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October 04, 2016 09:15 ET

Road Scholar Intergenerational Learning Adventures Help to Create Special Bond Between Grandparents and Grandkids

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - October 04, 2016) - As kids around the country have headed back to school in the past month, thousands carried with them the memory of a Road Scholar learning adventure they experienced with their grandparents over the summer. There were no school supplies, no school books, no classrooms. Yet learning was at the forefront, led by experts in dozens of topics ranging from marine biology to zoo and aquarium education, natural history to environmental science, theater and more.

Most valuable was what the grandkids and grandparents shared and learned together.

"The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is such a special experience for both generations," says JoAnn Bell, Road Scholar senior vice president of programming. "Road Scholar's Intergenerational programs are a unique way to spend more time together, challenge themselves, learn something new and make it even stronger."

Dorothy Marsh, a grandmother of seven from Lansing, Kansas, has established a tradition to attend a Road Scholar program with her grandkids when they are 8, 10 and 12 years old. The latest lucky grandchild was 8-year-old Brandon, who recently returned with his grandmother from South Dakota where they experienced "Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the Badlands: Young Explorers." The highlights included riding a horse, panning for gold, seeing the sights from a mountain chairlift, and spotting buffalo and bighorn sheep up close in Custer State Park.

Dorothy beams when she talks about the tradition that began in 2007 with her eldest granddaughter Kyleigh, who is now 18.

"Kyleigh recently shared with me that our time together on Intergenerational programs helped her to be brave, and now heading to college, she doesn't have the same fear or anxiousness others have," Dorothy said. "While she may not realize it, they made me braver, too. I climbed mountains and I learned to surf on Waikiki Beach. I wouldn't have done that without her. That sense of wonder and awe that can only come from a child -- it's a wonderful gift to be in the presence of that with my grandchildren."

Road Scholar offers more than 200 learning experiences designed for grandparents and their grandkids. The adventures range from exploring the wizarding world of Harry Potter to experiencing Costa Rica's natural wonders, from tracing the footsteps of Karana from "Island of the Blue Dolphins" to becoming "part of the pack" at the International Wolf Center in northern Minnesota. There is a learning experience for everyone.

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About Road Scholar
Road Scholar is the nation's largest educational travel organization for adults. The not-for-profit offers 5,500 extraordinary educational adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. Road Scholars are immersed in a variety of experiential learning activities, enlisting world-renowned faculty and local experts who offer insider access not available to most individuals. Dedicated to making educational travel available to everyone, Road Scholar offers financial assistance for those who otherwise could not participate in its programs.

Road Scholar learning adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in educational travel since 1975. To learn more, please visit our new website at

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