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Skagit Valley College hosts many unique Road Scholar programs from our San Juan Center campus. Experience matters; we recently celebrated our 25th year with Road Scholar! We delight in sharing our unique corner of the world with the many friends we meet during the 40+ programs we coordinate each year. Our programs range from regional studies (history and culture) to active programs (hiking and birding ) to intergenerational (grandparents with grandchildren) programs. Passionate expert presenters, unique field trips, uncommon natural beauty, knowledgeable local Group Leaders, and our wonderful participants from throughout the country are the threads the weave together each memorable lifelong learning experience.

Comments from Road Scholar Participants

"Great program—I will recommend to all my traveling buddies—I feel that I truly understand some of the dynamics of the culture on the islands."

"I had always wanted to see the San Juans and I was not disappointed in any aspect.   Thanks."

"Once in a lifetime...I will not forget—Thanks"

"I give an "A" to all events, our group leader and hotel & meals.  This was my first program &will not be the last.  I felt cared for & relaxed, actually spoiled."

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Adventures in Lifelong Learning ®

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New Programs for 2015!


Program #21786  HIDDEN ANCHORAGES, SAN JUAN ISLAND BY LAND AND SEA.  Orcas breach nearby, harbor seals caper in the straits and bald eagles soar overhead as you navigate the pristine waters and narrow passageways of Washington’s San Juan archipelago. During three daylong voyages aboard the Viking Star, observe porpoises, whales and seabirds from the deck of the privately chartered vessel as you learn from the knowledgeable local captain and crew. Discover the islands’ unique ecology and geology on shore excursions with a local expert, hear the sounds of 1,972 pipes bellowing from an organ inside a seaside mansion and much more. You’ll dine on cracked crab as you make your way between islands and enjoy comfortable lodgings in the seaside port of Friday Harbor, the heart of the San Juan Islands.

• Enjoy three days of private study cruises in the San Juan Archipelago aboard the Viking Star, highlighted by onshore explorations of the lighthouses, historic sites and hidden corners of three islands.
• Experience the history and beauty of San Juan Island with lodgings and museum visits in charming Friday Harbor and an expert-led exploration of historic Roche Harbor.
• Have a picnic on the beach followed by an interpreted hike on the northern island of Sucia, an exclusive jewel accessible only by private vessels.



Have Questions? We're here to help!

Our Road Scholar staff is ready to assist you. Please call 360-378-3265 (M-F 8-5 Pacific Time)