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Spring 2019 Excursions

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The Department of Academic & Community Outreach would like to announce our most recent excursions planned for the upcoming semester.

We will depart from the parking lot on the right side of the Coastal Carolina Science Center (301 Allied Drive, Conway) for trips that are located north or west of Myrtle Beach. For the convenience of those living along the south Strand, we will offer a pickup at the intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 for northbound trips. We will depart from the Coastal Carolina Science Center and pick up at the Litchfield Education Center 45 minutes later for destinations to the south of Myrtle Beach. For the convenience of those living along the north Strand, we will offer a pickup at the intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 for southbound trips. Details about the trips, including departure, will be emailed seven to 10 days prior to the excursion. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within one week of the date of the trip. We encourage early registration since many of our excursions fill up fast. *Asterisks* indicate a stop for lunch, but unless noted otherwise, meals are not included in the excursion fee.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 Sea Island Savory Herbs and MUSC Urban Farm, Johns Island and Charleston*

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MUSC Urban Farm


Sea Island Savory Herbs, the largest producer of live herb plants in the Lowcountry, is our first stop of the day. We will enjoy a short tour of this family-run farm on Johns Island, learning about their wide variety of culinary and ornamental herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. We will then make our way to the Medical University of South Carolina where our group will tour the half-acre Urban Farm. The mission of the MUSC Urban Farm is to build a healthier community by growing crops and social connections while educating and inspiring people with local, nutritious and delicious food. A short walking tour of their winter crops will lead into discussions of spring planting and a presentation on container gardening. Activity Level 4

  • Thursday, Jan. 31 Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown

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Hobcaw Barony


Join us on this private tour of a local gem—a 16,000-acre research reserve with a fascinating history. Once the site of naval stores, indigo and rice production, the land was purchased in 1905 by Bernard Baruch, a native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier. We will ride through the property that served as his private hunting retreat and tour the Hobcaw House, his 1930 home that welcomed generals and influential politicians, including Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. The tour ends with the fascinating story of Bernard Baruch’s daughter, Belle, a drive past her home and stables, and a visit to Friendfield Village, the last 19th century slave village on the Waccamaw Neck. Activity Level 2

  • Monday, Feb. 4 Coastal Carolina University Campus Tour*

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CCU Campus

OLLI (free)

Join us for a customized walking tour of the Coastal Carolina University campus along with a talk by Nick DeStefano on the history of this institution. We will end our journey at the Hicks Dining Room where you can help yourself to a wide variety of cuisines and eat all that you want for the discounted cost of $6.50. Activity Level 4

  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 H.L. Hunley Tour, Charleston*

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*This excursion has been cancelled.*



Visit the world’s first combat submarine, the H. L. Hunley, which disappeared after its battle with the USS Housatonic in 1864 and was not found again until 1995. Successfully recovered from the sea in 2000, the submarine now occupies in a 75,000-gallon conservation tank. Come with us on this private, self-paced tour to see the sub along with the artifacts discovered onboard during the excavation. NOTE: You must be able to climb stairs in order to view the submarine. Activity Level 4

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 Behind the Scenes of the Charleston History Museum*

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Charleston Museum


The Charleston Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United States. Its highly regarded collection includes historic artifacts, natural history and decorative arts from two historic Charleston houses. Enjoy a guided tour behind the scenes with OLLI! Activity Level 4

  • Thursday, Feb. 21 Boeing Tour, Charleston*

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After a stop in Mt. Pleasant for lunch, we will enjoy a private afternoon tour of Boeing South Carolina, the major manufacturing, assembly and delivery site for Boeing commercial aircraft in the eastern United States. Beginning with a film that provides a history of this site, our hosts will show us exhibits and give us a second-floor balcony tour of the 787 Final Assembly facility, followed by a Q&A session. Activity Level 3

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 Cameron Art Museum, CAM Café, and Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington*

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Bellamy Mansion


We will start our day with a guided tour of the Cameron Art Museum, formally known as the St. John’s Museum of Art, established in downtown Wilmington in 1804. After lunch at the CAM Café, located within the museum, we will tour the Bellamy Mansion, built between 1859 and 1861. One of North Carolina’s finest examples of historic antebellum architecture, this property houses the Museum of History and Design Arts. Activity Level 3

  • Thursday, Feb. 28 Macaron-Making at Christopher Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier, Charleston*

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*This excursion has been cancelled.*

Artisan Chocolatier


Come learn the art of the French Macaron cookie with Master French Chef, Christopher Paume. Christopher is a third-generation French chocolatier, who grew up in his father’s patisserie in Toulouse, France, where he learned to create the highest quality chocolates, succulent gelato, French pastry, and every type of bread imaginable. After a three-hour afternoon hands-on cooking class, we willl take home all that we bake, usually 20-30 macarons, three different flavors. The class ends at 5 p.m., so we will stop for dinner on the way home. Activity Level 2

  • Saturday, March 2 CCU Production of “Steel Pier“, Meet the Director and Cast, Conway*

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Steel Pier


Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Theatre has invited us to attend their production of “Steel Pier“, a musical that opened on Broadway in 1997. We will have lunch in Conway, then attend the 3 p.m. matinee, and afterward chat with the director, Adam Pelty, and some of the cast. Activity Level 1

  • Tuesday, March 5 South Carolina Indigo: Indigofera Suffruticosa, Florence*

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Indigofera Suffruticosa


History, science and art meet in this hands-on exploration of natural indigo pigment. Participants will explore the importance of the indigo plant to South Carolina’s colonial agricultural economy, learn the basic science behind this unique dye plant, and create original works of textile art using natural fibers and indigo dye. Activity Level 1

  • Monday, March 11 Bulls Island Private Sunset Tour, Awendaw*

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Bull Island Sunset


We will take a 50-minute naturalist-led private boat tour through the saltmarsh estuary, disembarking near Boneyard Beach and the north end of Bulls Island, full of whelks, sand dollars, lettered olives and other shells. After exploring the beach and visiting a shore bird rookery, we will watch the sun go down over this beautiful landscape as we cruise back. Cape Romain is home to a large population of nesting loggerhead sea turtles, bald eagles, bottlenose dolphins and a staggering 293 species of birds. Activity Level 4

  • Thursday, March 14 Downtown Culinary Tour, Charleston Registration deadline: Jan. 15. No refunds.

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Charleston Culinary


You don’t want to miss this delightful experience, a two and a half-hour food tour in Charleston’s Historic District. As we enjoy the cuisine at three or four locally owned and operated restaurants, we will learn about Charleston’s history, the history of the foods we are sampling, the chefs and more on this culinary adventure. Activity Level 4

  • Tuesday, March 19 Francis Marion University and Florence County Museum, Florence*

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Francis Marion University


We will start our day with a guided tour of the beautiful Francis Marion University, founded in 1970 and granted university status in 1992. After our morning tour of the campus, we will dine at Red Bone Alley, a classic American restaurant in a cavernous two-story re-creation of old Charleston neighborhood (not included in the fee). Our afternoon includes a trip to the Florence County Museum, which opened to the public in 2014 and includes art, history, and science exhibits that reflect the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Activity Level 4

  • Thursday, March 21 Middleton Place, Charleston*

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Middleton Place


Step back in time as we tour the beautiful grounds of Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America. Henry Middleton, a South Carolina delegate to the First and Second Continental Congress, began to create the gardens in 1741 in the classical style of those at the Palace of Versailles, and his descendants added camellias, tea olives, crepe myrtles and azaleas over the centuries. Our visit will include a carriage ride, weather permitting, and guided house and garden tours. Activity Level 4

  • Friday, March 29 72nd Annual Prince George Plantation and House Tour, Georgetown

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Prince George


Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to visit dozens of elegant plantation homes and gardens, hosted by the Women of Prince George Parish. Many of the sites on the tour are on the National Register of Homes. See the interiors of these plantations, with their elegant, beautifully preserved furnishings and the old slave cabins, and then shop through the array of baked goods, cookbooks, and art on display. At the end of the day, we will enjoy the Plantation Tours Tea at the historic Winyah Indigo Society Hall. Activity Level 4

  • Tuesday, April 2 Biking with OLLI@CCU, Murrells Inlet*

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$20/bike rental, free with your own bike

Bicycle the Waccamaw bike trail from the Litchfield campus to Murrells Inlet, enjoy lunch on you own at one of the many local restaurants, and then work off some of those calories on the ride back. We will provide bikes, helmets and locks for those who pay the excursion fee, thanks to Cyclopedia, located beside our center. Activity Level 5

  • Thursday, April 4 River Heritage Walking Tour of Conway and Boat Tour on the Waccamaw River*

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Conway Riverwalk


Combining historic charm and contemporary excitement, downtown Conway has eclectic shops, spas, gourmet restaurants, casual eateries, and a bed and breakfast, making it a destination for residents and visitors alike. Come explore quaint Conway, enjoy a boat ride on the Waccamaw River, and dine at the Rivertown Bistro for lunch. Activity Level 4

  • Tuesday, April 9 Botany Bay Gullah Geechee Eco Boat Tour, Edisto Island*

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Come aboard the Botany Bay Eco boat, where we will hear stories about the islanders’ connections to the natural resources of Edisto Island. Island celebrity, Sarah Burnelt, will share her first-hand account of “Growing up Gullah.” She will “sing” the dolphins to the boat while our captain shares information about the Gullah Geechee heritage. Next, we will take a guided tour of the Edisto Beach State Parks Environmental Learning Center where we will learn what makes Edisto Island and the ACE Basin so special. Activity Level 2

  • Thursday, April 11 Kayaking the Waccamaw River, Conway

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Kayaking OLLI

$50/single kayak, $40/tandem (limited), $25/bring your own kayak

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors together when you join us for a two-hour guided tour through the Kingston Lake area along the Blue Kayak trail. Transportation to the river is not provided. Activity Level 5

  • Saturday, April 13 Farm to Table Tour, Charleston Registration deadline: February 13. No refunds.

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Farm to Table


Delight your taste buds with this three-hour food tour, featuring some of Charleston’s best chefs and Charleston’s award-winning farmers’ market, which was nationally ranked by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Starting at the corner of Meeting and John Streets, we will meet our tour guide and that day’s participating chef, who leads the group to the farmer’s market to pick out the freshest ingredients that the market has to offer. After exploring the market, the group goes on a 45-minute walking tour. Meanwhile, the chef prepares a multi-course meal utilizing the ingredients just purchased at the market for a true farm-to-table experience. Activity Level 4

  • Tuesday, April 16 Bulls Island, Awendaw*

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Bulls Island


Coastal Expedition, with the help of low tide, will drop us off directly at one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the world of shelling and birding. This will give us the chance to connect with nature. Seven miles of Bulls Island’s beach are part of the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline on the east coast and allow for unparalleled shelling, beach combing and exploring. Our journey will begin with a 50-minute naturalist-led boat tour of the saltmarsh estuary and will last a total of five hours. Activity Level 4

  • Thursday, April 18 Sewee Center and the Birds of Prey, Awendaw*

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Birds of Prey


Experience the unique heritage and natural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Sewee Center offers abundant wildlife viewing opportunities that include the butterfly garden, red wolf enclosure, Sewee pond, Nebo Trail, the bee apiary and the bluebird trail. After lunch at the Seewee Restaurant, enjoy a guided tour at the Center for Birds of Prey, including a flight demonstration. See a falcon dive at speeds more than 100 miles per hour. Listen closely as an owl coasts past your head without making a sound. Watch as trained hawks and vultures soar with wild raptors above the center’s flying fields. Activity Level 3

  • Tuesday, April 23 Fort Sumter, Charleston*

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Fort Sumter


After boarding our boat at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, we will enjoy a relaxing 30-minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter, where the American Civil War began. At the fort, National Park Service rangers will share stories of those who fought in this battle. Onboard, as we return, take in the views of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Rainbow Row, and the Battery homes of Charleston. We will enjoy a meal along the way. Activity Level 3

  • Wednesday, April 24 Morgan Island, Edisto Beach*

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Morgan Island


Calling all early birds! Board the Botany Bay boat as we make our way to Morgan Island, crossing the breadth of the unspoiled ACE Basin in the early morning to observe a free-ranging colony of Rhesus monkeys. We hope to see these macaques at a close distance but from the safety of the boat. The monkeys are on their own schedule so we cannot guarantee their presence on every tour. But the scenery of the ACE Basin, the opportunity to see dolphins, waterfowl, and birds of prey, and the expansive marsh and maritime forest vistas, all combine to make this tour a fabulous adventure, monkeys or not. Activity Level 2

  • Tuesday, April 30 Artfields, Lake City*

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The Artfields competition began in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration in the heart of a traditional Southern small town, Lake City. The competition offers more than $140,000 in cash prizes. Up to 400 works of art will be on display in locally owned venues, from renovated 1920s warehouses and professional art spaces to the library, history museum, Ronald E. McNair Life History Center, restaurants and shops. We’ll start our day visiting some of the large exhibit locations together and then we will park downtown where everyone will have plenty of time to wander around Lake City, have lunch, and view the artwork. Activity Level 4

  • Tuesday, May 7 Capers Wildlife Exploration and Lowcounty Boil Beachside Picnic, Isle of Palms*

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Isle of Palms


Join us for a full day of exploration! As we venture to Capers Island North Beach, we will cruise through winding tidal creeks looking for wildlife in this salt marsh environment. Common sightings include bottlenose dolphin, osprey, pelicans, bald eagles, herons and egrets. When we arrive on Capers, we will have plenty of time to explore its pristine “Boneyard Beach“ and interior freshwater ponds. After working up an appetite, we will enjoy fresh local shrimp, smoked sausage, sweet corn, red potatoes and onions all boiled together in special seasonings and served on a beautiful pristine beach. What could be better than enjoying a fresh seafood dinner as we watch the sunset over the beautiful salt marsh? Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for the non-seafood eaters. The meal is included in the excursion fee. Activity Level 4

  • Thursday, May 9 Horry County Museum and L. W. P. Living History Farm*

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Horry County Museum


First, we will visit the Horry County Museum, located in downtown Conway. The museum features monthly exhibits by local artists in addition to its historical and regional exhibits. We will learn about the wide range of environmental conditions found in Horry County and how its inhabitants, from prehistoric to present, have adapted to these local conditions. The museum features a variety of materials from old tools and photographs to miniatures of industries such as those producing tar and turpentine. Exhibits include farming tools and implements, household items and clothing, items from an old country store, local crafts – both historical and modern, and wildlife specimens and photographs. After having lunch in Conway, we will proceed to the 17-acre L.W. Paul Historic Farm, where we will get a sense of what it was like to live in a rural farming community during the first half of the 20th century. The farm includes a variety of reconstructed buildings authentic to the time period and costumed interpreters who will demonstrate and talk about traditional farm activities such as milking cows, making soap, canning vegetables and growing tobacco. Activity Level 4

  • Thursday, May 16 Airlie Gardens, Wilmington*

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Airlie Gardens


A volunteer garden guide will accompany us on a walking tour, discussing Arlie’s history, horticulture and ecology. It takes about an hour and a half to take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, walking a total of .9 miles. While the azaleas may have already bloomed by the time of our visit, we will have access to the butterfly house, which opens May 15. We will have lunch in Wilmington either before or after our visit. Activity Level 4.

  • Wednesday, April 3 Coastal Carolina University Campus Tour

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CCU Campus

OLLI (free)

Join us for a customized walking tour of the Coastal Carolina University campus along with a talk by Nick DeStefano on the history of this institution. We will end our journey at the Hicks Dining Room where you can help yourself to a wide variety of cuisines and eat all that you want for the discounted cost of $6.50. Activity Level 4.

  • Tuesday, March 26 Taste of Wilmington

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Wilmington, N.C.


Enjoy an afternoon in Wilmington, N.C., sampling food and drink from an eclectic assortment of restaurants, meeting the city’s best chefs and learning about the historic downtown area. Food and drink samples are included in the excursion fee. Activity Level 3.

  • Friday, April 19 S.C. Aquarium

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S.C. Aquarium


The South Carolina Aquarium/Sea Turtle Hospital has expanded and is now able to shed light on the awe-inspiring process of rescue, rehabilitation and release of the sea turtles. Both a hospital and a guest experience, the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery allows every guest who visits the aquarium to experience the journey home. Be entertained by an intimate look at many of South Carolina’s native animals and plants as your self guided journey through the aquarium takes you from the mountains to the sea. After spending the morning at the aquarium we’ll have a couple of hours downtown Charleston to eat lunch or adventure on your own. Activity Level 5.

Frequent Flyer Program

OLLI members who take 10 or more excursions with us during the spring semester will be rewarded with a day trip of their choice (priced under $100) during the fall semester. It pays to travel with OLLI@CCU!

2019 National and International Excursions offered by OLLI@CCU through Collette and Premier World Discovery

Domestic and international trips offered through Collette or Premier World Discovery require earlier deadlines. Brochures are available at our centers for each of the following trips. Registration forms and payments should be sent directly to the tour company. CCU travel insurance ($2/day) is required for international destinations and will be the only payment made directly to us. Note: We have discovered that the tour companies have very few single accommodations, and more often than not, if you choose that option, they will place you on a waiting list. We have no control over their practice, but felt it important to warn you. Explore the world with OLLI@CCU!

  • May 15-21, 2019 California Rail Discovery

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Napa Valley Wine Train

With Premier World Discovery $3,095/double; $3,970/single; $3,065/triple.

Enjoy two rail experiences, the Napa Valley Wine Train and the Sierra Nevada Rail Journey, on this fascinating tour of San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley region. In addition to tours of San Francisco, Sausalito, Sacramento and Virginia City, you will experience a San Francisco Bay cruise and a Paddlewheeler cruise on Lake Tahoe. Airfare, tour director, motorcoach transportation, admissions, baggage handling, transfers and six breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners are included. Activity Level 3

  • August 18-25, 2019 Canadian Rockies

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Canadian Rockies

With Collette $5949/double; $7349/single (hard to get); $5849/triple

Climb aboard as VIA Rail’s The Canadian takes you between Vancouver and Jasper on a once-in-a-lifetime overnight train journey. Relax in the dome car and experience panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers and the sheer unspoiled wilderness of Canada. In Jasper, see the dramatic Maligne Canyon and its picture-perfect lake, where you enjoy breakfast with a view! Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Stop at Columbia Icefield and choose from a Glacier Experience across this mass of glacier ice or take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk. Feel like royalty while overnighting in the region’s most elegant hotels and resorts. Discover the natural beauty of Moraine Lake, the powerful Bow Falls and impressive Hoodoos. Experience a day on a ranch in the Alberta plains, complete with a wagon ride in search of buffalo and a barbecue lunch in the great outdoors. Activity Level 4

  • Sept. 26 to Oct. 4 Classic New England

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Acadia Park

With Premier World Discovery $3545/double; $4870/single

Enjoy nine days in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine with Premiere World Discovery, featuring Acadia National Park and two nights in Boston. Highlights include JFK Library and Museum, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Bar Harbor (with cruise), Portland, Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock, Norman Rockwell Museum, Kennebunkport, Newport, Breakers Mansion, Mystic Seaport (with carriage ride) and the Mohegan Sun Resort. Eight breakfasts and four dinners, airfare, tour guides, hotel transfers, baggage handling and admission fees included. Activity level 4

  • Oct. 16-23, 2019 London and Paris

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London Paris

With Collette $3,949/double, $4,699/single (difficult to get), $3,919/triple. $500 deposit due April 10, 2019. Final payment by Aug. 17, 2019.

Enjoy the best of London and Paris on this leisurely tour. All of the top sights are included, as well as plenty of free time for your own discoveries. See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben. Enjoy a privately guided tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Charles and Diana were married. Personalize your trip to London by choosing to visit either Churchill’s War Rooms or Westminster Abbey. Cross the English Channel on the high-speed Eurostar Train. Dine at the Eiffel Tower and cruise the River Seine at night. Come to know Paris in your own way: with a local guide by coach or by Metro. Enjoy a thrilling dinner and cabaret show at the Paradis Latin Cabaret. Activity level 4


OLLI staff will indicate the level of physical activity for any excursion so that OLLI@CCU participants may judge the suitability of the trip or activity. The ratings are:

1. Easy – minimal level of physical activity, minimal walking and limited stairs or standing.

2. Moderate – walk up to a mile a day and/or stand for an hour or less

3. Active – walk as much as two miles a day, stand for more than an hour, or climb some stairs

4. Moderately Challenging – spend most of your day walking, sometimes over uneven terrain or climbing stairs, and/or standing for extended periods

5. Challenging – These are demanding programs, for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and/or extremely active adults.