Flora of the Northern Forest 4-Night Program -- 2 Sessions offered representing 2 distinct Birding Programs*
Monday, May 28th - Friday, June 1st Sunday, June 10th - Thursday, June 14th Sunday, August 26th - Thursday, August 30th Sunday, September 16th - Thursday, September 20th
Programs for beginner and expert birders alike! Lectures and slide shows will supplement hikes, excursions, and a number of hands-on activities. All sessions feature an out of camp excursion to local important birding areas, expert led birding excursions, and naturalist led hikes. Evenings are filled with informative birding lectures, and a campfire at our historic leanto. *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, August 19th - Friday, August 24th
Monday, October 8th - Thursday, October 11th
Led by guides, naturalists and historians, participants will learn about the qualities that make the Adirondack Park unique. Combining guided paddles, hikes, tours and lectures, 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
Sunday, July 22nd - Thursday, July 26th
Monday, September 10 - Friday, September 14th
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. Participants will be 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
Monday, June 18th - Thursday, June 21st
Tuesday, October 2nd - Friday, October 5th
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 include well-known regional musicians and storytellers. Instructors for our June session include Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn, and the October session include Dan Berggren, John Kirk, Trish Miller, and Dick and Carmen Gilman.
Register through Road Scholar #14641RJ
Art in the Adirondacks: Great Camp Sagamore Painting Workshops 4-5 Night Program -- 3 Sessions Offered at Sagamore Sunday, June 17th - Friday, June 21st Special Instructor: Watercolor Artist David Beale
Sunday, August 12th - Friday, August 17th Special Instructor: Artist Wes Sherman
Sunday, August 19th - Friday, August 24th Special Instructor: Artist Wes Sherman
Sunday, September 9th - Friday, September 14th Special Instructor: TBA Sunday, September 23rd - Friday, September 28th Special Instructor: TBA
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 lakes) to intimate natural details (a mushroom, a cobweb, a bird’s nest). All of this is just steps away from your bedroom, dining room and classroom!
Register through Road Scholar #21547RJ
Digital Photography: Conquering Cameras and Computers Without Curses 5-Night Program
Sunday, June 24th - Friday, June 29th
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. Register through Road Scholar #16453