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Families today lead incredibly hectic lives. Children’s schedules are filled with academic and social pursuits, parents are working and parenting full-time, and grandparents often live far away and have busy lives of their own. As a result, it becomes increasingly difficult for all of the generations to come together to catch up, share stories and build lifelong memories.
Janet, 71, is a retired elementary school teacher; her husband Jack, 74, is a part-time pharmacist. They are long-time residents of Fairfield, Connecticut, having raised two children who are now married with children of their own. They are also long time Road Scholars, having attended 17 learning adventures in the United States.
Educational Family Vacations with Road Scholar
“We’ve always enjoyed our Road Scholar programs as a couple, but a few years ago we learned about intergenerational programs and got so excited,” said Janet. “Our two grandsons were the perfect age for an intergenerational program in Chattanooga that explored trains. None of us had ever visited Tennessee so it was the perfect learning adventure for all of us.”
Janet’s son Jack, 47, and his wife Lakin, 46, had visited the Yellowstone National Park in the past and wanted to share its splendor with their three children.
“I thought I knew a lot about the area but the two Road Scholar instructors were incredible and I learned even more about the terrain and history of the Park,” said Lakin. “The instructors never tired of answering our questions and it was wonderful spending time together as a family as well as meeting and developing relationships with the other families on the program.”
Janet’s daughter Laura and Laura’s daughter Sophia, 10, all agree that the horseback riding was a highlight of the educational family vacation.
“There were so many highlights that it’s hard to choose just one,” said Sophia. “It was my first time horseback riding, and it was fun to see all the wildlife, see Old Faithful erupt and play ultimate Frisbee in the rain with the other kids. I was never bored, and the instructors keep you active and make learning fun. I love this Road Scholar program and I think other people will too.”
Janet is thrilled that her family was able to get together this summer to share such a rich learning experience, as well as meet other families also eager to learn and have fun at the same time.
“Road Scholar offers dozens of family and intergenerational programs to give families like the Shostaks the chance to share their love of learning and nature in some of the most beautiful National Parks and monuments in the country,” said James Moses, President and CEO of Road Scholar. “As we celebrate the 100thanniversary of our National Parks, we encourage everyone to visit Yellowstone, Yosemite Zion National Park, or any of our nation’s other incredible landmarks in 2016 with Road Scholar.”